How to reach Khardung La Pass from Leh and other Major Cities

Ankita | Updated on May 27, 2022

Khardung La often spelt Khardzong La, is a high mountain pass in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region, near Leh. It is the entry point to Shyok and Nubra Valley. At 5602 metres above sea level, Khardung La is known as India’s highest motorable road. The location is ideal for adventure seekers, serenity seekers, and mountain biking enthusiasts. Tourists must get an Inner Line Permit in order to enter and travel through the pass. From October to May, the Khardung La pass is closed due to severe rains and snowfall. Beautiful views of the Karakoram range and the Himalayas may be had from the summit. This guide helps you with different ways to reach Khardung La Pass via air, train, and road.

What are the different ways to reach Khardung La Pass?

Here we will highlight the three different ways to reach Khardung La Pass.

How to reach by Air:q2 Fly to Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, which is served by Air India, Go Air, and Jet Airways and has direct flights to Delhi, Srinagar, and Jammu. Because schedules are likely to change due to weather conditions, it is best to keep your plans flexible. Once you arrive in Leh, follow the directions above to reach Khardung La via vehicle.

How to reach by Road: From Leh, you can drive to Khardung La. Leh is 39 kilometres away on the way to Nubra Valley. The road from Leh to Khardung La is asphalted for about 24 kilometres until it reaches the South Pullu checkpoint, after which it becomes gravel and dirt until it reaches the North Pullu checkpoint.

How to reach by Train: Take a train to Jammu Tawi Railway Station, from which you can go to Leh via the Manali-Leh highway. You can also travel to Srinagar by train and then drive to Leh on the Srinagar-Leh route. The journey to Khardung La from Leh is the same as indicated previously.

How to Reach Khardung La Pass from Delhi?

The quickest and most efficient method to reach Khardung La Pass is to fly from Delhi. Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is served by Air India, Go Air, and Jet Airways, and is directly connected to Delhi, Srinagar, and Jammu.

How to reach Khardung La Pass from Leh

The nearest airport to Khardung La is in Leh at a distance of 41 km. You can take a taxi or ride a bike from Leh to Khardung La. In addition, a daily bus service connects Leh and Nubra Valley over the Khardung La Pass.

How to reach from major cities like Mumbai, Chandigarh, Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore, etc.

The best way to travel from Khardung La Pass to cities like Mumbai, Chandigarh, Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore, etc. is by air. Take a direct flight from these destinations or a connecting one via or Delhi. If you travel by train it can take 16-17 hours and by road, it can take 7-8 days.

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