Climbers ascend Luodui Mountain, whose altitude is 6,100 meters in Tibet's Damshung county. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Authorities in Damshung county in the Tibet autonomous region announced this week that the Khukchung Gangri Glacier Scenery Site will open to the public on Thursday.
Khukchung Gangri, also known as the No 1 Glacier of the Lhasa Valley, is the nearest glacier to the regional capital, Lhasa. It first opened to the public in 2019.
Tsering Lhashung, a manager at the Damshung County Changthang Culture and Tourism Development Co, said it takes less than three hours to drive a car from Lhasa to the site entrance, about 5,500 meters above the sea level.
"It is about 10 kilometers between the entrance gate and the foot of the glacier, which takes less than 20 minutes by car on a dirt road," Tsering Lhashung said.
Visitors pass a small lake near the Khukchung Gangri Glacier in Tibet's Damshung county. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Tourists visiting the site may participate in various outdoor activities, including glacier observation, mountain and ice climbing, a hot spring spa, skiing and viewing the plateau pasture.
At an altitude of 6,010 meters, Luodui Mountain — locally known as Lungkar Mori —which looks down over the glacier, is a destination for climbers and an ideal place for beginners to learn.
Tsering Lhashung said the site was open to the public for only a few months in the last two years because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is expected to operate throughout the remainder of this year.
The entrance ticket price at the site is 149 yuan ($23), but ethnic Tibetan people get a discount to 39 yuan.
"It's suggested that any visitor with poor health or inexperienced climbers refrain from climbing immediately upon arrival at the foot of the glacier. This is to avoid potential health risks," he said.
Products such as oxygen, drugs for altitude sickness and various outdoor sports attire are some indispensable things people should bring with them, he added.
Visitors can book tickets both online or offline.
Visitors play games on the ice of the small lake near the Khukchung Gangri Glacier in Tibet's Damshung county. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]