Nangpa La

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Nangpa La
Pilgrims crossing the Nangpa La
Elevation 5,806 m (19,049 ft)
Location ChinaNepal border
Range Himalayas
Coordinates 28°06′28″N 86°35′17″E / 28.10778°N 86.58806°E / 28.10778; 86.58806Coordinates: 28°06′28″N 86°35′17″E / 28.10778°N 86.58806°E / 28.10778; 86.58806

Nangpa La (el. 5,806 m or 19,050 ft) is a high mountain pass crossing the Himalayas and the Nepal-Tibet Autonomous Region border a few kilometres west of Cho Oyu and some 30 km (20 mi) northwest of Mount Everest.[1] A foot-trail over Nangpa La is the traditional trade and pilgrimage route connecting Tibetans and Sherpas of Khumbu. This was the location of the 2006 Nangpa La shootings.

From this pass the Mahalangur section of the Himalaya extend east past Cho Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Ama Dablam and Makalu to the gorge of the Arun River. The Rolwaling Himalayas including Gauri Sankar and Melungtse rise west and southwest of the pass.

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  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica. "Nangpa-La (pass, Asia)". Retrieved 2009-06-30.