Wari La

Wari La, one of the highest roads of India

Wari La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.312m (17,427ft) above the sea level, located in the Nubra valley, to the north east of Ladakh valley, in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.

The road to the top is terrible. It’s very steep and the surface is really bad. Starting from Agham there are plenty of steep sections and you will be grinding up in your lowest gear for quite a few hours. The road is impassable in winters. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. 4x4 required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road. 

Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime and can sometimes block some sections of the road, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Only some tourist vehicles use the road. The zigzags on the south side of the pass lose height tortuously slowly. There are no signboards here. Well there was one, but now it’s no longer there. Only prayer flags mark the pass. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the pass, oxygen is in short supply.
Pic: Marco De Lazzari


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