Top 10 China tours 2024/2025 for first visits and returns: embark on a lifetime experience. Learn more

Namcha Barwa Scenic Zone

Namcha Barwa, also called Namchabarwa or Namchabarwa, is one of the most majestic mountains, as well as one of the Himalayan mountains that tends to go un-seen.

Difficult to get to and climb, Namchabarwa has only been attempted a handful of times. Unspoilt rugged scenery, snow-capped peaks, and hot springs, however, make Namchabarwa a destination that most people, not just climbers, can dream of reaching one day.

The Meaning of "Namcha Barwa"

The Tibetan Namcha Barwa (Chinese Namchabarwa) has many different meanings. One meaning is, "burning thunder and lightning." Another meaning is, "the spear that shoots upright to the heavens."

The Location of Namcha Barwa

Namchabarwa is a mountain in the eastern Tibetan Himalayas. The mountain is located inside the Great Bend area of the Yarlung Tsangpo River (later the Brahmaputra), at the part where the river enters the gorge across the Himalayas.


Description of Namcha Barwa

Namcha Barwa 's main peak is 7,782 meters high. It's called the Father of Icebergs. This peak is the highest of the Nyingchi Prefecture peaks. It's also the 28th highest peak in the world.

The Namchabarwa peak is the tallest peak on the east of the Himalayas. Namchabarwa's sister peak, Gyala Peri, rises up 7,294 meters.

The peak's huge, triangular shape is covered with mist and deep snow all year round. It's difficult for people to view the actual peak because of its snow cover. The foot of this peak has several hot springs and plentiful vegetation. The peak's foot is a prime place for exploring and relaxing.

Contact us

Mountain Climbers and Visitors

In 1912, British surveyors located Namchabarwa. However, the mountain was unvisited until Chinese climbers started trying to make the ascent in the 1980s.

In 1976, the 7,795 meter high Batura Sar mountain in the Karakoram was climbed. Mount Namchabarwa was then the highest independent mountain in the world that hadn't been climbed.

In 1992, the Sino-Japan Mountain Climbing Team climbed Namchabarwa.

Today, Namchabarwa is a popular location. Professional mountain climbers who are both local or from abroad have a difficult time making the ascent.

Since Namchabarwa is in such an isolated area, it doesn't get many visitors. It's not often that people from outside of Tibet make their way to this area.

Our Tibet tours don't cover Namchabarwa, but if you would like to go there contact us and we can arrange a visit. We have experience arranging mountaineering tours.

Experience Tibet with Us

China Highlights are your China travel expert. We can help you design to trip to Tibet to experience this festival. See the following popular Tibet tours for inspiration:

You can also contact us to create a Tibet tour for you.

Start planning your tailor-made tour with 1-1 help from our travel advisors. Create Your Trip

Sign up to Our Newsletter

Be the first to receive exciting updates, exclusive promotions, and valuable travel tips from our team of experts.

Click to Sign up

Why China Highlights

Customize Your Tour

Customize Your Tour

  • Travel Advisors Rooted in China
  • Instant Response, No More Waits!
  • Direct Connections, Supreme Values
Maximize Your Flexibility

Maximize Your Flexibility

  • Your own personal guide and ride.
  • Explore at your own pace.
  • Unparalleled flexibility, impossible on a group tour.
Ensure Your Satisfaction

Ensure Your Satisfaction

  • The Top 20% nationwide guides at your service.
  • 20% more space on your group's transportation.
  • 24/7 emergency support.
Live Your China Story

Live Your China Story

  • Authentic local culture and lifestyles.
  • Understand the culture by living it.
  • Uncover fascinating histories and witness New China.
China Highlights logo
Trip Advisor rating Rated 5 out of 5 | 98.8% Excellence
China Highlights International
Travel Service Co., LTD
Featured on
China Highlights was featured on these medias.

Address: Building 6, Chuangyi Business Park, 70 Qilidian Road, Guilin, Guangxi, 541004, China