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 asphalted. Do not take this drive if you have respiratory problems or any type of heart condition. Notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Extremely low oxygen for engine combustion. A major hazard of altitude is the sickness that can indiscriminately affect anyone regardless of age or fitness.
The summit has about 40% less oxygen than at sea level, thus breathing is more difficult. Your pulse rate will increase and movement will be more laborious at the summit. The high elevation with its risk of altitude sickness, weather concerns, steep road grade, and overall inaccessibility make the pass dangerous and summit trips difficult. Even heavy load traffic makes use of that road to get to the town of Leh. The pass summit is characterised by hundreds of Buddhistic prayer flags.
Pic: Yuji Kimura