Approaching summit of Tangka La

Approaching summit of Tangka La

BMH.E.12.1 (Film negative)

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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 113

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.

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 12' 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']: 'Approaching summit' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '12 - near the summit of the Tanka-La, between Phari and the Dochen Tso. In one of the letters of AJH he mentions that you cross the pass almost without realising because it rises only very gradually. It was not an obvious pass. On the route between Sakya and Shigatse there were many such passes - they were really just saddles between rounded hills' [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. "Approaching summit of Tangka La" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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