Khungyami La

The road to Khungyami La, a chillout in high mountains

Khungyami La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.844m (19,173ft) above the sea level, located on the border of China and India. It’s one of the world's highest motorable roads.

The road to the summit is totally unpaved. 4x4 vehicle required. The pass links the Tibet Autonomous Region of China (to the north) and the India's Sikkim state (to the south). Accessibility is largely limited to the summer season. Expect extreme temperatures. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes.
It’s one of the highest roads of the country. The pass is encircled all around by snow-covered mountains. It requires a special Army and Sikkim police/administration permit to visit the area. The splendid and scenic beauty of the place is breathtaking, with stunning views of Khangchung Tso and Teesta Khangtse Glacier.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: Sushanta Banerjee

 

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