La" meaning pass and "dhak" meaning many- even the literal meaning of the term Ladakh is the land of high passes. So missing out any one of them over a vacation would be a big crime. Especially for the ones whose stress hormones (also known as adrenaline) keeps on rushing as these passes are the doors to the finest and highest mountains and peaks of Ladakh. Today they stand as iconic attractions of Ladakh but originally, they were to built for trade purpose between India and South- Asian countries including Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan. Currently, these passes are of great importance for the military people as they use it to supply food, fuel, and ammunition to soldiers standing tall on the borders. Moreover, these high mountain passes play a major role in the growth of the tourism in Ladakh
There are many mountain passes in Ladakh but only some are accessible to tourists. Amongst all these, the most iconic one is Khardung La. At a height of 17,582 feet, Khardung La Pass is one the highest motorable road in the world. It was built in 1976 and acts as an important gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. If Khardung La is iconic then Chang La is beautiful. Connecting Leh town and the iconic Pangong Lake, Chang La is one of the most beautiful passes in India. It is situated at an altitude of 5425 meters and that's why known as the pillar of the sky passes. For adventure activities, motorbikers usually opt for Zoji La pass, which connects Ladakh to Sonmarg in Kashmir.
And for all those embarking from Manali, Baralacha La is a treat. Situated in the Zanskar range of Jammu and Kashmir, Baralacha La provides access to Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh. There are many passes of utmost importance from the tourism point of view like Taglang La Pass, Fotu La Pass, Lachulung La Pass and Namikala Pass. When crossing these passes, make a point to visit the temples, hang temples and pyramid of stones for a happy and peaceful journey ahead.