Taglang La Pass: Ladakh Travel Guide

Introduction

Nestled at an altitude of 5328 m above the sea level, in the Zanskar range, Taglang La  pass is the second highest mountain pass in Ladakh, the first being Khardungla Pass. It is the residence of the nomadic Changpa herdsman who can be seen herding their cattle and goats. The pass is adjacent to the Leh-Manali highway and is reached via 21 Gata loops. The  two nearest settlements to this pass are Sarchu towards Manali and Upshi towards Leh. Upshi is a stopover on the route to Leh where tourists halt for a cup of tea. From Upshi, Leh is just a half an hour drive.

The pass provides for a scenic view as it sways away from the main highway. Ample vegetation on both sides further cools the already chilled air and at times, the sharp bends provide just the adrenaline push adventurists crave. It is important you take someone who’s been on these roads before. Tanglang La’s pass can get particularly harrowing for first time riders. There is a holy temple and a number of sign boards to help you out where one of the sign boards give details about the altitude of the pass and the other tells that from the pass, Leh is around 111 kms.