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tanggula pass

Photo: Fanghong

7. Tanggula Pass – 5,231 m (17,157 ft), in the Tibetan Tanggula Mountains, China

Before we get into elaborate details about hiking (in the future posts), here is an interesting count-down of the highest passes on Earth that people have reached and that with help, advice and proper equipment, you can probably also check out live one day. As you probably guessed, they are all located in the Himalayas.

tanglang la pass

6. Tanglang La – 5,359 m (17,577 ft), Ladakh, India

Photo via Wikimedia (prayer flags)

khardung la

5. Khardung La – 5,359 m (17,577 ft), Ladakh, India

Photo: Tomáš Ne?as

changla pass

4. Changla Pass – 5,425 m (17,794 ft), India

Photo: Sistak

karakoram pass

3. Karakoram Pass – 5,540 m (18,171 ft), China

Photo: rule37

semo la pass

2. Semo La – 5,565 m (18,253 ft), central part of Tibet, China

Photo: John Town

pangong lake near marsimik la pass

1. Marsimik La – 5,582 metres (18,308 ft), India

Photo via BCMTouring
via Environmental Graffiti