Eastern Tibet


Eastern Tibet is the home of nature in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Eastern Tibet can be categorized into two different regions.

The far Kham region in the Sichuan prefecture is also known as the Eastern Tibet.

The stunning Nature in the Nyingchi prefecture is also known as the Eastern Tibet. 

Nyingchi Prefecture, located about 400 km from Lhasa, with an elevation of around 2, 700 meters making Nyingchi one of the best climate prefectures in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

They are 5 ways to travel to Eastern Tibet Nyingchi Prefecture

1. Travel from Chengdu to Nyingchi Miling airport by flight.

The flight ticket price and duration from Chengdu to Nyingchi is almost similar with Chengdu to Lhasa.

Duration is around 2 hours and the price of the flight ticket is around 250 US dollar one way.

After arriving in Nyingchi Miling airport, Travelers can travel to all the sightseeing located in the Nyingchi Prefecture and travel to Lhasa or fly back to Chengdu.

2. Travel overland from Lhasa to Nyingchi.

This is one of the most popular traveling routes to Nyingchi.

Traveling overland from Lhasa to Draksum Lake or travel directly to Bayi district in the Nyingchi Prefecture. Bayi district is central to Nyingchi Prefecture. They are a few 3- star and 4-star hotels in the Bayi district for the night. 

The highway from Lhasa to Nyingchi is making the travel duration to Nyingchi Bayi district around 3 hours shorter.  

Travelers can travel to Nyingchi from Lhasa by visiting Draksum Lake on the way. 

There is one high pass on the way to Nyingchi from Lhasa known as Mila pass 5, 000 meters.

Rutok hot spring and Siji Lhatso Lake are also located on the way from Lhasa to Nyingchi.

Travelers can read more information on Rutok hot spring and Siji Lhatso Lake in another article hidden beauties of Woka Choelong valley.

3. Travel overland from Lhasa to Tsetang and travel to Nyingchi 

Tsetang has located about 200 km from Lhasa and around 320 km from Nyingchi Prefecture.

They are few Travelers who choose to travel from Lhasa to Nyingchi via ending or starting the tour at Tsetang as an Eastern Tibet loop tour. The tour duration will be around 10 days in total. Travelers can send us Emails for more information regarding traveling through the loop tour to Eastern Tibet.

4. Travel via train from Lhasa to Tsetang and travel to Nyingchi Bayi district. 

During the end of the year 2017, the train route from Lhasa to Nyingchi through Tsetang has been completed. 

Travelers can witness the beauties of the southern route to Nyingchi from Lhasa via traveling through Tsetang. They are many important monasteries located in Tsetang Prefecture.

One of the most special Lake Lhamo Lhatso is also located in the middle of Tsetang and Nyingchi Prefecture. 

4. Travel overland from Chamdo or Yunnan to Nyingchi 

These are the favorite routes of many Travelers a decade and a half ago. At the moment this route is under construction.

This route will include two important Regions Chengdu and Yunnan.

This is also the route to Shangri la, also known as the Shambhala. 

Tibet Travelers will update our website when this overland route opens for Travelers. 

Sightseeing located in the Eastern Tibet Nyingchi prefecture

Nyingchi is one of the richest nature Prefectures in the Tibet Autonomous Region so they are many stunning sightseeings located in the Nyingchi Prefecture. 

1. Draksum 

Even though they are few Lakes located in the Nyingchi Prefecture, one of the most stunning lakes is Draksum Tso. Located around 110 km from the Nyingchi Bayi district.

Draksum lake is special because of its nature surrounded by mountains and green forests.

Travelers can read more information regarding Draksum Lake in our article on Draksum Lake.

2. Mount Namchak Barwa

Bayi is the central city in the Nyingchi Prefecture. Mount Namchak Barwa, meaning Thunderbolt has located around 40 km from the Bayi district.

Mount Namchak Barwa is the 28th highest mountain in our world, the 15th highest mountain in Tibet.

The altitude of Mount Namchak Barwa is 7, 782 meters ( 25, 531 ft)

Namchak Barwa is also known as one of the most beautiful mountains in Tibet. The mountain looks like a woman lying down with hair fallen down. 

Travelers can enjoy a stunning view of Mount Namchak Barwa from the Bonri mountain near Lulang town. 

3. Lulang Green Region

Lulang town is located around 40 km from the Bayi district. Lulang is also known as small Switzerland in Tibet because of its stunning nature with mountains, green nature, and clean running rivers.

They are a few nice resorts located in Lulang town where Travelers can stay for a night. 

A small village known as Tashigang is a great option to visit while traveling to Lulang town.

4. Rawok Lake

Another stunning Lake located in the Nyingchi Prefecture is Rawok Lake.

From the Bayi district, Travelers have to travel to Pomi town, where Travelers can stay a night in the local family wood hotel providing a clean private bathroom and hot shower with green forest nature. 

Rawok Lake is surrounded by snow mountains and green nature. There is accommodation available near Rawok Lake for the night. 

Rawok Lake is a great place for a day hike nearby the Lake. 

Beauties of Rawok Lake

5. Mitu Glacier and Laihu Glacier

The two of the most popular glaciers located in the Eastern Tibet Nyingchi are Mitu and Laihu glaciers.

Both glaciers are located around 15-30 km from the highway.

There is a hike towards the glacier via hiring a horse from the local Tibetans. 

6. Niang river viewpoint 

Near the Nyingchi town, Travelers can travel to the sightseeing spot of the Niang river and its nature.

This is one of the viewpoints where Travelers can witness the mountain, river, green forest with villages together. 

These are some of the information regarding Eastern Tibet Nyingchi Prefecture.

Tibet Travelers will share more information in our future articles. 


Eastern Tibet Nyingchi is the greenest region in Tibet.

The average altitude of Nyingchi is around 2, 800 meters, which is around 900 meters lower than Lhasa so Nyingchi has one of the best climates in Tibet. 

Until recent years, Nyingchi is a popular travel destination only for Travelers from mainland China but Tibet Travelers is doing our best to share more information on Nyingchi Prefecture so Travelers from the west and other Asian countries can also witness the beauties of Nyingchi.

For travelers who love lower altitudes, who love green regions, we highly recommend traveling to Eastern Tibet Nyingchi Prefecture. 

Travelers can send us Emails regarding traveling to Eastern Tibet. info@tibettravelers.com

Written By :Tenzin

Mar 22, 2018


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