Khardung La

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World's Highest Motorable Road - Kardung La Pass Jan 08, 2013
Leh, India rests directly in the middle of the Indian Himalayan Mountains and within the greater region of Tibet. It serves as the launching pad for tourists exploring the beautiful sights that surround the city. Pangong Lake, Chang La and Thiksey Monastery are but a few examples of sites that can be reached within a 4 hour drive of Leh. You can read about these attractions in separate reviews on my TB profile. Another hot attraction close-by is Khardung La pass, which is the home to the highest motorable road in the world. Only a short 2 hour drive from central Leh (and along much wider and more comforting roads that those leading to Chang La), Khardung can be visited in about a half day. The ascent is dramatic and an acclimatization period in Leh before this day trip is a must. I witnessed several people with AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) at the peak, which is an astounding 18,380'; almost as high as the highest peak in the continental United States, but still about 11,00' shy of the highest peak in the Himalayas, Mt. Everest. Unlike the trip to Chang-La, where the visitor can continue on down the reverse slope for another 2-hour drive to Pangong Lake, further exploration down the reverse slope from Khardung is prohibited by the Indian Army due to its proximity to the Pakistani border, which is a controlled area. Therefore, once you arrive in the pass, there is little to do other than take pictures next to the elevation sign, grab a bite or a hot cup of team in the canteen (billed as the highest canteen in the world), and head back down. Again, you will want to make sure you are prepared with a heavy winter coat, hat and gloves as it is quite chilly at this elevation.
The northern road from Leh to the …
The northern road from Leh to the …
The northern road from Leh to the …
The northern road from Leh to the …
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