Key La

A memorable road trip to Key La

Key La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.669m (18,600ft) above the sea level, located in Ladakh, in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. It’s one of the highest roads of the country. Altitude sickness is a common phenomenon here, so you are suggested not to stay there for more than 20 minutes.

The road to the summit is unpaved and mostly drivable by all kinds of vehicles. The road was constructed by the 58 Engineer Regiment of the Indian Army. The best season to drive the pass is summer. The pass remains open for tourists from mid May to October, but the most pleasant months are May and June. It runs from Leh (Zingral to Tangtse) to the picturesque Pangong Lake.
The road to the summit was inaugurated on Aug 31, 2021. There are certain precautions necessary while visiting this place due the cold and chill climate and less of oxygen due to the altitude. 15 -20 minutes would be the ideal time one can spend on the Changla pass and enjoy the snow along with the views of the snowcapped mountains as many visitors experience breathlessness. It’s said to be one of the world's highest motorable roads for the general public.
Road suggested by: Vroom
Pic&more info: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/worlds-highest-motorable-road-at-18600-ft-inaugurated-in-ladakh/article36204335.ece

 

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