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Old 04-16-2013, 08:06 AM   #54
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is a high mountain pass
located in Ladakh region of the Indian
state of Jammu and Kashmir.
The local pronunciation is
"Khardong La" or "Khardzong La"

Local summit signs claim that its elevation is
5,606 m (18,380 ft) metres high and that it
is the world's highest motorable pass.

But these claims are disputed by
multiple modern measurements,
which all agree that its true height is
much nearer to the 5,359 m (17,582 ft)
measured using DGPS and imply that
there are several higher motorable passes.


Khardong La
is historically important as it lies
on the major caravan route
from Leh to Kashgar in Central Asia.
About 10,000 horses and camels used
to take the route annually,
and a small population of Bactrian camels
can still be seen at Hunder,
in the area north of the pass.

During World War II
there was an attempt to
transfer war material to China (wikipedia)

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