Dongkha La

A paved road to the top of Dongkha La

Dongkha La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.533m (18,152ft) above the sea level, located in the Sikkim Himalayan region, in the state of Sikkim, India, near the Chinese border. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

The road to the summit was recently asphalted. Expect extreme temperatures. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! High winds blow here all year long. The pass, also called Donkia Pass, connects Sikkim in India and Tibet in China. Atop the mountain pass one can capture the picturesque Tibetan plateau.

Do not take this drive if you have respiratory problems or any type of heart condition. The high elevation with its risk of altitude sickness, weather concerns, steep road grade and overall inaccessibility make the travel dangerous and difficult. The ride is rather remote, so you need to be prepared. You may not find food in proximity here so be well stocked.In case of a breakdown, there is very little in the way of passing traffic or inhabitants around, and no cell phone service in parts. Located about 4 kilometers from India-China border, obtaining the permit for it is next to impossible. It regularly gets used by Indian Army vehicles.
Pic&video: Gourab Dutta

 

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NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.