Qomo Lhari and Paohanli Mountain
In Yadong County, which is at the middle section of the Himalayas, sits a long, narrow and vast valley, called “Yadong Valley”. With the valley higher in the north and lower in the south, it leads directly to the fertile Henghe River Plain and all through the ages has been the important passage for China to ex-change with the outside world. On both the east and west sides along the nation boundaries are two stretches of giant mountain ridges which run south-north and two high peaks standing facing each other. Qomo Lhari being in the east and Paohanli Shan in the west, the two peaks are about 45 kilometers apart, looking just as if two guards are standing firm at the nation gate. Situated at 89.2 0E and 27.8 0N, the summit of Qomo Lhari (7314 meters above sea level) towers among the precipices and steep slopes. Snow and glaciers can only be found at the summit area while the rocks on the northwest ridge and in the northwest sloping gullies are uncovered. With the west side in China and the east side in the Kingdom of Bhuan, Qumo Lhari is called by Local residents “Chomolare” which means “the magical muntain of the imperial concubine”. There are two routes for reaching the summit from the glacier on the north side of the peak to the col of the peak wrist. Since 1945, some English and Indians have been trying to go to China for the ascent of the summit, but no success has been made so far. The combined Mountaineering Team of China-Japan reached the summit successfully in 1996.
Rising at 7128 meters above sea level, Paohanli Shan belongs to Yadong County of China on the east side and the Kingdom of Sikkim on the west side. From the north to the south, around it stand four peaks with an altitude of over 6500 meters – Molayi Tochenyolu, Qijolabuje and Kanchangbinshong. Like Chomolari, they lie at the southmost side of the Himalayas, facing directly the warn current which goes north from the Indian Ocean. Moreover, the serious erosion, the precipices, uncovered rocks, tattered ridge lines and the summit with harsh climate, all make it quite unfavorable for the ascent. So far no record has been set to succeed in reaching the summit from the Chinse territory.
The months of April-May and October-November are the best time for mountain climbing. To go into the mountain, drive from Lhasa along the Sino-Nepal Highway, pass Gyangze and go for 38.6 kilometers southward to reach Duina in the Yadong Valley. Then, drive 20 kilometers east from Duina to ar-rive at the foot of Chomolari. Sinmilarly, it takes only two kilometers more (22 kilomerters) to drive south to Zhakang and go on west to reach the foot of Paohanli Shan.