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.
Elevation of the new highest motorable pass in the world: over 19,300 feet.
It stretches up to 86 km and connects Chisumle and Demchok villages, located 230 Kms from Leh.
The temperature at the pass ranges from around minus 10-20 degrees Celsius in summers to minus 40 degrees in winters.
Oxygen level at the pass is approximately 50 percent lesser than other places.
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.
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