Mountain Passes in Ladakh
A breathtaking land of panoramas and scenic valleys, Ladakh is a dream destination for every traveler craving for wanderlust! Passes located in Ladakh are significantly essential for smoothening every visitor’s journey and every mountain pass gleams with its own beauty and charm to add to one’s vacation. So, let’s explore the different Passes in Ladakh that you will come across during your travel expedition and these mountain passes will mesmerize you with their splendor adding thrill to your journey!
1. Khardung La Pass
Once regarded as the world’s highest motorable pass, Khardung La Pass is located at the altitude of 18,379m above the sea level. The route of this pass links to the Nubra and Shubra Valleys and is around 39 km from Leh. The views throughout this pass are thrilling and stimulating and the twisted roads are an ecstasy for mountain bikers and those exploring the adventurous side of Ladakh.
2. Chang La Pass
Chang La Pass is well-known as donning the third position in the list of world’s highest motorable passes. Its name comes from the Sadhu Changla Baba and the Pass Temple is also dedicated to him as well. From this pass, you will enter the Changthang Plateau and Yak Ride is a must adventure to try here at Changthang. For tea lovers, Chang La Pass has a popular tea point where Indian army provides hot tea to every traveler so make sure to visit this point!
3. Bara-Lacha La Pass
Situated 73 km from Keylong, Bara-Lacha La Pass lies on the Manali-Leh route and is also a meeting point of Pir Panjal, Zanskar and the Great Himalayas. This mountain pass is a starting point for many treks like the Suraj Tal Trek and the Chandra Tal Trek. It is mainly closed for travelers during winters because of the heavy snowfall. Further, it is better to travel via this pass by noon because by the end of the day, the snow begins to melt into water streams and this can pose troubles for your journey.
4. Taglang La Pass
Taking the second place in the world’s highest motorable roads, Taglang La Pass is another breathtaking mountain pass of Ladakh. It is the abode of the nomadic Changpa herdsmen and is close to the Leh-Manali highway. The closest settlements are that of Upshi towards Leh and Sarchu that is located towards Manali. This pass is more of a tougher one to cross and that’s why it is advised that you should travel via Taglang La Pass only if you are experienced in driving or take a skilled driver along.
5. Fotu La Pass
Fotu La Pass is a mountain pass blessed with splendid charisma that Ladakh possesses and the panoramas will just take your heart away! This pass is actually situated on the highest point of the highway leading towards Zoji La and Lamayaru town as well. The drive through the pass is wonderfully striking and the scenery is just endearing to immerse oneself in!
6. Lachulung La Pass
A favorite of many hikers and trekkers coming to Ladakh, Lachulung La Pass is majorly popular for its ethereal charm! It demarcates the Tsarap Chu Chu and Tozay valley and is located near to the Sarchu and Pangong Lake. It is also situated on the Leh Manali Highway and is just 8 km from La Nakee. The surroundings blend together to create a lovely landscape to ponder over here and you can spend hours gazing over it and capturing it with your camera!
7. Namikala Pass
Famous as the pillar of sky passes, Namikala Pass is the last one that comes on the route to Kargil region. It is located at an altitude of 12,139 ft above the sea level and comes under the Zanskar Range. Many rock carvings of Maitreya Buddha and Gompa are present here and the pass is more of a barren land but after crossing it, the panoramas become plush with natural beauty coming into the view!
8. Zojila Pass
Zojila Pass is on National Highway 1 and is merely 9 km from Sonamarg. The scenery of this pass has allure and wonder with the gorgeous Himalayas augmenting the magnificence. Avoid visiting Zojila Pass during winters because the route remain close because of heavy snowfall.
Eminent as the world’s highest motorable road, Umling La Pass is a dream for every biker and adventurer exploring Ladakh by road. Project Himank was the central effort behind the well-constructed path of Umling La. The pass is a risky one which is a characteristic that attracts many travelers to it and the adrenaline rush blends amazingly with the scenic backdrop to give you an unforgettable experience of a lifetime!
Hence, every mountain pass of Ladakh is an imperative part of every tourist’s traveling time here and these passes individually have their own significance with their panoramic landscapes and scenic aura. So, these mountain passes will not only augment the adventurous part of your road trip in Ladakh but will also give you enough chances to stop in between your journey and soak in the magical charm of Ladakh! Happy Journey!
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