Eight Holy Mountains in Tibetan Areas

In Tibetan areas, there are eight holy mountains with deep religious and cultural significance, which include Kawagebo Peak in the Meili Snow Mountains, Animaqing Mountains, Mount Kailash, Gaduojuewu Snow Mountains, Mount Yarlha Shampo, Bonri Mountain, Mo’erduo Mountain and Himalayas. Among them, the first four are the four holy mountains of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Tibetan areas mentioned here are not limited to Tibet but include Tibet, Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu, and Yunnan provinces. The eight holy mountains are also famous attractions among backpackers. Some feature steep rocks and dense forests. Some are famous for varied animals and different views in four seasons. Others stand out for their mystery because no one has been able to conquer them, or legally forbidden.

Kawagebo Peak in the Meili Snow Mountains
Located in Deqin County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, the Meili Snow Mountains feature lush forest, azure sky and fresh air. There are 13 peaks with altitudes of more than 6,000 meters. The main peak – Kawagebo Peak is 6,740 meters high, the highest mountain in Yunnan Province. The 10th Panchen – Panchen Erdini Chokyi Gyaltsen held religious rites in front of the peak. The mountains are covered by snow, ice and cloud all year around, offering you distinctive views. The best time to travel is from October to May, when there is good weather, dense forest and lively animals like deer, bear and lesser pandas.

Kawagebo Peak in the Meili Snow Mountains

 

Animaqing Mountains (The Aemye Ma-chhen Range)
Located in Maqin County of Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province, there are 13 mountains in the range, with an average altitude of 5,900 meters. The name of the mountain range means the highest statue servant of Living Buddha, which attracts numerous pilgrims every year. It features steep cliffs and spectacular glaciers. It has 57 glaciers, covering 126 square kilometers. The Halong glacier in the northeast, which is 7.7 kilometers in length and covers 24 square kilometers, is the biggest glacier in Yellow River basin.

Animaqing Mountains

 

Mount Kailash (Gang Rinpoche)
Located in the southwest region of the Tibet Autonomous Region, the well-known holy mountain is regarded as the world center by Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Bon (the primitive religion of Tibet) and ancient Jainism. It features steep cliffs and glaciers, with 28 modern glaciers. The mountain boasts different and amazing scenery in the four seasons. In spring, dense forest and green grass make the peak lively. The mountain, which is covered with snow all year round, is a great resort to escape the heat. Besides, it offers you endless golden scenery in autumn and a pure and crystal world in winter.

Mount Kailash (Gang Rinpoche)

 

Gaduojuewu Snow Mountains
Located in Zaduo County, in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai Province, it consists of a main peak and dozens of surrounding mountains. Among them, the main peak is 5,395 meters high. Although it is not very high compared to the other seven mountains, the steep cliffs offer you powerful and spectacular mountain views. Besides, every Tibetan area has its own living Buddha, such as Gaduojuewu. The living Buddha in the area is called Resa. He is also a very famous Tibetan medical doctor and has great influence in the area because of his excellent medical skills.

Gaduojuewu Snow Mountains

 

Mount Yarlha Shampo
Located in Nedong County of Lhokha Prefecture in Tibet, Yarlha Shampo is a mountain in the famous Yarlung valley which is often referred to as the “cradle of Tibetan civilization”. In Tibetan culture, mountains are not only the abodes of deities, they are the deities themselves. Yarlha Shampo has played an important role in Tibetan mythology since the pre-Buddhist period, and its highest peak (6,636m or 21,772ft) is the abode of the protector Yarlha Shampo. The view of Mount Yarlha Shampo is very beautiful.

Mount Yarlha Shampo

 

Bonri Mountain

Located in Southeast of Nyingchi County, north of Yarlung Zangbo River, it is the holy mountain of Tibetan Bon Sect. Legend has it that during the conflict between the Bon Sect and Buddhism, a follower of Bon Sect Ngachoe Jebo fought against Padmasambhava in Buddhism on the mountain. The mountain attracted numerous Bon Sect followers in Saga Dawa Festival (April 15 in the Tibetan calendar). Ngachoe Jebo is considered a hero for protecting the mountain. Besides, the mountain features amazing scenery in the four seasons: lively spring, cool summer, golden autumn and white and crystal winter. Flowers are in full bloom in different seasons, offering you a world of peace and harmony.

Bonri Mountain

 

Mo’erduo Mountain
Located in Danba County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, the mountain range starts from Zhegu Mountain in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture and stretches thousands of li (500 meters), in the shape of a dragon. The main peak is 5,000 meters high and soars to the sky. It is the holy mountain of Bonismo, an original religion for local Tibetans. According to the document, it has 108 holy spots and thousands of attractions. The 8 crystal rivers, dense forests and spectacular rocks make it a fairyland for visitors.

Mo’erduo Mountain

 

Himalayas
Located among the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau of China, Pakistan, India, Nepal and the Kingdom of Bhutan, the Himalayas are the highest mountain range in the world. The main part of the mountain range is located in China and Nepal. In Tibetan language, it means the “Hometown of Snow”. It is home to the highest peak of the world, Mount Qomolangma, or known as Mt. Everest, with an altitude of 8,844 meters. It also has more than 110 peaks exceeding 7,350 meters. Many peaks are sacred in both Buddhism and Hinduism. It has many famous attractions including Yamdrok Tso, one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet. It is a unique attraction combining lakes, snow mountains, hot springs, wild animals and temples.

Himalayas

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