Driving the road to Hongqi Daban is not a piece of cake
Hongqi Daban is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.694m (18,681ft) above the sea level, located in the Xinjiang autonomous region of China, in the northwest of the country. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Set high in the Chang-Chemno Range, the winding road to the summit is totally unpaved. 4x4 vehicles only. The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 10% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at SS19 road, the ascent is 40.3 km (25 miles) long. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson