Top 10 Must Cross Mountain Passes of Ladakh

Ladakh region is known as Land Of High Passes and renowned for its remote snow mountain, green valley beauty and unique culture. Leh and Kargil are two largest town in Ladakh, In 5 August 2019 – Ladakh is now treated as a union territory without a legislative assembly and get separated from the rest of Jammu and Kashmir.

Most popular and must visit tourist destination in Ladakh are known as Nubra Valley, Indus valley near Leh, Pangong Tso Lake, Mountain Passes, Tso Moriri and Wildlife of Ladakh.

Umling La (19,300 ft)

Umling La high altitude mountain pass is located at an elevation of 19,300 ft, Currently the highest motorable pass in the world, Road is managed by the BRO.

Marsimik La (18,314 ft)

Marsimik La is now said to be the highest motorable passes in the world, at an elevation 5,582 metres (18,314 ft). The high mountain pass is located about 20 km from the most beautiful lake of India, Pangong Lake.

Photi La (18,124 ft)

Photi La is one of the lesser known high mountain pass of India, One of the newly opened pass in Ladakh and one of the top 5 highest motorable roads in India, Also home to amazingly beautiful place called Hanle.

Kaksang La (17,798 ft)

Kaksang La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.438m, Located in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. Every tourist need an Inner Line Permits to visit this region of Ladakh.

Chang La (17,585 ft)

Chang La high mountain pass is also called as second highest motor-able road in the world. The high mountain pass of Ladakh is on route to Pangong Lake from Leh and serve as a gateway to the Changtang Plateau in the Himalayas, Home to nomadic Tibetan people.

Khardung La (17,582 ft)

Khardung La on the Ladakh Range is a gateway to the tourist attraction Nubra valley at an elevation of 5,359 m (17,582 ft). The mountain pass required an Inner Line Permit to visit for tourists, It was earlier incorrectly claimed to be world’s highest motorable.

Taglang La (17,480 ft)

Taglang La high mountain pass in Ladakh is another highest motorable pass in India and one of the highest motorable road in the world on Leh-Manali Highway.

Lungalacha La (16,600 ft)

Lungalacha La also is also along the Leh Manali Highway and situated between Sarchu and Pang. It is located at (5,059 m or 16,600 ft) and easier as compare to other mountain passes of Ladakh but hikers still face breathlessness due to elevation.

Baralacha La (16,043 ft)

Bara-lacha la pass in Zanskar range situated along the Leh Manali Highway that connects Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh. Leh Manali Highway connects Manali in Himachal and Zanskar valley in Ladakh.

Rohtang Pass at an elevation of (13,060 ft) is also a high mountain pass in Leh Manali Highway that connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valley.

Fotu La and Namika La (13,478 ft)

Fotu La at an elevation of 13,478 ft is one of two high mountain passes between Leh and Kargil district of Ladakh. Namika La is another high passes between Kargil and Leh, along the Srinagar-Leh highway in the Zaskar range of in India.

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