Fotu La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.108m (13,478ft) above the sea level, located in Leh district, Ladakh, India.
Located within the Himalayas Zaskar Range, the pass, also known as Fatu La, is traversed by the NH 1D Srinagar-Leh highway, a road with a fresh thick layer of tarmac. It is the highest point on the highway. At the summit is a television relay station and a viewing deck. The road is closed in winters. Along the way are frequent memorials at previous accident sites.
The route is dangerous. Not recommended to newbies. Along the way you’ll have to deal with some dangerous dropoffs. On the way to the summit you will be able to enjoy green oasis, 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. The pass sits on the way from Heniskot towards Lamayuru. Always give way to trucks.
Pic: Biprangshu Saha