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Balang Pass (4,483), Sichuan, China # 17923

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Date: 2017.10.17
Vantage Point: Balang South Peak

Caption: Balang Pass (4,483)

PhotoDescr: This impressive high-elevation road in Sichuan province used to connect the province's capital Chengdu with small Tibetan township Xiaojin, but now has been replaced with the 8km Balang tunnel (even more impressive project), which is situated right underneath. Not sure if this road will be deactivated in the future, but as of 2017, it was still in good shape. Locals are happy to offer a ride to here from Rilong. This pass can be used for acclimatization climbs to nearby (all unnamed) peaks, as it was by two of us, just two days before summiting Dafeng (5,025m) and only four days before the first (major) snowfall.

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