Top 5 Best Places To Visit In Tibet
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Tibet is a historical region covering much of the Tibetan Plateau in Inner Asia which is also the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpa, Tamang, Qiang, Sherpa, and Lhoba peoples and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han Chinese and Hui people. There are really some amazing mountains and cool places to explore when you’re in Tibet. So, let’s discover Tibet.
Here are the Top 5 Best Places To Visit In Tibet.
1. Rongbuk Glacier
The Rongbuk Glacier is located in the Himalaya of southern Tibet where two large tributary glaciers, the East Rongbuk Glacier and the West Rongbuk Glacier, flow into the main Rongbuk Glacier. It flows north and forms the Rongbuk Valley north of Mount Everest. Formed with the western, central and far-eastern Rongpuk Glaciers, this giant glacial dragon stretches for 26 km, covering 1,500 square km, with the glacial tongue measuring 1.4-kilometer in average breadth. It is full of corrie glaciers and hanging glaciers. In 1922, George Mallory – an English mountaineer said “At the end of the valley and above the glacier Everest rises not so much a peak as a prodigious mountain-mass. There is no complication for the eye. The highest of the world’s great mountains, it seems, has to make but a single gesture of magnificence to be lord of all, vast in unchallenged and isolated supremacy. So, that’s why it makes it must visit when you’re in Tibet.
2. Nathu La
Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district that connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Nathu means “listening ears” and La means “pass” in Tibetan. The Nathula Pass is one of the most beautiful mountain roads in the world and near the pass, the beautiful otherworldly blue Tsomgo Lake and the new Baba Harbhajan Mandir are the top places to check out. Also, the road towards the Nathula Pass is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. On the way to Nathula, you will come across a place called Thegu which has an ATM which is the highest altitude ATM in the world. So, you shouldn’t miss a breathtaking view of the snow-covered mountains under the light blue sky and the long winding roads that offer the mesmerizing view of Chumbi valley of Tibet, guarded by mountains.
3. Yumthang Valley of Flowers
The Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary, is a nature sanctuary with a river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim state in India. This famous valley in North Sikkim lies 140km north of Gangtok. Lachung provides the base for exploration of Yumthang, the valley of flowers. Situated at an altitude of 11800 ft ( 3564m) with the close proximity of Tibet, Yumthang is a unique place where the tree line ends. This valley is a natural landscape filled with hot springs, yaks, rolling meadows and the Teesta river. It is as if, a painter has etched its expression of wild imagination on to the canvas of mother nature. The serene and tranquil air of the Valley cannot be described in words. A single visit there can leave the visitor in an enchanted state for weeks.
Changtse is a mountain situated between the Main Rongbuk and East Rongbuk Glaciers in Tibet, immediately north of Mount Everest which is connected to Mount Everest via the North Col. Changtse meaning north in Tibetan was first climbed in 1982 by German expedition group which is now becoming popular among the mountaineers. The Changtse Glacier flows north into the East Rongbuk Glacier. It is possible that the third highest lake in the world is in the Changtse Glacier at 6,216 metres (20,394 ft). So, if you’re a mountaineer then you should definitely climb this stunning mountain where you can witness the world’s highest lake called “Changtse Pool”.
5. Nangpa La
Nangpa La is a high mountain pass crossing the Himalayas and the Nepal-Tibet Autonomous Region border a few kilometres west of Cho Oyu and some 30 km northwest of Mount Everest where a foot-trail over Nangpa La is the traditional trade and pilgrimage route connecting Tibetans and Sherpas of Khumbu. But Nangpa La is one of the most challenging routes in the Everest region that goes through Lukla-Namche Bazaar and Thame are Sherpa villages, over Ranjo-La Pass and to Gokyo Ri via Gokyo. It is really a magical feeling to stand there looking deep into Tibet. For centuries Nangpa La was a major trading route. After the Chinese occupied Tibet trade went down and the area became a military site, strictly forbidden for all foreigners. But if you get a chance then you shouldn’t miss exploring Nangpa La.