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Where the Rivers Flow

The Tsangpo River is often called the "Everest of Rivers".

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, March 14, 2013/Categories: natural history, adventure

20th Century explorers called Tibet’s Yarlung Tsangpo River the “Everest of Rivers”.

The wild river crosses some of the least-explored mountainr in the world. The Tsangpo's head waters are in western Tibet near Mount Kailash a mountain sacred to Buddhists, Hindus, and other religious pilgrims. Over much of its length, the river flows above 13,000 feet until it eventually reaches sea at the Ganges Delta.
The entire length of the Tsangpo was only recently floated and mapped due to massive gorges that cascade in sections of the river. This satellite image captured in 2001 was used in those river explorations. It illustrates the topography through which the river traverses and the explorers had to traverse on their kayaking through the mountains.

Yarlung Tsangpo River  (credit: NASA Terra program)

Hopefully, the river will be allowed to continue on its path but dams and water diversion projects are planned.


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