The road with 64 switchbacks to Pang La

Pang La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.205m (17,076ft) above sea level, located in Tingri County, under the administration of the prefecture-level city of Xigazê in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

Pang La

Is the road to Pang La paved?

Set high in the Himalayan Range, the road to the summit, also known as Gawu La and Geu La, is totally paved. It’s called Zhufeng Road. The road ends at the Everest Base Camp.

How long is the road to Pang La?

The pass is 48.9 km (30.38 miles) long, running north-south from G318 road to Zhaxizongxiang.

How challenging is the road to Pang La?

The climb has more than 1000m of vertical climbing and it’s famous because there are 64 switchbacks from the south and 41 from the north, towards Friendship Highway, never too steep. Running along endless switchbacks, the road to the summit is pretty steep, hitting a 5.8% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.

Is Pang La worth it?

The summit is one of the best spots in the world to enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range. From the summit there is approximately 90km to the Rongbuk monastery, final viewpoint area of Mount Everest. The top of the pass is marked by a cairn with a pole stuck in its center from which hang strings of prayer flags. The base of the cairn is piled with offerings of stones and bones. Crossing the pass is one of the great trips that you can experience in Tibet.
Pic: Happy Tony