Chu La

Chu La is one of the gnarliest roads in Tibet

Chu La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.665m (15,305ft) above the sea level, located in Zayü County in the Nyingchi Prefecture in the southeastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, China. The road to the summit, with countless turns and twists, is said to be ‘The most primitive road in China’.

The road to the summit is mostly unpaved. It’s called Bingchacha Line (or Bingchacha Road), and runs from Chawalong to Chayu/Zayu. The road conditions are not very good and the drive is really treacherous: ground is muddy, large quicksands on the rolling stone slope sections, long dangerous cliffs, and changeable climate. Ideal time to travel is daylight. Not advised night drive.

The drive is very scenic running among beautiful snow-capped mountains. The road is famous for its magnificent scenery. It is typically open all year, however the snow that does not melt all the year round. 4x4 vehicle with high clearance required. Rocks often fall. Always pay attention when driving: avoid the stones. If you're afraid of heights, it's probably best to keep your eyes forward.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: 程亮


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