Widely believed to be the second-highest motorable road in the world, Chang La mountain pass is perched at a height of 17,590 ft above sea level. This pass is the main route to the pristine Pangong Lake, which is a scenic tourist stopover. The pass is also the gateway to the Changthang Plateau, which is known to be the home of the nomadic Changpa tribe. Tourists can also visit the nearby Tangtse village. The pass remains inaccessible during the winter months i.e. from November to April. Another unique thing about the pass is that the world's highest research station, founded and maintained by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, is also located here. The Chang La Pass lies about 75 km from Leh.

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