Sasser Pass

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Sasser Pass - Saser La
From the Nubra side (from the book by the Schlagintweit brothers, 1857)

From the Nubra side (from the book by the Schlagintweit brothers , 1857)

Compass direction east west
Pass height 5411  m
Union Territory Ladakh ( India )
Watershed NubraShyok Shyok
expansion Trekking path
Mountains Saser Muztagh , Rimo Muztagh ( Karakoram )
particularities restricted military area due to the Siachen conflict
Sasser Pass (Karakoram)
Sasser Pass
Coordinates 35 ° 2 ′ 0 ″  N , 77 ° 44 ′ 0 ″  E Coordinates: 35 ° 2 ′ 0 ″  N , 77 ° 44 ′ 0 ″  E

The Sasser Pass , also Sasser Pass or Saser La called, with 5411  m above sea level is a high mountain pass in India , in the southeastern part of the Karakorum main chain.

It is considered the border between the Saser Muztagh , the southernmost sub-chain of the Karakoram, and the Rimo Muztagh in the north. The pass leads from the Nubra Valley on the west side to the upper Shyok Valley on the east side of the mountains. The pass lies on the old caravan route that led from Ladakh to Yarkant into the Tarim basin in summer and crosses the higher, but easier to climb Karakorum pass further to the east .

“This was the notorious Sasser, not the highest but probably the most impressive and dangerous of the passes along the caravan route between Ladakh and Yarkand. (German: That was the notorious Sasser, not the highest, but certainly the most impressive and dangerous pass along the Carrier Route between Ladakh and Yarkant ). "

In the past, the Sasser Pass could not be bypassed even in summer. Carrying animals such as mules or ponies were needed to walk there, as it was too icy for the two-humped camels that transported loads to the pass from the north of China . The Sasser Pass is located in the south of the Siachen Glacier , where the Siachen conflict between India and Pakistan was armed from 1984 to 2003. In this border region, the course of the border on the glacier is disputed, although this was specified in the 1972 Shimla Agreement .


  • Janet Rizvi: Trans-Himalayan Caravans: Merchant Princes and Peasant Traders in Ladakh . Oxford University Press, New Delhi 1999, ISBN 0-19-564855-2 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ John Keay: When Men and Mountains Meet . Oxford University Press, Karachi 1993, ISBN 0-19-577465-5 , p. 182.
  2. George N. Roerich: Trails to Inmost Asia: Five Years of Exploration with the Roerich Central Asian Expedition. 1931. (Reprint: Book Faith India, Delhi 1996, ISBN 81-7303-032-4 , p. 42)