Shingo La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.091m (16,703ft) above the sea level, located on the border between Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, in India.
The road to the pass, also known as Shinkun La, Shinku La or Shingu La, is extreme. It was built in 2015 and it’s very steep, only for 4x4 vehicles. The new road connects the Lahaul Valley with Zanskar Valley. 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.
The road is very dangerous. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. It’s avalanche prone and due to the heavy snowfalls in the region, it remains closed for vehicular activities from October onward till month of June every year. The pass can be reached from Zanskar Sumdo.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic: Petr Staněk