Charchagan La

The Wild Road to Charchagan La

Charchagan La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.924m (16,154ft) above the sea level, located in the Changthang Plateau, in Ladakh in Northern India.

The road to the pass is quite remote, and the drive is long and lonely. The road is mostly unpaved, with some paved parts near its start. The pass sits next to the famous Tso Moriri Lake. Remember swimming in the lake is not allowed. The pass is 115 km long, running north-south from Mahe towards Chumar, a border patrol facility in south-eastern Ladakh. It’s one of the most active areas on the Line of Actual Control in terms of interactions between Chinese and Indian troops.

The pass is largely limited to summer season and there are no petrol pumps in the area. Carrying enough fuel is therefore necessary. 4x4 vehicle required.
Road suggested by: Jorge Manuel Gómez Sánchez
Pic: anuschka sahoo

 

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