Nangpa La, a Most Tricky Scenic Drive
Nangpa La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.884m (16,023ft) above the sea level, located in Baiyü County of far western Sichuan province, China.
Set high on the border with the Tibet Autonomous Region, the road is totally unpaved. 4x4 vehicle recommended. The drive is amazing and features lots of bends. The area is rather remote. Facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find.
The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 31% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting north of Shamaxiang, the ascent is 23.9 km (14.85 miles) long. The average gradient is 7.80%. If you do choose this route please check up to date information.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson