Kori La

Kori La

Kori La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.406m (7,893ft) above the sea level, located in the Mongar District in southeastern-central Bhutan.

The road to the summit is asphalted and pretty steep, with hundreds of turns. There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy. Prayer flags hang on top of the pass. Mostly very nice for driving and especially in the beginning and at the end lots of narrow hairpin bends.
Located in the Black Mountains, the road is very narrow. It’s called Bumthang - Ura Highway. The road was built in the 1990’s. It is not recommended if your passengers are prone to car sickness. A quick glance at the map at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The journey offers superb views. It’s definitely worth it. A drive not to be missed! The road passes through deep forests of Rhododendron trees with prayer flags on the walls.
The wind is usually quite strong at mountain areas. High winds blow here all year long. Protect yourself from heavy cold with warm clothes, cap and glouse. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. The pass is often closed during winter for a day or two due to heavy snowfall. It is quite strange that from early April and May, we do not see snow at this height. Top of the pass is fully covered by mist most of the time.