Kye La

Kye La is one of the world’s highest roads

Kye La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.829m (19,124ft) above the sea level, located in the south-west of Tibet Autonomous Region, in China. It’s one of the world's highest motorable roads.

Located in the Himalayas mountain range the tiny road to the summit is unpaved. The pass is 95.4 km (59 mile) long and links the small villages of Gyirong Town, also referred to as Kyirong as well as Kerung, in the southern part of Gyirong County in the Tibet Autonomous Region and Kungtang. The road is usually passable between June and September and runs firmly above 5.000m above the sea level. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Extremely low oxygen for engine combustion. The drive is very scenic, with stunning views. It’s one of the highest roads of the country. This infamous gravel road to the summit, also known as Kyen La and Jing La, is bumped. 4wd vehicle required. It’s an old mine road.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson



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