Crossing summit of Tangka La

Crossing summit of Tangka La

BMH.E.13.1 (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

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 115

Crossing 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. Porters carry heavy loads as they pass a small cairn of stones on their right. 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 13' has been written on the left edge of the negative in blue-black ink [MS 31/07/2006]

Notes on print/mount - One contact print made from this negative is contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The print was made using Velox paper. The caption "Approaching the summit Natu La" has been written on the back of the print in pencil, as have the references 'A. J. Hopkinson' and 'E.13' [MS 31/07/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

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

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] '13 - coolies crossing the summit of the Tanka La, which is between Phari and the Dochen Tso' [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. "Crossing summit of Tangka La" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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