Many believed Khardung La to be the highest motorable road in the world, and while that's not exactly true, it was still pretty awesome that are India had several motorable passes in Ladakh, Uttarakhand and other Himalayan regions at the height of 17,000ft and above - Dungri La (18,406 ft), Khardung La (17,582ft) among others . However, now BRO (Border Roads Organisation) has trumped its own record and finished construction of what is now the highest motorable road in the world at a height of - wait for it - 19,300+ft. The pass is called Umling La and is now the highest motorable pass in the world.
This 86km long road is in Ladakh and is built under 'Project Himank' of the BRO, connecting Chisumle and Demchok villages, around 230km from Leh. The two villages are stone's throw away from the Indo-China border in the eastern sector. The road passes through Umlingla Top at a height of over 19,300 feet.
The construction of this road was a Herculean task under extreme conditions of the region. In winters, temperatures dropped down to -40 degrees, with oxygen levels dropping by 50%. It really is a miracle that BRO has accomplished this. Kudos!
In an atmosphere where even machines give up, the people who worked under the harsh and punishing conditions to accomplish this remarkable and important feat are real-life superheroes. Thanks for putting India on the world map anew.