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- We stayed for two nights in Zhangmu village near the Nepal-China (Tibet) borders having very bad weather. Then on the third day, we heard that the passages were open and we should try to go further to our journey to Tibet via Friendship Highway to the great city of Lhasa. So we gathered our gear and got on a 4WD with a chinese driver. After a few kilometers we discovered that the road was closed once again, like it was two days ago. We got out of the car to take some pictures in the snow, on an altitude over 3,000m / 9,850ft and then we turned all the way back to Nepal borders. Maybe next time…
Zhangmu (Nepali: Khasa), is a customs town and port of entry located in Nyalam County on the Nepal-China border, just uphill and across the Bhote Koshi River from the Nepalese town of Kodari. At 2300 meters above sea level, Zhangmu has mild and humid subtropical climate, which is a rarity for Tibet. Chinese trucks travelling on the Friendship Highway offload goods at Zhangmu and transfer them to Nepalese trucks.
The Friendship Highway (also known as the China-Nepal Highway) is a 800 kilometres (500 mi) scenic route connecting the capital of Tibet Lhasa with the Chinese/Nepalese border at the Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge between Zhangmu and Kodari. It crosses three passes with altitude over 5,000m before dropping to 1,750m at the border.
Zhangmu Town, Himalayan Range, Tibet, China, Asia
Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300 mm at 145 mm, 1/125 sec at f/ 4.5, ISO 200
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