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Zimei Pass

Zimei Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.557m (14,950ft) above the sea level, located in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of China. The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades.

The road to the summit, also known as Tsemi Pass, is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. It’s usually impassable from October to June (weather permitting). There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy. The summit is admired by travelers and photographers for the photogenic sights along the road to the place. At the summit there's a big parking lot and a communication tower. The wind here is extremely strong- so much so that snow falls horizontally- and very cold. Setting up tent here is not advisable.

The high elevation with its risk of altitude sickness, weather concerns, steep road grade and overall inaccessibility make the travel dangerous and difficult. The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. This infamous road is tightly hairpinned and bumped, an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The journey offers a magnificent view of Mt. Minya Kongka-Sichuan’s highest peak.
Road suggested by: Hugh Wilson
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