At Nathulla Pass – A crash course in Chinese

One of the many boards at Nathulla Pass – The Indo China Border atop 14000 feet , near Gangtok. Sikkim. If you plan to visit here, please ensure you have a permit. The weather generally dips to single digits and somtimes in the minus and oxygen supply is rather low here. It is better to start your journey well ahead as roads from Gangtok close by 1 pm towards Nathulla. This is my second visit here and personally if you ask me, it is just another tourist attraction , but the journey is something worth savouring. You can meet the Indian army here and if you would like to interact with the Chinese , then these phrases may come in handy.


  1. Al 8 November, 2010 at 03:40 Reply

    This is a fascinating post. This pass, presumably the low point between mountains, is at 14,000 feet. I’ve been at that altitude many times, but that’s at the top of our mountains! I live at an elevation of 7,500 feet, and that would be lowlands compared to your area. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Vivek 9 November, 2010 at 22:05 Reply

    where to take permit from? what documents are needed to get permit? how far is it from Sikkim? Can one take bus/taxi from Sikkim to Nathu La Pass?
    Lots of questions for a short post 🙂

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