A hairpinned road to the summit of Gade La

Gade La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.016m (16,456ft) above the sea level, located in Banbar County, a county of the Chamdo Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China

Gade La

The pass, also known as Lashan Pass and Gadila, is traversed by a challenging high mountain road called 303 Provincial Road which runs entirely over the 4.200m above the sea level. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. The road is mostly paved but features many gravel sections. It’s 709 km long and climbs many mountain passes. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. The surface of the road is in very poor conditions with countless hairpin turns. It’s very steep and the drive is surrounded by snowy mountains.

Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The road is often underwater and severely damaged by rain and landslides and can be closed anytime. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Along the road there are several muddy, rough surfaced unlit tunnels to traverse–dripping water and speeding trucks only add to the terror. The pass road is 85.7 km (53.25 miles) long, running north-southeast from Nimuxiang to Maxiuxiang.
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