Chinese Name: 墨脱县
English IPA: Motuo Town
Location: under the jurisdiction of Nyingchi Prefecture in southeast Tibet
Population (city): 14,040(2016)
Language: Tibetan Language,Monba language,Lhoba language

Medog County, the last county that Yarlung Zangbu River runs through before it enters India, is the remotest place in Tibet where Moinba and Lhoba ethnic minorities inhabited. ‘Medog’ means covert lotus, famed as the Xishuangbanna in Tibet. The main part of famous Yarlung Zangbu Grand Canyon is located here. Boasting moderate climate and rich rainfall, Medog County has the best ecological protection and lowest altitude in Tibet.

Medog Village in Medog County, Nyingchi City
Medog Village in Medog County, Nyingchi City


Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon(雅鲁藏布大峡谷): it’s 504.6 km long, with an average depth of 2268 m and deepest areas even up to 6009m. Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon is the deepest canyon in the world with a magnificent landscape.

Hanmi Waterfall(汗密瀑布): the waterfall cascades down the cliff from the hills behind. Tourists can enjoy a natural visual feast.

Tiger Mouth Waterfall(老虎嘴瀑布): the waterfall came down with a rush and a roar. It’s very powerful and spectacular.

Beibeng Waterfall(背崩瀑布): The water drops from the plateau and forms a great waterfall. The white waterfall mixed with green hills provide tourists a charming wonderland.

These waterfalls crash and tumble over rocks. Tourists can enjoy magnificent scenery and it’s a good choice to take pictures.

Climate & When to Go

The county has a mild subtropical climate. As the lowest area in Tibet Plateau, it is an ideal place in Tibet with the mildest climate, the most abundant rainfalls and the best preserved ecological environment. Known as Tibet’s Xishuangbanna. The annual average temperature is 16 ℃. The coldest month is January of 8.4 ℃ and the warmest month is July of 22.6℃. The annual frost free period of Medog County is 340 days and average annual rainfall is more than 2358 mm.

Renqingbeng Temple in Medog County
Renqingbeng Temple in Medog County


There are two ways for tourists to choose when they want to travel in Medog County. 1.By air Fly to Nyingchi Milin Airport from Lhasa, Chengdu, Kunming or Chongqing and take the airport shuttle bus to Bayi Town in Nyingchi. It costs around CNY 25 and takes about one hour. Then take a regular minibus from Bayi Town to Paizhen Town. Bus fare is around CNY 60. Alternatively, visitors can charter a taxi to Pai Village. It costs around CNY 350.

Shows the entrance of the Galung Pass tunnel to Medog County
Shows the entrance of the Galung Pass tunnel to Medog County

Festivals and Activities

Except for Tibetan traditional festival, such as Tibetan New Year Festival, Tibetan Bathing Festival, Tibetan Shoton Festival, Tibetan Horse Racing Festival and Buddha Exhibition Festival, the Peach Blossom Festival is also popular in Medog County. Tibetan New Year The Tibetan New year, also known as Losar Festival, is the most important festival on the Tibetan calendar. Based on the Tibetan Calendar, annual New Year celebration begins on December 29 and lasts 2 weeks.

Travel Tips

There are some useful tips for tourists get a better tour in Medog County:

  1. Keep your backpack light. However, some necessities including alpenstock, sun glasses, sunscreen cream, lighter, penknife and water bottle shouldn’t be missed.
  2. Bring some high-energy snacks, such as jerked beef, chocolate and energy sticks.
  3. Bring a small medical kit, just in case.
  4. Wear a pair of hiking shoes and gaiters to prevent leech bites.

Mêdog County Accommodation

We will choose the accommodation which has elegant environment, well-equipped facilities and excellent service. There are many choices list for you to decide which is the most suitable and adorable one for you to stay. No matter where you stay in Nyingchi Medog County, you won’t miss any attractions of your journey.

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