Adventure Along The Wild Road to Semo La Pass

Semo La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.578m (18,300ft) above sea level, located in Coqên County, in the Ngari Prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.

Semo La

Can you drive through Semo La?

Set high in the Himalaya mountain range, in the west of the Tibet Autonomous Region, the road to the summit, also known as Sangmu La, is fully paved. It’s called 206 Provincial Road (S206), a lonely road in the middle of nowhere. It was paved in late 2015. The road is 401 km (249mi) long and stays for a long time very high (150km over 5000m above the sea level) through a long high plateau. The road gives access to the Chang Tang region.

Is the road to Semo La challenging?

Located in the southeast of Ngari Prefecture, the pass is the highest point on the road. It is well tarmacked and easily drivable in almost any vehicle as long as the lack of oxygen doesn't stop the car from running. Travellers use this route as an alternative access route to western Tibet and Mount Kailash, especially when mud makes access by the more southern route difficult. Also make sure you have petrol, food and water.
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