Zholpel La, an awe-inspiring road through remote areas
Zholpel La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.615m (15,141ft) above the sea level, located in Qamdo district, in the eastern Tibet Autonomous Region of China.
The road to the summit is unpaved. It’s called G317 (China National Highway 317) or Sichuan-Tibet highway Northern Route. The pass is 62 km (38 miles) long running west-east from Bindaxiang to Eluozhen.
Located in the Tannyaintangoin Mountains, the pass is also known as Zhu Jiao La and Trugu La. The most challenging part of the drive was bypassed by the infamous Zhu Jiao La Tunnel.
Road suggested by: Jorge Manuel Gómez Sánchez
Pic: Paul Wood