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  • My First Travel Experience in Tibet – Nyingchi

    2018-04-10 吴伟华 216 Views

    Followed by My First Travel Experience in Tibet - Lhasa

    Flying chickens, pigs hanging on the road (Nyingchi)

    In order to ease the altitude sickness, we chose to go to Nyingchi and prepared to absorb oxygen. The whole bus accommodated 16 people from all around the world including a driver. We have similar ages, talking and laughing all the way, which broke my prejudice against the tour group. This may be related to the good and humorous tour guide. A good team leader must not only have good driving skills and be familiar with road conditions but also must have the ability to mobilize the atmosphere. We were fortunate to have met an all-around guide.

    Well-paved road to Nyinchi

    Half of the people in the bus had already suffered from altitude sickness, fleeing into the car as if they were fleeing, and everybody was listless. But after having entered Nyingchi area, we became lively at once. Especially after about 10 minutes’ stay on the way to Mila Pass (elevation 5,030m), I almost fainted and I didn't know if I was breathing. An hour later, we arrived at Gompo Gyanta County, and then I could already put a variety of shapes in front of the camera happily. The Mila Pass was still a little imposing, especially when we turned back, we met snow mountains. From the two thousand meters above sea level to five thousand suddenly, not only the body was unbearable, but psychologically there was also a sense of awe of the world.

    Snowstorm at Mt. Sejila pass

    The first stop - Pagsum Tso Lake

    On the road to Basum Lake, except for the slow yaks and cattle, Tibetan fragrant pigs were everywhere. mother pigs with piglets basked in the sun (the piglets were short and lean and like rats), and there were also individualized pigs that had escaped from the village alone. They rhythmically walked in front of us and went across the street. They were very arrogant. Tibetans cherish their livestock and give them plenty of free space. On the hills, in the crops, and on the roads, pigs, cattle, sheep, and dogs could be seen everywhere. If they do not return home for many days, they will try to find them with the power of the whole village. Moreover, after raising them to a certain number of years actually, they will release them! Here, I felt a strong sense of pride in "born as a pig."

    Pagsum Tso

    Basum Lake, like a gem embedded in a snow-capped mountain, was blue and quiet. Surrounded by mountains, the snow-capped peaks make the atmosphere more peaceful. There is a small island in the heart of the lake. On the island, there is a smaller Tang Dynasty ancient temple, Tsozong Gongba Monastery. Nature and humanities are in perfect harmony between heaven and earth. In particular, the smell of incense is pleasant.

    Basum Tso

    The second stop is Ghading Valley.

    It was not worth to visit it. Except those who are in desperate need of full oxygen intake.

    The third stop is Sejila Pass Sunrise

    In fact, watching the sunrise was just a beautiful plan. When the sky was not shining, we rushed into the 318 national highway and climbed to Sejila Pass at an altitude of 4,700. In the darkness, what we saw was only snow! The higher we went up, the thicker the snow was, and the thinner the air was, and the thicker the clouds were - we were not able to see the sunrise of Mt. Namjagbarwa. However, we no longer cared about whether there was sunshine because we had long been playing at the top of the mountain. We lay in the thick snow, and jumped, and threw snow. The sky was a little bright, and it seemed as if there were only we existing between heaven and earth.

    Sejila pass after snow

    The fourth stop, Buddha palm sand dune.

    From Sejila Pass back to Nyingchi, after lunch, we left for Pai town, along the Brahmaputra River, and the whole road was with cliffs and mountains. It was estimated that there was also a twenty-minute drive away from Pai Town. We found that sandy soil was more and more on the road, and when a gust of wind blew over it, there was a scene of yellow sand covering the sky. The tour guide did not disclose the reason. Suddenly a turn, an open front appeared in front of us, a few huge hills standing in front! Across the dunes, the high snow-capped mountains were in the distance, and the Brahmaputra River quietly passed over the sand dunes.

    Yarlong Tsangpo River

    This was much more shocking than the desert in Qinghai Lake. Nyingchi is called “Little Switzerland”. It is warmed by the Indian Ocean warm current, with a humid climate, lush forests, and the appearance of the dunes was surprising here which exist as usual in a dry climate in the impression. As soon as I learned about it, it was caused by the terrain. Here, the mountains are far apart, and it is the strong wind gap at the turn of the Brahmaputra River. From autumn to the end of the spring of the next year, it is a low water season. The gravel washed down by the river water is exposed and the wind blows a long time and the sands fly and fall down here all the year round. Finally, It forms a pile of large sand dunes. Viewed from a dedicated fixed corner, it is like a Buddha's palm, hence it was called Buddha palm sand dune.

    Buddha palm sand dune

    The fifth stop is Mt. Namjagbarwa.

    This is a mountain that can make tears gush out of eyes instantly; this is a peak that can reach directly the soul; this is a mountain like a god. I know that in the hearts of those who have had the privilege of seeing her whole picture, this description is not an exaggeration.

    We continued to gallop on the steep mountain roads, the road was getting narrower and narrower. We rushed to see the sunset at Mt. Namjagbarwa, but there were still a lot of clouds in the sky. The sun was flickering. The car stopped at a cliff covered with prayer flags and we got off and did not take a few steps. Under the foot was a straight abyss and in the bottom was a galloping river. The Tibetan elder brother raised his hands and pointed. We looked past and there was nothing special about it. It was still the snow-capped mountains and white clouds behind the snow-capped mountains. Suddenly, a companion shouted loudly: ah ah ah - yes, he first saw it. The white clouds behind the snow-capped mountains were not all clouds. There was also the main peak of Mt. Namjagbarwa! The top of the hill was full of snow and it was combined with the white clouds in the sky. The top of the hill was covered with sunlight as if this mountain was born from heaven, and it was generally hanging high in the air like a God. Faced with an incredible scene, we screamed madly like crazy and the resounding spread across the valley.

    Namcha Barwa

    Mt. Namjagbarwa, at an altitude of 7,782 meters. Although the altitude is less than Mount Everest, the Nyingchi region itself is at an altitude of only 2,900. Therefore, the actual height we saw was nearly 5,000 meters. Compared with Everest, Mt. Namjagbarwa’s visual impact is much more shocking. And she's always hazy. It's very fortunate to see the main peak. In this kind of weather, for a moment, the clouds disappear and we can see the mountains and how fortunate we are!

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