Cycling Khardung La Pass, Ladakh, India
Ride 38.6 km (24 miles) gaining 2,220m (7,288’) at 4.8% average grade to elevation 5,329m (17,483’)
Built in 1976, this is a relatively new pass which is often referred to incorrectly as the highest motorable pass in the world. There are even many shops at the top of the pass selling souvenirs and t-shirts proclaiming Khardung La as such. The error is no doubt perpetuated for economic reasons, but there are at least a couple of motorable passes in Tibet higher than Khardung La. Elevation signs at the pass incorrectly list the elevation of the pass at 18,879’, but in actuality this is the height of the summit, not the motorable portion of the pass.
Thank you to Peter Dekker (Netherlands) for his contributions to this climb page.
Sign at the pass incorrectly states the summit elevation at 18,380’
Prayer flags adorn the summit.