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Burang (སྤུ་ཧྲེང་རྫོང་།)

In Burang, the majestic sacred mountain of Kangrinboqe rises marking the "Center of the World" of Tibetan Buddhism. Atop the rocky peak, believers “go around” the mountain seeking forgiveness for their sins, while atheists face one of the greatest challenges they have ever experienced. As in the Himalayas, Gurla Mandhata shows its best faces at dawn and dusk, where the sun and stars play the brightest role, creating an incredible landscape. However, do not forget the sacred lakes essential in Buddhism, such as Manasarovar, La'nga Co and Gonggyu Tso, where you will observe the Tibetan donkeys that roam freely on the shore and you could “have an internal cleaning”.

Things to do +

▲▲▲“Have an internal cleaning” in Lake Manasarovar (玛旁雍措)

Description: it is the second-largest natural freshwater lake in China and has the most crystalline and transparent water in the entire country. In Tibetan, its name means victory, and it is also known as one of the three sacred lakes of the sacred land from ancient times.

Something that you can’t miss is to put your hands and feet in the water, since, according to legend, the lake cleanses envy, ignorance, laziness, greed and hatred.

You can sit on the sand and wait for the sun to set on the horizon, and, of course, fly the drone you carry with you to take the best photos or videos at that time of the day.

Tickets: ¥150 each.

 

▲▲Explore La’nga Co Lake ( ལག་ངར་མཚོ鬼湖拉昂错)

Description: in Tibetan, its name means “Poisonous Black Lake,” and it is also called “Ghost Lake.” It is a saltwater lake that does not have vegetation around it, and it is not drinkable for animals or humans. In ancient times, it was a single lake with Manasarovar, but due to climate change, the lake receded and a small hill separated it in two.

From the lake, you can see Kangrinboqe Mountain in the distance, and of course, you can also take photos of the landscape.

There’s no need to buy a ticket at La´nga Co Lake.

 

▲▲▲Go around Kangrinboqe (冈仁波齐གངས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ)

Description: it is a mount of Gangdise Mountain Range (冈底斯གངས་ཏི་སེ), part of the Himalayas, considered worldwide as a sacred mountain, “The center of the world.” Some of the longest rivers in Asia originate here, such as Indus, Sutlej and Brahmaputra. Called the “Most Sacred Mountain in Asia” or “Mountain of Gods” (神灵之山), it is the only important mountain in the world without any intention of ascending, that is, increasing its altitude. It is the only mountain in Ngari that has a peak that faces the sun and the snow at the top never melts all year round.

It is highly recommended to see the phenomenon of the “Sun rays on the golden mountain” in case you have the opportunity to stay and see the sunrise. The rays of the morning sunbathing the top of the mountain create an incredible, warm and very beautiful atmosphere. Above all, it is said that if you are lucky enough to see this phenomenon, you will be lucky for a whole year.

In Tibet, one of the greatest wishes of a Buddhist follower is to go on a pilgrimage to Kangrinboqe even once in their life, and, in fact, it is one reason why many tourists visit this place. It is said that by walking around the mountain once you can wash away the sins of a lifetime; by turning 10 laps you will avoid suffering in hell in more than 500 samsaras; and by taking 100 laps you will be able to ascend to heaven and become a Buddha. As a believer, you can go around the mountain both on foot and by “Kowtow” (磕长头) but following the Tibetan tradition, supporting the whole body straight horizontally on the ground. The duration is usually 1-3 days (round trip).

On the other hand, for those non-believers, this is a great challenge that is not about washing away sins, but about setting a goal, having willpower and endurance to face an altitude of 6638 meters and a trip of 56 km.

The price to go around the mountain is ¥150.

 

Visit Gunggyu Tso (གུང་རྒྱུད་མཚོ公珠措)

Description: it consists of a salty lake located in the basin between the Himalayas and Gangdise. At the eastern end of Burang, the freshwater lake is over 4800m high, long and narrow in shape.

On the banks of the river, there’s many wild animals, among which the Tibetan savage donkey (臧野驴) stands out and abounds, where you will enjoy an authentic natural experience.

It is not necessary to buy a ticket.

 

▲▲See the starry sky over Gurla Mandhata Mountain (纳木那尼峰)

Description: it is the highest peak of Nalakankar Himal, a sub-mountain range in the western Himalayas that is located at an altitude of 7694 meters and in front of Kangrinboqe. It has a total of 6 crests, and is called “the Mountain of the Virgin (圣母之山)” or “Mountain of the Goddess (神女峰).” While the eastern ones are quite steep, the western crests are flatter, with five huge glaciers running through the canyon and the ice surface full of cracks and ice cliffs.

For those who have the opportunity, we recommend you to watch the sunrise from afar in the early morning or the dark blue sky full of bright stars at night, two moments that you can’t miss. In addition, one of the very typical activities is to see the reddish sunset sun over the mountain and its shadow reflected in Lake Manasarovar.

How to get +

For foreign visitors, the tourist agency will prepare the trip it deems most appropriate. However, normally all those who visit Burang tend to go by car with driver, due to the difficulty of getting around the rocky roads and the poor communication of the points by public transport. They usually go to Burang from the airport (a little over 4 hours drive) or other nearby cities in Tibet they visit on the way.

Travel tips +

If along the way you come across Tibetans praying or blessing, do not interrupt or disturb them.

 

In the mountains, the stones on the path are quite sharp, so it is highly recommended to wear comfortable shoes with fat outsoles, so as not to hurt anyone.

 

If possible, it is recommended to carry a hiking pole to climb up the mountain easier and avoid falls.

 

Wear enough clothes, as the temperature during the day or night can be quite low.

Useful contacts +

Burang City Hall: 0897-260-2293.

Burang Public Security Bureau: 0897-260-2781.

Tourist area of ​​the lakes and sacred mountains (神山圣湖): 1575-621-8558.