Dare to drive the dangerous Galong La
Galong Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.296m (14,094ft) above the sea level, located in the Nyingchi Prefecture in the south-east of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
The road to the summit, also known as Galung La, is extreme. 4x4 vehicle recommended. It’s a series of hairpin turns on a very steep road. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The road to the summit was called the country’s “most beautiful” yet also its “most dangerous”, as it has unstable land formations and intensive rainfall. This track can get very muddy and slippery after rain making it challenging to get through. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
The area features a big risk of rainfall, frequent quakes landslides and mudslides. The road traversing the pass was bypassed by a 3.2 km long tunnel, called Galongla Tunnel.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson