An awe-inspiring drive to Lisuo Pass
Lisuo Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.675m (15,337ft) above the sea level, located in Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province of Southwest China. If you're afraid of heights, it's probably best to keep your eyes forward.
The road to the summit, also known as Gongbucuo, is totally unpaved and very dangerous. Along the way you’ll have to deal with some dangerous drop offs. The road has some narrow parts, so not recommended if you don't know how to reverse. 4x4 vehicle required.
The drive is very scenic and the views can't be beaten, with amazing views of Mt. Minya Konka especially when reflected in the nearby Lisuo Lake. The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 16% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Shangmujucun, the ascent is 8.1km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 928 meters. The average gradient is 11.45%.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic&video: tom Shan