Not Khardung La, This Is the World’s Highest Motorable Pass. Yes, It’s in India!

Mayank Kumar

Last updated: Nov 15, 2017

The thrill of crisscrossing through sharp turns in the valleys and breathing fresh mountain air is unmatchable. If you agree—and if you’re an adventure junkie—we’ve got some great news for you. The Border Roads Organisation (under its Project Himank) has constructed the world’s highest motorable pass in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, named Umling La, passing through Umlingla Top at a height of over 19,300 feet.

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Wasn’t Khardung La the world’s highest motorable pass?

We’re going to bust a serious myth here! Khardung La has been frequently referred to as the highest motorable pass at 5,359 m (17,582 ft), but there have been reports which claim that a well-graded Indian military road at 5,610 metres (18,406 ft) 250 meters west of the 5,545 metres (18,192 ft) Mana Pass on the India-Tibet border exists. 

Ready to take that Enfield out for a ride in the hills? Watch this space for more updates on the story.