Langqen Zangbo River in Zanda County, Ngari

Chinese Name: 朗钦藏布
English Name: Langqen Zangbo River in Zanda County, Ngari
Tibetan Name: གླང་ཆེན་གཙང་པོ
Location: Located in Gê’gyai County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day

About Langqen Zangbo River

Langqên Zangbo, also known as Xiangquanhe River(象泉河)is a river in Gê’gyai County, Ngari Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region Ngari, Tibet, China. The name Langqên, Tibetan for “elephant”, is because of a valley that resembles an elephant trunk. This river is the main source of the Sutlej, a tributary of Indus River. It enters India at Shipki La pass. The source is south of Gangdise Range, in Ngari Prefecture. Its course is mainly in the Zanda County. The river drains an area of 22,760 km2, and covers a length of 309 km. The drop in height is 3,256 meters. Historically, the river was the center of the Zhangzhung Kingdom until its fall in the 8th century AD.

Attraction Transportation

  1. Travel to Zanda County, visitors would better start from SHiquan River taking a taxi for about CNY 2000 about 12 hours for convenience, but it’s too expensive.
  2. The Shiquan River has a shuttle bus to Zanda, which is normally start at noon every day, but less likely to cancel, the ticket price is 220 ~ 260 Yuan, which can be negotiated.

Attraction Travel Tips

  1. Traveling Hours: 1 day
  2. Traveling Seasons: July to September.
  3. High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Better take some medicines for relief and keep warm all the time.
  4. As there is a large temperature gap between daytime and night, it is highly recommended to take along some pieces of thermal clothing, hat, and gloves and so on.
  5. Please try your best to respect the religious belief and local customs.
  6. If you choose to travel by car, please pay attention to the road condition and drive carefully.