Sela La

The road to Se La Pass is snowed most of the year

Se La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.198m (13772ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary of Tawang and West Kameng districts of Arunachal Pradesh state of India. It’s amongst the most frequented tourist destination in the whole of Arunachal Pradesh.

Can you drive through Sela Pass?

The road to the summit is mostly paved, with gravel parts due the extreme weather. It’s called National Highway 13 (NH13), the main road connecting Tawang with the rest of India. The road is being bypassed by a tunnel, expected to be completed by December 2022.

How long is Sela Pass?

Set high in the Eastern Himalayan range, the pass is 100 km (62.13 miles) long, running north-south from Jang to Dirang. The air is thin, oxygen is less and one gets tired and starts panting very soon. Despite this the experience of just being there is exhilarating. The road offers breathtaking views of the snow-clad mountains.

How long does it take to drive Sela Pass?

To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 3 and 4 hours. The ever-windy Sela Pass gets heavy snow in winters and is usually open throughout the year unless landslides or snow require the pass to be shut down temporarily. This place is snowed in most of the year and offers excellent and heavenly views all year round.
Pic: Indranil Kundu

 

 

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