Fotu La or Fatu La is a mountain pass on the Srinagar-Leh
highway in the Himalayas Zaskar Range in India. It is situated
at an elevation of 4,108 metres (13,478 ft), the Fotu La Pass
at the beginning of a descending road that leads past the
Lamayuru Monastery down to the Indus River. This winding road
descends almost 4,000 ft or 1,219 m from the pass to the
river. It is the highest point on the highway, surpassing the
famed Zoji La. The pass is situated in a barren landscape and
views from the top are breathtaking. Fotu La is one of two
high mountain passes between Leh and Kargil, the other being
Moving eastwards, the highway begins to descend towards the
town of Lamayuru after Fotu La. There is a Prasar Bharati
television relay station serving Lamayuru located on the pass.
The road itself is in relatively good condition but the high
passes are unpaved.
Along with Namila La, the Fotu La is one of two high mountain
passes between the regions of Leh and Kargil. When one moves
eastwards, the highway starts to slide down towards the town
of Lamayuru, after one crosses the Fotu La.