Khardung La the world’s highest motor-able road is at a towering elevation of 18,379 feet above sea-level (5602 m) and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys in Ladakh. Khardung La is located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir and is a part of the Karakoram range north of the town of Leh. Khardung La is situated at a distance of around 40 km from the town of Leh. The region offers an amazing views of the winding Himalayan roads and the valley down below. The pure air, snow capped mountains and the thrill of travelling to the highest road in the world makes Khardung La, a huge tourist attraction in Ladakh. At the top, travellers and visitors are served free tea by the locals and it is a must to stop and have some noodles or omelette at the only cafe which is on the top of Khardung La. Since this is the only café, it takes time for one to get what they order. The traffic on the road to Khardung La is regulated to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Vehicles from Leh towards Nubra valley are allowed only from 9 am to 1 pm while traffic from Nubra towards Leh is allowed to pass from 1 pm to 5 pm. It is advisable to check with the local taxi drivers about the timings since they know best. The road leading from Leh to Khardung La is asphalted for about 24 km till the South Pullu check post but from there the road is made up of graved and muddy trail till the North Pullu check point. Travellers require an inner line permit to cross the pass which can be obtained from the District Commissioner’s office in Leh. Make at least seven photocopy’s of this permit as every check point needs a copy of the permit, on failing to submit a copy travellers are sent back. The weather is very unpredictable and highly unstable and can change surprisingly fast leaving traveller stranded for hours or even days so while travelling through this part of the Himalayas come well prepared for the worst. Khardung La is a must visit for everyone who travels to Ladakh, because it is not often that one traveller to the highest motor road in the world. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... 8 Responses Prerna Sharma March 14, 2017 Loves going to Manali with TLOW was an excellent experience. Sherwin always has great stories to tell and the place is awesome. Reply Clara Verma September 10, 2015 Winters with TLOW and the mountains are wonderful. I would recommend it to everyone, had a great time. Reply Backpackers road trip around Leh-Ladakh in Nine Days via Kashmir | The Land Out There June 14, 2015 […] early morning by car to the villages of Deskit and Hunder in Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft). 150 […] Reply Budget backpacker road trip for 11 days to Ladakh | The Land Out There July 27, 2014 […] early in the morning to visit the villages of Hunder and Diskit in Nubra valley via Khardung LA ( highest motorable road in the world, 18,380 ft) Reach Hunder post lunch and check into a guest […] Reply 20 days in the Trans Himalayan Range | The Land Out There March 25, 2014 […] early morning by car to the villages of Deskit and Hunder in Nubra Valley via Khardung La (Highest Motor-able road in the World, 18,380 ft). 150 […] Reply Backpackers road trip through Ladakh & Zanskar Valley in 18 days | The Land Out There March 25, 2014 […] early morning by car to the villages of Deskit and Hunder in Nubra Valley via Khardung La (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft). 150 […] Reply Backpackers road trip through the Trans Himalayan trail in 15 days | The Land Out There March 25, 2014 […] After breakfast pack-up and head back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardungla Pass. […] Reply Backpacker’s road trip around Ladakh in 14 days | The Land Out There March 25, 2014 […] After breakfast pack up and head back to Leh by same route, crossing Khardung La Pass. […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.