Amne Machin | Amnye Maqen | Anyi Machen | Anyê Maqên | Dradullungshog
Amne Machin, or “Grandfather Pomra,” is a holy Tibetan mountain and mountain range located in Amdo in Eastern Tibet, in the Xueshan Township of Maqên County in the Golog Prefecture and Qinghai Province of China. It is a Tibetan god mountain, and many visitors bring sacrifices to the mountain deity. In ancient China, the mountain was known as Mount Jishi. The mountain range is an eastern branch of the larger Kunlun Mountain range.
The mountain’s name “Amne” translates to mean “ancestor,” “beautiful heart,” and “happiness,” and “Machin translates to mean “largest mountain at the source of the Yellow River” and “magnificence” in the Tibetan language.
Amne Machin I and Amne Machin II are the two most prominent peaks, the second of which was first summited in 1960 by members of the Beijing Institute of Geology, and the highest peak wasn’t reached by climbers until 1981, when a Japanese expedition reached the difficult peak.
Nearby lakes include Doucuo and Donggei Cuona Lake to the northwest, Eling and Gyaring Lake to the west, and Gangna Gemacuo, Rigecuo Lake, and Yellow River to the southwest of the mountain.
Mountain Range: Amne Machin, Kunlun
Parents: Kunlun Mountains
Elevation: 20,610 feet / 6,282 meters
Prominence: 6,430 feet / 1,960 meters
Isolation: 343 mi / 552 km
First Ascent: On May 1981 by a Japanese expedition.
Fun Fact: The main peak of Amne Machin, Machen Kangri, has three ridges that rise 6,100 meters above sea level.
Flora and Fauna
Plant Life: Grasslands and flowers are abundant on the slopes of Amne Machin.
Animal Life: Deer and sheep thrive on the grassland and lakes of the area.
Bird Life: The Amne Machin area has diverse bird species including swans, brown headed gulls, spotted geese, red ducks, and brown backed ducks.
- Wikipedia: Amne Machin
- China Discovery: Amne Machin – Sacred Tibetan Buddhist Mountain in Golog Qinghai
- Google Maps