It was a time when we called the Himalayas our home and the navigating the mountain passes was our daily commute!
This is a photo essay of the high altitude mountain passes that we experienced.
Read “South Kashmir circuit: Non “touristy” fit for all travelers”.
Its tough to imagine, that in the not-too-distant past, a ferocious war was fought right here.
On a regular day, one wouldn’t cross more than 15 vehicles throughout the stretch of the 250 km gravel road that connects Padum in Zanskar with Kargil.
Read “Travel and backpack through Kargil and Suru valley”
The first pass after Kargil on the Srinagar-Leh highway, also a part of NH1-D.
Read “Lamayuru, the moonland of Ladakh”
A small pass on the way to Tso Moriri
What it does have, are purple (yes… purple) mountains!
Read “Tso Moriri: A mystical magical lake in Ladakh”
Just as you start to realise the magnanimity of the Leh-Manali, 470 km journey, the Tanglang la starts.
This was the highest point we crossed in our trip, at over 5300 m (17480 ft).
Try spotting the road in the picture!
Mountains the shades of browns you didn’t know and land formations you didn’t think possible are the characteristic of this pass!
The Indus and the oasis it creates along its flow faithfully follow you all through.
The Gata Loops
By now your heart is used to being in the mouth, and hair pin bends steep curves through deep valleys are “just another day at office”!
But before that – there is the Rohtang. A monster of a pass on the Leh-Manali route. A pass no driver will cross in the night, the most talked about stretch in the entire journey.
The journey through the entire Rohtang Pass, is not something you will forget…EVER!
13 thoughts on “Mountain passes we crossed in the Himalayas”
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Nice post author. Thank you for sharing. keep it up.
awesome clicks of beautiful mountains thanks for sharing this world best lists of Himalaya treks.
Need help to decide if My plan is correct to go on a solo trip in this month or should i postpone….
Planning for a month..
Is this the right time or should i wait for the monsoon to get over…my booking starts from 27 july..
This is a good time. It can rain unexpectedly in the mountains anytime. You’ve to take a chance and hope for a good weather. Be prepared to handle the rains if you face any, though.
Its really an inspiring story. Great reasons mentioned here for travelling to Himalaya mountains in India.
AweSome pics yaar, please help me in answering some doubts
I am planning to go to leh Ladakhwith my wife for two weeks from 5september via Srinagar and come back via manali, is it the right time to go for self drive and is there any group which we can join
We want to drive from keh to manali, is there any self rental conpany
Hello Mohit, sorry your question got overlooked. We hope you had a great trip to Ladakh. September should be a good month to drive to Ladakh and cover all the mountain passes. We traveled using public transport, so no first hand information regarding self-drive. You will be able to fine very useful information on forums on the sites of Tripadvisor, Indiamike, or our favourite resource for the Himalayas, devilonwheels.
Wow… I admire your photos. Thanks for sharing. Felt as if i am there on the route.
Thank you, Sanyog! Very happy to read your comment 🙂
Amazing….thank you for the images
wow ! awesome pics and info
Thank you, acewings! Glad you liked the photos. Hope the information helped you plan your travels to Ladakh.