The world's highest road passes

The world's highest road passes

Road passes over 5,000 meters above sea level

The world's highest road passes can be found, without much surprise, in Tibet and Indian Ladakh. a lot of asphalt roads are constructed at heights more than five thousand meters above sea level. Almost every one of these passes of­fers a beauti­ful view of either the Himalayan eight-thousandthers or the slightly more flat tops of the Transhimalaya´s hi­lls. Driving along these roads, either by car or by bicycle, is one of the great experiences

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Suge la pass
29.898, 90.133
5 452 m / 17 887 ft

#1 Suge la pass

One of the world's highest road passes

Suge la Pass (5,452m asl) is one of the world's highest motorized passes. You will find it in a deserted landscape near Qiongmo Kangri Mountain (7,048 m asl). If you want to visit this place during your trip in Tibet, it is necessary to arrange in advance, as this pass is not on a classic trip itinerary.

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Chang La Pass
34.048, 77.931
5 360 m / 17 585 ft

#2 Chang La Pass

The highest road pass in Ladakh

Chang La Pass (5 360 asl) is the highest road pass in Ladakh, over which leads a "normal" road. Far better known Khardung la is about a meter lower. Over the very highest Marsimik la leads only not very used military path to the border with China. Despite its great height you should not expect amazing views – the pass is hidden between the ridges and the view is thus very limited. However, unless you ascend to any nearby mountain.

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Khardung la Pass
34.279, 77.605
5 359 m / 17 582 ft

#3 Khardung la Pass

False highest motorized pass in the worl

Khardung la Pass (5 359 m asl) is probably the most famous Indian road pass, mainly due to the fact that it has for decades erroneously been stated as the highest motorized pass of the world. Even so, it's very interesting tourist spot, mainly due to its proximity to the capital of Ladakh - Leh and to the gate into the valley of Nubra.

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Taglang la Pass
33.508, 77.77
5 328 m / 17 480 ft

#4 Taglang la Pass

The highest point of the road Manali-Leh

Taglang la Pass (5 328 m asl) belongs among the three highest accessible road passes in Ladakh. It is also the highest point of the famous Himalayan road from Leh to Manali.

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Gyatso la pass
28.952, 87.438
5 259 m / 17 254 ft

#5 Gyatso la pass

Pass on the Tibetan plateau plain

Despite its high altitude - 5,259 meters above sea level, the Gyatso Pass is relatively insignificant. It is the highest point on the road leading across the vast plateau.

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Pang la Pass
28.513, 87.065
5 206 m / 17 080 ft

#6 Pang la Pass

Impressive view of the Himalayas

Pang la pass (5,206m asl) is considered one of the most beautiful Himalayan viewpoints. So exactly the prospect is of a couple of altitude meters above it. Everyone who headed for BC Everest passes through it, so do not forget to get out of the car and enjoy the endless Tibetan ridges and the majestic Himalayan wall on the horizon

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Laken la pass
30.682, 91.097
5 190 m / 17 028 ft

#7 Laken la pass

View of Lake Namtso

The perfect asphalt road, which leads from Damxung through the mountains to the sacred lake Namtso, culminates in a Laken la Pass (5,190 meters above sea level). Here you can take a short walk between the prayer flags and the weathered rocks overlooking the lake.

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Tong la pass
28.517, 86.167
5 130 m / 16 831 ft

#8 Tong la pass

The highest point of the Friendship Road

The Road of Friendship that connects Nepal and Tibet is culminating in the Tong la Pass (5,130m asl), which is at the same time the river watershed. From the pass, in the good weather, it is possible to see the eight-thousander mountain Shisha Pangma.

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Lamna la pass
28.322, 86.728
5 097 m / 16 722 ft

#9 Lamna la pass

Pass in nomads county

Lamna la pass (5,097m above sea level) does not located on a classical road, but on a gravel road for off-road vehicles. You pass through it only if you continue from BC Everest further west. The pass itself is not exactly heartbreaking, it is located on a mountain plains below the round ridges reaching heights up to six thousand meters above sea level.

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Lalung la pass
28.606, 86.143
5 020 m / 16 470 ft

#10 Lalung la pass

Unimportant five-thousander

Probably you will experience only in Tibet that the 5,000-meter high road pass is just a lonely place on the deserted plain. However, if you are lucky, it is a splendid view of the monumental eight-thousander Shisha Pangma from here

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