Komic

Komic, one of the highest towns accessible by car on Earth

Komic is a high mountain village at an elevation of 4.572m (15,049ft) above the sea level, located in the district Lahaul Spiti of Himachal Pradesh (northern India). It has the world's highest permanent post office. It’s one of the highest towns accessible by car on Earth.

Komic is one of the highest locations in India. The road to the town is unpaved. The region remains cut-off from other regions for half the year due to heavy snow fall over the passes. The road is very steep with 18 hairpin turns. 

Starting from the Spiti Valley Road (Road 505), the ascent is 15.8km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 800 meters. The average gradient is 5.90% with some sections up to 10%. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. 4x4 recommended. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road.
Pic: Manmohan Singh Bashera

 

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