Lulang Forest - Top Alpine Scenery of Tibet
Lulang Forest is a typical plateau mountain meadow featuring stunning alpine scenery, located in Lulang Town, Nyingchi County. Nestled between the mountains and glaciers, it has an elevation of 3700 meters, consisting of vast expanse of plants, villages and variety of vegetation, stretching 15km long and 1km wide like a sea of forest from a distance. Decorated with distant clouds and snow-capped peaks, the endless pines feasted all your eyes depicted a wonderful landscape and idyllic scenery. Walking closer to view, it will surprise you more with its tranquil pastoral, blossoming flowers, gurgling streams, marshy grassland, etc. Like its name in Tibetan, meaning a place to forget your homesickness, Lulang Forest indeed delights you with its breathtaking landscape, authentic rural scenery and pure Tibetan lifestyle, lingering long enough in your memory.
Lulang Forest Facts
- Summer & Autumn
- Natural Park, Alpine Scenery
- 3,700 meters
- Lulang Town, Nyingchi County
What to See at Lulang Forest
As a famous scenic area in Lulang Town, Lulang Forest with alpine scenery embraced by castle peaks from low to high is full of dense bushes and spruce pine trees along the long-narrow valley dotted with meadows and streams. There are viewing platforms siting in perfect location along highway for visitors to have a vista view and appreciate its stunning nature, even encounter the Namjagbrawa Peak and Gyala Peri Peak if you are super good luck. With enough time, you can have a leisurely hiking inside Lulang Forest Scenic Area and find more idyllic scenery by sightseeing scenic spots, like flower sea, pastureland, local villages, etc.
Lulang Flower Sea
With various kinds of ever-flowering plants, the piece of land is changing into a sea of flowers in the late spring and early summer. During the months from April to June, the azaleas grow uncensored everywhere along the land, catching most of the eyes. Among the azaleas, there are other wild flowers, like galsang flower flickering and swing in the wind. Without any trimming, they are all in full blossom with a beauty of nature. In other times, the little plants burst into bloom like twinkling stars glitter under the sunshine.
Lulang Five Villages
Built in the deep forest, these five villages situated in the valley surrounded by pastureland and mountains, are named Gongbu, Bomi, Menba, Loba and Dengren respectively. Attended by colorful flowers and towering pine trees, the unadorned villages like lotus lands are another nature decorated Lulang Forest. Having different traditions, the quite villages will present different lifestyles and their styled food culture, if you are permitted to stay overnight by turn. Walking the path along villages, you will feel immersed in idyllic scenery and become a part of the view.
When in good weather, local Tibetans will let their livestock bask outside and enjoy the nature. Gradually the land became a natural pastureland. In sunny days, there are Tibetan sheep and cattle in knots graze leisurely, dotted around. If you visited in summer time, it will change into a blossoming land of wild flowers.
How to Get to Lulang Forest
About 80 km from Nyingchi County, beside the 318 National Highway, Lulang Forest is reached via overland driving. Whether you enter Tibet from Lhasa or Nyingchi Airport, Bayi Town as a transfer point to head toward Lulang followed the interesting snaked switchback highway to the left and right. Later you will get to this forest sea by reaching a snow covered high upwards before descending again.
Transfer from Lhasa: by different places to enter Tibet, you will have varied tour itinerary to appreciate Lulang Forest accordingly. If you get to Tibet from Lhasa, you will put several days to visit Lhasa attractions firstly then transfer to Nyingchi to discovery the beauty of Lulang Forest. Along the long time driving, various scenic spots and attractions to relax yourself and never make you feel bored. >>Check 7 Days Classic Lhasa Nyingchi Discovery Tour to find detailed tour arrangement.
Useful Travel Tips
Along highway, there are viewing platforms extending above forest with a lower distance for visitors to appreciate the beauty of Lulang Forest with a charge of 60 rmb p/p. Walking along the plank road to a two layered round platform, you are provided two heights to enjoy different visual angles, which is the best way of a quick sight for those who have tight schedule. And below are some other suggestions if you want to have a depth trip here.
● Best time to visit: as a natural Park, Lulang Forest has stunning scenery in different seasons for you to visit all year aroud. In spring, there are different flowers blossoming, especially the azaleas over the forest, like a sea of flowers. In summer, you can enjoy the gentle breezing. In autumn, with various colors of plants, you will experience Tibetan village life. And in winter, snow falls on the forest as well as on the glaciers, making you enter a white-clad world.
● Local food recommended: stone pot chicken is the famous local food in Lulang. The stone pot as a special carved utensil perfectly keeps the original flavor of chicken. By adding some mushroom, ginseng and other ingredients, this cuisine is quite delicious, especially the soup.
● Accommodation: if you want to take a depth tour in Lulang Forest scenic area, there are many inns and guesthouses in Lulang Town to stay overnight. Or you may live in the local village house if permitted.
● What to bring: with a changeable weather and climate, you may take some waterproof and warm clothing and hiking shoes, sleeping bag and some commonly used medicines if you plan to stay longer.
How to Plan A Tibet Tour
Tibet is too vast to be visited in one single trip, but planning ahead of time can make most of your holiday. A classic Tibet tour always takes about 4 ~ 8 days. Apart from 2 days for arrival and departure, it usually needs 2 other days to explore majestic Potala Palace and other landmarks in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. With a day trip’s distance from Lhasa, Namtso Lake is another perfect tour extension if you visit Tibet from May to October. Or you can add another 2-3 days to see beautiful peach flowers, dense Lulang Forest, or other attractions in Nyingchi, a land blessed with beautiful lakes, deep gorges, immense forests and azalea-filled meadows.
To explore further, it’s strongly recommended to travel from Lhasa to Mount Everest via Gyantse and Shigatse, which usually needs 4 more days. It is an unforgettable sightseeing trip with lots of attractions to visit, such as Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Kumbum Stupa of Palcho Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery, etc. Of course, the biggest draw must be gazing upon the unparalleled north face of the world’s highest peak – Mount Everest.
For Buddhist followers and hiking lovers, you are suggested to travel to Ngari to join the kora around the holy Mt. Kailash and sacred Lake Manasarovar, which usually takes about 5 ~ 8 more days from Lhasa. The wild nature of Ngari is spectacular as well.
If you are looking for a longer Himalaya adventure, you can travel Tibet with two other charming Himalayan Kingdoms – Nepal and Bhutan by overland driving or flight. If you have your own needs or interest, just feel free to contact us to customize a trip of your own!
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