Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon


Hidden in the sea of clouds and mist, snowy mountains and dense forest, Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon is a remote place full of a wide variety of flowers. There profusely drifted various legends about this area in the world, saying that it covers both northern and southern part of the old land, magnificently shine all the time. It involves the characteristics of icebergs, tundra, forest, rapids and waterfalls according to some other hearsay, bearing the tender feelings and moist of the Amazon as well as the severe cold of the Himalayas. In fact, Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon is queer and deep, ranking the first statue among the world’s Grand Canyons, like a hermit living in remote mountains kept unknown for thousands of years. But nowadays, a growing number of people have discovered this exclusive landscape, got closer to it and revealed its mysterious veil to see the true beauty. Hence, it has already been a hot tourist attraction in people’s itinerary.

With a vast land of 2.5 million square kilometers, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is a complete construction of a large terrain unit, seemed as if a mango and also a headless and legless ostrich, which is spacious in the middle and narrow in the ends, seen from the topographic map. This is because of continuous subduction of the ancient south Indian hard block together with the strong resistance of the ancient Tarim and North China block. The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau that is sandwiched between the forces then was shoved, lifted and wrinkled like malleable plastic.
When it comes to the Himalaya Mountains, the word “magnificent” will always hit on you. The 2500 km long mountain ranges has built a natural barrier at the south margin of Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon. To its south, the mountains overlook at the plains of India of only hundreds meters in elevation while to the north it leads numerous mountains and rivers of the plateau. At two extremes in the east and west of the Himalayas respectively stood an earthen knot-west Himalaya structure in Pakistan and the east one in southeastern Tibet, functioning as two wedges that lock and support the great plateau. On the two wedges towered two huge mountains-Mt. Namjabarwa and Nanga Parbat, where horseshoe-shape currents flow around the mountain to south: southeast-bound is the Yarlung Tsangpo River, also named Brahmaputra River after entering India.

On the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, known as the “roof of the world” existed two the world records involved the highest peak Mt. Everest and the world’s longest and deepest river Grand Canyons Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon. The peak and Grand Canyon stand closely formed a strong terrain contrast-the world’s most magnificent landscape. Before the discovery of this world’s top one Grand Canyon-Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, the only longest Grand Canyon known to the world is the Grand Canyon of the Colorado with 440 km in length while the deepest one goes to Colca Canyon in Peru of 3200 meters in depth. However till today, the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon with its length of 505 km, depth of 6009 meters, altitude difference in ups and downs, vertical vegetation of its own, rich biodiversity resources as well as its peerless beauty ascends to the top in the world, the most beautiful scenery among all the Grand Canyons worldwide.

For a long time, even the local Tibetan people called the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon “the isolated domain hidden in sea of clouds, mist and forests”. Some Japanese scientist reputed it as “the last isolation on the earth” afterwards. Both implied that it is very hard to reach also with an unfamiliar temptation to the world. The Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon refers to Nyingchi, Milin, Bomi and Medog in broad sense, covering an area of 25 thousand square km. There looked lush and green throughout the year obviously different from the natural appearance of the vast Plateau. Just like the relationship between the environment and customs, the religious culture and historical tradition differentiate from other regions in addition to the difference in scenery. The Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon in the narrow sense refers in particular to Medog-the only county in China without convenient access to that even Tibetans in the history cannot help but feel a sense of estrangement.

In fact, if you schedule to visit Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, it is suggested to get there from May to October. In addition, the best period to go hiking at Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon is from early June to middle October. After October, due to heavy snow, Medog will be close until the next June, so that tourists will not be allowed to enter. Meanwhile, there will be fewer rains in April and October around the Grand Canyon, little risk of landslides and debris flow. On the other hand, since it is the rainy season from June to August, some narrow paths are threatened by growing crises. As for the accommodation, you don’t have to worry about it. There are usually Tibetan stylish beds in the houses of local Tibetans. Besides, you can also pack up sleeping bag yourself.

Related articles
Potala Palace This page introduces Lhasa sightseeing and Lhasa UNESCO World Heritage Site-Potala Palace.
Jokhang Temple This page introduces Lhasa sightseeing and Lhasa UNESCO World Heritage Site-Jokhang Temple.
Sera Monastery This page introduces Lhasa sightseeing-Sera Monastery and its famous debate session which should not be missed.
Barkhor Street This page introduces Lhasa sightseeing-Barkhor Street, a symbol of Lhasa, also a must-see place for visitors.
Drepung Monastery This page introduces Lhasa sightseeing-Drepung Monastery, which is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism.
Karola Glacier Gyantse Attraction Introduction-Karola Glacier, one of Tibet's three major continental glaciers, on the way from Gyantse to Shigatse.

Other Recommended Tour Packages

4 Days Holy City Lhasa Tour
4 Days Holy City Lhasa Tour
This classic 4 days city tour offers the chance for those who has tight schedule. It reveals all of the best sights, sounds, and smells of Lhasa.
Read More
6 Days Tibet Golden Route Tour
6 Days Tibet Golden Route Tour
Besides holy city Lhasa, this tour could take you to the “Heroic Town” Gyantse and Tibet’s second largest city Shigatse.
Read More
8 Days Everest Base Camp Tour
8 Days Everest Base Camp Tour
This most popular 8 days Everest Base Camp adventure tour begins in Lhasa with its historic Potala Palace and monasteries.
Read More