Taglang La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.328m (17,480ft) above the sea level, located in Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country. On the top there’s a local sign that incorrectly claims 17,582 feet, which would be 5,359 metres. It’s traversed by the Leh-Manali Highway. The road to the summit is paved. Do not take this drive if you have respiratory problems or any type of heart condition. Oxygen level is half of that at sea level. On ascending the pass from the Moore plains the road is well paved with occasional streams crossing.
Is Taglang La open?
During winters, it’s almost impossible to cross this road. Altitude and extreme weather are always a factor. The road is an exciting challenge. If you happen to be scared of heights, you should probably stay away from driving through this pass. It is reasonably easy to drive compared to most of the other roads on the area and is frequented by trucks and buses so you should do just fine in whatever you're driving, oxygen and weather permitting.
How long is Taglang La?
The pass is situated on the way from Debring towards Gya. It’s 48.9 km long. Even heavy load traffic makes use of that road to get to the town of Leh. The pass summit is marked by hundreds of Buddhistic prayer flags. It is said to be the residence of Changpa herdsman 'a nomad who is seen herding the cattle and goats every day.
Pic: Yuji Kimura