Golog Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Qinghai

2011-09-17 09:54:00 | From:

Golog Tibetan autonomous prefecture is located in southeastern Qinghai Province, in the Amdo region of Tibet. Over 90% of the 125,000 people who live in Golog are Tibetan. Most of the people in Golog are nomadic with many of them living in traditional style Tibetan tents. Most of Golog is well above 4000m / 13,120 feet so summers are short and winters are long and cold.

Golog is famous across the Tibetan Plateau as being the home of Amnye Machen, one of the 4  main holy mountains of Tibet. Each year, thousands of pilgrims make their way to Amnye Machen (pictured below) to make a pilgrimage around the mountain. The trek around the mountain takes around 7 days.

Amnye Machen rises 6282m / 20,605 feet and is the highest mountain in Amdo.  

Golog Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Qinghai Province.
Amnye Machen in Golog Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Qinghai Province.

Another famous holy mountain in Golog is Nyenbo Yurtse. Nyenbo Yurtse is located in the remote far eastern corner of Golog prefecture and stands 5369m / 17,611 feet high. This mountain sees very few foreign travelers, but is possibly the most beautiful place in all of the northern Tibetan Plateau.

A deep fresh water lake sits at the base of the mountain. Several rivers run into the lake. The area around Nyenbo Yurtse is excellent for hiking.

In addition to these two mountains, Golog is filled with grasslands, valleys, rivers and lakes. The Yellow River flows throughout Golog prefecture creating awesome canyons.

With lots of excellent hiking, culture and wildlike, Golog makes an excellent place to visit.

(Edited by Mirenda Wu)

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