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Geographical Map of Tibet - Mountains, Rivers and Lakes in Tibet

The beautiful land of Tibet sits atop the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. With an average elevation of more than 4,570 m (15,000 feet), Tibet is known as the highest region in the world and is often called "the roof of the world".

The fascinating geography of Tibet boasts the majestic mountain ranges of the Himalayas, the southern border of Tibet, with many of the highest mountain peaks in the world, capped by majestic glaciers, including the Mount Everest. Click here to learn more about the mountains in Tibet.

From these lofty areas flow many of Asia's great rivers, including the Indus, Brahmaputra (called the Yarlong Tsangpo in Tibet), Salween (Nujiang), Mekong (Lancang Jiang), and Yangtze River. Tibet has more than 1500 lakes and the highest located lakes of the world. Many of them are holy to the Tibetan people. Click here to learn more about the rivers and lakes in Tibet.

Geographical Map of Tibet

The geography of Tibet is quite fascinating and can be divided into three major parts, the east, north and south.

The eastern part is densely covered with lush virgin forests. Some areas are now converted into agricultural fields mostly planted with wheat, barley and millet.

The northwest part of Tibet has a few open grasslands and is mostly covered by vast deserts. Despite its huge land, this area is barely inhabited and only a few people live here. The water that is consumed by inhabitants usually comes from the mountains and rivers.

The southern part is considered more of an agricultural and cultural center of Tibet. Most of the towns and counties are situated in this area, including Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse ad Tsetang.

Indeed, there are a lot of natural wonders in Tibet that tourists can feast their eyes on. The captivating geography of Tibet and its rich heritage would surely attract people from all over the world.