Ultimate 4wd destination: Ker La
Ker La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.024m (16,482ft) above the sea level, located in Riwoche county, under the administration of the prefecture-level city of Chamdo in the northeast of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.
The road to the summit is totally unpaved. It links Riwoqê/Ratsaka town with Shagongxiang on the Ngom river. 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 very steep, hitting a 15% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at G214 road, the ascent is 26.4 km (16,40 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.268 meters. The average gradient is 4.80%.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson