Introducing Arniko Highway to Tibet
The Arniko Hwy provides Nepal’s overland link with Tibet and China. Beyond Barabise, the road is particularly vulnerable to landslides and sections are likely to be closed temporarily during the monsoon months (May to August). Even when the highway is open it’s of limited use in breaking India’s commercial stranglehold on Nepal, as it’s still cheaper to ship Chinese goods via Kolkata (Calcutta) than to truck them through Tibet. The road attracts some mountain bikers, though bus and truck traffic can be heavy. To Borderlands or the Last Resort is a drive of around 3½ hours.