Taglang La, Leh Ladakh Overview

The Tanglang La is a high mountain road located on the Leh-Manali highway just a few kilometers from Leh. It is at a height of 5,358 metres, is the second-highest mountain pass after Khardung-La Pass, and is also the 12th highest motorable pass. This popular spot in Ladakh is known for being the second highest mountain located in Zanskar range. The pass summit is breathtaking and is adorned by a number of prayer flags.

The Tanglang-La has in the past served as a trade route and a religious centre.   Known for its amazing and dramatic landscape, the Taglang La pass provides a blissful experience in the Himalayan trails with greenery.

The pass provides for an extremely thrilling adventure, but it can be nerve-wracking for first-time riders, because of its unpredictable turns and the extreme cold, which can often dip to -35 degree Celsius. At these temperatures, the supply of oxygen can get dangerously low, and riders and tourists also often fall sick while driving to this pass. 

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the pass is in the months of April to June as the place is opened up for tourists by the  Border Road Organisation (BRO). It can, however, not be passed during winters.

Tips

  • Do keep in mind that if you suffer from respiratory or cardiac problems, this trip should be avoided.
  • The drive is very beautiful, but also extremely dangerous, so it is advised to have with you someone who knows the place or has been before, and can drive on mountain roads, as the Highway is used every day by locals who want to reach Leh, and hence, the driving can be stressful and dangerous.   

How To Reach Taglang La

The Leh-Manali highway leading to Tanglang-La is paved, i.e., the ice has been cleared for vehicles to pass, with the exception of a very short section unpaved, just north of the pass. However, the pass itself is well-paved.

The ascent is where it gets really difficult - the road to the summit is asphalted, which means that it consists of 20km of loose stone road along with a decreased oxygen level, half of that at sea level. 

The Pass can only be reached via the Leh-manali Highway, which provides a scenic, beautiful landscape to feast your eyes on, from every angle. 

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