Beating Bolivia’s record, India builds world’s highest road in Ladakh

The world’s highest road has been constructed in eastern Ladakh. The Border Roads Organisation has constructed the road at an altitude of 19,300 feet, the government said in a statement today. The previous record of the highest road was for Bolivia and it measured 18,953 feet. The road has been constructed at an altitude higher than the Mount Everest base camp – the south base camp in Nepal is at an altitude of 17,598 feet, while the north base camp in Tibet is at 16,900 feet.

“ The road is at Umlingla Pass and is now connected with a blacktop road to enhance socio-economic conditions and promote tourism in Ladakh,” the government said. Considering the temperatures at the altitude the authorities have constructed the road with infrastructure all around but it is challenging. In winter, the temperature falls to -40 degrees Celsius and the oxygen level at this altitude is almost 50 percent less than at normal places.

“The Border Roads Organisation achieved the feat due to the grit and resilience of its personnel who work in treacherous terrain and extreme weather conditions,” the government said.

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The government said that the road now connects the important towns in the Chumar sector of eastern Ladakh.  It will enhance the socio-economic condition and promote tourism in Ladakh.

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