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Khardung La, Leh

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Scenic Drive · Outdoor Activity
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Take a frosty ride through Khardung La, one of the highest elevated public motor passes in the world. Cycle or drive along the route, which lies some 5,359 m (17,582 ft) above sea level. Along the way, you'll have panoramic views of glaciers and the Ladakh mountain range. Amenities along the way include restrooms and a cafe. Note that altitude sickness presents a serious risk here; those not acclimatized need to plan ahead as there are no emergency medical facilities in the area. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Khardung La and many more Leh attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Leh holiday planning website.
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  • As rightly mentioned - Mighty Khardungla. Bikers delight in just driving through the place. Make you feel you have conquered the heights. Mighty appreciation to the BRO team for maintaining the roads....  more
    As rightly mentioned - Mighty Khardungla. Bikers delight in just driving through the place. Make you feel you have conquered the heights. Mighty appreciation to the BRO team for maintaining the roads....  more »
  • At Khardungla people are advised to stay just for 20mins, but we had a scary few hours as we got stuck in a heavy snowfall. Our driver cab (Innova) driver having forgotten to carry a chain. Going... 
    At Khardungla people are advised to stay just for 20mins, but we had a scary few hours as we got stuck in a heavy snowfall. Our driver cab (Innova) driver having forgotten to carry a chain. Going...  more »
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  • One of the highest passes in the world where you can drive a car or a bike. When we reached here, there was no crowd, snowfall started and the whole place was misty and magical. There's a small cafe and shop here, we had yummy and steaming hot chocolate there. There's also an oxygen cafe, in case someone gets altitude sickness. From here, the road rapidly descends in both directions (Leh and Nubra). On the Nubra side, there are a few safe places where you can stop and play in the powder snow.
  • Really felt on top of the world. Highest motorable pass in the world. Always read about this in the books and heard from the people but the feeling when I reached there can't be explained. Low air pressure so much chaos everyone trying to get their photo in front of mile stone long traffic jam. But the scenic beauty from top of this pass was never imagined everything covered in snow and it was so cold there. Even washroom was designed like this that when you pee you get a beautiful view of other snow covered mountains. There were sevral cafe and souvenir shop too from where you can buy.

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