Lungdri La: this road is not for timid drivers
Lungdri La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.689m (15,383ft) above the sea level, located Baiyü County of far western Sichuan province, China, on the border with the Tibet Autonomous Region.
The road to the summit is totally unpaved. It links two parts of the Jinsha (upper Yangtze) 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 required. A lungdri is a type of sword. The area is very 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 17% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Jidong, the ascent is 16.9 km (10.50 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.689 meters. The average gradient is 9.99%.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson