The Ultimate Road Trip to Fotu La Pass in the Himalayas

Fotu La Top is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4,108m (13,478ft) above sea level, located in the Leh district of Ladakh in India.

Fotu La

Where is Fotu La Pass?

Set high in the Himalayas Zaskar Range, the pass, also known as Fatu La, connects the Leh and Kargil regions. Fotu La is one of two high mountain passes between both regions, the other being Namika La.

How to get to Fotu La Pass?

The road to the summit is entirely paved. It’s called National Highway 1 (NH 1), or the Srinagar Leh Highway. At this elevation, it’s the highest point on the highway. Although the pass is paved, it can be pretty challenging at some points with hairpin turns and sharp curves. Along the way, there are frequent memorials at previous accident sites. Always give way to trucks.

How long is Fotu La Pass?

The pass is 42.8 km (26.59 miles) long, running west-east from Khangral to Lamayuru. The road is closed in winters.

Is Fotu La Pass worth it?

At the summit, there is a television relay of Prasar Bharati television that serves Lamayuru, and a viewing deck. The drive offers excellent opportunities for photography. A drive through the pass is a beautiful journey as one gets to see some of the most amazing views of the rugged brown mountains. On the way to the summit, you will be able to enjoy green oasis, an almost lunar landscape, and nice bends on the descent from the pass to the east. The drive through the pass is a beautiful journey where you can stop to get an amazing view of the snow-clad mountain ranges.
Pic: Swaroop Netrabyle