town sits on the shore of Ngan-Tso at about 3,720m. The small town of
maybe 15-20 shops and hotels stretched out on both sides of the street
is built beside the original Tibetan village of the same name. The lake
which is 26km long and 2km wide is dramatically girded by forests and
snow peaks along its shores. It has two main body of pristine blue
water connected by a small stream. There are villages on both its
shores including the small charming Waba village.
in these villages are slightly different from the typical Tibetan
houses; there are no decorations or paintings on their doors and
windows. The houses are smaller and shorter as the winter wind her is
very strong. Furthermore the short/smaller structure allows heat to be
maintained within more effectively. As a result of the short structure,
the villagers keep their livestock outside the house as opposed to
underneath it, as is the norm elsewhere.
Lhagu village and Glacier
About 35 km from Rawok at 4060m. is the amazingly beautiful Lhagu village.
This village is not well visited yet and in fact many of the locals do
not know of its existence; or if they do, they have not been there
themselves. There are absolutely no transport to this place and the
only means is by chartering a vehicle. Be prepared to pay at least Y200
for the return trip. To get to the village, follow the road along the
western shore of Ngan Tso (towards Zayul) for about 12 km where a small
dirt road along the shore joins the main road. Travel for another 22 km
along this dirt road along the shore of the lake then onto an open
glacial silt plain, passing a few small friendly villages on the way
until a new entrance gate to Lhagu village. The gate was erected on the
day we visited and the local county is starting to collect Y50 per head
to continue on.
There are 3-4 small
villages in this area and collectively we shall call them Lhagu
village. The villages are located beside a crystal blue lake which is
damned on the other side by a frozen lake; which it turn backs into the
ice blocks (of various shapes and heights) at the terminal of the Lhagu
Glacier. The glacier itself tumbled down from the snowy Kangri Garpo
range. There is a splendid panoramic view of the Lhagu Glacier and the
surrounding snow peaks from the village. The panorama is
postcard-perfect, framed by the blue lake, emerald green of the village
dotted with the golden of drying wheat.
Getting there and away:
go to Rawok from Lhasa or Bayi, you have to take a Chamdo bus. The
journey takes 2 to 3 days. Getting away from Rawok can be a challenge.
There are no transport originating from the town- all of them are
passing-through. The most frequent transport are buses and trucks that
head towards Chamdo, passing Rawok on the way.
Peace Hostel 平安旅社 : Double room for Y60.
Post Hostel: 邮政招待所 : Dormitory bed : Y20
We stayed at Peace Hostel and visited Post Hostel. Both offer clean rooms and shared hot showers.
Written by CBP in July 2005
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