Time Required : 1 to 2 hours
Entry Fee : INR 20 per person per day (Inner Line Permit)
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.
Air: Leh is well connected with other important places in India. Regular flights link Leh with Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar.
Rail: Ã«_Kalka is the nearest railway station to Leh. Buses or taxis can be hired to reach Manali viaÃ«_Shimla. There are regular taxis and bus services from Manali to Leh. Getting down at Jammu to reach Leh is also a good option
Road: Khardung La is situated at about 39 km from Leh. The first 24 km, as far as the South Pullu check point, are paved. From there to the North Pullu check point about 15 km beyond the pass the roadway is primarily loose rock, dirt, and occasional rivulets of snow melt. From Leh, a daily bus service to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung. The ideal method to get to Khardung-la is by taxi or bike.
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