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Geography of Tibet Information

The beautiful land of Tibet is located on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, southwest frontier of China. Because of its elevation, which rises over 4,000 meters above sea level, Tibet is known to be the highest section in the world and was aptly named "Roof of the World". The fascinating geography of Tibet boasts the majestic mountain ranges of the Himalayas, where one can find the world's highest summit. The northern area of Tibet is bounded by China, on the western part is bordered by the Kashmir regions of India and the south the Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

The geography of Tibet has three major divisions, the east, north and south. The eastern part is densely covered with lush rainforests. Some areas are now converted into agricultural fields mostly planted with wheat, barley and millet. During winter, the region can be extremely cold but surprisingly dry.

The northwest part of the country has a few open grasslands and is mostly covered by vast deserts. Despite its huge land area, only a few people live here. The water that is consumed by inhabitants usually comes from the mountains and rivers. The southern part is considered more of an agricultural and cultural center of Tibet. Most of the towns and counties are situated in this area.

The atmosphere of Tibet is brutally dry for about nine months of the whole year. Some western routes get only a scant amount of snow each year but still remain passable. Because of the brutal climate with little arable land, Tibetans are forced to live in poverty. The geography of Tibet can be quite fascinating and yet only a few areas can be inhabited. For many decades, Tibet was virtually isolated from the rest of the world, hence most of the time they suffer because of food shortages since they usually purchase supplies and commodities from neighboring regions. This is mainly due to the fact that very low production and crop yield is not enough to feed the entire population.

Only recently a railway connecting China and Tibet became fully operational. Throughout the entire trip, tourists will be able to view breathtaking sceneries and amazing landscapes. The railway would also lessen the transportation costs of basic commodities and also bring in more tourists in the country. Indeed, there are a lot of natural wonders in Tibet that tourists can feast their eyes on. The captivating geography of Tibet and its rich heritage would surely attract people from halfway around the world.

Mountains in Tibet

Tibet Mountain ViewTibet, because of its geographic location, supports the highest mountain ranges and peaks in the world; thus considered as the "Roof of the World" because of such feature. Its valleys, the mountain ranges' bottom is actually higher than the other mountains in the world, and the mountains rise thousands of feet above sea level. The mountain peaks in Tibet does not only serve as borders between places but more importantly, they give life and home to the people, animals, structures and plants of Tibet.

The mountain peaks in Tibet may vary in height, but they're mostly above 20,000 feet. In the world's list of the highest mountain peaks in the world, there are several mountain peaks in Tibet that are included. Of course, topping the chart is Mt. Everest standing at 8,850m, there's Lhotse I at 8,516m, Makalu I at 8,463m, Cho Oyu at 8,201m, Shishma Pangma at 8,013, Kamet at 7,756m, Namcha Barwa at 7,756m, Gurla Mandhata at 7,728m, Ulugh Muztagh at 7,723m, Chang-tzu at 7,553m, Chomo Lhari at 7,327m, Alung Gangri at 7,315m, Gauri Sankar at 7,145m, Kangto at 7,090m, and Kailas at 6,714m.

Some of the famous mountain peaks in Tibet are described here to show what makes it distinct and attractive to most climbers and mountaineers, besides its acclaimed height. First, of course is the highest summit in the world, the Mt. Everest. Though it's named after the British surveyor-general of India, Sir George Everest, it is also as Sagamartha in Nepal and Quomolongma in Tibet. It has been mounted by world famous mountain climbers and its summit is one if not the most coveted and featured peak of all. Lhotse, Himalayas fourth highest peak is located south of Mt. Everest, first climbed in 1956 as an alternative route towards Mt. Everest's summit. Makalu, is an isolated peak just east of Mt. Everest, its pyramid-like structure makes it more impressive, though it is quite a difficult climb. Cho Oyu, is located west of Mt. Everest, has become a familiar point for mountaineers who would like to ascend the north side of Mt. Everest.

Definitely, the mountain peaks in Tibet will awe everyone who'll glance at its magnificence. If you're up for a climb, then go for it, once you'll reach its summit, you'll surely be amazed at how wonderful the world is from afar and atop. If you're one of those tourists who just enjoy taking pictures, you'll have the whole Himalayan mountain range to shoot. If you're one of those who just love and appreciate beauty, you'll truly praise the heavens for having such a wonderful place, like the mountain peaks in Tibet.

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