National Geographic : 1963 Mar
of stones at the top of the pass," a Sikkimese official grimly warned me. "Better, in fact, that you stay well this side. And, if you see any Chinese, run for it!" Cold mountain air bit deep into my body Enmity between giant neighbors, as I drove a jeep toward the crest of 14,200 foot-high Natu Pass, on the border between India and Red China, threatens Chinese-occupied Tibet and Sikkim. Ahead the independence of a tiny lay one of the most sensitive, strategic points i ithe clouds in all the troubled Himalayas. Little Sikkim, smaller than Yellowstone National Park and with fewer than 165,000 By DESMOND DOIG people, is trapped by geography between two 398 P~ ~ -~,I;~~j ~:'