Shipki La is one of the World's Most Treacherous Roads

Shipki La is an international high mountain pass and border post on the India-China border, at an elevation of 3.954m (12,972ft) above the sea level. The border is no longer open for non-residents.

Shipki La

Where is the Shipki La?

Set high in the Sutlej valley in the Himalaya mountain range, close to town of Khab, the pass links Kinnaur district in the state of Himachal Pradesh of India, and the Tibet Autonomous Region in People's Republic of China. The pass is India's third border post for trade with China after Nathu La in Sikkim, and Lipulekh in Uttarakhand. The river Sutlej enters India (from Tibet) through this pass. The improvements in the road allowed the India-China trade through this road reached new high.

Can you drive to Shipki La?

The pass is around 35km (22 miles) long, running from Shipki (in China) to Khab (in India).

In India, the road is mostly unpaved. It’s called National Highway 5, the former NH22. The road through the pass is an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. It’s 31.1 km (19.32 miles) long starting at Khab. It was built by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) in 2010.

In China, the road is a mule track leading to Shipki. It’s 3.1km (1.92 miles) long.

Is Shipki La open?

This road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). It is badly affected by flash floods often. The road is known as the World's Most Treacherous Road. It features dangerous drop offs, with 1.000 metre (1 km) precipices to Sutlej River.

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