+86-28-86707597 sales@budgettibettour.com
Budget Price & Quality Service, Your Smart and Wise Choice!

Yarlung Zangbo Canyon in Tibet is the world’s biggest canyon

Time: 01-03-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

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 7,782-metre Namjagbarwa Peak sands the 7,151 -metre Gyailhabelai Peak. On the northern bank of the Yarlung Zangbo River, the top of Gyailhabelai is some 5,000 -6,000 metres taller 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. Lt seems that some prehistoric giant had cut open the mountains to let out the surging river.

Yarlung Zangbo Canyon
Yarlung Zangbo Canyon

In 1994, Chinese scientists carried out an extensive survey 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 (2,880 metres above sea level) of the Mainling County in the north, 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 6,009 metres at the deepest point, with an average depth of 2,268 metres. These figures provide indisputable evidence that this is the biggest canyon in the world. In the past, the Grand Canyon of Colorado (1,800-metre deep, 440-kilometre long) in the United States, and the Colca Canyon in Peru (3,203-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 20th century. This discovery was made after long-term efforts by generations of Chinese scientists.

U-shaped Yarlung Zangbo Canyon
U-shaped Yarlung Zangbo Canyon

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 Langbo Daxiagu).

Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

user portrait Ms. Pa*** from: Mount Kailash Weather & Mount Kailash Temperature

Hi,

I heard that a new road had been opened in June this year to Mt Kailash. I am interested in a 20 day package to Mt Kailash , Mansa rover in October 2020. I am convinced of the new road, pictures showed that we can reach Mt Kailash by jeep. I ask coz my husband is a triple by pass heart patient, he wont b able to trek. please reply with cost and Inf. Regards

Pa***

Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Pa***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry.  At present we do not set any date in Oct 2020, and we can set any date based on yours, and if possible I hope you can come in next half of Oct as all the cost would be cheaper and less people there.

There is environment bus in Kailash, and people can take about 10 km with bus taking, but after that, no vehicle will be available during the trekking, so if your husband cannot take trekking, he has to rest in hotel with our driver and wait all of you come back. And also there is horse hire, people can hire a horse to ride, but as the road off mountain, because it is quite cliffy, so people are not allowed to ride a horse and need to take foot on own. And also the highest mountain pass will be around 5300meters high. So better for him to rest in hotel. But we will visit the holy lake without problem. I will send you more details by email, please check it there, best regards.

Email to Nancy about any question or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side

Quick Question Form
Tell us your question in this quick inquiry form, we will reply you within 24 hours.
8 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Himalayan Panoramic Tour