Khardung La pass, generally called as Khardzong La, is also known as the gateway to the Nubra and Shyok valleys of Ladakh. It is a mountain pass in the Leh district of the Indian union territory of Ladakh. It is a very important strategic pass into the Siachen glacier and claims to be the world’s highest motor-able pass at an elevation of 5,602 m. You can see Siachen glacier when traveling to Nubra valley.
The mountain pass is filled with travelers passing over from Leh and pausing to capture some astonishing photographs. Adventure bikers from all over the world visit this place in Leh district for an immersed experience.
Also known as the Pass of Lower Castle, it is the motivation for adventurous bikers and a ride to the pass is a never-ending expedition for them. When planning a Ladakh tour, it is one of the musts to visit places in Ladakh.
The road in the Khardung La pass was constructing under the supervision of Lt. General T. B. Nanda (retired). He was the Chief Engineer of Northern Command at the time of road construction. He once told that in 1971, after the war against Pakistan, a territory exchange between Indian and Pakistan happen in the mountains of the north of the Himalayas.
Best time to visit
The Khardung La pass is open between May and October months and it is the best time for a visit. There are no accommodation options in the Khardung La pass. Tourists are advised not to stay here for more than 30 minutes due to less oxygen at this height.
How to reach Khardung La
You can reach Khardung La by road on the way to Nubra Valley from Leh. The road from Leh to South Pullu check post (about 24 kilometers) is in a good condition as it is asphalted, however from South Pullu to North Pullu check post is a dirty track. You should take around 2 hours to reach there from Leh. You can use the service of several private taxis and bus tour operators to reach there.