Shipki La

Shipki Pass, one of the World's Most Treacherous Roads

Shipki La is a high mountain pass and border post on the India-China border, at an elevation of 3.930m (12,894ft) above the sea level. The border is no longer open for non-residents. The pass is traversed by the National Highway 5, the former NH22. 

This road, located in the Himachal Pradesh, a northern Indian state in the Himalayas, is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. It's located in Kinnaur district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India, and Tibet Autonomous Region in People's Republic of China. The pass is India's third border post for trade with China after Nathula in Sikkim, and Lipulekh in Uttarakhand. The pass is close to town of Khab. A spur road on the Indian side rises to an altitude of 4.720m (15,490ft) four km southwest of Shipki La. The road over the pass is an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. The surface of the road is asphalted. The river Sutlej enters India (from Tibet) through this pass. The road is impassable in winters. Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. Stay away if you're scared of heights. The road is known as the World's Most Treacherous Road. Expect a trail pretty steep. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Near the pass, oxygen is in short supply.

In which Valley is Shipki La located?

Located within the Sutlej valley in the Himalaya mountain range, do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Due to this untouched area, you don't see many pictures of the area on the web. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs, with 1.000 metre (1 km) precipices to Sutlej River. The improvements in the road allowed the India-China trade through this road reached new high.
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