September 29, 2022

A daring ride through Khardung La!

Khardung La is on almost every traveler’s wish list, and it has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the highest motorable roads in the world after all. Located at an altitude of 18380 feet, it falls on a scenic road in Ladakh which serves as the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys.

Located at a distance of about 40 km from Leh city, the feeling one gets while traveling this route is in itself as exciting as it gets. Note that high season traffic rules dictate the movement of vehicles and the time of their movement.


Before hitting the road, make sure you have the Inner Line Permit (ILP) to cross Khardung La, which can be obtained from the District Commissioner’s office in Leh. To avoid unnecessary hassle, try to keep more than one copy of the ILP with you as they will be needed at checkpoints along the way.

So as you prepare for this daring race, check out the following.

Gloves. To verify. A very warm jacket. To verify. Sunscreen and sunglasses. To verify. And of course, emergency first aid in case you need it along the way.

Usually your journey will start early in the morning, taking you through the first 24 kilometers to the South Pullu checkpoint, where you will need to show your permits, before reaching the K-top which stands proudly at a dizzying altitude of 18380 feet. opt for the bikes, it’s a good idea to get there by car, so you’re free to gawk and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. You can always encourage bikers on the way by giving them a boost if you want!

Once at the top, you will find a small canteen that serves hot maggi, tea and
thukpa. Since you’ve come all this way, it’s a good idea to eat something and hang out a bit. Don’t practice much and try to click pictures for memories. Stop at the souvenir shop at the top, buy something, so you can tell the world about your accomplishment.

Note that the wind in there might end up temporarily numbing your fingers, but don’t worry, you’ll get used to it; try to keep your stay up there short though. All in all, a drive up here will be an unforgettable experience. So, are you ready for a daring ride through the Khardungla Pass!

  1. Why is Khardung La famous?
    Famous for being known as the gateway to Nubra and Shyok valleys in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. It is also one of the highest motorable passes in the world.
  2. What is the meaning of La in Khardung La?
    Khardung La (in Tibetan, La means pass).
  3. Which pass connects Srinagar to Kargil?
    Zoji La.