Mail runner's hut at the summit of the Karo La pass

Mail runner's hut at the summit of the Karo La pass

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo

October 20th 1938?


Gyantse Region > Karo La

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 60 mm

A mail runner's hut on the summit of the Karo La pass (16, 600') between Ralung and Dzara. There is a saddled horse in front of the structure. Two cairns bedecked with prayer flags which mark the actual summit may be seen in the background and there is another structure with a low tower to the left of it.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh E. Richardson

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - 'NYEMO. SAMYE. YARLUNG. RGYAL.' is written on the cover of this blue negative album in white in Richardson's hand. [KC 24/3/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on Blue negative album index - No. 70. 'Karo La'

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's handlist: 'Blue Album. [No.] 70 'Tibetan mail runner's hut at summit of Karo pass between Yamdrok lake and Gyantse area.'

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: This image, with its particular batch development number of 609 printed in red ink on the back of the contact print, appears with two others that have become separated into Folders 10 and 13 of Richardson's negative albums. The sequencing of the batch development numbers with the Shigatse trip of 1938 however helps to identify these as having been taken on that trip [MS 22/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Mail runner's hut at the summit of the Karo La pass" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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