Niti La

Don’t glance down at your phone on the Niti La road

Niti Pass is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.070m (16,633ft) connecting Uttarakhand, a state in the northern part of India and southern Tibet, an autonomous region of the People's Republic of China.

The road to the summit is extreme. Its surface is gravel. Only 4x4. 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. During the winter season, between November and mid-May, it remains covered with snow.
Located within the Nanda Devi National Park, this trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. Mobiles do not work there. If you dare to take the risk and travel along this dusty and bumpy route, then make sure to be driven by someone who has experience of the road. To visit Niti village, one need permission from SDM, Joshimath. 
Pic: 陈炜


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NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.