NEW – world’s highest national park

The world’s highest national park, the Qomolangma National Park, located on the border of China and Nepal with a total area of 78,000 square kilometers has been inaugurated.

The park includes five mountain peaks with altitudes of more than 8,000 meters

Qomolangma is Tibet’s third national park after the Namtso National Park, which was recently inaugurated near a holy lake for Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims, and the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon National Park that opened in 2010.

The parks are part of the Tibetan efforts to turn the region into “an important world destination.” …

Press TV

Actually, not much has improved for the independent hiker in Tibet since I was there late 1990s.

Don’t go — unless you are willing to sign on to an expensive and often frustrating group tour. Or are willing to trek “illegally”, as we did.

Support Nepal instead.

(via National Parks Traveler)

related – Seven Tibetans Self-Immolate This Week

At least 62 Tibetans have lit themselves on fire since 2009 in protest of Chinese rule in Tibet.

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