The summit of Tangka La

The summit of Tangka La

BMH.E.11.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

c. September 15th 1927


Chumbi Valley Region > Tangka La

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Image Dimensions

85 x 118

The summit of the Tangka La, one of the crossing points from the Chumbi Valley into Sikkim in the northern part of the Chumbi Valley. A. J. Hopkinson comments travelling on this route only once in his journals and diaries [see Notes] and it seems that this photograph may, therefore, have been taken on or around September 15th 1927 when he was en route from Yatung to Sikkim via Tangka La. This date is also suggested by the gathering of storm clouds over the mountains, which would be a common occurrence at this time of year

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


A. J. Hopkinson's Tour of Duty as British Trade Agent, Gyantse, 1927-28

Other Information

In Negative - 'E 11' has been written on the left edge of the negative in blue-black ink [MS 31/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet E']: 'Looking back from summit' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '11 - Looking back towards Sikkim from the summit of the Tanka-La' [MS 29/07/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: For dating of image, see A. J. Hopkinson Archive, OIOC British Library, Mss Eur D998/54, Journal Letters from Gyantse and Various Camps, 1927-28, commencing September 15th 1927, Camp Tangka La, page 1 [MS 31/07/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "The summit of Tangka La" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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