Get behind the wheels for 787 County Road, one of the planet’s highest roads
787 County Road is a high mountain road located in Ngari Prefecture in China's Tibet Autonomous Region. There is a real risk of AMS (altitude-mountain-sickness) and death due to Pulmonary Edema and Cerebral Edema. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Located in the Tibetan plateau, the road is unpaved. 4x4 vehicle required. It’s totally impassable in winters. On this road you're firmly on altitudes over 5.000m above the sea level. The road is pretty steep, with some parts up to 11% of maximum gradient.
Remember this is a mountainous area, climbing up a high mountain, with a notorius absence of oxygen. The road runs north-south from X711 road to China National Highway 219. It’s 139 km (86 mile) long. The road tops out at 5.518m (18,103ft) above the sea level. The road offers stunning views of Argog Lake. It appears as an emerald jewel, dotted across the landscape and tucked away in mountain ranges.
Road suggested by: Jorge Manuel Gómez Sánchez
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