Laofan Pass

Taking on the Twists and Turns of Laofan Pass

Laofan Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.155m (13,631ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between Gansu and Qinghai provinces of northwest China.

Tucked away in the northeastern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called National Highway G213 (Suqi Highway). The road opened to traffic on September 29, 2021. The most challenging part of the drive was bypassed by the Dongshan Tunnel, a high mountain tunnel at an elevation of 3.850m (12,631ft) above the sea level.
To drive the pass without stopping will take most people between 2 and 2.5 hours. The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 17% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Running through the Qilian mountains, the pass is 70.6 km (43.86 miles) long, running from S204 (Erga Highway) to Qinglong.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
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