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Chang La, Leh Ladakh Overview

Chang La Pass is a high mountain pass and one of the highest motorable roads in the world. It is located between Leh and Pangong Lake and is the main gateway to the Nubra Valley region. The 15km long pass is especially popular amongst bikers. The roads are mostly paved and are driveable by any vehicle. Changla is open for tourists from Mid May to October.

To avoid high altitude sickness, doctors suggest not to stay at Changa La Pass for more than 20 minutes. The Pass is guarded and protected by the Indian Army as it is located close to the Chinese border. Reverberating with serenity and tranquility, the place remains covered with snow throughout the year. The world's highest research station established by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) is located at Changla. The Chang La Temple, dedicated to Changla Baba, is also located here.

Must Know Before You Visit Chang La

Tips :

  • The roads to Changala often get covered with small streams which makes it slippery. Be extra careful if traveling on a bike.
  • Road closure to Changla is quite common. So, check conditions before traveling
  • Wear fully warm clothes and keep your ears covered
  • Carry warm water and medical kit

Permit :

  • Indians have free access to Chang La
  • Foreign nationals require an Inner Line Permit (ILP) as it is located in a restricted area

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