Kawak Pass

The inhumane climb to Kawak Pass with 38% ramps

Kawak Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.126m (16,817ft) above the sea level, located in Pishan County, within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, under the administration of the Hotan Prefecture in China.

The road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called Hashen Highway. A 4x4 vehicle is recommended. The drive features 31 hairpin turns.
The winding and challenging road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 38% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at China National Highway 219 (G219), the ascent is 26.9km (16.71 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.742 meters. The average gradient is 6.47%.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson

 

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