Gele La

Travel guide to the top of Gele La

Gele La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.369m (14,333ft) above the sea level, located in Jomda County, in Chamdo in the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, China.

The curvy road to the summit is the challenging China National Highway 317. It’s paved. When the snow falls - which it does in the winter – things get tough and slippery. The pass is 41.0km (25.47 miles) long, running from Qu’nyido to Kargang. There are many dangerous sections of road along the route, and oxygen is scarce in the high altitude, making driving even more of a challenge.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: Carl Parker