The thrill that you get when you ride your bike through the chilling and attractive curvy mountains just can’t be told in words. When you reach higher altitudes, your neighboring temperature goes down, you can feel the chill in your veins, every thump of your bike syncs with your heartbeat, and all that’s there is peace. In this article, we will be talking about the top 10 highest motorable passes in India.
These breath-taking passes are generally situated at higher altitudes and most of them are covered in snow for the majority of the year. India is covered by the Himalayas, which protects its boundaries from the surrounding countries. There is no shortage of high-elevation passes in the Himalayas, however, not everyone can ride through those passes.
Riding through these roads requires experience, proper itinerary, excellent health condition, and good riders because there are times when the situation, climate, condition of roads get out of the hands. Though the Indian Army is always there for providing any kind of help to the riders, it is never advised to go without preparation for the worst conditions.
Top 10 Motorable Passes in India
Here is a list of the top 10 motorable passes in India.
Wari La Pass
The Wari La pass is positioned at an elevation of 17,400 ft, and it joins the very beautiful, Nubra Valley and the Pangong Tso. There is hardly any sign of habitation on the route and it’s barren and scorched.
Tanglang La Pass
Riders will cross this pass when they are on their way from Manali to Leh. Among all the high elevation passes in this region, Tanglang La Pass is the highest. Positioned at a height of 17,420 ft, the riders can experience riding on some asphalt roads in some parts of the northern segment of this pass. It is undoubtedly the most preferred destinations from Manali.
Chang La Pass
DRDO founded it and it’s positioned at an elevation of 17,585 ft. It is famous because it has the world’s highest research station, and it is also an entry point to the Changthang plateau in the Himalayas.
Khardung La Pass
Positioned at a height of 17,582 ft., the Khardung La pass was created in 1976 but it wasn’t open to people until 1988. It is positioned in the Ladakh area of J&K and is often wronged to be the highest in the world. This pass acts as an entry point in the mesmerizing Nubra and Shyok valley. It’s inevitable for a rider who craves charming beauty and sights to miss this pass.
Kaksang La Pass
Kaksang La is another very high-elevated pass positioned in the Ladakh area and is positioned somewhere between Chushul and Mahe, and it has really incredible sights of the surrounding valley. It is based at an elevation of 17,842 ft and requires permissions.
Photi La Pass
Photi La Pass is positioned at a height of 18,125 ft. and you can reach this pass in the Zanskar area of Ladakh through the Hanle village. The ancient Hanle Monastery is also based there. Due to the lack of proper oxygen in this region, riders may face some breathing issues on their way up to the pass.
Dzongkha La Pass
The Dzongkha La Pass is situated at an elevation of 18,585 ft. and it connects Sikkim to Tibet. If riders want to witness the incredible charm of the Tibetian plateau, the Dzongkha La Pass would be their perfect choice. Along with the incredible sights, the highest lake in the world, Gurudongmar Lake is also situated there. One thing that riders need to keep in their minds is that this area is very close to Tibet, and hence, it is highly risky, and under very high security of the Indian Armed Forces.
Marsimik La Pass
This pass is positioned at a height of 18,314 ft. and it is the second-highest pass that is based in the Chang-Chemno range of hills in the northern segment of India. It requires skilled bike-riders and adventurous travelers and a permit from the DC in Leh.
Dungri La Rd.
Positioned at the Indo-Tibet border, the Dungri La Rd. is positioned at an elevation of 18,405 ft., and it is the highest motorable road. Riders need to get a permit from the DM of that area to visit.
Umlingla Top Pass
The Umlingla Pass is positioned at a height of 19,300 ft. and it is based near the Indo-China border in the J&K area. This pass is quite lengthy and a mighty one and it serves as a connection between two very charming villages in the Ladakh area. While crossing this motorable pass, you would actually like to get off your bike and witness the incredible charm that lies within this valley.
There are numerous high elevation locations in the Himalayas, and these roads are the best of them. However, for most of them, riders will require a permit from the government authorities in the particular area as they are based near the national borders.