Chang La Peak

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Chang La Peak Leh Reviews

mdfehmel mdfehmel
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Second Highest Motorable Peak in Leh, India Dec 19, 2012
If you are using Leh as your base of activities for the local sites, then Chang-La Peak will surely be on your "to-do" list and most likely will be coupled with an onward trip to see the Pangong Lake (see separate review). Chang-La is the second highest motorable road in the world (the highest is also close to Leh and is reported on in a separate review), reaching an elevation of 17,586 feet. You should not attempt to see Chang La until you have had sufficient time to acclimatize at the lower elevations. You should also plan to depart Leh early if you plan to continue on to Pangong, although this is not as important if you a merely visiting the peak and returning to Leh. The road to the peak is treacherous and narrow. When vehicles are passing (in either direction) there is often only a few inches of road before the edge which at times could be a sheer drop of hundreds of vertical feet, therefore, hopefully one who is afraid of heights didn't chose the Himalayas as a vacation destination. Even if you aren't afraid of heights, the road can be quite nerve racking, especially since the local drivers negotiate the hairpin curves and narrow roads confidently and with experience. In fact, no one is allowed to pass a certain elevation on the mountain passes without a special license that is checked at various Indian Army checkpoints along the way. Your trip through the passes must hire one of these drivers and you must also obtain a special permit that is also checked and these same posts. Keep in mind that you will be very close to the Pakistani and Chinese borders, so there is an abundance of Indian Army activity up there. Dress accordingly. Even in the summer it can be chilly at 18,500 feet, but in the winter (really anytime between October, when I was there, and April), you will most likely rise above the snow line. When you arrive to the Peak, it will be cold and windy and you may or may not feel dizzy. It is not advisable to stay at that elevation for very long, unless you are completely acclimatized at the higher elevations. There is a lodge at the Peak which is heated and sells souvenirs and hot cups of tea. This trip was a true life experience as were most of the sites in and around Leh, India.
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