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“Chilling right to the bones”
Review of Changla Pass

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6-Day Himalayan Ladakh Tour: Buddhist Monasteries...
Ranked #15 of 117 things to do in Ladakh
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Had stayed overnight at a Army Regiment after visiting Diskit, Nubra Valley, Hunder and Thoise. Next morning left Khalsar Village early morning at 7:00 am with packed breakfast towards Pangong Tso Lake. The drive is by the Shyok river and rather beautiful. Left for Changla thereafter but stopped on the way at a Army Regiment where I was hosted for lunch. After lunch and social interactions left for Changla pass. Reached Changla Pass at about 5:30 pm and OMG was it freezing. The chill up there was indescribable, went right down to the bones with needle like pricks and this when I had 3-4 layers of clothing including inner thermals. The air is absolutely this but is the freshest air I have ever taken in. The ice was totally frozen n slippery. At one point our car slipped n was stuck at the edge n My was that a bit scary but the driver was rather confident and got down and adjusted something out there that we were once again on our way. Just before reaching one crosses DRDO’s high altitude workstation which incidentally has got into the Limca Book of records for several reasons one amongst them being that it was the highest point where Yoga was done on International Yoga Day!!! There is a Changla Baba Temple (which I didn’t venture to go up to as couldn’t do marine taking off my boots for the darshan , May God forgive ) and also a small cafe.

Thank purplekitty2016
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

You need a real guts to travel at this altitude on bike, we did it.
1. The air is super thin.
2. your Knuckel bones will freeze.
3. your brain will experience 1000 pins poking
4. you have no option other than lemon tea to oxidize yourself.
5. The company shall be strong, and so your will.
6. Use bike headlight, engine casing to warm your palms
7. dont wet your shoes and socks
8. dont attempt if you are on medication, consult doctor first.
9. dont hurry take your time on bike and use presence of mind and understand body signals.
10. prepare breathing exercise for atleast 3 months advance.
all this is applicable to all the 14000 feet plus passes. trust me it will save you and your team members

Thank Rahul0n1ine
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

We had traveled by this high altitude mountain pass to reach Pangong lake from Leh. The topmost point of this pass is at a breathtaking height of 17600 feet and one does get a feeling of breathlessness if one stays here for more than 30 min. The views from here are mesmerizing. We took pictures with the milestone and the snow capped mountains at the backdrop. There is also a small temple here and a cafeteria for some hot tea & quick bites. We found lot of dogs sleeping peacefully at this high altitude. This area is very well maintained by the Indian Army.

Thank Kaushik G
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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

We learned some lessons during our khardongla trip and applied them here, quick 5 mins stay at this spot, take a deep breathe, capture some memories and back to the car. It worked really well, no headache, no vomiting, no issues. This spot was on the way to Pangong Lake so you can’t avoid it if you’re destined to the lake. My advise is to be prepared to keep your oxygen levels in check, take precautions and don’t stay out for more than 10 mins or so. This is the key to enjoy such high altitude attractions.

1  Thank rpstgnyc
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

Chang la pass is route from Leh to Pangong Lake. The Chang La (elevation 5,360 m or 17,590 ft) is a high mountain pass.
The locations completely relaxing and fun filled. The entire route is filled with amazing landscape. Narrow roads in between the clouds is a memorable experience.

Thank rupangidave
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