Top of the World: 360° Video of Riding Through Khardung La Pass
If you haven’t been able to make it up there yet, experience the edgy yet rewarding ride with The Quint’s 360° video
It’s that time of the year again.
Thousands of motorcyclists are on their way or have recently returned from the undisputed Mecca of adventure motorcycling, a popular destination on their bucket lists – Ladakh.
And if you have been to Ladakh, chances are you have been to what is claimed to be the highest motor-able pass in the world, Khardung La.
However, if you haven’t been able to make it up there yet, experience the edgy, bumpy, chilling and yet rewarding ride through the pass with The Quint’s 360-degree video.
We took a motorcycle to the pass as a part of Royal Enfield’s Himalayan Odyssey. An average human is asked not to spend more than 20-30 minutes at the pass to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and nausea due to the high altitude and low oxygen levels.
How to Reach Khardung La From Leh
Khardung La is about 40 km from Leh, and it takes a little less than two hours to reach, depending on the weather and road conditions. The road from Leh city to a little ahead of South Pullu army and police camp is in good condition, but it gets bumpy and slow after that all the way to K-Top. The conditions are the same from K-Top all the way down to North Pullu camp. Refreshments are available at the two camps as well as at K-Top.
An Inner Line Permit from District Collector’s office in Leh is needed to cross South Pullu and another permit is needed to be able to carry on towards Nubra Valley.
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