Beauty of GenieGenie main peek
Genie Mountain lies in the southwest of Litang county of Ganzi Prefecture in Sichuan with an altitude of 6204 meters at latitude 29.8°N and longitude 99.8°E. Genie Mountain is covered with snow all the year around. It is the sacred holy mountain to the local residents. The knife-like ridges, steep and towering, make it varied topographically. Luxuriant alpine forests on the slope of Genie Mountain are followed by grassland, bushes, winding rivers and grassy marshland at the valley and alpine pasture at the farther end. Genie, a beautiful highland of magnificent landscape, a harmonious homeland of wildlife and human, a tranquil residence of pious souls.
Magnificent nature scenery
The highland scenery in Genie area is spectacular. With snow-capped mountain peeks all year around, beautiful lakes as sacred as god, virgin forests covering the deep mysterious valley, Genie is an untamed nature spirit standing by the roof of the world.
There are many mountains in this area leading by three most beautiful peeks including Genie Main Peak (6204m), Xiaozha Holy Mountain (5807m) and Kemailong Holy Mountain (5780m).
Xiaozha lake exists almost a maze for the road to the lake is very rugged and dangerous. Few people got the chance to make it there. Locals see Xiaozha lake a holy lake. Every time they came here, the pious local will worship it on bended knees.
Except for Xiaozha lake, there are lots of beautiful lakes dotted in the mountains.
On the way to Genie, you will see many ancient ice cap which is a part of the biggest and most typical ice cap cluster in the world---“Daocheng ice caps”. It is estimated as the remains of ice sheet from the 4th ice age.
Ancient Ice cap
Because of the bad road condition, Genie is not developed as a tourist site yet. It is not known to the public which made it a great destination for adventure. Many mountaineers came here to challenge the snow mountain and enjoy the pure nature.
Harmonious homeland for wildlife and human
For religious reason, local people respect wildlife as much as their god. Plateau wildlife resources got well protected here. In Genie nature reserve, there are snow leopard, blue sheep, wild ass, bear, falcon, marmot etc. inhabits here.
Blue sheep in front of Renggo Monastery
Blue sheep is the main prey for snow leopards
wildlife is not afraid of human here, you can get very close to them
The vegetation in Genie various in different altitude. Between 3700-4000m, you can find mainly alpine meadow and shrubs with some broad-leaf tree such as willow, birch, maple, poplar. When it comes to 4000-4500m, there are alpine fir, spruce, alpine cypress, alpine dwarf shrub mixed forest. In 4500-4800m, alpine shrub meadow and alpine talus vegetation will be the majority. Above 4800m, you will see no green but all white snow.
flower carpet on the mountains
However, the flower resources in Genie are relatively rich. The main ornamental flowers are Rhododendron, Primula, Lily, Gentiana, Snow lotus and so on.
Idyllic western China countryside life
Due to the road condition, the best transportation in this undeveloped destination is horse. In the mid-autumn, when the mountain became golden and yellow, riding a horse on the grassland, seeing the yak herd feeding under the sunset, is such a special western lifestyle experience.
A destination where you should take your soul
Genie is located in the center of Kham Tibet area where, as we all know, almost the whole Tibetans believe in Tibetan Buddhism. Its harmonious and tranquil nature is a perfect place for meditation or thinking.
An ancient temple was just hidden by the foot of the magnificent Genie holy mountain. Lenggu Monastery, also named as Renggo Monastery, with an elevation of the 4200m, nestles the Xiaozha Mountain and faces the Genie Mountain. This old monastery, as the cradle of white hat sect of Tibetan Buddhsim, was build by the first Living Buddha in 1164 but now a yellow sects monastery.
Old Renggo Monastery
People built a new Lenggu Monastery downstreamwhich is much bigger than the old one.
New Renggo Montastery
small stone houses for meditation
Genie is a photography paradise. However, the way to most of the photo sites are very difficult and even dangerous. You definitely need a local guide. As we mentioned above, tourism is not developed in this virgin destination, so please do not expect very nice accommodation and be prepare for camping.
watching Yala snow Mountain from Genie
watching Yala snow Mountain from Genie
photo taken in Genie
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