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Nyenchen Tangula Mountain

Nyenchen Tangula Mountain

  • Location: Shenzha County, Nagchu Prefecture
  • Opening Hours: All day long
  • Admission Fee: None
  • How to Get There: Nyenchen Tangula Mountain is about 100 kilometers away from Lhasa. If you start from Lhasa, driving all the way north, after passing Yangpachen Hot Spring, you can see Nyenchen Tangula Mountain.
  • Best Time to Visit: May to September is the best traveling time if you want to climb this mountain. The weather would be relatively rough at other times.

About Nyenchen Tangula Mountain

Nyenchen Tangula Mountain, located in the middle part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is a huge mountain chain extending from east to west. It is 1,500 km long and 80 km wide with an average altitude of 5,000 to 6,000 meters. Enveloped in fleecy clouds and mist, it is snow-capped all year round.

The Nyenchen Tangula Summit is the highest peak of Nyenchen Tangula Mountain, a massive 600 km long range in central Tibet dividing the Yarlung Tsangpo River from the Changtang Plateau, southeast of Namtso Lake.

West Nyenchen Tangula Mountain is situated close to Lhasa near the Qinghai-Tibet railway, bounded by the grassy plains of Damshung to the south, and the scenic holy lake (Namtso Lake, Lake Manasarovar, and Yamdroktso Lake are the 3 Holy Lakes in Tibet) Namtso to the north. Nyenchen Tangula Mountain is 1 of the holiest mountains in Tibet. They together make a splendid couple-one of Tibet’s finest visual spectacles. There are great views of the peak from all around the plateau, particularly around the lake.

The central part of the main range is about 1,500 km long. The massif is heavily glaciated. Recently, owning to low precipitation, exposed sharp ridges and peaks. The snowline in Nyenchen Tangula Mountain is as high as 5,700 meters.

East Nyenchen Tangula divides the Yarlung Tsangpo River to the south and the Nak Chu River (which becomes the Nujiang River and Salween in its lower reach) to the north. Most of the peaks in East Nyenchen Tangula, sometimes called the Alps of Tibet, are unclimbed.

Trekking up into the range is also possible for professional mountaineers. Nearby is the world’s highest railway station-Tangula Station at an elevation of 5,067 meters. At the Tanggula Mountain Station of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, you can see the distant view of the Nyenchen Tangula Mountains.

Tips of Nyenchen Tangula Mountain

1. There are some shops selling prayer flags at the bottom of Nyenchen Tangula Mountain. If interested, you can buy some.

2. If you plan to climb Nyenchen Tangula Mountain, make sure you bring all the necessary mountaineering gear with you.

3. Standing on the mountain, overlooking the Namtso Lake would be a very different experience from watching by the lakeside.

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