Khardung La (Khardung Pass, la means pass in Tibetan) is a mountains pass in the Ladakh area of the Indian state of “Jammu & Kashmir”. The local pronunciation is Khardzong La or Khardong La but as with nearly all names in Ladakh, the romanised spelling vary.
The pass on the Ladakh Range lie north of Leh, is the gateway to the Nubra valleys and Shyok. The “Siachen Glacier” lie part way up the latter valley. Build in 1976, it was opened to public motor vehicles in 1988, has since seen many motorbike, automobile and mountain biking expeditions. Maintained by the Border Roads Organisations, the pass is deliberately important to India as it is used to carry provisions to the Siachen Glacier.
The altitude of Khardung La is 5,359 m, local summit signs and dozens of stores sells shirt in Leh wrongly claim that its altitude is in the vicinity of 5,602 m and that it is the world’s uppermost motorable pass.
Best Things to do near Khardung La Pass
- Shanti Stupa
- Ju-Leh Adventure
- Leh Royal Palace
- Prayer Wheel
- Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
- Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions
- Monastery Circuit
- Venture Ladakh
- Zanskar Arts
- Hazara Arts
- Pristine Ladakh
Best time to reach Khardung La Pass
Contrary to common belief, the pass really remains unlock all through the year. Both Army and locals use it to cross over towards either Leh or Nubra Valley. In peak winters, month of January and February, it may get concealed under deep snow but usually Army clears the road. A lot of citizens make a winter trip to Ladakh, visit Nubra valley as well. It is the question of reaching Leh in Winters which can only be done by Air. The best time to visit Khardung La however will be anytime between “May and October, during summer”. Climate at this time is pleasant, street conditions too are considerably better in later part of the seasons. October beyond, it starts to snow which increase the poossibility of a person getting stranded in case the street gets blocked.
How to reach Khardung La Pass
By Air : You can fly to the “Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport” which is directly linked from Delhi, Jammu and Srinagar, by the flights run by Air India, Jet Airways and Go Air. Schedules are topic to change according to the climate so it is sensible to keep your plans flexible. Once you reach Leh, you can get to “Khardung La” by road via the route mention above.
By Train : You can take a train to “Jammu Tawi Railway station” from where you need to travel by road to Leh via the Manali Leh main highway. Instead than, you can get a train to “Srinagar railway station” and reach Leh via the Srinagar Leh main highway. From Leh, it is the same path to Khardung La which is as mentioned in above already.
By Road : You can reach “Khardung La” by highway from Leh. It fall on the path to “Nubra Valley” which is located at of 39 km away from Leh. It should take about 1 hour to reach “Khardung La” from Leh. Several tourists and private cars, taxis, buses and motorbike play on this path between May to September. The road from Leh to Khardung La is asphalted for approximately 24 km till the South Pullu check post, but from there the highway is made up of gravel and dirt track till the North Pullu check point.