The place is the second highest mountain pass in the ranges of Ladakh, with Khardung La Pass being the first among them. Situated at the altitude of 5,328 m above the sea level, it is the residence of nomadic Changpa herdsmen who are mainly goat and cattle herders.
Tanglang La Pass is situated adjacent to the Manali-Leh highway and can also be reached through 21 Gata loops. The nearest settlements to the Pass are Upshi towards Leh and Sarchu towards Manali. At Upshi which is the stopover in between on Leh route, tourists stop for the cup of coffee or tea.
Importance of Pass
The pass which is situated at the altitude of 17,582ft, Tanglang La Pass is also considered as one of the highest mountain roads in the country and is traversed by the highway of Leh-Manali. At the time of winters, it is almost impossible to cross the road. However, for the people who are experts in driving, the pass can be the exciting challenge for them.
Precautions to take while crossing pass
The pass should be avoided by the people who don’t know how to drive on unpaved mountain roads. However, for the drivers who have a lot of experience, it can be exciting as well as adventurous. Also, if you are scared of heights, stay away from driving through the pass.
Wet weather conditions even make the things challenging for a driver. People must also remember that in Tanglang La Pass, oxygen remains in short supply and people start feeling sick near the pass. It is essential to prepare yourself thoroughly if you want to enjoy your trip on road.
Although the road is asphalted, from 5000m upwards it is mostly the stretch filled with dirt. The ascent consists of 20 Km of the loose road of stones along with the oxygen level which is half of the sea level.