Northern Route of Tibet – No Man’s Land
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Northern Route of Tibet – No Man’s Land

Update: Mar. 20th, 2013

Shangquan River

The 1st to the 4th day itinerary is listed here: Northern Route of No Man's Land – Chengdu to Sakya.

Northern Route of Tibet – No Man's Land

D5 Sakya County – Zhongpa – Payang

Today we will go ahead to Payang which stands 4500 meters high in Tibet plateau. Payang is a small town on the prairie featuring a unique western life style. It is characteristic of beautiful Tibetan idyllic scenery, but also the unique daily life style of Tibetan herdsmen.

D6 Payang – Baga - Lake Manasarovar - Lhanag-tso Lake – Taqyen

Lake Manasarovar is also called Mapam Yumco Lake. It is approximately 50 kilometers far from Baga. Lake Manasarovar (Mapam Yumco Lake) stands 4587 meters high, acted as the sacred mountain of Tibet. It is located about 26 kilometers far from Mt. Kailash and highly respected by religious Tibetan people. Mt. Kailash is 6638 meters high. On the contrary, the Lhanag-tso Lake is regarded as the ghost lake without any vitality around. Lhanag-tso Lake is a blue salt water lake.

D7 Taqyen – Didapuri Hot Spring – Tsada County

In the morning, we will enjoy the amazing sunrise of Mt. Kailash. It makes people feel more religious and sacred. Afterwards, we could take a rest in Didapuri Hot Spring and relax ourselves there. At last, we will reach Tsada County in the late afternoon. Tsada County stands 3700 meters high and well known for the Tsada Soil Forest scenery. Tsada Soil Forest was formed by the thousands of years of geological changes and flew through by the Shangquan River. It looks like a fairyland and a fantastic world.

In addition, another worthy attraction in Tsada County is the Ruins of Ancient Guge Kingdom. The Ruins of Ancient Guge Kingdom is located about 20 kilometers far from Tsada County center, in the south riverside of Shangquan River. It was established in the late period of Tubo Dynasty and covered an area of 180000 square meters. There are some monasteries, halls, palaces, Buddhist towers, tower walls and caves, etc.

D8 Tsada – Lion Spring River

Lion Spring River stands about 4300 meters high. You could take a rest there.

D9 Lion Spring River – Gegyi – Salt Well – Gaize

The salt well is passed through by both of the Hengduan Mountain Range and Ningjing Mountain Range, acted as the traffic hinge of Tubo Dynasty in ancient times. It was the only way which must be passed to transact the tea and horse business for Tibetan people and Han people in ancient times. Its average elevation is about 2400 meters high.

D10 Gaize – Tongtso – Nima County

Nima County is situated in the northwest part of Ngari Prefecture. The northern part of Nima County is regarded as the No Man's Land in Ngari Prefecture. The Kunlun Mountain, Hoh Xil Mountan, and Mt. Kailash are all available in Nima County.

D11 Nima County – Namtso Lake

It is possible to enjoy the sunset scenery of Namtso Lake today, if we depart Nima County earlier in the morning. Both of the sunset scenery and the sunrise scenery are regarded romantic and amazing, which attract lots of tourists to visit every year. Namtso Lake is also one of holy lakes of Tibet and worshipped by religious Tibetan people.

D12 Namtso Lake – Dangxong – Yampachen Hot Spring – Lhasa City

We are going to finish our fantastic northern itinerary of Tibet today.

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