Lachulung La is a mountain pass along the Leh-Manali highway
which is located at an altitude of 5,059 m or 16,600 ft.
Lachulung La at 16,600ft (5,059m), is a rocky height with
views of the undulating hills and Ladakh plateau below. It is
located about 54 kms from Sarchu and 24 km from Pang on the
This is one of the easier 16,000 ft (4,880 m) passes and it
can be traversed cross-country by moving along the nala on
both sides. However, due to elevation, the hikers face
breathlessness during climb and those who have not undergone
acclimatisation may face severe symptoms of altitude sickness.
The run down from Tanglang La was fast and furious. The
Southern side of the pass has dust and rocks. Much of the road
was almost non existent and provided an uneven mountain trail
that threatened to rattle a bicycle to pieces.
After the enormous slog to reach the pass it was an
opportunity to release energy and glide down. It was dangerous
and exciting. It would be easy to take a spill. During the
descent it was possible to view the remains of some old
buildings and a series of collapsing chortens in the valley.
However it all looked long deserted and as if from a different
The valley stretched out into wide plains with high mountains
providing distant surroundings. These were the More Plains. It
was a barren ‘alien’ desert with very little vegetation and
extends as far the eye could see.