It is around the Namcha Barwa that the mighty Brahmaputra River
enters India. The Brahmaputra flows along the Trans Himalayas
where it is known as the Yarlung Tsangpo and enters India
forming a gorge around the Namcha Barwa. The gorge of the
Yarlung Tsangpo is one of the wildest and least explored areas
on the planet. The gorge is three times as deep as the Grand
Canyon of Colorado.
|Namcha Barwa Massif
Lying on the easternmost frontiers of the Himalayas lies
another zone of mountaineering interests - the Namcha Barwa
Massif. The mountains lying beyond the Tsangpo-Dihang are not
considered parts of the Himalayas. Namcha Barwa, standing tall
at 7,756 m above sea level, is the highest point of this range.
The position and height of this 'mysterious giant' was
determined by British expeditions as recently as 1912, although
its existence had been reported by the pandit explorers.
Arunachal Himalayas is virgin territory.
Roads have been built in the region and detailed mapping has
been done. However, the entire Arunachal Pradesh is bound with
restrictions. The entire state is an Inner-line area and
special permits are required to enter it. As a result, these
mountains remain as pristine and remote as of yore behind the
Official Secrets Act of India.