This ride report is about a quick trip from Philadelphia, PA to Khardung La in the Himalayas of the Kashmir region of India. Khardung La (La means pass in Tibetan) is a high mountain pass that measures 17,582 feet in elevation. It is widely, but incorrectly, believed to be the world's highest motorable pass (frequently claimed to be 18,380 feet high). There are higher motorable passes at Suge La, west of Lhasa (17,815 feet) and Semo La (18,258 feet) between Raka and Coqen in Central Tibet. Together, the Himalayan mountain system is the world's highest, and home to the world's highest peaks, the Eight-thousanders, which include Mount Everest and K2. To comprehend the enormous scale of this mountain range, consider that Aconcagua, in the Andes, at 6,962 m (22,841 ft) is the highest peak outside Asia, whereas the Himalayan system includes over 100 mountains exceeding 7,200 m (23,600 ft). (From wikipedia) I will fly from Philadelphia to New Delhi on June 11, 2012. I will ride a Royal Enfield from New Delhi to Leh and then onto Khardung La. I expect to reach the base of the Himalayas in 3 or 4 days. Khardung La is situated 24 miles by road from Leh. The first 15 miles, as far as the South Pullu check point, are paved. From there to the North Pullu check point about 9.5 miles beyond the pass the roadway is primarily loose rock, dirt, and occasional rivulets of snow melt. However, this pass is in better repair than many of the surrounding passes (Tanglang La, for example). From North Pullu into the Nubra Valley, the road is very well maintained (except in a very few places where washouts or falling rock occur). Leh is at 11,562 feet. The climb in elevation from Leh to Khardung La is 6,020 feet. You are allowed to stay 30 minutes at the peak because of the extreme lack of oxygen.