Changla Pass Overview

Ranked 8 of 101 sightseeing in Ladakh (Leh)

The Changla Pass in Ladakh is located at a height of 17, 590 ft. on the stunning journey from Leh to Pangong Tso (literally translated as ‘Enchanted lake’). It is claimed to be the third highest motorable road in the world, and this makes it an incredibly popular destination for motorbike-riders from all over the world to come, see and conquer. Being close to the border of China, the area is protected by the Indian Army at all times and they also offer their services by providing refuge in hot cups of tea.

Many an adventurous biker or biking group have made riding through this pass one of their “Things to do before I die.” The achievement of having conquered this dangerous and highly demanding ride across the infamous pass is like a passport to the other side in the biking world.

It’s not just the rush and the views of the snow-capped mountains, but the temperature and altitude at this point can leave you thoroughly breathless. Altitude sickness is a high possibility and visitors should carry some precaution. The nearest settlement from Changla is Tangste where there are plenty of options for accommodation.

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  • Best Time: During DayBest Time: Below 1hr
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsLength of visit: During Day
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Nitin Kumar4.3/5

9 reviews

Beautiful Pass with high breathing problem.

It is a very beautiful pass met after did lot of off road driving.It has an altitude of 17592 ft and more of breathing problem will be faced if spend more of time here. Try to avoid spending more than 10 minutes here because you have more way to reach Pangong Tso.

Julie Raithatha3.6/5

5 reviews

2nd highest snow point - Breathtaking view

The mountains are covered with snow. it's scenic beauty is beyond words. Playing with snow is fun there and we can also witness snowfall there even in summers

Sanjeev Gupta3.9/5

54 reviews

Great experience

While visiting Pangong Lake from Leh one has to cross through the third highest motorable mountain pass in the world at 17,688 feet, known as Chang La. It was a great experience. Though the oxygen is very rare at this altitude, we did not feel any difficulty after already having spent four days in Ladakh. But it is advisable not to stay at the pass for more than fifteen minutes. It is a good spot to enjoy the views of the mighty mountains and beautiful valleys. One sore point was that the toilets at the spot are for some inexplicable reason kept locked. The journey to the top and the descent from there was adventurous. The Border Roads Organicsation have done a great job in building and maintaining the roads.

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S.m.bega Raaj4.3/5

145 reviews

Classic Cool Changla !!! Perfect Pass !!!

I crossed this wonderful Pass on 28th April 2016, I am on my way to Pangong Lake, again on 29th when I am back from Pangong lake to Leh I once again crossed this pass and this time it was more thrilling as the car required chains to be fixed on to the wheels, due to slippery road because of the snow on the road, even the heavy lorries needs chain to be fixed, its one of the best 2 days of my life, its once in a lifetime experience for me. At 17,586 feet (5360 m) above MSL (Mean sea level) Changla stands at 3rd highest motorable road in the world, Changla Baba is there to protect all the vechile and people crossing this fabulous Pass, there is also a cafetaria to sip a cup of hot tea/coffee along with washrooms. Must visit for all age groups when we are in Leh, its about 75km from Leh, please take your best camera/smart phone to catch the action live. Happy travelling... Enjoy !!!

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S.m.bega Raaj4.6/5

145 reviews

Pleasant Pass !!!

“Classic Cool Changla !!! Perfect Pass !!!” I crossed this wonderful Pass on 28th April 2016, I am on my way to Pangong Lake, again on 29th when I am back from Pangong lake to Leh I once again crossed this pass and this time it was more thrilling as the car required chains to be fixed on to the wheels, due to slippery road because of the snow on the road, even the heavy lorries needs chain to be fixed, its one of the best 2 days of my life, its once in a lifetime experience for me. At 17,586 feet (5360 m) above MSL (Mean sea level) Changla stands at 3rd highest motorable road in the world, Changla Baba is there to protect all the vechile and people crossing this fabulous Pass, there is also a cafetaria to sip a cup of hot tea/coffee along with washrooms. Must visit for all age groups when we are in Leh, its about 75km from Leh, please take your best camera/smart phone to catch the action live. Happy travelling... Enjoy !!!

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Jaison Netto5.0/5

81 reviews

The mighty Chang La Pass with adventurous steep roads

Unlike other passes in Leh ladakh range, (The land of high passes) this pass is having a steep climb and descend. Its a pretty pass with quite good landscapes along one side and riding through this pass will increase youbeautifulr adrenaline. Its on the way to pangong lake. on top of this pass there is a military research camp and a cafeteria. Make sure that you have enough woolen clothes, good quality jacket gloves and boots before going to this place as it will be freezing cold.

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Satish Mistry4.3/5

4 reviews

Adventure Unlimited

We were going to pangong through changla pass and it was amazing and thrilling experience by bike. If you are an average biker then also biking on this road is recommended as I am an average commuter biker and I enjoyed the route so rent bike and have fun.
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Asif Syed4.3/5

6 reviews

17586 ft My highest visit till now

one can only dream to reach this world's 2 highest motarable road 17586ft in the world very low with oxygen but after reaching there you will forget everything you feel you are walking in clouds. best time is to visit in October because we got first snowfalls.

Sujit Gurnalkar5.0/5

9 reviews

Natural beauty is breathtaking

this pass will come across while going to pangong Lake from Leh. one of the highest motorable road is passing by this pass. @ 17300 feet from sea level is made you special and top of the world. Bullet ride to this place is very special and adventures. crossing the colourful mountains is a life time memorable experience. Natural beauty is breath taking. one should definitely visit this pass and make every one proud.

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Donarun Das3.6/5

208 reviews

Biking is a popular adventure here

To reach Pangong from Leh, you need to cross Changla Pass. Situated at an altitude of around 5300 mts above MSL, it is in the region of perma snow. The road in and out of the pass is decent enough compared to Khardungla. Biking it is definitely worth an adventure.

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