Kiu La

A wild unpaved military road to Kiu La

Kiu La is an international high mountain pass at an elevation of 5.711m (18,736ft) above the sea level, located on the China-India border. It’s one of the world's highest motorable roads.

The pass links the China's Tibet Autonomous Region and the northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. It’s one of the highest roads of the country. Located in the Himalayas, the road to the summit is unpaved and impassable in winters. 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. 4x4 required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs. The road is narrow and heavily used by military vehicles.

 

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