Q. Consider the following statements regarding Karakoram Pass:
1.It connects Leh with Yarkand.

2.Pass lacks any vegetation or snow.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C
About Karakoram Pass:
  • Karakoram Pass is a mountain pass between India and China in the Karakoram Range.
  • The mountain pass is located on the boundary between the Indian Union Territory of Ladakh and the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China, and connects Leh with Yarkand.
  • The pass has no vegetationnor snow because of the high-speed wind, which constantly blows in the region. Animal life is also non-existent in the area. However, temperatures are low and blizzards are common.
  • The pass also playsa major geographic role in the dispute between Pakistan and India over control of the Siachen Glacier area immediately to the southwest of the pass.

Source: PIB