Chepzi Observation Post

An epic enthralling road to Chepzi Observation Post

Chepzi Observation Post is a military facility at an elevation of 4.835m (15,862ft) above the sea level, located in Zanda County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet.

The road to the facility is extreme. 4x4 vehicles only. It’s a gravel mule track impassable during winter months. The bigger problem than the condition of the road is extremely low oxygen for engine combustion. If your car is not properly prepared, it will not have enough power to do the climb, and especially considering that the track is very steep, and rough.
The road is very steep, featuring 24 hairpin turns. It hits a 19% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Chepzi, a little village at the bottom, the ascent is 4.1 km (2.54 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 477 meters. The average gradient is 11.63%. Unfortunately access to the area for non-Chinese nationals is very difficult.

 

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