A memorable road trip to Norchung La

Norchung La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.090m (16,699ft) above the sea level, located in Coqên County in the southeast of Ngari Prefecture in the west of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

Norchung La

The road to the summit was totally paved in late 2015. It’s called 206 Provincial Road (S206). The pass road is 62.7 km (38.95 miles) long, running north-south from Dawaxung to Coqên Town. The drive offers stunning views of Dawa Co lake and Shahkang Shan mountain. 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 road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 17% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Because of the altitude, temperatures here are low, so be careful.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: Pic: By V.Steuer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons