Tanglang La Pass Overview

Tanglang La, a high mountain pass, stands as Ladakh's proud jewel, a beloved destination for bikers and trekkers alike. Rising to a dreamlike height of 5328 meters above sea level, it offers a thrilling adventure to those daring enough to ascend its summit. The Leh-Manali highway leading to the pass, from Upshi to Tanglang La, is predominantly paved, except for a 500-meter unpaved stretch. With its well-maintained pavement, Tanglang La ensures a smoother climb, enhancing the experience on your Ladakh trip itinerary.

There are a lot of confusions existing regarding the position of Tanglang La in the list of world’s highest motorable passes and the world believes it to be the second highest which is proven to be wrong. The local sign on the top of the pass shows the altitude of the pass is 17582 feet or 5359 meters. But now, it is said that the sign board gives a wrong impression but the original height of the pass is 5328 meters. The pass is made beautiful by the innumerous Buddhist prayer flags despite the fact the road is tough to conquer and any type of traveler will fall for the scenery at the pass and adventure lovers would love to try their energy level by climbing up to the top. But remember, the oxygen level will be decreased as you cover the altitude and reaches to the half of what you feel at sea level.

Height: 5328 meters of 1248 feet

Best time to visit: May to October

How to reach: The pass is close to Leh-Manali highway and can be reached via 21 Gata loops

Tanglang La is a beautiful pass in northern India which is home to several specimens of immaculate beauty that every adventurer should traverse once in their life. Located in the beautiful province of Ladakh, Tanglang La stands at the height of about 17,480 ft. which makes it one of the highest motorable mountain passes in the world. While nature enthusiasts will find eye pleasure at every turn, adventurers will enjoy the thrill. The twists and turns and the increasing altitude, feed an adventurer’s spirit.

The pass is wrapped in an uninterrupted show of rocky mountains that gradually bury themselves in layers of white glistening snow. At some places, you will find the company of sparkling streams and rivers gently flowing through the crevices and valleys. The soft icy breeze will hit you like a breath of fresh air far away from the city bustle. The vegetation here is sparse, but the landscape varies from groups of ashen mountains to scenic plains.

You will frequently find the roadside adorned by plenty of Buddhist prayer flags. They add a speck of colour to the otherwise colourless vista. The journey becomes even more exciting when hundreds of goats run alongside the road and cheer you up.

Best Time To Visit

Tanglang La owes its super-low temperatures to its high altitude. April and May are the best months for a Tanglang La pass trip as the days are warm and roads are in perfect conditions.

Summers: From the month of June till September, the weather in Tanglang La is mildly cold. The temperatures can be anywhere from 10 °C to 25 °C. It is perfect for a road trip to Tanglang La pass and its nearby locations.

Winters: From the month of November till February, Tanglang La gets extremely cold. You can still plan a trip until the beginning of November, but after that, temperatures may drop to a negative and snowfall will lead to road blockage.

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Road Conditions 

You must take the Manali-Leh Highway to reach Tanglang La pass. The roads here curve like a snake and increase in elevation with distance. Most visitors come for the adventure and fun of traversing the roads, which are the main attraction of the pass.

The thrilling part of the journey to Tanglang La is the crossing of 21 Gala loops, which are the risky hairpin bends that appear at small intervals, all the way to the pass. You will find well maintained and mettled roads for most of the journey, especially from Upshi to Tanglang La.

But, be prepared to face some bumpy moments as certain areas may be stoned. You may even find some wet and slippery parts on the road. If you are a beginner at driving, it is better to pass the driving wheel to an experienced person as driving can be risky here.

Climatic Conditions

You can always expect a cold climate in Tanglang La. Even during summers, while the days are warm, the nights start getting chilly. You would have to keep warm clothing with you for a visit to Tanglang La pass, irrespective of the season. The climate is usually clear during winters and ideal for sightseeing. With high altitude comes extreme winters. You can expect heavy snowfall and extreme temperature drops during winters. They can get as low as -35 °C.

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Travellers Tips before Visiting Tanglang La Pass

A journey to Tanglang La may proves to be a hefty job because of the terrain and the weather. Read these tips before starting your trip to have a safe and smooth journey.

1. Remember to carry warm clothes for your trip as the climate will be considerably low at Tanglang La.

2. The pass is located at a high altitude which can raise some concerns for people with health issues. Be prepared for altitude sickness, which is common since the oxygen levels are relatively low here.

3. Make sure you are travelling with an experienced driver as the steep roads and sharp turns can make driving a laborious task.

4. Pack some sturdy shoes that will help with walking on the rocky and icy roads.

5. Gather information well in advance regarding any permissions required during the trip.

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Tanglang La Pass FAQs

How do you get to Tanglang La?

Tanglang La is located in Ladakh. You can reach this pass by travelling the Manali-Leh Highway via National Highway 21.

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How high is Tanglang La pass?

Tanglang La sits at the height of approximately 17,480 ft. or 5328 metres above sea level which makes it one of the highest mountain passes in the world. Its high altitude can also cause breathing and heart problems among some visitors.

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How far is Tanglang La pass from Leh?

Tanglang La is 108 kilometres from Leh. If you travel along the Manali-Leh Highway, it will take you approximately 2 hours 34 minutes to reach Tanglang La by car.

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Is Tanglang La the highest mobile road in the world?

No, Tanglang La is 17480 ft above sea level, which makes it not the second, but one of the highest mobile roads in the world. When you reach the top of Tanglang La pass, you will find a massive, yellow coloured milestone that delivers the information regarding the height of the pass. It also states that Tanglang La is the second highest pass in the world.

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