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(Gangdise – Nyenchen Tanglha range,
Hedin Mountains)
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Part of the Nyenchen Tanglha range in the Transhimalayas
Highest point
Peak Mount Nyenchen Tanglha
Elevation 7,162 m (23,497 ft)
Length 1,600 km (990 mi)
State Tibet (PR China)
Range coordinates 30°23′00″N 90°34′31″E / 30.383427°N 90.5752890°E / 30.383427; 90.5752890Coordinates: 30°23′00″N 90°34′31″E / 30.383427°N 90.5752890°E / 30.383427; 90.5752890
Parent range Alpine orogeny, Tibetan Plateau (perimeter range)

The Transhimalaya (also spelled Trans-Himalaya) or "Gangdise – Nyenchen Tanglha range", is a 1600-kilometre-long mountain range in China, extending in a west–east direction parallel to the main Himalayan range. Located north of Yarlung Tsangpo river on the southern edge of the Tibetan Plateau, the Transhimalaya is composed of the Gangdise range to the west and the Nyenchen Tanglha range to the east.

The Trans-Himalaya, named by Sven Hedin, was described by the Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer in 1952 as an "ill-defined mountain area" with "no marked crest line or central alignment and no division by rivers." On more-modern maps the Kailas Range (Gangdise or Kang-to-sé Shan) in the west is shown as distinct from the Nyenchen Tanglha range in the east.[1]


  1. ^ Allen 2013, p. 142.