Khardung La Pass or the “Pass of Lower Castle” is the world’s highest motorable pass and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valley in Ladakh that is one of the most picturesque locales in Leh which is situated 39 km by road North of Leh and is at a height of 18,380 ft from the sea level.
It offers amazing views of the valley and the roads winding up the mountain. The pristine air, scenic vistas, and the feeling of being on top of the world have made Khardung La Pass a popular tourist attraction.
But the Inner line permit for Indians and Protected area permits for foreigners is required to visit Khardung La top.
It connects Leh and Nubra Valley and also serves as a gateway to the famous Siachen glacier. But do you know – A steady climb over a winding road gives a panoramic view of Leh town below with Stok Kangri peak in the background.
Once you are at Khardung La Pass, the feeling is no less than conquering the world. So, do not miss to visit while you’re traveling to Leh.
Here are the 3 Spectacular Places To Visit In Khardung La Pass:
1. Nubra Valley
Famously known as “BROKEN MOONLAND” because, in winter, the whole valley looks like the landscape of the moon, Nubra Valley is a Tri-armed valley, which is located to the northeast of Ladakh valley and is formed by the Shyok River, which is a tributary of the Indus, and the Nubra or the Siachen River.
Did you know? Nubra Valley was originally called LDUMRA which means the valley of flowers. Now, it is also known as the Orchard of Ladakh that is surrounded by all the sides by snow-capped Himalayan ranges.
Nubra Valley is a remote yet never isolated place that captures the interest of tourists as well as a trekking destination. It is accessible through Khardungla la Pass.
The unmatched beauty of the valley fascinates many tourists. The Khardong village, Khalser, and Deskit are the main villages of Nubra valley. Nubra Valley is a must-visit place, if you miss this part, then you are almost missing the heart of the Ladakh.
2. Shyok Valley
Shyok Valley which is close to Nubra is a valley of the Shyok river, which originates from the Rimo glaciers and is at an elevation of 10,500ft. Rising from the Khumdang glacier, the Nubra and Changchenmo rivers fill the waters of the Shyok river.
The Khardung La pass, the highest motorable road in the world, on the Ladakh Range which is on the north of the town of Leh is the gateway to the Shyok Valley. Shyok Valley is a paradise for those who yearn to witness the greener side of Ladakh Valley.
Away from the humdrum of a typical tourist destination, this valley is the ultimate destination to laze around while doing nothing but enjoying the pristine beauty of nature. The towering ranges of the valley are a visual delight with vegetation on its borders.
Shyok river is also known as the river of death, probably because its route is a difficult one, not opted by many. This river is a tributary of the river Indus. Untouched by the hands of commercialization, a visit to Shyok Valley is a must while planning a trip to Leh.
3. Stok Kangri
Located in Hemis National Park, 12 km southwest of the trailhead in the village of Stok and around 15 km southwest of the city of Leh, Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas.
Stok Kangri (6,121m), in the Zanskar mountain range, is the most accessible, and one of the most popular climbs. It is a non-technical climb, and on a good day, you can make it to the summit and back to the base camp, on the same day. The peak provides stupendous views of the Indus valley and the Karakoram mountain range.
A paradise for those who desire to have a tryst with the snow-clad peaks and mountains in Ladakh, Stok Kangri is definitely one of the most enthralling tourist attractions in Ladakh! Reaching a maximum height of 20,182ft, this soaring mountain is the highest peak in the Stok Range of the great Himalayas in the entire Ladakh Valley.
Among all the treks, the Stok Kangri Trek that usually originates from the base of Stok Village and winds upon reaching the peak is the most sought-after trek in Ladakh. It is often compared with the thrill and adventure of the poised Roopkund Trek and requires an ardent trekking experience along with proper acclimatization.
But the view from the top of Stok Kangri is simply one of the best in the Himalayas. You can enjoy great views of the Zanskar and Karakoram ranges including the second highest peak in the world from here.