This is short video taken during the Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari from Leh to Khardung La.
The capital of Ladakh, Leh is in a small, fertile valley north of the Indus Valley. The town is also at the base of the Khardung La.This pass is the first of the high passes formerly crossed by trading caravans en route to the Karakoram Pass and the markets of central Asia. Although these trading routes have been closed since 1947, the Leh Bazaar retains much of its ancient and unique character. While the King’s Palace and the Victory Fort provide a fitting reminder of Ladakh’s rich cultural history.
The Leh to Khardung La Pass was built in 1976, it was opened to motor vehicles in 1988. Maintained by the B.R.O.(Border Roads Organisation), the pass is strategically important to India. It is used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier.The pass is situated on the Ladakh Range, north of Ladakh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys.
Is the Khardung La Pass the highest motorable pass??
Although summit signs claim that at 5,602 m (18,379 ft) metres high it is the world’s highest motorable pass.This claim has been disputed by multiple modern measurements. The height of the pass is nearer to 5,359 m (17,582 ft) measured using DGPS(Differential Global Positioning System) and imply that there are several higher motor able passes. Still to route from Leh to Khardung La is scenically breathtaking in the Indian Himalayas. Join us at Renok Adventures during the Trans Himalayan Jeep Safari to experience this route from Leh to Khardung La for yourself.