Driving the illegal road to Namgung La

Namgung La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.830m (15,846ft) above the sea level, located in Lhuntse District in Bhutan. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

Namgung La

Set high on the northeastern part of the country, the road to the summit, also known as Lengmugong La, is totally unpaved and pretty challenging. A 4x4 vehicle is required. The road was illegally built but the Chinese army into Bhutan. China’s multilevel construction drive within Bhutan has gone almost completely unnoticed by the outside world.

The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 10% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The pass is 5.7 km (3.54 miles) long, running from the Chinese border to Leng Mugogcuo lake.

Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson