Muri La: The Road That Has It All
Muri La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.569m (14,990ft) above the sea level, located in northwestern Sichuan province, in China.
The road to the summit, also known as Zogqen Pass, is totally paved. It’s called 217 Provincial Road (S217) and links Derge with Yushu. The road is terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness.
The road is 315km (195 miles) long, running from Xiewuzhen (in Chindu County) to Manigangezhen (in Dêgê County). This road passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. Drive over wide high plains with many nomads with yaks and horses. Beautiful views into the Chola Mountains. The zone is prone to heavy mist and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions.
Pic: Jaap Vinke