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Lachulung la
About Lachulung la

Lachulung La is a mountain pass along the Leh-Manali highway which is located at an altitude of 5,059 m or 16,600 ft. Lachulung La at 16,600ft (5,059m), is a rocky height with views of the undulating hills and Ladakh plateau below. It is located about 54 kms from Sarchu and 24 km from Pang on the Leh-Manali highway.

This is one of the easier 16,000 ft (4,880 m) passes and it can be traversed cross-country by moving along the nala on both sides. However, due to elevation, the hikers face breathlessness during climb and those who have not undergone acclimatisation may face severe symptoms of altitude sickness.

The run down from Tanglang La was fast and furious. The Southern side of the pass has dust and rocks. Much of the road was almost non existent and provided an uneven mountain trail that threatened to rattle a bicycle to pieces.

After the enormous slog to reach the pass it was an opportunity to release energy and glide down. It was dangerous and exciting. It would be easy to take a spill. During the descent it was possible to view the remains of some old buildings and a series of collapsing chortens in the valley. However it all looked long deserted and as if from a different age.

The valley stretched out into wide plains with high mountains providing distant surroundings. These were the More Plains. It was a barren ‘alien’ desert with very little vegetation and extends as far the eye could see.

Location of Lachulung La

Lachulung La is located in Ladakh, it separates the valleys of the Tsarap Chu and the Tozay, where both are on the flow of the Zanskar and the Indus rivers. It is situated on 16,600 feet above the sea level, the pass is quite close to the Sarchu and Pangong lake.

The pass on the Leh-Manali Highway is around 8 kms from La Nakee that is around 24 kms towards the north of Pang. The road is visible from the narrow gap of the Lachulung Lungpa. While crossing the pass, the tourist buses and taxis take a halt here most of the times, to let the tourists admire the local natural beauty of the surrounding mountains. It is one of the favorite passes amongst the hikers as well as trekkers.


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