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Mountainscape of the Cho La Ri Range, Tibet | by reurinkjan
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Mountainscape of the Cho La Ri Range, Tibet

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The ascent to the watershed Tro La pass or Cho la pass, with an altitude of 4864 m, northeast of Derge (the Derge county capital), is precipitous and switchback, gradually rising above the tree line into a world of jagged snow mountains. There are magnificent views of the Dri chu འབྲི་ཆུ་ (Yangtze) gorge to the southwest. On the far side of Tro La, the landscape is totally different, the enclosed forested valleys giving way to rugged open grassland. The crossroads town of Manigango is located in the grassland, 110 km from Derge, and 41 km from Tro La pass.

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Taken on September 3, 2010