Drive Suge la - Gyantse

Drive Suge la - Gyantse

Through the valley of Brahmaputra

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When driving from extremely high road pass Suge la (5,450 m asl) you gradually get into the agricultural region full of small Tibetan villages. After one hundred kilometers you join the main road G318 leading in the wide valley of the largest Tibetan river Yarlung Tsangpo better known as Brahmaputra. Through another valley Nyang Chu you get to the destination of today's stage – to beautiful Gyantse.
 

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The valley at Kangmacun

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After a few kilometers away from the pass Suge la through mostly barren landscape, finally appear the picturesque green oases around the local river.

 

The valley at Kangmacun

Kangmacun

The first major village in this valley below Suge la is Kangmacun la (4 224 m asl) located below the rounded hills so typical for Tibet.

 

Kangmacun

Typical Tibetan houses

Along the road you will see typical Tibetan houses with flat roofs.

 

Typical Tibetan houses

Small shrine

Along the way, of course, prayer wheels cannot be missing.

Small shrine

Before the confluence with Brahmaputra

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During the last thirty-kilometers drive through the valley there is already one village after another surrounded by fields. Just before the confluence with Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) (3 780 m asl), the valley properly spreads. On the horizon is visible also a small monastery.

 

Before the confluence with Brahmaputra

The view of Brahmaputra

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You finally get to the bridge over Brahmaputra and join the main road G318 linking Lhasa with Shigatse. By this you will join also to the classic circuit through Tibet, which usually skips out (unfortunately) the pass Suge la. After driving 15 kilometers upstream you get to the beautiful outlook place of Brahmaputra. The valley is here two and a half kilometers wide and river has a different flow depending on the season.

 

The view of Brahmaputra

The highest located river in the world

Due to the fact that Brahmaputra flows through Tibet from west to east, it is the highest located major river in the world. Its valley is truly monumental.

 

The highest located river in the world

Fortress in Gyantse

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The road continues on through the valley of Brahmaputra. But experienced drivers turn at the airport situated far away from town Shigatse along the dirt road to the mountains and get by that shortcut to the valley of Nyang Chu (more than 60 km shortcut compared to driving through Shigatse). From there it is still a few dozen kilometers to the town Gyantse, the destination of this stage.

Fortress in Gyantse


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