Yilanga La

A rough 4x4 road to Yilanga La

Yilanga La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.555m (18,225ft) above the sea level, located in Zanda County, in the Ngari Prefecture to the extreme west of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

The road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s a military road called Chumuti-Chepzi Highway. 4x4 vehicles only. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. The climb requires a military authorization very difficult to obtain (even for a national) because it is located in a totally isolated area near the Indian border. Not far from the Bodpo La, the road to the summit is 73.8 km (45,85 miles) long starting at Qusum Town. It has steep sections, hitting a 14% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson

 

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