As a land of the great Himalayan mountain ranges and other mighty mountains, India is a country which prides itself on having some of the highest peaks in the world. High mountain peaks are usually accompanied by mountain passes. These passes allow the travellers to take a road drive and reach to the top.
Though the journey through these mountain passes is considered rough and risky, it is worth the try because the view that the visitors get to see from the passes is just mesmerising and it makes one closer to nature. Travelling through these high passes will not only make the visitor's trip more enjoyable but it also gives them a thrilling adrenaline rush!
Here is a list of some of the highest and most popular mountain passes seen in North India.
Chang La Pass
Located at Ladakh, the Chang La Pass is at a soaring altitude of 17,584 feet above the sea level and offers a fantastic view of the mountainous backdrop to the visitors.
The Chang La Pass is not only one of the highest mountain passes in India but also renowned as the third highest motorable road in the entire world. Connecting the Indus Valley to the Pangong Lake region, this pass is popular among adventure travellers.
With an elevation of 18,192 feet above the sea level, the Mana Pass, also known as the Dungri La Pass is currently the highest mountain pass that is accessible by motor vehicles in the world. This pass is located at the Himalayan region, on the border between India and Tibet. It also lies within the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and is considered as the source of River Saraswati.
Lying on the Karakoram region, between India and China, the Karakoram Pass has a mind-blowing altitude of about 15,397 feet above the sea level. This is considered as the highest mountain pass of the Karakoram Ranges and it was also an old route which connected Leh in Ladakh to Yarkand in the Tarim Basin. Blizzards are seen a lot at this pass and it lies in between two mountains with a width of 148 feet.
Connecting the town of Tawang to Tezpur and Guwahati, the Sela Pass is located at Arunachal Pradesh.
With a high altitude of 13,700 feet above the level, the Sela Pass receives heavy snowfall all round the year and offers magnificent views of the snow-covered surroundings to the tourists. Apart from the great view, the visitors can also enjoy the beautiful lake nearby called as the Sela Lake, which is completely or partially frozen during winters.
Offering a panoramic view to the passionate travellers from all around the world, the Debsa Pass is at an altitude of 17,590 feet above the sea level and connects Kullu and Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The Debsa Pass surrounds the Parbati River Valley in Kullu. With a high elevation and scenic beauty, this pass makes for a great spot for a visit.