X710: enjoy a road among the clouds
710 County Road is a high mountain road located in Ngari Prefecture in China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
Located on southern Tibet, the road is totally unpaved. 4x4 vehicle required. It’s impassable in winters. The road runs entirely above 4.700m above the sea level. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. If you don't acclimatize for that mountain, you can get a serious altitude sickness, such as cerebral edema or pulmonary edema. It is a hard climb especially if you never reached that altitude before. The drive offers stunning views of Jiuma and Kongburong lakes.
A very challenging part of the road runs on the shores of Senge Zangbu river. The road runs north-south from the village of Gê'gyai towards X716 (716 County Road). It’s 197 km (122 mile) long. The road tops out at 5.374m (17,631ft) above the sea level.