Ranked 9 among Places to Visit in Ladakh
Time Required: 1 to 2 hours
Khardung La, also known as Khardzong La, is a high mountain pass in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, near Leh. It has been wrongly claimed as the highest motorable road in the world in Guinness World Record at an elevation of 5602 metres. However, according to various researches, the actual elevation is 5359 metres. Also referred to as the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’, Khardung La pass is a perfect getaway for adventure enthusiasts, peace seekers and mountain biking aficionados.
An entrance to the Shyok and Nubra Valley, Khardung La was built in 1976 and was opened for public in 1988. The pass is very important for India as it is used to carry supplies to Siachen glacier. As you make your way to the top, you are rewarded with stunning views of mountain valleys and tortuous roads. The pristine air with the surrounding snow-clad mountains is the cherry on the cake. From the top, you can get picturesque views of the Karakoram range and the Himalayas. However, due to heavy rains and snowfall, the Khardung La pass remains closed from July to August and November to February.
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