The road to Korzok, the highest town in India

Located in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India, Korzok is the highest town in the country, at an elevation of 4.570m (15,000ft) above the sea level. It’s one of the highest towns accessible by car on Earth.


The road to the town is gravel. Located in Rupshu region, the climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. Due its unique location and the climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared.  The town lies in one of the most important mining areas. The Drukpa Buddhist Korzok Monastery is located here. This small village, also known as Karzok, is situated 3 km from the northwest end of the Tso Moriri Lake.
In northern India, in Leh District, Jammu and Kashmir, there’s a small town called Thukje which sits at the same elevation, 4.570m (15,000ft). It’s a nomadic village.
Road suggested by: Vroom
Pic: Abhishek Kumar