Top 4 Mountains for Photography in Tibet

Top 4 Mountains For Photography In Tibet

Photography in Tibet is an indispensable part of the Tibet Tour. Hardy one could find a better place than Tibet in China to get breathtaking photographs. The ambient lights over the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau keep on changing every minute creating different colors in the atmosphere. No matter wherever you are either at the mysterious monasteries, sacred lakes or boundless natural grasslands, the lights will constantly change at every corner of the country creating a mystical atmosphere which will prompt every traveler to click and get relief of his thirst of making an art collection.

Being a traveler or a tourist, taking photographs is a popular way of documenting your travel experience. There are many mountains in and around Tibet which hold tourist and religious significance for the tourists and pilgrims coming from different places and from different beliefs. Perhaps the most popular of them is Mt. Kailash, Mt.Everest, Mt. Namcha Barwa and Mt. Shishapangma. Book your trips to these places and experience the charm and the mystic aura out of the world.


Situated at Ngari Prefecture at Pulan, Mt Kailash is known as the second highest peak of the Gangdise region having a height of 6638m. Also known as Kanginboqe Peak, it is one of the holiest mountains in the world, Mountain Kailash is referred as a pilgrimage center by Jainism, Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Bon. It is one of the most traversed mountains in the bunch. It is believed that Kailash Kora washes away sins of the people they have done in their entire lifetime. If you are not a pilgrim, the picturesque scenery of the Lake Manasarovar and Mountain Kailash are worth your visit. The best time to visit Mt.Kailash is from April to October. Thousands of pilgrims pilgrimage here every year as it is believed to be the mountain that manifests good fortune.

The mountain is coined as the precious jewel in the snow. Mt. Kailash is believed to be the birthplace of humanity. It is believed to be the dwelling place of Lord Shiva. Buddhists believe it to be the resting place of Demchog Buddha. It is for which the location is termed sacred by all the religious sects of the society. People walk around the mountain, and this religious practice is called Kailash Kora and it frees one from all the sins committed in the life and makes their souls clean.

The Zutrulpuk and Drirapuk monasteries and the holy Mansarovar Lake complete the entire look of the mountain and make it an excellent place to capture numerous photographs of the breathtaking beauty of the relaxing sight. The best time for shooting is an hour before or after the sunrise and the sunset because of the favorable direction of the sunlight that time.

Best shooting locations: there are a few places which are best to get a perfect click of the Mt. Everest. These include roadsides off the mountain along NH 219, La Qu river valley, Bagga Grasslands, Drolma La pass, prayer flag square, and much more. You can also stay at Darchen and trek to different laces to find an appropriate shooting site. Like you may trek to the valley of Lha-Chu river which is nearly 8 KM away from the Tharchin River so as to take a few stunning photos of the place. Use a Nikon-Digital SLR D200 camera with 80-200 mm lens. Also, you may capture some majestic photographs along the path of Kora.




Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain peak in the world. The mountain is 8848.13 meters tall and is located at the border of Nepal and China. Mt. Everest is a fault block type of mountain and its summit has crystalline limestone and brown marble. Scientific documents and reports say that Mt. Everest is rising at a speed of 3.2-12.7 mm every year which is record-breaking.

The weather of Mt. Everest is greatly affected by northwest cold current and southeast monsoon making it quite unstable and complicated. The best time to go Mt. Everest is March to May and then September and October.

The best shooting locations:

  1. The old Mount Qomolangma Observatory: drive directly to the observatory and shoot the amazing views of the sunrise and the sunset of the Everest Peak. Use a balow lens and telephoto lens for taking a close up shot.
  2. Cover Gawu La Pass: it is the best place to shoot all the 4 mountain peaks with an altitude of 8000m. These are Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Everest. Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu. You may overlook the Everest from there and should use a 300mm lens for zooming distant sceneries. The winds are strong so you must reinforce a tripod stand.
  3. Next hill to the Rongbuk monastery: this place provides a perfect shooting angle for the Mt. Everest. The sunset scenery will express the beauty of the place in the better way. Taking white tower of the Rongbuk Monastery as a foreground will let you get a perfect capture of the place.
  4. Everest base camp: this is the nearest and a perfect place to get the closest view of the Mt. Everest. Take some unique photos, each with a different angle.


At a height of 8013 meters, Mt. Shishapangma is known as one of the 14 highest peaks in the world. It is located 5 Kilometers away from Nepal Border towards the southern center of Tibet. The mountain is less dramatic in its vertical relief as it is located on the dry northern side of the Himalayan crest. Utterly apathetic and unapproachable, Mt, Shishpangma has been described as the Place of Saints in the Sanskrit language. The relentless climate and the breathtaking beauty give the tourist a deep impression. It is located in the mid of the Himalayan ranges and is the only mountain that lies completely within the territory of China. It has three peaks. At the southern side of the main peak, 8012 meters high, two lower peaks are there, one at an altitude of 8008 meters and the second one at an altitude of 7966 meters. The snow-covered glacier area is of 6000 kilometers square.

Shishapangma along with Baiku and Langtang Hima creates a distinct glacial type of climate that is responsible to bring snowfall during winters in Nyalam region. The most amazing scenery of the mountain is the ice tower forest. It is from 5000 meters to 5800 meters above the level of the sea. The glaciers here adopt many elegant forms powered by nature and the wind forces. It looks like a huge garden of the snowy glacier. Tourists can get the best views of the mountain peak from the Last Pass and Nyalam Tong La.

Shishapangama Tibet


Namcha Barwa

Mt. Namcha Barwa is ranked as no.1 in the top 10 beautiful mountains of China. It is regarded as the highest peak among all the peaks of the eastern Himalayas. Also, the place at which the Yarlung Tsangpo River turns towards the south forms the largest canyon in the world. The locals believe that the snow capped peaks is the gathering ground of all the deities which is covered by clouds throughout the year and is rarely seen in its real appearance. The Yarlung Tsangpo River and mountain combination create amazing landscapes and varied climates.

Namcha Barwa is known as “burning thunders” in the Tibetan language. Mt. Namcha Barwa is also known as a spear pierced into the sky.

The best travel time to the mountain is autumn and winter seasons. The place to view the mountain is the Seche La Mountain Pass which is at the Chuanzang Highway in the Bayi-Pome Section. The second one is the entrance of the great canyon where you may reach from the village Pai by hiking for 3.5 hours. You can board into daily coaches traveling to the village Pai available from the nearside of the Post Hotel at the Bayi and the journey needs nearly 4 hours to complete. Lodging and dining are also available at the village Pai.

Best shooting locations

  1. Mount segyi La Observatory: you can get a good angle of the mountain from the Segyi La Pass. The photo composition is quite dull and has no conversion of the foreground. Wait for an appropriate shadow and light.
  2. Tripe Observatory: from here you may get a low angle click of the snow-covered There you may get more flexible sites and foreground to choose.

Tibet is an incredible place where cameras get alive themselves. Even a simple digital camera proves out excellent in taking photos. It is not just a holy land of Buddhism but also the land of mountains perfect for photography. If one is crazy about beautiful sceneries, Tibet is the paradise to them. The imposing snow mountains are best for photography. The place has sky touching mountains and is rightly named as the roof of the world. The photography tour is customized according to the type of photos you want o capture and the weather conditions of the place.



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