A Once in a Lifetime Drive through Ilfsu Pass

Ilfsu Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.858m (15,938ft) above the sea level, located in the Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County of Kashgar Prefecture in Western Xinjiang, China.

Ilfsu Pass

Set high on the western part of the country, near the Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. Attempting it in anything but a High-Clearance, preferably 4-wheel drive vehicle is a recipe for disaster. At this elevation oxygen levels drop and visitors need to take adequate precautions against AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

The road to the summit, also known as Gaijiake Daban, is 35km (21.74 miles) long, running west-east from the paved G314 road to Gaijieke. The drive is really challenging, with steep parts and 25 hairpin turns.

Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson