Manigango, 3960m / 12,990 feet, is a small one street town found in far northwestern Sichuan in the Kham region of Tibet . The town itself isn't too bad, but the areas just outside of town are what make Manigango a must see. The holy lake of Yilhun Lha Tso is 13kms west of town. This stunning alpine lake is an excellent place to do some hiking and camping. There are many hand carved prayer stones in the area with the classic Tibetan mantra "Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hum". Glaciers from Mt. Chola, 6168m / 20,231 feet, are found on the back side of the lake.
Manigango is located at the junction of two major highways. Eighty-five kilometers east of Manigagno is Ganzi, 110kms west is Dege , Sershul (Shiqu) is 225kms north and Jyekundo is 440kms to the northwest. About half way from Manigango to Dege you cross over the Chola mountain pass. This 5050m / 16,564 foot pass is the highest in the area and is often snow covered in summer.The Manigango-Dege area is perhaps the most scenic area in all of Kham. With lots of Tibetan culture, this area promises to be worth the long trip in getting here.
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