Once an ancient caravan route
that witnessed horses and Bactrian camels trudging through blinding snow, the historic Khardung La pass was made open to public motor vehicles in 1988, making it one of the highest motorable roads in the world.
Its harsh climes still sees it closed for up to eight months in a year. When it is safe for human travel in the spring and the summer, this remote and rocky mountain pass connects you to Ladakh’s heavenly Nubra Valley.
Full of sharp twists, blinding turns and the threats of the natural world around you, Khardung La remains one of the world’s most unforgiving roads. Allied to avalanches and altitude sickness, it a true test of a man. And his motorcycle. One thousand kilometres and six high altitude mountain passes later, it’s a test that the Mahindra Centuro passed with distinction.
And the same innovations that allowed the Centuro to conquer passes powers it to glide over potholes.