Spanning the Karakoram range to the north and the Ladakh range to the south, the views of snow-white mountains are simply spectacular at this pass. Yes, we are talking about the one of the highest motorable road in the world - Khardung La Pass. Literally, meaning “Pass of Lower Castle”, Khardung La Pass resides at a height of 18,380 ft from the mean sea level on the road between Leh and Nubra valley in Ladakh. What could be more thrilling than visiting one of the highest motorable roads in the world? Nothing, of course!
Khardung La Pass is BRO's (Border Roads Organisation) one of the major benchmarks and is kind of must visit for any traveler to Leh. Just have a leisurely stroll with the cool refreshing mountain air caressing your face, fluttering prayer flags making the sound in your ears and you will feel rejuvenated. But make sure not to expose yourself for long at such a high altitude as you might fall sick.
Things to do at Khardung La1. Pitch your camp
Pitch your camp in the frosty region to feel the cold under the sky full of stars. If anyone wants to go camping nearby Khardung La - so there is Buddha point, it's 8km further far away from Khardung La towards Nubra valley. Though there is always an option to head to Leh for a more comfortable stay, however, camping near Khardung La will be something out of the box.2. Enjoy Pahado Wali Chai and Maggi
Enjoy your perfect food combo in the mountains, "Pahado wali chai and Maggi" at the highest cafeteria in the world at Khardung La. You can take snaps of holding the Maggi bowl or Chai cup and fancy the picture with an adorable caption mentioning the 2nd highest motorable pass in the world in it.3. Photographer Mode On
Click pictures beside the board signifying the USP of Khardung La pass or you can take panoramic view pictures of the snow-capped mountain ranges all around. Keep these pictures as a return ticket for your Ladakh trip.4. Visit Nubra Valley
You can visit Nubra Valley as it is probably one of the most picturesque places in Ladakh. Characterized by scenic slopes of the mountains, lush greenery, arid mountains, the beautiful Shyok and Nubra rivers, sand dunes and a rich culture, Nubra Valley is probably one of the best places to sleep under the star-laden skies and wake up to a breathtaking view.
Distance from Khardung La: 120 KM
Time to reach from Khardung La: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Best Time to Visit Khardung La Pass
As a sightseers' top pick, Khardung La discovers its way to the highest point of a few explorers' rundown of things to do in in Leh-Ladakh. To such an extent that amid the pinnacle voyaging season for Ladakh, Khardung La faces traffic that can soon transform into a bad dream. So as to make going through the pass smoother for voyagers, vehicles from Leh towards Khardung La are permitted just from 9 am to 1 pm and those from Khardung La to Leh are permitted from 1 pm to 5 pm. It's constantly fitting to check with nearby offices or cab drivers about the timings.
The best time to visit Khardung La is from May to October. Amid these months the pass stays open unless there is a sudden change in climate conditions.
How to reach Khardung La Pass?
Khardung La Pass is located at a distance of approximately 40 km from Leh which makes it an easy pick for a bike ride from Leh. (Unless you want extra adventure in your life).
Leh to Khardung La road is asphalted for around 24 km till the South Pullu check post however from that point the way is comprised of rock and earth track till the North Pullu checkpoint. It requires the Inner Line Permit (ILP) to cross the pass which one can get from the District Commissioner's office in Leh. Make a point to keep minimum six photocopies of your permits as each checkpoint keeps a duplicate of your permit before letting your through.
Weather Conditions at Khardung La Pass
The climate is exceptionally unsteady and can change shockingly quick abandoning you stranded for quite a long time or even days so you have to come arranged for the most exceedingly bad when wanting to visit Khardung La. There are no convenience alternatives at Khardung La unless you go with your own tents that you can pitch. Since Leh is the nearest town with plenty of settlement and dinner choices, your most solid option is to head out back to Leh or even remain at Nubra for one night. Do convey some nourishment packets and munchies for the excursion and continue hydrating yourselves.
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