Shipki La is a mountain pass and border post on the India-China border. The river Sutlej enters India (from Tibet) through this pass. It is an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. It is located in Kinnaur district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India, and Tibet Autonomous Region in People's Republic of China. The pass is India's third border post for trade with China after Nathu La in Sikkim, and Lipulekh in Uttarakhand. The pass is close to town of Khab. Currently, the border is used only for small-scale local trade across the border. Like other border passes along the India-China border, the border is no longer open for non-residents. Most people travelling between India and China by land travel via Nepal.
It was suggested NH 22 could be used as a route for land access to the Arabian Sea as the Karakoram Highway is much more treacherous for transport. This opening of the border at Shipki La is claimed to potentially increase trade on both sides of the border.