Shipki La

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Shipki La
Elevation 3,930 m (12,894 ft)
Traversed by Indian National Highway 5
Location ChinaIndia border
Coordinates 31°49′55″N 78°44′02″E / 31.83194°N 78.73389°E / 31.83194; 78.73389Coordinates: 31°49′55″N 78°44′02″E / 31.83194°N 78.73389°E / 31.83194; 78.73389

Shipki La is a mountain pass and border post with a dozen buildings of significant size on the India-China border. The river Sutlej, which is called Langqên Zangbo in Tibet, enters India (from Tibet) near this pass. The road is an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road.[1] A spur road on the Indian side rises to an altitude of 4,720 metres (15,490 ft) four km southwest of Shipki La.

It is located in Kinnaur district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India, and Tibet, China. The pass is one of India's border posts for trade with Tibet along with Nathu La in Sikkim, and Lipulekh in Uttarakhand. The pass is close to town of Khab.

Currently the road at the pass is used only for small-scale local trade across the border.[2] Like other border passes along the India-Tibet border, the border is no longer open for non-residents.[3] Most people travelling between India and Tibet by land travel via Nepal.

NH 5, the road towards Shipki La

Sino-Indian trade[edit]

It was suggested NH 5 could be used as a route for land access to the Arabian Sea as the Karakoram Highway is much more treacherous for transport. This opening of the border at Shipki La is claimed to potentially increase trade on both sides of the border.[4][1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "India-China trade through Shipki La reaches new high". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Shipki La". www.dangerousroads.org. Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "India-China Bhai Bhai revisited - India Global News - IBNLive". Ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 2011-12-14.