Shargang La is a truly outstanding 4x4 adventure

Shargang La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.335m (17,503ft) above the sea level located in Banbar County, Chamdo Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

Shargang La

The road to the summit, also known as Xia Gongla and Xar Kangla, is totally unpaved and pretty steep with more than 50 hairpin turns. It was built in October 2000. Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey: adverse conditions are common. This is a road to be abandoned. A tunnel is being dug under the mountain, at 4.750 meters (15,583ft) above the sea level, and the road here is basically no longer repaired. The new Xia Gongla Mountain Tunnel will be 4.392 meters long. It will adopt a single tunnel and two directions, with a limit of 9 meters in width and 5 meters in height. The seismic fortification intensity of the tunnel structure is Ⅶ. Xia Gongla Mountain, also known as Danda Mountain, means "East Snow Mountain" in Tibetan. 
The pass is 34.4 km (21 miles) long running from Taoqiuge to Zhama'er. The road can only be driven by off-road vehicles. Small cars are not good. Remember this is a mountainous area, climbing up a high mountain, with a notorius absence of oxygen. Altitude and extreme weather are always a factor. The scenery along the way is really beautiful, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, and the air is clean and dusty.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
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