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The air is full of national character in Tibet | by reurinkjan
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The air is full of national character in Tibet

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Derge town sits in a wooded valley at an elevation of 3200m/10,500 feet. Derge county has some of the best hiking in the Kham region.These Abies squamata forests reach up above 4600m here. Spruce-fir forest tree line reaches this height from Derge to Chamdo, the highest spruce-fir forest tree line in the world. Only junipers (Juniperus thibetica) will climb higher in central Tibet. East of Derge about 100kms is the small town of Manigango which is another stunning area with the mountain range of the Trola and Yilhun Lha Lake to explore. Derge is remote and not easy to get to, but it is one of the most amazing regions in Tibet. Derge is considered the cultural heart of Kham. It is one of the best places to see traditional Tibetan culture. The few people who do make their way to Derge are rewarded with a beautiful setting and a glimpse of the old way of Tibetan life.

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Taken on September 22, 2009