Lying at an elevation of 5,359 m above sea level, Khardung La Pass is the gateway to Nubra valley and Shyok Valleys. This is one of the world’s highest motorable roads and among the most popular attractions of Ladakh. The pass offers magnificent views of the vicinity and is positioned at around 40 km from the Leh town.
Also known as the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’, it was opened for automobiles in 1988, and since then, the area has been a preferred destination for expeditions by motorbiking enthusiasts. Biking enthusiasts from all around the world visit this pass for a lifetime memorable experience. Once you reach the mountain pass, you can spot differently-colored Tibetan prayer flags fluttering and adding charm to the already enchanting view.
There is an army canteen also that serves refreshments and tea. You can also get your hands on some mementos from the nearby souvenir shop. Khardungla Pass also has a historical significance as it is associated with the fact that it lies on the Caravan Route that connects Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia. Earlier, camels and horses were used to cover the distances and supply valuable goods. Today, the pass is logistically important to the Indian Army and is used for carrying supplies to Siachen Glacier.
The weather near Khardung La keeps changing. Having this said, make sure you are prepared to face difficult weather conditions. However, the best time to visit Khardung La Pass is between May and October, when the weather is less unpredictable and comfortable for the excursion. You can plan to visit Khardung La Pass with our well-curated Ladakh tour packages and enjoy the breathtaking views of scenic surroundings. Contact our travel experts for more information and book a Leh Ladakh trip with us!