Mount Jomolhari

The towering peak of Jomolhari stands alone in sacred stillness, silently peering through crystal blue skies over all of western Bhutan. Straddling the border between Tibet and Bhutan, 7,326m (24,035ft) Jomolhari is sacred to Vajrayana Buddhists, who consider it home to the Five Tsheringma Sisters — female protector goddesses bound under oath by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) to protect the land and people of Bhutan and Tibet. Two of Bhutan's major rivers also originate from the life-giving peak — Paro Chhu from the south side and Amo Chhu from the north — and since 1994 the mountain has been off limits to climbers.