The breathtaking road to Sirsir La

Sirsir La ("the pass of yesterday"), is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.804m (15,761ft) above the sea level, located in the Ladakh region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in Northern India.

Sirsir La

The road to the summit, also known as Shishi La, is narrow, gravel, and very steep. 4x4 recommended. The pass lies on the road from Lamayuru Monastery (where it starts asphalted) heading south to Wanla, Tarlak, and ending at Photoksar, on a gravel mule track.

A 4WD vehicle and an experienced driver are recommended. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. The summit of the pass is wide, rounded and smooth with a short string of prayer flags between two cairns. There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy. The road comes across different kinds of rocks - green, purple, round, embedded, sharply cut.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
Pic&Video: Tashi Phunchok