Shipki La

Shipki Pass, 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.

Where is Shipki La located?

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 road to the summit is the infamous National Highway 5, the former NH22. The road over the pass is an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. The pass is India's third border post for trade with China after Nathula 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.

Is the road to Shipki La paved?

The road is mostly paved. It was built by the Border Roads Organization (BRO) in 2010. 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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