Shel La

Dare to drive the dangerous Shel La

Shel La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.904m (16,089ft) above the sea level, located in Dêngqên County, in the east of the Tibet Autonomous Region, in China.

The road to the summit is unpaved. It’s called G317 (China National Highway 317) or Sichuan-Tibet highway. If you're afraid of heights, it's probably best to keep your eyes forward. The winding road is narrow with dangerous dropoffs. Be careful: this road is not for the sissies. One mistake can have consequences. The pass is 57.7 km long running east-west from Badaxiang to Chiduzhen.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: 朱平


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NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.