Taglang La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5,328 m (17,480 ft) above the sea level, located in Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, India.
It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country. On the top there’s a local sign that incorrectly claims 17,582 feet, which would be 5,359 metres. It’s traversed by the Leh-Manali Highway road. The road is impassable in winters. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. 4x4 required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the pass, oxygen is in short supply.
Proper preparation is essential to having a safe, enjoyable trop on this road. The road is asphalted but from 5,000m upwards it becomes an unpaved dirt roadway. The ascent includes 20 kms of loose-stone road, 700 meters uphill and an atmospheric oxygen level half that at sea level. Even heavy load traffic makes use of that road to get to the town of Leh. The pass summit is characterised by hundreds of Buddhistic prayer flags.