Driving the curvy road to Rathi La

Rathi La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.689m (15,383ft) above the sea level, located in Batang County, Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China.

Rathi La

The road to the summit, also known as Rato La, was recently build. It’s mostly paved but pretty defiant, with hundreds of turns. The pass is 48.5 km (30.13 miles) long, running from Bomixiang (Batang County) to Zhangna (Litang County). Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey: adverse conditions are common.

The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 13% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Remember this is a mountainous area, climbing up a high mountain, with a notorius absence of oxygen. Altitude and extreme weather are always a factor. The drive offers great views of Genyen mountains.

Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson