An ancient salt trade route to Nara La
Nara La is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.507m (14,786ft) above the sea level, located in the Karnali Zone of north-western Nepal.
The road to the summit is an ancient salt trade route. It’s the last pass in this region of north west Nepal before China. After crossing Nara La, at the western side of the pass is a long steep descent down to Hilsa, close to the border with Tibet. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. The pass is also known as Nara Lagna.
Located in the far northwest corner of Nepal, the road is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the mountains spread out before you! They are terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo. The pass is marked by a seep of stones and the strings of colorful Tibetan prayer flags, carrying the prayers far away with the strong wind.
4x4 required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road. Along the way you’ll have the chance to spot the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, jackals, hyenas and musk deer. Also one can observe the rare flora and fauna. It can be seen the marmots, wolfs, wild horses (kyang), barking deer and Himalayan black bear. The road is impassable from October to May.
Located in the Limi Valley, there are many excellent photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! You’ll be awarded with picturesque views of valleys and crisp snowcapped Himalayas on the horizon.
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