Samye La

Don’t glance down at your phone on Samye La

Samye La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.486 m (17,998ft) above the sea level, located in Zhongba County, Xigazê Prefecture in China's Tibet Autonomous Region. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

Tucked away in the Himalayan mountain range, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. The road to the summit, located within the Gangdise range, is unpaved. It’s called 259 Country Road- west-Tibet-Highway. The road is impassable from September to June. 4x4 required. During the monsoon, especially the late part in August and early September mud and flooding of the road can be a problem. Very remote, no traffic. It's a windy place and it's one of those places where you can feel hard winds coming from two directions at the same time. The pass is 88.9 km long, running south-north from China National Highway 219 (G219) to Buduoxiang. There are some small lakes nearby.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: Juntao JIANG

 

 

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