Midui Glacier

On October 23, 2005, a ranking list of the most beautiful places in China was published. This activity, sponsored by Chinese National Geography Magzine, selected the top six gorgeous glaciers in China, including Midui Glacier and Rongbuk Glacier in Tibet, Tomur Glacier and Telamukanli Glacier in Xinjiang, Touming Mengke Glacier in Gansu, and the glaciers in Sichuan Trumpet Shell Valley.

Located at Yupu Town, Bome County in Nyingchi, Midui Glacier is a typical maritime glacier in Tibet as well as the lowest glacier in the world with its snow line no more than 4,694 meters (15,400 feet) high. As it’s merely 8 kilometers (four miles) from China’s famous National Highway No. 318, Midui Galacier is readily accessible. The shiny and crystal glaciers, along with surrounding lakes, farmlands, forests and villages, makes visitors wonder they enter a fairyland.

Midui Glacier lies at the junction of Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains and Boshula Mountain, where monsoon maritime glaciers are mainly distributed. Southwest monsoon from the Indian Ocean comes through the Yarlung Tsangpo River and Chayu River Valley and eventually brings a large amount of precipitation to this region. Then a magnificent glacier came into being around a snow peak behind Midui Village. The main peak of the glacier is around 6,800 meters (22,310 feet) above the sea level. The bottom part of Midui Glacier extends to mixed broad-leaved and coniferous forests. Looking from a distance, the holy glacier is like a fair lady wearing a silvery kerchief and green dress.

Midui Glacier features huge ice basins, frequent snow slides and wide icefalls. It originates from a lofty snow mountain. On the mountain top, there are two vast ice basins covered by abundant ice and snow. Once the ice basins become full, ice flows down from the mountain top to the basin beneath, forming magnificent ice falls with a maximum height of more than 792 meters (2,600 feet) and width of more than 1,006 meters (1,100 yards). An avalanche can happen at any time, leaving upright avalanche chutes, as if they were cut by the axe of Nature.

Midui Village

With fertile farmland and dense forests around, Midui Village is a small Tibetan village at the foot of Midui Glacier. Villagers’ houses are built of wood logs. Every house has a courtyard decorated with tall trees and colorful prayer flags (also called wind-horse flags). One who enters the village would think they entered a forest park.

Travel Tips

1. Take some medicine to cope with the altitude sickness.
2. Take water, chocolates, biscuits or some other snacks containing high calories to replenish energy.
3. Take sunglasses and a raincoat.
4. Better wear a pair of hiking shoes or mountaineering boots.


Visitors can find several hostels in the Midui Village. Usually there are not many tourists, so visitors can lodge there. Or they can get back to stay in Ranwu Town not far from Midui Village.

How to get to Midui Glacier

Take a bus from Nyingchi Bayi Bus Station to Ranwu Town, and then hire a local car or ride a horse to the Midui Village. The bus takes about 6 hours and the car takes about 2 hours.
Entrance Fee CNY 50
Horse-riding (round-trip) CNY 100
Opening Hours All day
Recommended visit time 4 ~ 5 hours
- Last updated on Sep. 13, 2018 -
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