Umling La in 2021 – How to Plan your Trip in 2021

by Vargis.Khan

Last year, a few images went viral among travel and adventure enthusiasts; of a new highest motorable road in the world. It was, once completed, speculated to cross over Umling La at 19,300 feet, thus making it the new highest motorable road in the world; and Umling La as the new highest motorable pass. The road connects the villages of Chisumle and Demchok in southern Ladakh; running a total length of 21 – 24 kilometers.

Also read: How to Plan a Trip to Leh Ladakh – A Complete Travel Guide

This immediately became a craze and almost everyone wanted to conquer this world’s highest motorable pass. The road was still under construction in 2017 but a lot of people still managed to get there from Hanle. If you too are thinking about traveling to Umling La; then in this article, I will provide information on how you can plan a trip to Ladakh while including Umling La in your itinerary; or in short, how to reach Umling La Pass from Leh.

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This new road has become a sensation among people traveling to Ladakh; both the ones who have already been there once and people going there for the first time. In all my years of blogging, I do not believe I have received so many queries from people asking about Hanle as I did ever since Umling La became known.

It will not even be wrong to say that this one pas has made the entire Changthang Valley and Hanle a popular tourist destination. Everyone now wants to go this way and conquer the highest motorable road in the world; as was once the case with Khardung La.

Also read: A Detailed & Comprehensive Road Map of Ladakh

Umling La Pass in 2021

Before we go into any further details, let me first mention that the pass is still off the limits for tourists, like it has been since 2018. No tourists were allowed in 2019 and 2020 was anyway a total shutdown due to COVID. In 2021 as well, it is highly unlikely that the authorities will allow any tourists to attempt the pass, especially due to the ongoing border tension with China.

Umling La

For a brief history, Khardung La for a long time wore the crown of being called the highest motorable road in the world. This claim however always remained disputed as other passes at an even higher altitude came into light. Whether or not these other passes were motorable was a big question though.

Later on, even the actual altitude of Khardung La came into dispute. The signs at the summit claimed it to be at a height of 18,379 feet; however, the actual highest elevation of the road was at 17,582 ft. It is believed that the original mule track across the pass was at the claimed height of 18,379 feet but the metaled road never rises above 17,582 feet.

There were several other competing claims for this title after Khardung La lost the battle. Semo La in Tibet has an asphalted road at a height of 18,258 feet which is used by trucks and buses regularly. All the other claimants were all gravel roads but were in use by Army trucks, and thus motorable. Marsimik La at a height of 18,314 feet for a long time remained to be a prime competitor.

Later, Mana Pass in Uttarakhand came to the front with its highest elevation of 18,192 but the road before the actual pass rising to even a higher altitude of 18,406 feet.

Also read: A List of All Must Visit Places in Leh Ladakh

Now as it would seem, the time of Mana La too is over; as the new road across Umling La Pass will rise to an astounding height of 19,300 feet; exceeding all other passes by a huge margin.

Where is Umling La Pass

Umling La Pass is located at a distance of 108 kilometers from Hanle; in the direction of the village of Demchok; in Changthang Valley of Ladakh region. Depending on the route you take; the total distance between the city of Leh and Umling La Pass is about 350 to 400 kilometers. From Hanle, it will take you about 4-5 hours to reach Umling La top; depending upon your speed and breaks. From Leh, it is a minimum of 2 days of a journey. I have suggested an itinerary further in the article.

Umling La Map

Below is a detailed route map of Umling La Pass. It actually covers the entire region between Leh and Umling La so you can easily figure out which road to take until there and what your itinerary can be.

Due to the large region that the map covers, I am putting a thumbnail here on the article page. Please click on the link below to view a full-size copy of the map.

Also read: When is the Best time to go to Ladakh?

In case the map below gets resized when you download, or is coming out a bit blurred; or you would like to download it in its original resolution, you can do so from the Google Drive link I have provided below.

Leh to Umlingla Pass Road Map Original Resolution – Download From here

How to reach Umling La Pass

There are several routes that you can take to travel from Leh to Umlingla Pass; as you can I am sure already figure out from the map above. It will majorly depend on three factors. The first one is how many days you have in hand. The second is how you are traveling and the third is your itinerary. In all of the cases, however, in order to reach Umling La, you will have to reach the village of Hanle.

From Hanle, there are two routes that you can take to reach Umling La top. One goes via Photi La, running a total length of about 108 kilometers; while the other one goes via Ukdungle running a total length of about 104 kilometers. I will cover both these routes in detail further in the article.

How to reach Hanle

The first stop to plan a trip a Umling La is the small hamlet of Hanle. There are three ways to approach here. One is via Pangong Tso; the second is via Chumathang and the third one being via Tso Moriri. Some time ago I wrote an article on how to plan a trip to Hanle where I have covered all these routes in detail. The link to that article is provided below.

Also read: How to reach Hanle

I would request you to please take a look at the article above to understand the routes in detail. Adding that information here as well will result in this page getting way too lengthy. However, for a brief overview, these are the most common routes you can take to get to Hanle from Leh.

Routes for Reaching Hanle from Leh

  • Chumathang Route:  Leh – Karu – Upshi – Chumathang – Mahe – Nyoma – Loma – Hanle
  • Pangong Tso Route 1: Leh – Karu – Sakti – Chang La – Durbok – Tangtse – Spangmik – Man – Merak – Chushul – Tsaga – Loma – Hanle
  • Pangong Tso Route 2: Leh – Karu – Sakti – Chang La – Durbok – Tangtse – Erath – Chushul – Tsaga – Loma – Hanle
  • Tso Moriri Route 1: Leh – Tso Moriri / Karzok – Sumdo – Mahe – Nyoma – Loma – Hanle
  • Tso Moriri Route 2: Leh – Tso Moriri / Karzok – Charchagan La – Salsal La – Hanle

Of the 5 routes above, the one via Chumathang is the only the by which you can reach Hanle on the same day. Traveling by this road; the total distance traveled will be about 255 kilometers in about 10 to 12 hours; depending upon your speed and the breaks you take.

Rest all the other 4 routes are 2 days journey; with a night stay at either Pangong Tso or Moriri. For getting Tso Moriri, you can either reach there via Chumathang or can also take the route via Tso Kar. If you need further details on this, please feel free to ask in the comments section below.

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Hanle to Umlingla Pass

Once you are at Hanle, there are two different roads that you can take for your journey to Umling La. The first route is via Photi La as explained below.

Hanle – Photi La – Photile – Umling La

This of the two is actually the tougher one that will take you across Photi La first before you finally make it to Umling La.

Hanle to Photi La

I will recommend an early start from Hanle village as the route will be tough at several stretches and you will also be crossing rivers/water streams before you finally get to Umling La. From Hanle, take the road towards Photi La top which is about 35 kilometers from Hanle. The board there would read 28 kilometers which are not true. If you keep on the road and do not take any shortcuts, the entire stretch till the top is about 35 kilometers. This entire section of the road is a dirt trail with loose gravel with last 5 kilometers a very steep climb.

Photi La to Photile

From Photi La top, the road will again start climbing down. Traveling about 22 kilometers, you will reach Photile which is really nothing but an Army camp (BRO). Stop here for a moment and if required, get yourself registered.

While you are on the descent, you will come across a spot where the road will bifurcate in two. The stretch towards your left will take you to Koyul which is a restricted area still. So make sure that at this spot, you turn to your right to reach Photile BRO camp. The dirt trail continues downhill as well and road conditions will remain bad. It will be dirt, mud, stones, and loose gravel all around.

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Photile to Umling La

This is where it gets tricky and the real fun starts. After Photile, you will be playing hide and seek with the Indus river and will also be crossing several water streams. The road condition however will get a little better.

At Photile, the river will be to your left. After traveling a few kilometers, you will cross the river for the first time post which, it will shift to your right. Continue for another 7 kilometers and then you will come across another bridge to cross.  After this bridge, the river will again be on your left.

Continue for another few 5 kilometers and you will come across another bridge that you will have to cross. Make sure you cross it and get to the other side because across the bridge is the road to Umling La. If you do not cross over and take the road straight ahead, it will take you to Ukdungle.

I know I used the word “bridge” but in reality, there is no bridge. They are all under construction and it will actually be the river you will cross. Pictures below should explain better. This is what you will cross on the way.

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After you cross the bridge, turn right and from here it is a straight run to Umling La Pass. The pass is about 38 kilometers after this bridge of which, 24 kilometers is a good road and the rest is under construction. You must remember here to turn right and not go left.

Also read: How to Plan a Journey from Manali to Leh

Hanle to Umling La via Ukdungle

This is the second road you can take to reach Umlingla from Hanle. The route will be as below.

Hanle – Ukdungle – Nerbole / Nurbu La – Umling La

This is actually the easier of both the routes. The road from Hanle till Ukdungle is a freshly laid tarmac of 35 kilometers. After Ukdungle, the road remains to be Ok and you continue another 18 kilometers till Nerbole, also known as Nurbu La or Nerbo La.

After Nurbu La, the condition deteriorates for another 13 kilometers till the bridge which I mentioned right above, the last one that you cross to go towards Umling La. This time, however, since you are coming from the other direction; this bridge will be on your right and will become the first one to cross. You will get over this bridge, take right and continue to the pass.

Umling La Pass Road Condition

To be quite honest, Umling La is not really that steep of a climb, and neither the road is too steep or narrow. I guess this entire region is at a quite high altitude, and the final climb to the pass after you cross the bridge over is spread over 38 kilometers making it a lot easier. The entire valley around and the roads are quite wide and it never gets dangerously narrow most of the time.

The road via Photi La till Photile however is horrible. It is all loose mud, stones, and gravel making it a bit tough. If it rained in this region, I seriously think you will need a 4×4 vehicle to jump the pass over. Even bikers will face difficulty crossing it at this time. Apart from the pictures of the water crossing, a couple more are posted below.

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From Ukdungle however, the road is quite good except for the 13 kilometers stretch between Nerbo La and bridge crossing. The picture below is of the road between Hanle and Ukdungle.

The real fun however is between Photile when you cross over the bridges. These bridges are all under construction and you will actually be crossing the river at several places as shown in the pics above.

Umlingla Pass Location

Umling La is located dangerously close to the India China border due to which access to this area is severely restricted. Indus river flows quite close to the pass and the road leading to it, and the entire region is extremely remote. Once you leave the village of Hanle, you will not come across anyone except for gentlemen of the BRO division of the Indian Army.

Also read: How to Plan a Journey from Srinagar to Leh

Permits for Umling La

There are really no specific permits needed to visit the pass apart from the regular Inner Line Permit. Do remember to mention on the permit though that you intend to visit the Hanle, Photi La, Umling La, and Ukdungle route or you may get stopped.

This year, a lot of people will be traveling this way so the situation related to permits may change; but as of last year, the regular Inner line permit worked fine for Umling La as well. As a matter of fact, in 2017 there was no check post as well anywhere in between; just the regular BRO camps but they did not ask anyone to produce the permit.

Itinerary for Umling La

This will highly depend on what your current plan is but if you want to include Umling La in your trip, then below is how you can plan it. I will suggest an itinerary from Leh to Leh. This of course cannot be applicable for everyone but should at least give you an idea of how to go to Umling La.

  • Leh to Diskit (Nubra Valley) – Day 1
  • Diskit to Pangong Tso via Shyok road – Day 2
  • Pangong Tso to Hanle – Day 3
  • Hanle to Umling La to Hanle – Day 4
  • Hanle to Karzok (Tso Moriri) – Day 5
  • Karzok to Leh – Day 6

If you follow the above itinerary, you will have to seriously think about fuel arrangements because once you leave Leh, there is no other petrol pump en route.

For visiting Umlingla Top on Day 4, you can reach there via Photi La route and return via Ukdungle; or do the journey the other way around. Go to Umling La via Ukdungle and take the route across Photi for the journey back to Hanle.

Accommodation / Restaurants / Dhabas near Umling La

None is the word that I will use here. Once you leave Hanle, there is absolutely nothing but miles and miles of barren Ladakh. There is no Dhaba anywhere, no restaurant, and definitely, no place to stay. You must make it a day trip and return to Hanle before it got dark. At Hanle however, there is a guest house by the name of Padma Homestay which is run by a gentleman Mr. Sonam Dorjay. Their homepage is http://padmahomestay.in/.

Since this is the only place to stay at Hanle, it is very important that you make advance booking which you can at their site from the link above. If for some reason you were unable to make reservations, then you can stay at a house of any of the locals as a paying guest.

Before you start from Hanle towards Umling La, make sure that you are carrying something to eat and water to drink as you will not find any other place where you can hope to get food elsewhere on this route.

Basic Amenities near Umling La

There is no petrol pump anywhere, no ATM, no bank, and no hospital. The nearest medical aid you can get is either at Hanle or Rhongo village but that too will be just basic. In case of an emergency, the army camps should be able to help. It will be wise to carry some basic medicines or a medical aid kit of your own. If you have any medical condition that may turn serious, do not go towards Hanle at all.

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Best time to visit Umling La

The only time you can visit Umling La is between late May till September, or maybe early October. In all other months, the entire route will be covered under snow and not accessible. The best of these will be September or early October.

If you went there towards June, you will find melting snow creating mud, slush, and water streams which will become a problem considering the bad roads. After Monsoon arrives in July and August, the situation will become even worse. September hence will be perfect for going this way.

With that said, however, not everyone can travel in September. If you are going in other months, just make sure your vehicles are well prepared for the bad road ahead and go very carefully.

Best Vehicle for Umling La

In terms of motorcycles, a Royal Enfield will be a preferred choice but others can serve the purpose as well, provided that they are well maintained.

For a car, however, you must travel in an SUV only. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a 4×4 but high ground clearance is a must. The climb of Umling La is not that steep really so if you are able to cross Photi La, then the only hurdle on the way will be broken roads and water crossings. Another choice can be to take the easier Ukdungle route. If you have a 4×4, then take either of the routes.

Umling La Pass Height / Altitude

The mighty Umling La is located at a staggering height of 19,000 Feet or 5,883 Meters.

Umling La Pass Temperature / Weather

The entire region is extremely windy and cold. The wind will continue to blow on your face all day long and you must prepare accordingly. Take a heavy windproof jacket and apply some cold cream or lip balm to protect your face from the wind. Good quality gloves and waterproof shoes of course are a must if you were riding a motorcycle.

Conclusion

I think that pretty much covers all the information you will need to visit Umling La. If you have any further questions; or need any further details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below, or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to help in any way I can.

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78 comments

Prakash raja July 27, 2021 - 2:14 am

Good info vargis khan. So is permit given now for umling la ? If so where can we get one ? My plan is to stay in thiksey monastry few days, pangong lake ride, kardung la and if possible umling la.

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Vargis.Khan July 28, 2021 - 6:24 am

Umling La is still off-limits for tourists Prakash Bhai. No permits are being issued for this pass

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Aymeric June 25, 2019 - 9:25 am

Hi Vargis!
I plan to cycle in Ladakh in mid-August (I was there for the last time in 2010). Initially, I thought take the “road” Spiti – Keylong – Shingo La – Padum – Kargil – Leh since the last bridge & the road is entirely built in Zanskar.
But your blog is really inspiring ! So I’m thinking go to Photi La – Umling La – Ukdungle – Tso Moriri instead of Zanskar.
So, do you know if the Umling La is authorized for foreigners in 2019 (with a “standard” Inner Line Permit)?
Many thanks!

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Vargis.Khan June 25, 2019 - 5:59 pm

Hi Aymeric, Right now that route is off-limits even for Indians. Foreigners are never allowed to go that way due to safety reasons.

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Aymeric June 26, 2019 - 6:12 pm

Thank you very much for your answer.
Well, so it’s acted. I’ll definitely go to Zanskar through Shingo La. “Easier” (as if the road still doesn’t have tar) and no permit required!

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Vargis.Khan June 26, 2019 - 11:58 pm

Have fun !!! Do let me know how your trip went after you return

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Rohit March 30, 2019 - 10:09 am

Hey Vargis.. Is it possible to visit Umling la this year in june first week?
Planning to take route sarchu-Tso Moriri-Hanle and Hanle-Umiling la-Hanle?

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Vargis.Khan March 30, 2019 - 1:11 pm

Umling La is still out of bounds for tourists Rohit. We will know more only tourist season begins in Ladakh but as of now it is a no.

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Manraj June 23, 2019 - 8:38 am

Also I think you need permissions to visit to Hanle and these permissions can be got only from Leh. So Sarchu to Hanle without permissions is not doable

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Vargis.Khan June 23, 2019 - 3:26 pm

This is true

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Akash June 28, 2018 - 11:47 am

Hi is this post alive ? I will be going to umlingla from kaza. Where should I take permit. ?

How is route from kaza to hanale ?

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Vargis.Khan June 28, 2018 - 2:13 pm

There is no direct route form Kaza to Hanle. You will first have to reach Leh, get your permits from there and then go to Hanle.

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priya priya March 23, 2019 - 8:30 am

Hai Vargiskhan I hope that u are fine actually we planning to cover all over India and also this kind of noticeable passes can u guide me please

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Gaurav June 12, 2018 - 5:14 pm

Hello Vargis,

Hope you are doing well ..!!

I am planning for a trip to south of Ladakh in August last week .

According to the current situation will I get the permission for Hanle and Umling-la during that period..?

If not them which would be the best and less explored place to vist.?

And is it possible to get permit for Siachen base camp.?

Thanks in advance.!

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Vargis.Khan June 13, 2018 - 4:14 pm

Hi Gaurav,

1. Umling La – You will definitely not get the permit
2. Hanle – You may get the permit
3. Siachen – You can try to get the permit, see the article below please.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/how-to-visit-siachen/

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anup April 30, 2018 - 9:08 am

hey brother..will u plz put some light on current road condition of pnagong-man-marak-chusul-hor la-mahe-tsomoriri?
is this doable in a day?
thanks in advance

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Vargis.Khan April 30, 2018 - 5:02 pm

Permits for this route as of now are suspended Anup Bhai, you cannot go this way.

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Tapu Tandel April 20, 2018 - 9:16 am

Khaan saab, last year i asked u one question before my leh manali bike ride, that where to camping and tanting on that highway, thanks for that reply @ last year.
This year i got a question regarding umling la pass, that i saw some videos about umling la. Riders are saying that special permissions are needed to go over there. Is it really true? Or permit from leh tourist is enough for umling la hanle route also.
And yeah we gonna be riding in upcoming may last week from pangong -man – merak -chusul -mood – hanle. And than photila- umling la. Is that recommend? And is there any place where we can find petrol(even from localised) ?

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Vargis.Khan April 20, 2018 - 1:47 pm

Tapu Bhai – Umling La is off limits, no permits issued and no tourists allowed. Please see this post.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/permits-for-hanle-umling-la-chushul-suspended/

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Himanshu.sood April 11, 2018 - 6:19 pm

Hi fellow riders, I’m planning a leh bike trip and umlingla will in route . looking for any solo rider or group to join .
If anyone interested leave a comment

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Vargis.Khan April 11, 2018 - 6:21 pm

Umling La may not remain open for tourists this year, more details to follow as I get clarity on this in coming weeks.

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Bishnu Dhar April 17, 2018 - 8:06 am

Hello Vargis, great article yaar Would you have any further update on this route? Last I heard, this pass was closed for all due some to unauthorized access by few rides. Please confirm Thanks

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Vargis.Khan April 17, 2018 - 3:29 pm

Hi Bishnu – Umling La is off limits, at least for now. Highly unlikely that they will allow any tourists this way this year.

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Vishwanadhan June 9, 2018 - 5:12 pm

Hi Vargis,

I heard Umlingla Pass is restricted and tourists are not allowed. Is this true?
I’m planning this on the month of September..

Vargis.Khan June 9, 2018 - 6:15 pm

Hi Vishwandadhan – Yes it is true. Cannot travel to Umling La as of now.

Tapu Tandel April 20, 2018 - 9:19 am

Himanshu sood, yes we are 2 riders and going to umling la pangong spiti in next month

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Vishwanadhan June 9, 2018 - 5:08 pm

Hi Himanshu Sood,

I’m planning solo, I shall join you. Let me know the iternary and do contact me.

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Pranay Gohel April 7, 2018 - 8:07 am

Hi Vargis ji,
I am planning a road trip to Leh. I am visiting Hanle & inspired to visit Umling La by this article. Will I be able to visit Umling La around 26th May 2018 ? will it be open?
Pls update.

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Vargis.Khan April 7, 2018 - 9:50 pm

Hello Pranay Ji – Yes you will be able to visit Hanle and the pass towards May end.

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Pranay Gohel April 9, 2018 - 3:56 am

Thanks for your quick reply

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Vargis.Khan April 9, 2018 - 1:27 pm

You are welcome

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Vignesh January 23, 2019 - 2:02 am

Can we go to hanle at april end 28 and 29

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shiv March 20, 2018 - 11:27 am

Hi, vergis khan bhai.
can you plss… tell me that where i can get a petrol pump in between hanle to manali???

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Vargis.Khan March 20, 2018 - 2:27 pm

Hello Shiv Bhai – There is no petrol pump around Hanle. You will find one only at either Leh or Tandi

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SHIV March 20, 2018 - 2:59 pm

thanx…to reply bhai.
bhai pangong se marsimik la kese ja sakte hai??
or kitna distance rahega??
merko umling la pass ya marsimik la dono me se ek karna hai june me!

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SHIV March 20, 2018 - 3:21 pm

one more question vergis bhai….do we need any special permit for umling la pass???

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Vargis.Khan March 20, 2018 - 5:15 pm

Nahi Bhai. Just mention the Hanle – Photi La route on your regular ILP and that will do.

Vargis.Khan March 20, 2018 - 5:15 pm

Shiv Bhai for Marismik route, please take a look at the complete Ladakh map I created and posted at the link below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/ladakh-road-map-detailed-road-map-ladakh/

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SHIV March 21, 2018 - 7:40 am

thanx bhai….help kardi aapne bht badi.

Vargis.Khan March 21, 2018 - 4:40 pm

You are welcome Bhai. Koi aur agar doubt ho toh please feel free to ask

anup April 6, 2018 - 8:21 am

hi brother…will you plz tell aprox kms from 1 :- leh-chumathang-hanle-umlingla-tsomoriri-tsokar-pang-sarchu-tandi
i think it should be around 750-800 kms?
plz confirm.
thanks.

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Vargis.Khan April 7, 2018 - 10:06 pm

Anup Bhai it will be between 850 – 900 kilometers approximately. If you are worried about fuel for such a long ride then see the post below.

https://vargiskhan.com/log/fuel-availability-in-leh-ladakh-manage/

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anup April 12, 2018 - 10:32 am

thanks brother 🙂

Vargis.Khan April 12, 2018 - 12:23 pm

You are welcome

Anup March 1, 2018 - 7:55 am

May i know what is the distance between hanle and umlingla ???

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Vargis.Khan March 1, 2018 - 1:39 pm

Distance between Hanle and Umling La is approximately 108 kilometers.

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Rohit mishra February 16, 2018 - 9:05 pm

Vargis sir the map you have made you have not given credit to our team I would request to do the needful as you language is used in your map is mine which is bridge 1 bridge 2 and there is no bridge actually those bridge are undercustruction ,

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Vargis.Khan February 16, 2018 - 9:12 pm

Rohit Bhai I am sorry but I did not know this was your information. Someone just mentioned this in the comments below and I added it to the article.I have edited the article now and credited in your name.

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Rohit mishra March 15, 2018 - 8:33 pm

No need to be sorry sir I follow most of your blogs you are a helping hand for traveler

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Vargis.Khan March 21, 2018 - 3:00 am

Thanks Rohit Bhai

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vikas January 4, 2018 - 7:35 am

Thanks for the information.

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Vargis.Khan January 4, 2018 - 8:02 pm

You are welcome and thank you for taking the time to drop a note.

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Akhilesh Sharma December 7, 2017 - 6:51 pm

Amazing work vargis. Really loved your enthusiasm.

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Vargis.Khan December 18, 2017 - 4:11 pm

Thanks Akhilesh

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pixx666 November 14, 2017 - 12:16 pm

i got some information .

This just came in one of the WhatsApp groups Umling La (La means ‘Pass’)

About route, location, permit and permissions for Umling la

You don’t need any special permission to reach Umling La. Normal permission would work which will cost you 400 rupees and you do not require any army contact for this.

There are 3 way to reach Umling la. Download offline map before you start so these coordinate will take you the pass straight away.

First route: Via Koyul
Via koyul you need permission as mentioned above.

Handle to photila 35km
Photila to photile 22km
Photile BRO camp
32.7606004, 79.1530760

1st bridge
32.7008113, 79.1629603

2nd bridge water crossing
32.6669416, 79.1689503

Umlingla
32.6930000, 79.2718610
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Second route: Via Photi La

1. Hanle to Photi La 35km if you don’t take short cuts. The road sign shows 28km from Hanle but that is an incorrect figure.
2. Photila to Photile village is 22km: There is no one just a bro post and they are very helpful they served us juice , eggs , lunch also.
3. Photile village to 2nd bridge is 13km. First you have to cross Indus River after 7km and again after 5km
4. From 2nd water crossing Umling la is 38km where in 24km road is Mattel road and 10km is under construction.

2nd route
Via ukdungla
Hanle to ukdungle 30km

Ukdungla bro site
32.6012884, 78.9655339

Ukdungle to phutila 15km

Phutila pass
32.6231920, 79.0761610

2nd bridge water crossing
32.6669416, 79.1689503

Umlingla
32.6930000, 79.2718610

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Third route: Via Ukdungle

Hanle to ukdungle 30km a trail way.
Ukdungle to 1st bridge is 28km
Where in 14km roads is good till phutile pass after that 14km off road

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Vargis.Khan November 19, 2017 - 10:51 pm

Thank you for sharing this information brother. Updated the article based on your updates.

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Wanderer November 6, 2017 - 9:33 am

Hey is there anyone can tell the complete route of umlingla pass from manali.
Thanks in advance.

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Vargis.Khan November 6, 2017 - 3:53 pm

You will have to reach Hanle or Koyul first I guess in order to reach there. Will wait for someone who has been there to advise the route from Hanle / Koyul to Umling La.

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shakir November 5, 2017 - 2:21 pm

This is full coverage of umlingla la

https://youtu.be/julTT_c9G7U

Upload before 50 minutes around…

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shakir November 5, 2017 - 2:17 pm

https://youtu.be/julTT_c9G7U

This is full coverage of umlingla la.

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Naval Kishor Oraon November 5, 2017 - 6:59 am

I have been their recently in August ,road is under construction , snawfall there in August also.. love that place….

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Vargis.Khan November 5, 2017 - 11:35 pm

Do share some pics of the pass brother. Not a lot of people have been there yet.

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shakir November 5, 2017 - 6:27 am

I neve found the Distances between Khardung La and Umling Laa?

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Vargis.Khan November 5, 2017 - 11:36 pm

Neither did I brother

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ANGSHUMAN GHOSH ROY November 4, 2017 - 3:26 pm

can general public visit the Umling La pass? what is the suitable time to visit?

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Vargis.Khan November 5, 2017 - 11:37 pm

Few people I believe have already been there so somehow they did manage to get the permit.

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Varun November 2, 2017 - 6:15 pm

I’m not entirely sure, but after long eye-straining on Google Earth, I see a dirt track running east of Photi La, cutting directly to Demchok. Google Earth shows an altitude of around 5800 ish meters, close to the altitude of 5,900 meters stated for Umling La.

I could share the co-ordinates of my find: 32° 41′ 22.83″ N, 79° 16′ 06.61″ E. Hope this helps further finds.

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Vargis.Khan November 5, 2017 - 11:37 pm

I see that road too Varun, not sure if it is the same though but it looks like it is

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Sagar Kulkarni October 14, 2017 - 4:09 pm

A recent video posted dates 11th October 2017, on you tube , bikers have reached Umling-la pass. Pls refer to the link — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUecSUHXOr0

Cheers , hope we can gather some more info, the guys in the vieo speaks about the permission required.

Regards

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Vargis.Khan October 16, 2017 - 4:58 pm

Thank you for sharing this Sagar

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Chetan Kaporo October 12, 2017 - 4:11 pm

I want to go there also. I also found route (Delhi-Jammu-Akhnoor-Mughal road – peer ki gali- Srinagar- Rajdhan- Gurez-Telail-Shekhopora-Lolab-Dhoodhpathri-Sadhna- Tithwal- srinagar-Leh-Hanle-Umlingla- Hanle-Chushul- Spangmik-Karu-Debring- Pang- Manali-Jalori-Delhi.

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Vargis.Khan October 16, 2017 - 5:00 pm

I am planning too bro … hope I can make it next year Summer

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peters October 1, 2017 - 4:40 am

Vargis ur blog is among the most informative one. i think u should mark the LAC on the map that u post. There are many who are planning. A wrong turn on the dirt track and u could cross the border where it is not manned in some places. The marked point is in china in the map above. We only have a village across on our side of Demchok.

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Vargis.Khan October 2, 2017 - 9:52 pm

Hello Peters, Thank you for your appreciating words and you make a valid point. I will recreate the map marking the LOAC

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Satya Rao kommana September 17, 2017 - 3:36 am

Geez! :-O Roads seems to be literally reaching for the skies! And someday there could be a road passing the summit of Everest too….who knows!! Anyway, high adventure always beckons the adventure seeker! Always has, always will!! Cheers!

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Vargis.Khan September 17, 2017 - 9:29 pm

Well said Mr. Kommana

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khushal sharma September 17, 2017 - 2:37 am

I will be reallyl happy to know that which month one can reach this place

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Vargis.Khan September 17, 2017 - 9:29 pm

We will find out soon enough Khushal

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