A Once in a Lifetime Drive through Chake La

Chake La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.338m (17,513ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Nyima and Shuanghu (Tsonyi) counties, in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

Chake La

Part of the Changtang National Nature Reserve, the road to the summit, also known as Qagê La, is totally unpaved. A 4x4 vehicle is required. Ideal time to travel is daylight. Not advised night drive. This road offers jaw-dropping views, unparalleled freedom, and lots of fresh air.

Remember this is a mountainous area: altitude and extreme weather are always a factor. The pass is 66.1 km (41.07 miles) long running from Suoga Luma to Gacuoxiang. Plan about 4 hours to complete the remarkable drive without stops, although you may want to block out extra time to stop, take photos and explore the region it passes through.

Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic:  Juntao JIANG