An epic enthralling road to Drakde La
Drakde La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.611m (15,127ft) above the sea level, located in the Maqên County of Qinghai Province in China, under the administration of Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.
Set high on the Great Tibetan Plateau, the road to the summit, also known as Dragde La, is totally unpaved. A 4x4 vehicle is required. Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey: adverse conditions are common. When the snow falls - which it does in the winter – things get tough and slippery. A lonely stupa was built over the road, and prayer flags are covering the rocks between the road and the glacier.
The summit was bypassed by the scenic Xueshan No.1 Tunnel of the G0615 Huajiu Highway. The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 9% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The drive offers magnificent view of Mount Amnye Machen and its glaciers.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic&video: Journey Beyond the Horizon