The Tibetan Plateau is endowed with over 1000 hot springs. Since many years I am collecting whatever I can find on Tibetan hot springs. If you would like to find out if there are hot springs where you are intending to go, I am glad to supply information, since I would love to receive more information. Contact me by email:
Yiri Hot Springs in northern Riwoqe (Pinyin: Leiwuqi) County.
In the front outcroppings from one of the 8 springs with the bath house across the creek. In 1998 a guest house was built, which offered simple rooms and some bathrooms with piped in water to hot tubs. It is about 6 hours drive from Ratsaka/ Riwoche County seat to the northeast, some hours off the road to Nangchen I seem to remember. There are eight different springs, two of them used for bathing, all of them have their specific medicinal propensities. The main spring itself is contained in a bathhouse. It is supposed to cure 404 sicknesses. Somebody had a lot of time counting possible ailments.
© Daniel Winkler July 1997, 3890m, Chamdo / Qamdo / Changdu Prefecture, Tibet AR
Beautiful location in a forested area. However, photos are from 1997 and Riwoche was trying to develop these springs, which might not have improved the setting.
Yiri's hottest bath right along the creek. A spring pouring out of the foot of a limestone rock at the most narrow point of the little gorge is known as `Hot Hell Spring' (Tsanyel). There used to be a "Rangjung" (self-arisen) dorje / vajra in the rock, which was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. The water is supposed to cure arthritis.
Rubu Chaka Hot Springs
4 km to the SE of Daocheng County Town (Dabpa Dzong) around the picturesque place Rubu village, which is nestled at the end of a valley, is a complex of hot springs. The pure, drinkable waters are gushing forth from the granite ground at 68°C. Here the main spring, which seemingly I caught on a laundry day. The slope above this spring is adorned with three small stupas.
Another spring fills a small open-air pool next to the creek. Across the creek the water powers a small prayer mill. All in all, the geothermal village is absolutely worth the short trip from Daocheng, but since I took these photos in 2000, things might have changed beyond recognition with Daocheng's tourism boom.
Some kids took me around from hot spring to hot spring once they realized how I loved their springs.