Drive across Zha La pass in Tibet

Zha La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.086m (16,686ft) above sea level, located in Biru County, in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

Zha La

Is the road to Zha La unpaved?

Set high in the eastern part of Tibet, the road to the summit, also known as Xia La and Xiala Mountain Pass, is mostly unpaved. It’s called 303 Provincial Road (S303). The zone is prone to heavy mist and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended. Along the road, there are several muddy, rough-surfaced unlit tunnels to traverse–dripping water and speeding trucks only add to the terror.

How long is Zha La?

The pass is 31.7 km (19.69 miles) long, running from Biru to Suxunma. At this elevation, it’s the highest point on the 303 Provincial Road.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: jlguo