A low ridge pass located in the Himalayas. It is a disputed area on the India – China border in Ladakh. The north eastern part known as Aksai Chin is in the possession of China and the South West which India occupies is known as Ladakh. It is also the place where the major Indo – China war was fought in 1962. Although both the countries both have agreed to not patrol both armies are there to maintain the line of control.


1. Located in the lap of the Himalaya, the Kongka La Pass – a low-ridge pass is a no man’s land in Ladakh. It is actually a disputed area in India-China border.

2. The southwestern part of the pass is held by India and is known as Ladakh while the north-eastern part is held by China and is named as Aksai Chin.

3. The Kongka La Pass is the area where the Indian and Chinese armies had an armed conflict in year 1962.

4. The two countries have gotten into an agreement according to which none of the two countries patrol the area but they do keep an eye on it from a distance.

5. Apart from the India-Sino war, this area is also important because it is the proposed site where UFO sightings are common.

6. More importantly, it is being said that Kongka La Pass is actually a place where UFOs land on earth. Several people on both Indian and Chinese sides say that they have seen UFOs landing in the area.

7. What’s more creepy is that people say that it is not mere a landing site. According to rumours, the site has an underground UFO base. The people who report to have seen UFO landing, also say that they have seen UFOs emerging out of the ground.

8. Even more interesting is the fact that locals on either side of the Kongka La Pass believe that the governments of both the countries are very much aware of the UFO activities and the UFO base in the area.

9. This Kongka La Pass UFO Base theory did not get much credence until 2006. In June 2006, Google Earth’s satellite imagery came up with images that baffled the world.

10. Google Earth created a detailed terrain model with 1:500 scale of the Kongka La Pass. The imagery revealed that the surrounding area had buildings that looked very much like a military facility.



In October 1959 seventy soldiers from the Indian Patrol established posts on Lanak Pass which India claimed as their boundry. They faced a confrontation by the Chinese who had already established a post there. The Chinese also captured three Indians and detained them on October 20th 1959. Nine Indian soldiers were killed and seven were taken prisoner on the very next day. The events that took place in the years to follow finally culminated with the launch of massive Chinese invasion on 20 October of 1962 and the worst defeat the Indian armed forces have ever faced.

The Kongka La region of Aksai-Chin is quite strange and mysterious. Indian troops including ITBP (Indo-Tibet Border Police Force) and Army has reported sightings of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) in this area which were visible to the naked eye, but not reported by the radar. An ITBP unit posted at Thakung, which is close to Pangong Tso Lake had reported more than 100 UFO sightings in a period of over three months between August and October.


In the reports sent to Delhi headquarters and the PMO, the officials described the sightings as “Unidentified Luminous Objects” visible both in day as well as night. The luminous objects spherical in shape appear to arise from the horizon on the Chinese side and slowly traverse the sky for three to five hours before disappearing. Those flying objects does not seem to be Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), drones or even low earth-orbiting satellites. Drone sightings are verified and logged separately by the officials. The report was accompanied with some hazy photographs taken by the ITBP which proved their point. None of the agencies including Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO), National Technical Research Organization (NTRO), Army and the ITBP have been able to identify these luminous flying objects. There has been reports of multiple sightings of luminous objects by the army troops deployed along the Indo-Chinese border. Presently Indian Special Operations Forces and intelligence agencies are in charge of that area. Such mysterious lighting have also been sighted before in Ladakh, a barren, 86,000 sq km heavily militarized zone wedged between Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and Chinese-occupied Aksai Chin.

In order to examine the mysterious lights, the Army moved a mobile ground-based radar unit and a spectrum analyzer (a spectrum analyzer picks up frequencies emitted from any object) to a mountain top near the 160-km-long, ribbon-shaped Pangong Lake that lies between India and China. However, the radar failed to detect the mysterious object that was being tracked visually. This is a clear indication that the object was non-metallic. The spectrum analyzer failed to detect any signals being emitted from those objects. The Army also flew a reconnaissance drone towards the floating object, but it proved an ineffective exercise. The drone reached its maximum altitude but lost sight of the floating object. Later, a team of astronomers from the Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle, 150 km south of the Pangong Lake, studied the mysterious airborne phenomena for three days. The astronomical team spotted the flying objects, and established that they could be non-heavenly objects but could not identify them.


Some scientists believe that the mysterious objects are not necessarily from outer space and there has been no evidence of the extra-terrestrial origin of the UFOs, while the intelligence officials believe that the mysterious objects could be crude psychological activity by China, or sophisticated investigations attempting to determine India’s strength in Ladakh. In an incident, a five-member group of geologists and glaciologists were on a research trip through the barren Samudra Tapu Valley. The team was led by Dr Anil Kulkarni of the ISRO’s Space Applications Center in Ahmedabad. During their expedition, they filmed a four foot tall robot-like humanoid that walked along the valley, just 50 m away from them. The humanoid object then speedily became airborne and disappeared in the sky. The encounter lasted for about 40 minutes, and was witnessed by fourteen persons including the scientists. Dr. Kulkarni later verified this incident with all the team members, and submitted a detailed report to the PMO, ISRO, the Army and other intelligence agencies.

The locals (both Indian and Chinese) say that the UFOs are often sighted emerging out of the ground. Most of them believe that there are underground bases of UFO in Kongka La and both the Indian and Chinese governments are well aware of this fact. On their way to Mount Kailash, some Hindu pilgrims noticed strange lights in the sky which looked like silent luminous crafts emerging out from the beneath the ground and moving vertically up towards the sky. Some pilgrims tried to go and investigate the site, but were refused entry by both the Chinese and Indian soldiers in the restricted area. Detailed conversation with Indian security personnel revealed that the incidents of luminous UFOs with amplified and modulated lights emerging from underground are true. However, they had instructions not to allow any unauthorized personnel near the restricted area. The mysterious sightings of the UFO's has made the area dangerous and frightening.

The natives believe that both the Indian and Chinese governments are well aware of the extra-terrestrial presence in the unknown depth of the Himalayas, but for some reason they do not want to expose the fact officially. Kongka La is the region where the Eurasian and the Indian Tectonic plates have converged to create convergent plate boundaries. This is one of the very few regions in the world where the depth of the earth crust is almost double than the normal depth. This gives the liberty of creation of underground extra-terrestrial bases deep into the tectonic plates. However, for some strange, unknown reasons, neither the Chinese nor the Indian government had ever tried to excavate the area even though Kongka La is enriched with granites and beautiful rocks.

After winning Aksai-Chin from India in the 1962 Sino-Indian war, China had built a strategic military highway which is not used now a days. Instead, they use an alternate highway and do not want to infiltrate the Kongka La region. It should also be noted that in a drawing competition held in a local school, more than half of the students drew strange objects emerging out of the ground and flying in the sky. Most of the UFO researchers believe that there exists some UFO bases hidden deep under the ocean and the ground. It may be possible that the harsh geography and sparse demography of the great Himalayan range that separates Kashmir Valley from Ladakh, lends itself to unusual sightings.

In a recent incident, a Chinese armoured brigade, outfitted with T-80 main battle tanks, was ordered to proceed to the border from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) base in Niuke. But when the tanks got to Zhada, they found an artificial lake on west of Zhada (very close to the Indian border). The lake filled the Langchui River (called the Sutlej River on the Indian side) valley and threatened to flood the Indian Territory. Both India and China were unwilling to investigate the incident. However, later the Chinese media reported that the lake suddenly disappeared from the terrain. Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda, a UFO Roundup correspondent in India, said "It appears that the aliens melted a glacier and created the transient lake to prevent those Chinese tanks from reaching the border. There are many rumors at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). They say these UFOs are definitely planning and building a fortress in the Himalayas for a purpose known only to the aliens themselves.” Chen Jilin, a UFO Roundup correspondent in China reported "No news is coming out of the Langchui Valley. It is a military region with very tight security. But the rumor is, the extra-terrestrials are active in the region with the agreement of the (Chinese Communist) Party and New Delhi, to ward off an attack from the Anglo-Americans and the Israelis.”

As of today, science has neither been able to prove the existence of these creatures nor has been able to explain certain phenomena that are credited to alien beings. Extra-terrestrial life is a subject that borders dangerously on the unknown, and the unknown is exactly what makes man uncomfortable.

However, the possibility of encountering aliens in India has piqued our curiosity and only given us one more reason to embark on a voyage to the Himalayas. It is filled with its own secrets and has many more mysteries to reveal. Adventures like these are only meant for the brave and those who are willing to live the adventurous life.   Immortal beings, ghosts, red snow, Yeti the snow monster, UFOs, extra-terrestrial life – what else is the colossal Himalayan range hiding from us?