The rough and curvy road to Racaka Pass

Racaka La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.641m (15,226ft) above the sea level, located in Riwoche, a county of the prefecture-level city of Chamdo in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China.

Racaka La

Located in the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, the summit road sits at a considerable altitude and remains entirely unpaved. Navigating this rugged terrain necessitates the use of a 4x4 vehicle. The road presents a formidable challenge, characterized by numerous steep sections and hairpin turns along its narrow path. Throughout the journey, drivers must confront perilous precipices and treacherous drop-offs.

Stretching over a distance of 18.5km (11.49 miles), the pass extends from Zhaofayong to Macanang. As the elevation increases, oxygen levels decrease, requiring visitors to take necessary precautions against Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Essential facilities such as electricity, medical assistance, hot running water, and western-style toilets are scarce in this area. It is advisable to check the weather forecast before embarking on your journey, as adverse conditions are frequently encountered. During winter, the road often remains closed for extended periods of time.

Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: Carl Parker