Bomi scenery

Bomi Travel Guide

At an elevation of more than 4200 meters, Bomi is located in the southeast of Tibet, to the east side of The Himalayas. Situated on the east coast of the Yarlung Zangbo River, Bomi is a Shangrila surrounded by lofty snowy mountains. Bomi means ancestor in Tibetan because it’s the birthplace of Nyatri Tsenpo who was the first king of Tibet. According to legend, one of the 'hidden lands' that Guru Rinpoche mentioned in the prophecy, hides in the borders of Bomi. This attracts a great many of Tibetan pilgrims visiting Bomi for the promised land from the 7th century.

 

With the immense virgin forests, a wide variety of wildlife, and highly-valued tourist resources, Bomi is an exciting place for tourists. The Midui glacier, the most important maritime glacier in Tibet, has been rated as one of the top six beautiful glaciers by Chinese National Geography. The Yigong Lake, which covers an area of about 200,000 square kilometers, is a barrier lake formed by a massive debris flow in 1900. Bomi is also a land rich in wildlife especially some rare animals such as spotted deer, golden monkeys, and leopards. Besides, there you can find precious medicinal herbs like Gastrodia elata and Cordyceps Sinensis, which are unique to East Asia and South Asia.

Bomi in Tibet map

How to Get to Bomi

Road to Bomi

Bomi is located in the east of Nyingchi prefecture, at a distance of 237 kilometers from Nyingchi. At present, tourists only can take cars to Bomi. The driving time is about 4 hours, which depends on the specific road conditions and weather. For all tourists going to Bomi, they should fly to Lhasa or Nyingchi firstly then to Bomi. Currently, only a few cities have direct flights to Nyingchi such as Chengdu, Chongqing, and Shenzhen. We suggest our customers fly to Lhasa if they are not departing from the 3 cities mentioned above. Please note, there's no direct bus to Bomi from Lhasa. Most travelers will take a bus from Lhasa to Nyingchi's Bayi Town and stay a night. The distance is 400 kilometers and it takes about 7 hours. Then drive from Bayi Town to Bomi. From Lhasa to Nyingchi, it belongs to the 318 National Highway, which is known as one of the most beautiful highways in China. There are many scenic spots along the way. So you don't have to worry about tedious driving.

Best Time to Visit Bomi

Peach blossom in Bomi

The climate in Bomi is mild, with plenty of rainfall, no severe cold in winter and no intense heat in summer. The average annual temperature of Bomi is around 10 degrees Celsius and the average altitude is 4200 meters. Zhamu Town, where the county seat is located, is at an altitude of 2750 meters. It's a place suitable for traveling all year round.

From March to June and from September to December is the best time to travel to Bomi. You can visit the largest peach blossom valley in China - Bodui Peach Blossom Valley in spring or one of the most beautiful glaciers in China - Midui Glacier in winter. In addition, there are Bomi Ancient Township, where there are many scenic spots such as Galang Lake, Picea spruce Forest, Guxiang Lake, Galang King Ruins, Taohuagou, etc.

The Best Place to Stay

Bomi Pingcuo Kangsang Holiday Hotel

As one of the popular tourist places in Tibet, Bomi has a variety of accommodation options, from ordinary guest houses to various 4-star accommodation rooms to meet different needs, and its accommodation conditions and service standards can satisfy most tourists. The recommended hotels are:

Four-star hotel -- Bomi Pingcuo Kangsang Holiday Hotel

Three-star hotel -- Minshan Shanxia Hotel

Bomi food and cuisine

Matsutake

There are many types of Bomi food, except for the local Tibetan restaurants, the rest are mostly Sichuan restaurants. The local food in Bomi is spicy. If you don't like spicy food, you can also find a western restaurant.

In addition, Bomi is one of the important producing areas of matsutake and morel due to its rich water and soil resources. Therefore, you cannot miss mushroom delicacy in Bomi.