Khardung La Pass Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Khardung La Pass


Highest mortorable pass in the world outside of Tibet.

Page Contributor(s): Peter Dekker, Maastricht, Netherlands

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Climb Summary

Cycling Khardung La Pass - beginning of climb - road, canyon, gate 

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’)

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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.

Bike climb Khardung La Pass - road, car, snow

Climbing by bike Khardung La Pass - cyclist on road

Biking Khardung La Pass - cyclist at pass sign

Bike ride Khardung La Pass -  prayer flags at summit

Sign at the pass incorrectly states the summit elevation at 18,380’

Prayer flags adorn the summit.