Chomolhari, Tibet

Jomolhari (Dzongkha) or Qomo Lhari (Tibetan:; Wylie: jo mo lha ri), Chomolhari (Chinese: 绰莫拉日峰, etc.) sometimes known as “the bride of Kangchenjunga”, is a mountain in the Himalayas, straddling the border between Yadong County of Tibet and the Paro district of Bhutan. The north face rises over 2,700 metres (8,900 ft) above the barren plains. The mountain is the source of the Paro Chu (Paro river) which flows from the south side and the Amo Chu which flows from the north side.
The mountain is sacred to Tibetan Buddhists who believe it is the abode of one of the Five Tsheringma Sisters (jo mo tshe ring mched lnga) — female protector goddesses (Jomo) of Tibet and Bhutan, who were bound under oath by Guru Padmasambhava to protect the land, the Buddhist faith and the local people. On the Bhutanese side there is a Jomolhari Temple, located towards the south side of the mountain about half a day’s journey from the army outpost between Thangthangkha and Jangothang at an altitude of 4150 meters. Religious practitioners and pilgrims visiting Mt. Jomolhari stay at this temple. Nearby the temple are several other sacred sites including meditation caves of Milarepa and Gyalwa Lorepa. Within an hour’s walk up from the temple at an altitude of c. 4450 meters is Tseringma Lhatso, the “spirit lake” of Tsheringma. In Tibet there is an annual pilgrimage from Phari Dzong to the holy lake called Jomo Lharang at c. 5100 m just north of the mountain.

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