Fotu La

Fotu La is a mountain pass on the Srinagar-Leh highway in the Himalayas Zaskar Range in India.  Located at an altitude of 13,478 ft or 4,108 m, the Fotu La Pass at the beginning of a descending road that leads past the Lamayuru Monastery down to the Indus River. This winding road descends almost 4,000 ft or 1,219 m from the pass to the river. It is the highest point on the highway, surpassing the famed Zoji La. The pass is situated in a barren landscape and views from the top are breathtaking. Fotu La is one of two high mountain passes between Leh and Kargil, the other being Namika La.Moving eastwards, the highway begins to descend towards the town of Lamayuru after Fotu La. There is a Prasar Bharati television relay station serving Lamayuru located on the pass. The road itself is in relatively good condition but the high passes are unpaved.