Chipchap Pass

The road to Chipchap Pass is not for the faint of heart

Chipchap Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.301m (17,391ft) above the sea level, located in the southwestern part of Hotan Prefecture of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, in China. 

The road to the summit is totally unpaved. It's called Wuersisan-Radome Road. When the snow falls - which it does in the winter – things get tough and slippery. Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey: adverse conditions are common. 4x4 vehicle recommended. Facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find. The road to the summit is steep, hitting a 7% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at 219 Provincial Road, the road to the summit is 132.3 km (82.20km) long. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Temperatures here in the winter are brutally cold. It plummets as low as -55 C in the winters. The weather deteriorates frequently with strong icy winds.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson

 

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