Located in the magnificent Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, near the Khardung village, the Khardung La is considered to be the highest motorable pass of the world. The pass lies northwards from the Leh region of Jammu & Kashmir and is gateway to the Nubra and Shyok valleys of the region. Khardung la pass was built in 1976 at the height of 18380 fit and opened for all types of automobiles and expeditions in 1988.
The spot is mostly visited by mountain bikers and many expeditions have been carried out here since its opening. The mountain bikers visit this pass to enjoy their sport at the altitude of 5359 mts above sea level. The road is well managed by the Border Roads organization (BRO) to ensure a safe and comfortable journey for the tourists as well as the expeditionary.
How to reach:
The path to the pass is a stretch of 39 km from Leh city which is mostly a paved path but the final 15 km stretch consists of loose rocks as well as melted snow path. Leh can be reached easily from Manali or Srinagar which are directly connected to Delhi through air.
The pass gives a spectacular view of the valley as well as the snowy Ladakh region. The Siachen Glacier is located a little way up this path and thus the pass has a strategic importance too as it is used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. It also carries a historic importance since the pass used to serve as a caravan route that was used to carry trade from Leh to Central Asia.
This spot is visited by thousands of travelers every year and it is also one of the most clicked locations as the travellers want to capture their joy of visiting world’s highest motorable pass. There is also a souvenir shop near the pass from where the travellers can take back goodies as a remembrance that they visited World’s highest motorable road. Everybody who visits Ladakh definitely visits this spot and takes a picture with the sign board.
Best time to visit
The road is closed from October till May due to landslides, heavy snow and blocked out paths. Thus it should be visited during summers when the paths are clear. Still there can be altitude sickness due to the low air pressure and low temperature in the region.