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How to reach Khardung La in Ladakh

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Khardung La In Ladakh

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How to reach Khardung La in Ladakh

Khardung La Pass is an important gateway to Shyok and Nubra valleys at an elevation of 5,359 meters. Stunning views of snow clad mountains and enchanting nearby villages. Many bikers love to travel on the road through Khardung La Pass for an adventurous travel and a breathtaking view with clear blue skies. Khardung La Pass is open on all the days. The road to this pass is dusty and bumpy which is usually jammed by landslides and road repairs. Though there are hurdles on this trip, it still is a top of the world experience. The travel permit is mandatory to enter Nubra Valley like any other places of Ladakh. Khardung La Pass can be reached by three possible ways namely by air, by rail, and by road.

By Air:

The nearest airport to Khardung La Pass is Leh International Airport in Leh. This well-connected airport has airlines operating daily flights to major cities of India such as Delhi, Jammu, Srinagar, Chennai and many more. By choosing this mode of transport, one can save time and travel comfortably. Taking taxi outside the airport can enable one to reach Khardung La Pass easily.

By Rail:

Pathankot, Chandigarh, and Kalka are the closest railway stations to Leh in Ladakh. Many main city’s railway stations are connected to these railheads. Again, a cab can be hired outside the railway station to reach the Khardung La Pass via Manali to Leh road.

By Road:

Bus service is available from Leh to Nubra Valley daily which passes over Khardung La. The two check points of this pass are North Pullu and South Pullu. Khardung La is located at 39.7 KMs from Leh by road. The first 24 kms till South Pullu check point has good roads but the next 15 KM till North Pullu check point contains broken rocks, dirt, landslide and snow clumps in the road. It is better to take a taxi or bike to reach Khardung La. Some bikers drive up to the top of Khardung La and make the return trip in the bicycle for adventure.

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What is the distance between Khardung La and Leh?

The distance between Khardung La and Leh is about 40 kilometres.

What should I pack before going to Khardung La?

Woollens and medicine for AMS, nausea, and headache are a must. If you’ve a medical condition, carrying oxygen cylinders are helpful.

What should I do in case of an emergency at Khardung La?

Contact army or medical personnel for first-aid at Khardung La.