Khardung La Pass, Nubra Valley

Khardung La Pass

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Khardung La Pass is the only road access to the Nubra Valley and is considered as the highest motorable road in the world. The pass is at height of 18,380 ft above sea level and is situated 37 km north of Leh. Khardung La Pass, also known as K-Top, is a gateway to the Nubra and Shyok valleys. Maintained by the Border Roads Organisation for most of the year, the pass remains frozen in the summer.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
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Rohith Sivashankar

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  • Rohith Sivashankar
  • 93 photos
  • 35 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  27554 readers

"One of the highest roads in the world"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 1, 2017
Khardung la is a pass located on the way from leh to nubra valley and even though the sign board says that it is the highest motorable road in the world it can be said as the highest civilian accessible motorable road as mana pass is higher dan khardung la however is not accessible for common people. There is a temple on the top along with couple of hotels. There is a cycle shop at leh town takes you to khardung la top and lets you cycle down back to Leh town at a cost of 1500 rs. A must try for all mountain lovers.
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Arnav Mathur

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  • Arnav Mathur
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 202 photos
  • 76 Reviews
  •  80 helpful votes
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"Good place to feel being on top"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2016
Been there, done that!

Khardung La Pass is one of the many achievements of the INDIAN ARMY and BRO (Border Roads Organisation). The experience standing on the highest motorable pass in the World is simply out of the world! And when the road was constructed by my father's unit, the feeling of pride is to another level altogether. The level of Oxygen on K Top is very less and it is advised not to stop there for more than 20 minutes. The maggi and hot cup of chai experience is something which will be remembered forever. Don't forget to go to the souvenir shop, the Beer Mugs and Plates look really good in your drawing room as a showpiece.

TIP: If you are heading there by a 4 wheeler, keep the window open just a little bit so that the air continuously comes in and your body automatically gets acclimatized.
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  • Vinay
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  2551 readers

"Road towards the sky!!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 16, 2016
The roads to the pass has the most amazing views one can see anywhere in the world. At one point it seems like going toward the sky. Though the journey is not that easy. It is the world's highest pass on the highest motorable road of the world (18380 feet). We drank a lot of water on the way to keep us oxidized. It is not advisable and written in clear words to not stay more than 20-25 minutes there. It's not good for our health because of less oxygen and cold.
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Nikunj Prajapati

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  • Nikunj Prajapati
  • 4 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"World's highest motorable road"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
World's highest motorable road, kudos to BRO and Indian army. Destination is beautiful indeed but journey is breathtaking, spectacular. Natural beauty at its best. One should start this journey in the early morning, so that by noon you can reach Khardungla Pass. For bullet riders, you must take extra pair of jacket, water bottle and built in camera helmet is possible. Take a break at army canteen and enjoy Maggie with beautiful snow capped mountain. You should not wait for more than 10mins on Khardungla as it may dangerous to health. Enjoy your ride and enjoy the real beauty of nature.
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Drprakash Goswami

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  • Drprakash Goswami
  • Lives in Indore
  • 2 Reviews
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"World highest motor-able road 18300 feet"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2015
Awesome place for adventure lover, approx 40 km from Leh city on the way heading to Nubra Valley KHARDUNG LA PASS located. Feet got numb inspite of having tough insulator boots, you can ride bullet 550 cc or if have good stamina can give chance for bicycle. Head was spinning and dusk view was very pretty.
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Abhijit Sarkar

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  • Abhijit Sarkar
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  • Lives in Bellary
  • 130 photos
  • 39 Reviews
  •  61 helpful votes
  •  44072 readers

"The highest motorable road of the world"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 3, 2015
Dream come true to stand at the highest motorable road of the WORLD. Feel really thrilling although a bit tough to breath. It's only 40 km from Leh but the roads take you up slowly as we become more acclimatized as we move up. Hats of to bikers who scale this road and it's only possible who dares. Met many women bikers who trailed along with us to the top and we really feel proud when we shake hands with them at the top. Yes one has to be mentally prepared / physically acclimatized to start this journey.


-Start this journey on 3rd day of your visit.
-On the way sip water intermittently.
-Don't hesitate to stop and release body fluid frequently.
-Slow breathing helps.
-Keep windows slightly open of your vehicle even if it's cold outside.
-Cover your head when moving out of vehicle.
-After reaching the top make a short stop (not more than 10 mins).
-Descend as fast as possible if one start feeling headache / nausea. (Reach South Pullu or Khardung village for any medical assistance).
-Military Medical help available at top.
-Nature's call facility available at top (mostly filled with ice).
-Small canteen and souvenir shop also available (avoid this and follow your vehicle driver's instruction).

All is well when one keeps cool and enjoys the nature. Back problem persons avoid sitting on last row of your vehicle.
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Gd Paul

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  • Gd Paul
  • Lives in Nagpur
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"A place covered with snow"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2014
Khardung-La pass is world's highest motorable road about 17000 Feet, mostly covered with snow, and after reaching Nubra valley we saw most beautiful and peaceful place.
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