Chumbi Valley

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Chumbi Valley, 1938.
Dungkar Monastery, 6 miles to the north of Yatung. This is the entrance to the main shrine room with the house of the Abbot on the right. Photo taken 1 January 1927.

Chumbi Valley (Tibetan: ཆུ་འབིWylie: chu vbi; Chinese: 春丕河谷; pinyin: Chūnpī Hégǔ[1]) is a valley in Tibet at the intersection of India (Sikkim), Bhutan and China (Tibet) in the Himalayas. Two main passes between India and China open up here: the Nathu La Pass and Jelep La Pass. Administratively, the valley is in Yadong County of the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

The valley is at an altitude of 3,000 m (9,800 ft) and was at the forefront of the British military expedition of 1904 into Tibet. It was occupied by the British for about three years after the hostilities[2][3] to secure Tibetan payment of indemnity. Contemporary documents show that the British continued the occupation of Chumbi Valley until February 8, 1908, after having received payment from China. [4]

The valley blooms in spring. It enjoys a temperate climate.

The plant Pedicularis chumbica (春丕马先蒿) is named after the valley.


  1. ^ 春丕 (Chumbi) on
  2. ^ Glossary of Tibetan Terms
  3. ^ Tibet and Francis Younghusband
  4. ^ East India (Tibet): Papers Relating to Tibet [and Further Papers ..., Issues 2-4,p. 143

Coordinates: 27°23′11″N 88°49′52″E / 27.38639°N 88.83111°E / 27.38639; 88.83111