Jelep La or Jelep Pass (also spelled Jelap), elevation 4,267 m or 13,999 ft, is a high mountain pass between East Sikkim District, Sikkim, India and Tibet Autonomous Region, China. It is on a route that connects Lhasa to India. The pass is 46 metres (151 ft) in length. The Menmecho Lake lies below the Jelep La. Jelep-la, a Tibetan name, means "The lovely level pass, so called because it is the easiest and most level of all the passes between Tibet and Sikkim." On the Indian side there are two routes to Jelep La, one through Gangtok and the other through Kalimpong. The Kalimpong route is an ancient one which was responsible for the boost in the local economy due to the trading of wool and furs early last century. The pass was closed after the Sino-Indian War in 1962. It passes through the towns of Pedong in northern West Bengal, Rhenok, and Kupup. The route from Gangtok passes through the towns of Sherathang, nearby Changu lake and alongside Nathu La and through Kupup. The route is scenic with forests of rhododendrons blooming in spring. Numerous hamlets are scattered in the surrounding area. On the Tibetan side the pass leads to the Chumbi Valley of the Tibetan Plateau.Wikipedia
Overview of Jelep La
Walking past the city of Kalimpong, you will come across Jelep La. If you have enough time to explore the interiors of the city, you will pass by Jelep La.
Attractions like Deolo Hill, Zang Dhok Palri Monastery, Tongsa Gumba, St. Theresa Catholic Church and Lepcha Heritage Museum are the usual crowd pullers of Kalimpong and you might easily miss out Jelep La amidst these top things to do.
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