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Suge La

Suge La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.430m (17,815 feet) above the sea level, located in the Nyenchen Dangla Mountains about 110kms northwest of Lhasa. It’s one of the highest motorable road passes of the world. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the pass, oxygen is in short supply.

The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. You will most likely be driving an off- road, but the road surface is relatively good, so it is passable almost for any car (in good weather of course). The bigger problem than the condition of the road is extremely low oxygen for engine combustion. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

 

It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging. The pass itself is relatively flat and a little bit lost in mountainsides, so it is worth to go above it (5,530 m asl) to have better views. The main magnet in the vicinity of the pass is glacial peak of Qiongmo Kangri (7 ,048 m asl) towering above everything.

 

The road's winding design, providing stunning panoramic views, is very curvy and fun for a leisurely ride, so it pays to take it slow. It lies on the road S304 at the western end of mountain range Nyenchen Tanglha. Driving over the pass is also a shorter version of the route between Nam tso lake and Shigatse.

 

Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. From the pass, you get an amazing view of Chomo Gangtse, which rises to 7,048m. The road conditions at the Suge La are decent. It is a wide dirt road that most vehicles can travel on. 

 




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