Namika La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.823m (12,542ft) above the sea level, located in the Himalayas Zaskar Range in India.
The road to the summit, also known as Namika Pass and Pillar of the Sky Pass, is called NH 1D Srinagar-Leh highway, a road with a fresh thick layer of tarmac. The road is usually impassable from October to June (weather permitting). Once you cross the pass you can admire the breathtaking view of the lush green surroundings and snow-covered peaks.
Its many twists, turns and narrows can pose a challenge to even the most experienced drivers. The road is not easy, though. Up, down, right, left all the time. Driving at night, or in poor visibility, is not recommended for drivers unfamiliar with the road. This road has innumerable twists and turns. It’s one of the most impressive and important passes and one of the highest passes between Leh and kargil. It is a must visit place in Ladakh and it is also the last pass before entering the Kargil region.
Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! High winds blow here all year long. The climate is too harsh that the area is barren, there is no greenery nor life. The pass is located on a completely deserted weathered ridge – it looks like a lunar landscape. Even in summer you can confront with snowy days. Temperatures here in the winter are brutally cold.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
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