Jianan Pass is an awe-inspiring route through extremely remote areas
Jianan Daban is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.360m (17,585ft) above the sea level, located in Ladakh, in Jammu and Kashmir region of India. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
The road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s a purely military road called Kugrang Valley Road. It only has a Chinese name called Jianan Daban (加南达坂). Daban is the Mandarin version of Davan meaning pass in Uyghur. A 4x4 vehicle is required. Starting at Phobrang, the road to the summit is 123.9 km (76.42 miles) long. This was the source of China-India standoff since 2020.
The drive is amazing and features lots of bends. The area is rather remote. Facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find. If you do choose this route please check up to date information.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson