Leh and Ladakh region has been rightfully termed as the Land of Treks and Passes and have sure lived up to its name ever since. Ladakh has its name derived from these high mountain passes, ‘La’ means passes and ‘Dhak’ meaning many. Ladakh is blessed with many passes that pave their way out to towering mountain ranges and peaks. Since their inception, these passes have been used for trading between many South-Asian countries and for local settlements.
The Great Himalayan passes have been deemed to be the major trade routes through which major portion of the Indian Subcontinent, Nepal, Pakistan and Bhutan was linked to the rest of the world. Today, these passes are used for military purposes for supply of many military goods like food, weapons and fuel. Apart from that, these passes have served to boost tourism in Leh and Ladakh to a great extent as they aid regions of Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Uttrakhand gaining access through them.
Ladakh is popular for large number of passes. The most popular amongst them would be the Khardung La Pass, Chang La Pass, Bara-lacha La Pass, Fotu La Pass, Taglang La Pass, Namikala Pass amongst many others. The Khardung La Pass is the highest motorable road in the world and is considered to be the gateway to the north. Located at a height of 17,582 feet, it is located in the north of Leh district, promising a splendid view of the Shyok and Nubra valley. Today, the Khardung La Pass and many others are famous amongst biking enthusiasts as they throng in large numbers during favorable time of the year and experience the enriched beauty of Ladakh.