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Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon

Yarlung Tsangpo Grand CanyonAt 95 degrees east longitude and 29 degrees north latitude on the border between Mainling and Medog counties. The Namjagbarwa peak, highest peak on the eastern range of the Himalayas, stands on the way of the Yarlung Zangbo River and forces it to make a U turn abruptly. To the south of the 7782-metre Namjagbarwa Peak stands the 7151 metre Gyailhabelai Peak. On the northern bank of the Yarlung Zangbo river , the top of Gyailhabelai is some 5000-6000meters tall er than the river valley . the two mountain giants stand shoulder by shoulder, with vertical cliffs guarding the river like enormous gates. The narrowest point at the river valley is less than 80 metres. It seems that some prehistoric giant had cut open the mountains to let out the surging river.

In 1994, Chinese scientists carried out an extensive survery in the great canyon. With comprehensive findings, they proved that this is the world's biggest canyon. According to the statistics issued by the State Survey Bureau the canyon starts from the Daduka village (2880 metres above sea level of the Mainling County in the morth. And ends at the Bacoka village(115 metres above sea level) of the medog County . With a total length of 504.6 kilometres, the canyon is 6009 metres at the deepest point, with an average depth of 2268 metres. These figures provide indisputable evidence that this is the biggest canyon in the world. In the past the Grand Canyon of Colorado(1800-meter deep, 440-kilometer long)in the United States ,and the Colca Canyon in Peru (3203-metre deep )had been listed as the world's biggest canyons. But neither of them can compare with the canyon on the Yarlung Zangbo river. The discovery excited the whole world and international scientists called it the most important geological find of the 20 th century. This discovery was made after long-term efforts by generations of Chinese Scientists. In September 1998. the State Council of the People's Republic of China formally authorized the Scientific name of the Canyon:Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon( or the Yarlung Zangbo Daxiagu).

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Lhasa
Your Tibetan English speaking guide and the driver will meet you at Airport and transfer you to Lhasa city with about one hour driving.You'll get greeted by Nie Tang Budda- a Budda image engraved in the mountain face. After arrive in Lhasa , check into hotel, rest for acclimatization.

Day 02: Lhasa Sightseeing
Morning visit: The first day sightseeing begins with Lhasa 's cardinal landmark- Potala Palace , a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels.
Afternoon visit: Some 2km to the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure in Tibet- Jokhang Temple . Bustling with worshippers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivalled experience. The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor - Lhasa's most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans.

Day 03: Lhasa Sightseeing
Today we are going to visit Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.
About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung , once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains.

Drepung is one of Lhasa 's two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera . Around 5km north of central Lhasa , Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous.

Day 04: Lhasa- Basum Lake ( Draksum Tso)-Bayi
The Basum Lake (also called Basum co or Cuogao) is one of Tibet 's most famous scenic spots. It lies in the Gongbo'gyamda County, at about 90 kilometers away from the county seat Gorlingka and 120 kilometers away from the Bayi town. In 1997, the World Tourism Ornanization listed the lake into its international tourist spots. In 2001, the State Tourism Administration granted five Tibetan tourism sites with the 4A title, Basum co was the only tourism region. In 2002, it became a State forest park .

The lake is an alpine lake at the mid-upper reaches of the Bar River . Largest tributary of the Nyang River . The lake situates at 3538 metres above sea level and covers 25.9 square kilometers with a length of 18 kilomters and an average breath of 1.5 kilometers, the deepest point of the lake is about 60 metres.Basum Co is dotted with a small island which shaped like a sheep back. The island bears abrasions left by glaciers moving on the way. As the origin of the Basum co. Valley sit at the fountainlead of rivers that converge into the lake.

Day 05: Bayi-Pailung
Drive to Pailung. Pailung is a little town and Yumei ,Zhachu are small villages In the course of the trekking, you pass suspention bridge, steep path along the cliff, rivine turbulent rapids,jungle. Youcan fully enjoy the views of the country. It will be absolutely the best experience you have ever had.

Day 06: Pailung-Yumei

Day 07: Yumei-Zhachu
Trek to Zhachu. Zhachu is the nearest, best place to view the U turn place, the most gorgeous of the Yarlung Tsangbo Grand canyon, it is well known in the world.

Day 08: Trek to Yumei

Day 09: Trek to Pailung

Day 10: Pailung-Bayi.
Drive to Bayi

Day 11: Depart at the Nyingtri Airport.