Crossing the Tibetan/Indian order

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1. Posted by agalardi (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Does anyone know if there is a way to get from Lhasa into Sikkim? I have seen several maps which show roads going across but everyone says its impossible. The maps show a road between Gyangze in Tibet and Gangtok in Sikkim (India).


2. Posted by kidintown (Budding Member 59 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


To the best of my knowledge, it is indeed impossible to cross into India from Tibet
or into Tibet from India.

The way around is through China because Tibet is not recognized as an independent nation by most other nations.
Also China is pretty strict about tourists visiting Tibet.
And the sour relations with India doesn't help the cause either. ;)

However, going to Sikkim from Tibet, via Nepal could be one option for you.

3. Posted by Akhilesh (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I have traveled quite extensively in Sikkim
However I have not come across anybody who has crossed the China - India border from Sikkim.
Recently about a year back the Indo China border was opened up at Nathula pass but that too was just for trade purposes only.
i am not sure of this development from a tourist point of view.
You mentioned lhasa to gangtok as per the map you have seen however Gangtok is good 60 kms from any nearest border.

MY ADVICE: check for routes via Nathula Pass/ Nepal.
Nothing else despite the common boundary would work

mail me at guptaakhilesh at gmail for more updates for Sikkim and surrounding areas


4. Posted by agalardi (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the replies, I googled the Nathula Pass and it seems to be operational even if it means hiding in the back of a cattle truck! On another note, what is the easiest way to get to Nepal from Sikkim? I eventually want to end up in Kathmandu, what are the best places to stop?