Trekking east section of Nyainqentanglha

The eastern section of the Nyainqentanglha mountain range is located at the junction of Tibet’s Qamdo, Nyingchi and Nagqu, and is the watershed between the Yarlung Zangbo and Nu Rivers. The terrain here is complex and the climate is humid. A lot of snowfall has formed magnificent glaciers and snow peaks, and also nurtured dense coniferous forests.

Among them, in the northern part of Nyingchi City, between Bomi County and Luolong County, there is a beautiful valley, surrounded by 6000-meter-level snow-capped mountains, rippling streams, and dozens of large glaciers rushing down from the top of the snow-capped mountain The bottom of the valley; the emerald lake covers the entire valley like a dream, surrounded by villages and towns with picturesque scenery and a paradise. Because of this, some foreign mountaineers call this place “Tibet’s Alps”-and the meandering route for our trek is located in it.

DAY1~DAY3: Qunama Village→Barbara Pass→Corentuo Camp
Walking in the turbulent wind, as if in an illusion. I saw Barbara Cuo hidden in a mountain col. On the lake, there were frequent clouds and mists, which seemed to be shy. The snow-capped mountains behind were sometimes blocked by clouds and mist, and sometimes the clouds and mist were blown away by the wind to reveal the truth.

This trip begins in Bomi County. Here, the teammates gathered one after another to purchase materials and arrange equipment. After everything was ready, everyone drove to the starting point of the hike, located in Qinama Village in the northern part of Bomi County.

It was 9:30 in the morning when we got off the bus. A group of 7 of us, along the lush vegetation in the village, soon arrived at the official starting point of the trek, Langjiaoma-many routes of Nyenqing enter the mountain from here . After going down for a while, I crossed a turbulent river along the wooden bridge, and on the other side is a dense forest.

The sky was very gloomy. We climbed all the way through the densely foggy mountains and forests. Gradually, the sound of pattering began to sound between the sky and the earth, and it became louder and louder-it was raining. As they could not find a suitable place to hide from the rain, everyone could only put on raincoats and move on, and settled for lunch on the way. In the midst of the wind and rain, we finally rushed to a small chalet, hid in the house, lighted a fire for warmth, rectified and rested, and did not continue to set off until the rain stopped. Not too far away, I encountered the first measure: dismount the horse, and saw that the ridges and forests were reflected on the blue and calm lake, coupled with the sun after the rain, the beauty was amazing.

However, the good times did not last long. In front of Cuo Xia Ma was a gravel slope that was difficult to walk, and the weather became gloomy again, and light rain came. After resting for a while by an abandoned cowshed, at exactly 5 in the afternoon, we arrived at the camp tonight. The camp was on a flat hillside, and the wind was very strong at night. Everyone huddled up in their sleeping bags, listening to the cold wind outside the tent, staying up all night.

I don’t know when it will snow heavily. In the dark sky, heavy snow like feathers fell one after another, rustling on the tent. Although I brought a four-season tent this time, it has quite good snow resistance, but I was still worried that the tent pole would be broken by the snow when I took the Saburo Line last time, so I got up and beat the snow on the tent several times. Wake up early in the morning and opened the tent door to see that there is already another world outside: meadows, rock slopes, mountains, tents… everything is covered in white snow. At this time, the companions all got up one after another, and after shooting some snow scenes, they set off at 9 o’clock in the morning.

Today, the team will cross the first pass in the whole journey: the Barbara Pass. Walking along the stream in front of the camp, the road is full of slippery stone formations. It is quite difficult to walk. It was hard to climb up a big rock slope, and then cut to the right to continue climbing, only to find that I was walking the wrong way. As a result, we had no choice but to retreat back to the camp, and then climb back to the correct route. It didn’t take long for the sun to appear at the right time, shining into the canyon, reflecting the dazzling golden light among the white snow, and the person’s body was also warm.

But the good weather did not last forever. After rising to a small platform, the sky soon fluttered with snowflakes again. The teammates in front were stepping on the snow and I watched the beautiful scenery unhurriedly from the back. Walking in the turbulent wind, as if in an illusion. I saw Barbara Cuo hidden in a mountain col. On the lake, there were frequent clouds and mists, which seemed to be shy. The snow-capped mountains behind were sometimes blocked by clouds and mist, and sometimes the clouds and mist were blown away by the wind to reveal the truth.

Slowly ascending all the way, the sunshine in the front pass was good, and I followed the footprints of my teammates and walked around to the right hand side of the canyon. The snow in front of the pass was very thick, making it very difficult to walk. When I wanted to pass through the gap between two huge rocks, my legs sank deeply and it took nearly two minutes to pull out. And due to negligence , So that the hood of the camera lens on the chest is filled with snow.

Nearly 4 o’clock in the afternoon, the team finally reached the pass, behind which was a row of snow-capped mountains. The cold wind on the pass was fierce. Although there was sunshine, it was still cold after a long time, so we didn’t stay much longer. The downward path is relatively gentle, and the snow is getting thinner and thinner, making it easy to walk. When I descended to the river valley, I planned to camp on the grass, but when I came closer, I saw that it was full of swamps, so I found a smooth snow field to camp in the valley. In the middle of the night, I was awakened by the rustle of snow hitting the tent, and I couldn’t help but sigh that the weather here is fickle, and the weather is fine and the sky is full of stars before going to bed…

Continue to set off the next day. In the morning all the way down slowly in the stone formation, this section of the road has no obvious traces. When I went down to another valley, there were large tracts of beautiful pine trees growing along the way, and I felt that the trees were beautiful in shape, and they could even be used as bonsai. Immediately afterwards, we passed by the emerald-like Cuozak. There is a huge boulder island in the center of Lake Cuozak, but the scenery on the lakeshore is very clear: the slope where we are is gentle, the vegetation of various colors is bright, and the opposite bank is towering and icy. Snow mountain.

The weather was fine at this time, and everyone took a short rest by the lake, ate lunch, and dried the tent by the way. In the afternoon, the team climbed along the right side of the hillside and entered another canyon. After passing through a piece of golden grass, we arrived at the campsite by the Corencuo Lake, resting while enjoying the beautiful scenery: under the white snow-capped mountains, the blue lake water was slightly rippling, and the grass on the bank of the lake was plump and growing. Scattered bushes-teammates agreed that this is the best campground we have been in a few days.

DAY4~DAY7: Cuorentuo Campsite→Rongcuo Campsite→Lvhaizi Campsite
The snow-capped mountains in front of Xiayongcuo were completely exposed, reflecting on the calm lake, glowing with cold brilliance. On the road ahead of Xiayongcuo, there are many mani piles, and a large amount of ice and snow remain on the rocks, which is almost transparent blue by the sun.

At the shore of Coorentuo Lake, we ushered in the dim morning light of the fourth day.

When I opened the tent door, a biting cold wind blew, and I couldn’t help but shiver, and the friends who saw the tent also slowly got up and began to clean up. At around 9 o’clock, the team set off from camp and climbed all the way towards the slope of the shore of Corencuo Lake. Due to the heavy snow last night and the road trails were covered, we could only move forward along the map track. Everyone was in good condition. There was only one teammate and his face was severely burned by ultraviolet rays.

In this kind of weather, the snow-filled Stonehenge was the most difficult to walk, and it was even more difficult for me. Seeing the figure of the troops in front of me getting further and further away, I stumbled and chased. Finally, I entered the gentle zone of a valley, the road was much easier, and I caught up with the waiting teammates on the half-hill slope. At this time, it was almost noon. Before a nameless measure, a dark cloud covered the top, and the surrounding cold wind was raging. Everyone could only continue on the road after a hasty rest.

In front of the valley is a pass, and on the Mani pile at the pass, there is also a new small blue flag, which shows that some teams passed by here not long ago. Xiayakou is a long, slow descending route. After descending to a mixed area of ​​grass and rock, it traveled through the bushes for a long time before finally reaching the river valley. The valley is full of colorful and low vegetation, which is a good place to stay. Nearly 7 pm, we found a big rock with two simple houses built by herders next to it, and set up camp on the spot.

In the evening, everyone discussed and decided to fix it for half a day and leave in the afternoon. Unexpectedly, when I got up in the morning, the snow was getting heavier and heavier. It was hard to imagine how difficult the pass ahead would be, so I simply waited and rested for a day.

Time came to the 6th day. Although the temperature is still very low, at least the wind and snow have disappeared. After a day’s rest, everyone has adjusted their condition very well, walking fast. I was lagging behind when I was shooting, but I still caught up with them in Rongcuo. Rongcuo is a long and narrow lake located at the bottom of the canyon, winding and twisting several kilometers long. There are different forms of dead trees growing by the lake, which is a scene of withering in the cold season. Standing on a high place to admire the freezing measures, I saw that the lake was green like a jewel, and behind the shore of the lake covered with shallow sandbanks, there was a forest of deciduous golden leaves, which is our next route.

From then on, our route has become different from the original “curved route”. The original route started from Qunama Village and ended in Tongshen Village, but we turned to the direction of Luhaizi Camp, which made the route longer and saw a more secret and extreme beauty.

What’s interesting is that we ran into a few children who went to the county town halfway. They walked very fast and walked to the front soon after saying hello. At about two o’clock in the afternoon, I walked out of the long and narrow road on the shore of Dongcuo Lake. After passing a wooden bridge, I climbed up the stone formations and drilled into the woods. There are many basic farming roads and villages in the canyon, just like a paradise.

Walking along the steep stone slope, I found that the trail stretches to the bottom of the canyon, and the villagers who want to come here also take this road to cross the pass. Gradually, the larger the stone, the steeper the slope, and we climbed slowly and embarrassedly. What’s bad is that at this time there was light snow again, and the temperature was getting lower and lower, and we still had to climb a section of the ridge ahead to reach the Xiayongcuo camp, but we had to gritted our teeth and insisted. At 6 o’clock in the evening, I finally arrived at the Xiayongcuo Hutou camp. At this time, everyone was already shaking with the cold, and they had no choice but to camp quickly. Inside the tent, we were eating dinner, listening to the raging wind and snow, making the tent crackling, and we couldn’t help worrying about the next trip.

Wake up early in the morning. Although the outside temperature is low, the snow is not thick. The snow-capped mountains in front of Xiayongcuo are completely exposed, reflecting on the calm lake, glowing with cold brilliance. On the road ahead of Xiayongcuo, there are many mani piles, and a large amount of ice and snow remain on the rocks, which is almost transparent blue by the sun. We crossed all the way along the hillside, passing by the dots of nameless Haizi, and came to the bottom of the pass.

Two hours later, everyone stood on the pass and looked at the snow-capped mountains that stretched behind. The sky above them was blue, and the clouds were blown like ribbons by the wind. They couldn’t help being excited by the beauty. After a short rest, the team descended all the way along the pass and arrived at the campsite tonight—Lvhaizi Lake at 5 pm.

DAY8~DAY10: Lvhaizi Campsite→Songdadi Campsite→Ba Village
The more beautiful scenery is ahead. The topography of the valley descends like a step, and the three consecutive measures are like three blue gems, glowing with blue light under the sunlight.

Perhaps it was because of too much wind and snow a few days ago, and unexpectedly there was a long period of good weather for the next trip. Starting from Luhaizi, the team descended all the way along the ditch between the two chaotic stone formations, and came to a small cliff in front of the stone wall.

This makes me dilemma. When I leaned down, I realized that it is not safe for me to jump straight down at this height, but it is not easy to climb up or turn around again with the camera and backpack on my back. After an embarrassing stalemate for two minutes, he could only risk jumping off, but fortunately he was caught firmly by the teammate below. After a period of surprise and no danger, there is a grassy slope that makes people feel happy, and the sun shines into the canyon, and it feels extremely warm.

For the next journey, we have to descend steeply to an altitude of more than 1,000 meters, down to the Cao Gong in the valley, and then climb several hundred meters to reach the Songdadi camp. Therefore, when walking on the grass section, everyone speeds up, constantly crossing the canyon left and right, after passing a nameless measure, crossing a stream, and entering a relatively low-altitude pine forest. At noon, the scorching sun makes people thirsty and tired. However, as the altitude continues to decrease, the road is getting better and better, accompanied by a clear stream, and the landscape along the way is also enriched. We even saw the construction sites of the Xiuchuan-Tibet Railway and had to admire the construction workers of these roads. But maybe we were too focused on the road. We arrived at the preset Caohai camp at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, so everyone decided to move the camp forward to reduce the distance to cross the pass tomorrow.

The evening sun is gentle and delicate, and the valleys that are rising all the way are full of good places for camping. Until 6 pm, we chose a three-way intersection and set up camp next to two big rocks, which is only 6 kilometers away from the pass.

On the 9th day of the itinerary, camp out in the snow. The fog in the valley was extremely heavy and visibility was not high. After roughly determining the location of the pass, our group climbed along the left side. After a steep slope, the way behind is a large tract of grass, covered with a layer of light snow, and the pass is just ahead. He quickly climbed up to the height of the pass and saw Samacuo at the back. Because the road was easy to walk, he didn’t have a rest, and went straight to Samacuo.

After resting by the lake and having lunch, everyone quickly descended along the grassy road. At this time, the weather was getting better and better. The intersection ahead is the planned camp for tonight. Because of the early schedule, we arrived at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, which is too early. After discussion, everyone decided to move forward and cross the last pass before camping.

At this time, we crossed to another gorge, and the view became wider. The hillside on the right front is golden, and there is the direction of the last pass. While crossing the pass, along with a zigzag-shaped path rising sharply, the tranquil Song Lacuo always appeared in the field of vision. After all, it was the second pass that was crossed continuously. Everyone still had some physical exertion. After resting at the pass for a while, we began to accelerate the decline. Gradually, the road conditions are getting better and better, and there are no traces of snow along the way. From a distance, a red mountain like the Danxia landform appears in front of it, magnificent and peculiar.

The more beautiful scenery is ahead. The topography of the valley descends like a step, and the three consecutive measures are like three blue gems, glowing with blue light under the sunlight. Walking on the flat grass on the shore of the lake, I found that the water surface was still changing colors continuously, which looked very dreamy. Nearly 6 in the afternoon, the team arrived at Tso Zorba Lake camp and quickly set up camp. This night, we have all the rest of the food cleaned up, a good meal, and strive to come out with the lightest outfit tomorrow. It was night, pillowed by the wind blowing from the surface of Cuozorba Lake, and slept well until dawn.

On the last day of the trip, only 7 kilometers were left. When I got up early in the morning, I saw the sky full of sunrise, which seemed to echo our excitement about coming out of the mountain. Walking slowly along Jigeng Road, occasionally patting the surrounding snow-capped mountains and pastures, and the end of the gorge ahead is Ba Village, the end of the trip.

As the altitude decreases, the vegetation becomes more and more abundant, and the sun shines into the canyon if there is no place. At about 10:00 in the morning, we arrived in Ba Village and got on the bus to Luolong County…