High passes/places we’ve taken the bikes


Name of Pass/High point Region Country Height Date
Above col on Uturuncu Potosi Bolivia 5,777m 19/11/13
Refugio on Sairecabur Region II Chile 5,666m 26/11/13
Paso Pissis Este* (trekking pass) Catamarca Argentina 5,646m 28/1/14
Kozur La (trekking pass) Ladakh India 5,626m 2/9/12
Paso Bonete Grande* (trekking pass) Catamarca Argentina 5,531m 29/1/14
High point on Acotango Oruro Bolivia 5,509m 28/8/10
Yalung Nyau La (trekking pass) Ladakh India 5,446m 6/9/12
Kaksang La Ladakh India 5,438m 22/8/12
Kostse La (trekking pass) Ladakh India 5,398m 5/9/12
Chang La Ladakh India 5,381m 16/8/12
Khardung La Ladakh India 5,359m 14/8/12
Taglang La Ladakh India 5,344m 24/8/12
Wari La Ladakh India 5,312m 15/8/12
Chacaltaya ski station La Paz Bolivia 5,260m 5/8/10
High Point on El Muerto Region III Chile 5,202m 12/1/14
High point on Aucanquilcha Region II Chile 5,130m 9/7/10
Abra Azuca* Apurimac Peru 5,130m 4/11/10
Abra Loncopata* Arequipa Peru 5,119m 20/11/10
Abra Arcata Arequipa Peru 5,101m 2/11/10
Shingo La (trekking pass) Himachal Pradesh India 5,058m 19/7/12
Abra Huarcaya* Arequipa Peru 5,057m 19/11/10
Abra Culipampa* Arequipa Peru 5,024m 19/11/10
Abra Quenco* Arequipa Peru 5,020m 20/11/10
Abra Huacullo* Apurimac Peru 5,016m 18/11/10
Abra Condorillo Arequipa Peru 4,993m 3/11/10
Punta Pumacocha* Lima Peru 4,990m 18/10/13
Punta Caudalosa Chica* Huancavelica Peru 4,990m 24/10/13
Rusi La (trekking pass) Ladakh India 4,988m 4/8/12
Punta Yahuarcocha Huancavelica Peru 4,980m 24/10/13
Abra Huayraccasa Huancavelica Peru 4,976m 23/10/13
Pologongka La Ladakh India 4,972m 23/8/12
Kongka La (trekking pass) Ladakh India 4,969m 31/8/12
Abra del Acay Salta Argentina 4,966m 6/6/10
Abra Achallaque* Arequipa Peru 4,962m 20/10/10
Pastoruri Ancash Peru 4,955m 9/7/13
Abra Ritipata Ayacucho Peru 4,947m 26/10/13
Paso Sol de Mañana Potosi Bolivia 4,944m 30/6/10
Abra Viraco* Arequipa Peru 4,940m 27/11/10
Abra Rapaz* Lima Peru 4,937m 10/10/13
Hor La Ladakh India 4,936m 21 & 22/8/12
Punta Ushuayca Lima Peru 4,930m 15/10/13
Abra Laguna Morijon* Potosi Bolivia 4,901m 16/11/13
Punta Olimpica Ancash Peru 4,890m 10/6/13 & 28/8/13
Abra Patapampa Arequipa Peru 4,889m 13/10/10
Portezuelo de los Martirios Catamarca Argentina 4,885m 28/12/13
Abra Antacassa Junin Peru 4,881m 14/10/13
Abra Chonta Huancavelica Peru 4,880m 23/10/13
Abra Huamanripa* Ancash Peru 4,879m 9/7/13 & 24/8/13
Abra Ares* Arequipa Peru 4,871m 1/11/10
Abra Tolconi* Arequipa Peru 4,860m 1/11/10
Nusgur La Ladakh India 4,859m 8/9/12
Punta Chucopampa Lima Peru 4,858m 11/10/13
Punta Chanca Lima Peru 4,847m 9/10/13
Portezuelo Paranal (Paso Jama) Region II Chile 4,836m 8/12/10
Abra Canchenita Cusco Peru 4,827m 17/10/10
Punta Seis Lagos* Junin Peru 4,826m 14/10/13 (twice)
Punta Fierro Cruz Lima Peru 4,823m 12/10/13
Punta Huarapasca Ancash Peru 4,817m 9/7/13 & 24/8/13
Abra Tisco Arequipa Peru 4,813m 17/10/10
Abra Puca Loma* Potosi Bolivia 4,804m 16/11/13
Abra Taapaca* Region XV Chile 4,802m 15/8/10
Abra Turpo* Junin Peru 4,798m 19/10/13
Paso Esperanza* Huancavelica Peru 4,782m 25/10/13
Portachuelo de Llanganuco Ancash Peru 4,767m 6/8/13 & 17/4/14
Paso Agua Negra San Juan Argentina 4,772m 13/2/14
Paso San Francisco Catamarca Argentina 4,766m 7/2/11, 5/1/14 & 14/1/14
Abra Mio Lima Peru 4,764m 12/10/13
Abra Apacheta Ayacucho Peru 4,762m 26/10/13
Paso Don Mario* Junin Peru 4,758m 18/10/13
Paso Carhuapata* Huancavelica Peru 4,752m 25/10/13
Abra San Pablo* Potosi Bolivia 4,752m 14/11/13
Abra Toroya Puno Peru 4,750m 10/10/10
Abra Laguna Hedionda* Potosi Bolivia 4,733m 20/11/13
Paso del Condor Potosi Bolivia 4,730m 29/6/10 & 21/11/13
Abra Tres Cruces La Paz Bolivia 4,729m 8/9/10
Abra Laguna Celeste* Catamarca Argentina 4,725m 22/1/14
Abra San Antonio* Potosi Bolivia 4,720m 15/11/13
Abra Alpamarca Junin Peru 4,711m 13/10/13
Abra Suijo Lima Peru 4,706m 16/10/13
Abra Jachaña* Cusco Peru 4,702m 20/10/10
Abra Llamaorgo Huancavelica Peru 4,700m 20/10/13
Abra de Viscos Arequipa Peru 4,695m 25/11/10
Abra del Gallo Salta Argentina 4,694m 13/12/10
Abra Yanashalla Ancash Peru 4,689m 24/8/13
Paso Chungara/Tambo Quemado Region XV Chile 4,686m 15/8/10
Punta Yanashallash (trekking pass) Ancash Peru 4,683m 6/7/13
La Cumbre La Paz Bolivia 4,671m 13 & 18/9/10
Abra San Vicente* Potosi Bolivia 4,669m 13/11/13
Turn-off to Hito Cajon Region II Chile 4,661m 25/6/10 & 22/11/13
Paso Salar Capina* Potosi Bolivia 4,660m 2/7/10
Abra Llullita Apurimac Peru 4,658m 11/11/10
Abra Anabi* Cuzco Peru 4,654m 4/11/10
Parma checkpoint Ladakh India 4,630m 18/8/12
Abra Llullaillaco* Salta Argentina 4,629m 7/12/13
Abra de Calalaste* Catamarca Argentina 4,621m 17/12/13
Punta Acococha* (trekking pass) Ancash Peru 4,618m 10/7/13
Cuncush Ancash Peru 4,610m 21/8/13
Abra Contonga* Ancash Peru 4,588m 8/7/13
Abra El Laco (Paso Sico) Region II Chile 4,578m 14/6/10
Abra Boroanza Potosi Bolivia 4,572m 14/11/13
Abra Mina Maricunga* Region III Chile c4,561m 13/2/11
Alto Chorrillos Salta Argentina 4,555m 10l/6/10
Abra Aparejos* Catamarca Argentina 4,554m 22/1/14
Abra Viñas* Huancavelica Peru 4,547m 20/10/13
Paso Pacomayo* Lima Peru 4,544m 8/10/13
Abra La Casualidad* Salta Argentina 4,539m 10/12/13
Abra Mañazo* Puno Peru 4,515m 9/10/10
Penzi La Zanskar India 4,502m 31/7/12
Abra Tucuccasa Ayacucho Peru 4,496m 27/10/13
Abra Veladero* La Rioja Argentina 4,487m 18/2/11
Tunel de Kahuish Ancash Peru 4,470m 25/8/13
Abra de Sey* Jujuy Argentina 4,463m 12/12/10
Abra Sico Region II Chile 4,458m 13/6/10
High Point on Antofalla Catamarca Argentina 4,457m 12/12/13
Abra Progreso* Apurimac Peru 4,452m 6/11/10
Laguna Llaca Ancash Peru 4,450m 03/07/13
Abra Falda Cienaga* Catamarca Argentina 4,442m 19/12/10
Paso Cortaderas Catamarca Argentina 4,426m 22/12/13
Alto Tomarapi* Oruro Bolivia 4,398m 29/7/10
Abra Chapoco* Region XV Chile 4,397m 13/8/10
Sapi La Ladakh India 4,397m 5/8/12
Abra Jayuri Ayacucho Peru 4,395m 1/11/13
Portezuelo de Laguna Brava La Rioja Argentina 4,379m 13/5/10, 19/2/11 & 3/2/14
Paso Llulla* Salta Argentina 4,379m 6/12/13
Abra de Chachacomani* Oruro Bolivia 4,365m 27/7/10 & 26/8/10
Paso Caballo Muerto Catamarca Argentina 4,359m 15/12/13
Paso Caquella* Potosi Bolivia 4,351m 4/7/10
Abra Putongo* Ayacucho Peru 4,349m 31/10/13
Abra de Arizaro Salta Argentina 4,330m 11/6/10
Paso de Mojon Ancash Peru 4,291m 19/8/13
Abra Pucamaya* La Paz Bolivia 4,288m 12/8/10
Abra Antofalla* Catamarca Argentina 4,279m 15/12/13
Laguna Rajucolta Ancash Peru 4,278m 22/7/13
Abra Pircas Negras* Region III Chile 4,253m 17/2/11
Abra Purhuaypampa (trekking pass) Ancash Peru 4,252m 22/7/13
Abra Pacollo* La Paz Bolivia 4,240m 28/9/10
Yantahuain Ancash Peru 4,231m 6/10/13
Punta Callan Ancash Peru 4,220m 23/5/13
Abra Huayllamarca* Oruro Bolivia 4,214m 1/9/10
Laguna Paron Ancash Peru 4,200m 5/6/13
Alto Apachita* Puno Peru 4,192m 3/10/10
Abra de Quiron Salta Argentina 4,182m 17/12/10
Abra Huactapa* Arequipa Peru 4,181m 21/11/10
Abra Archibarca* Catamarca Argentina 4,179m 12/12/13
Conococha Ancash Peru 4,117m 19/8/13
Fotu La Ladakh India 4,106m 7/8/12
Paso Mina Abandonada* Catamarca Argentina 4,087m 22/12/13
Pupash Ancash Peru 4,060m 6/9/13
Abra Acopunco Cuzco Peru 4,042m 5/11/10
Abra Millamar Apurimac Peru 4,003m 2/11/13


* We couldn’t find a local name for these passes, so have just named them after the nearest village/mountain/salar. Please let us know if you know the real name.

Near the beginning of our South America trip we decided (reasonably arbitrarily) that to be included on this pass list a high point had to be over 4,000m and we had to have climbed at least 300m to it, and we’ve sort of stuck to this, mas o menos.

On our Himalayan trip we’ve listed all the passes with signs at the top, even if (e.g. the Hor La) they didn’t really seem like real passes.

The altitudes shown are either GPS altitudes (probably accurate to about 15m), or official altitudes (where we believe these are more reliable).


Maps showing the location of all passes and high points


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