Shipki La Pass – India-Tibet Border

Shipkila
Shipkila

Shipki La is a mountain pass and border post on the India-Tibet border. It is located in Kinnaur district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India, and Tibet Autonomous Region in People’s Republic of China. Sutlej river enters India (from Tibet) through this pass. It is an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. It is a border post for trade with China.

The Shipki La pass is third Indian border post for business and trade with Tibetian people after the border post of Nathu La located in Sikkim, and the Lipulekh border post in Uttarakhand state of India. Shipki La pass is located very close to the village of Khab. Trade on the Shipki La Pass was re-established in 1993 after being shut in 1962 after Chinese attack. Trade has also been badly affected by flash floods. 

Khab
Khab

At present this border post Shipki is used mainly for the small-scale local trade just across the border. The Special Permit is given only to the local traders to go to Shipki La Pass to do cross border trade and Shipki La Pass is one of the three main Passes between India and China. This boarder is no more remained opened for nonresident people. In recent time travelers preferring to visit Tibet via land follow the route through Nepal. From year (2010), the Border Roads Organization (BRO) has been constructing a drivable way from the Indian side to join the tall pass.

It is one of the most beautiful places located among deep high altitudes of the Himalayas. Sutlej river almost literally passes by cutting through Himalayan chain near to Shipki la and then after that runs through the center of Kinnaur.

Hamta Pass – High Altitude Treks in Himachal Pradesh

Hampta Pass

Hamta Pass lies at an altitude of 4270 m (14039 ft) on the Pir Panjal range in the Himalayas. It is a small corridor between Lahaul’s Chandra Valley and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh, India.  The Hampta Pass trek passes through thick forest of walnut, oak and pine trees, lush green alpine meadows crisscrossed by numerous small streams and several villages tucked in the mountains. 

Hampta Pass trek is one of the most beautiful trekking experience in Manali and Lahaul-Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh. This trek in Manali stands as a bridge that connects the Kullu Valley and Lahaul. Located amidst the long and beautiful Himalayas, Hampta Pass Trek stretches from an elevation of 8,000 ft to 14,000 ft. The trek in Himachal starts from Jobra going through Chika, Hampta Pass and back to Manali via Rohtang Pass is a 5 day trekking in Manali will be one of the most amazing trek to experience.

A Trek amidst thick forest nestled with lush green meadows, alpines and colorful birds!!! A beautiful river flowing throughout the trail and silk-blue streams flowing down the mountains!!
A Landscape with snow clad mountains all around and at the same time barren landscapes of Lahaul.