GawuLa Pass - The best scenic spot of Mount Everest

GawuLa Pass - The best scenic spot of Mount Everest

Located in Tingri County, Gawula Pass can be found nestled between the villages of Che and Tashizom. It is renowned for its stunning beauty and is commonly referred to as Pang La in travel guides. Considered one of the most breathtaking mountain passes in Tibet, Gawula Pass is a must-see for any visitor to the region.



1. The view of five snow mountains from Gawula Pass.

  1. Mount Everest (8844 meters, 29002ft)
  2. Mount Makalu (8463 meters, 27825ft)
  3. Mount Lhotse (8516meters, 27940ft)
  4. Mount Cho Oyu (8188 meters, 26906 ft) and finally
  5. Mount Shishapangma (8027 meters, 26289ft)

From the summit of Gawu La Pass, it is approximately 90km to the Rongbuk monastery and Mount Everest base camp—nearly 500km from Gawula Pass to Lhasa City and around 220km to Shigatse City. 

2. What is the closest city to the Gawu La Pass?

Shigatse is a beautiful city located in Tingri County that you have to visit! It's actually the second-largest city in Tibet after Lhasa. If you want to learn more about other notable cities in Tibet, be sure to check out.

3. What are the closest towns?

The towns closest to Gawu La pass are Old Tingri, 40km away, and New Tingri, 35km away, also known as Gangkar and Shegar, respectively. Travelers typically spend a night in Pelber town, which is 20km before reaching the base camp. Shegar town is located 14km away from Pelber town.

Lhatse is another larger town located around 120km away, while the border towns of Zhangmu, 210km away, and Kyirong, 240km, are located between Nepal. To learn more about Old Tingri, refer to our Mount Everest article located at the conclusion of the piece.

4. What hospitals are closest?

  1. Tashizom village clinic 
  2. New Tingri Shegar Town Hospital 
  3. Lhatse Town Hospital 
  4. Shigatse City Hospital 

5. What are the closest famous villages?

  1. My village is Tashizom is 15km from Gawula Pass.
  2. The Mount Everest Non-Pollution Eco Bus Park is located in Tashizom village.
  3. Chey Village (Near the checkpoint of Mount Everest National Park)
Gawu La pass, Photo Mount Everest

Photo: The stunning Sunset on the Mount Everest North Face.


6. Which monasteries are closest?

  1. Shegar Chode monastery. 
  2. Rongbuk monastery.
  3. Dra Tho monastery near Tashizom village.
  4. Langkor Pa Dhampa Sangay monastery near Old Tingri. 
  5. Sakya Monastery.
  6. Lhatse Chode monastery.

There are numerous small monasteries, and some of the notable ones are listed above.

7. Which borders are closest?

  1. Zhangmu border between Nepal.
  2. Kyirong is a border town in Nepal.
  3. Nyalam town near Zhangmu town.

8. What are the trekking options near Gawula?

  1. Kharta Gama Kangshung Valley trek to the east face of Mount Everest.
  2. Old Tingri to Mount Everest viewpoint area trek.

If you're looking for some excellent trekking routes, you've got to check out the ones near Gawula and Mount Everest base camp. These two routes are super popular and definitely worth exploring! Kangshung Valley is one of the longest-duration hidden beauty treks in Tibet.

9. What are the names of the hot springs near Gawula?

  1. Old Tingri Gangkar Hot Spring.
  2. New Tingri Lolo Hot Spring.
  3. Lhatse Hot Spring near Lhatse town.
  4. Lho Jung Hot Spring is located on the way to Kangshung Valley.
  5. Kya Hot Springs is located near Mentok village, which is my main village.

The pass commonly referred to as Pang la in Lonely Planet Guidebooks is also known as Gawula Pass. A paved zigzag route connects Lhasa to the Rongbuk monastery situated near Mount Everest.

10. Conclusion. 

To witness the breathtaking view of Mount Everest from Gawula Pass, it is recommended to visit during sunrise or sunset. Scheduling a visit early in the morning, around 7-8 am, or in the late afternoon, around 6-7 pm, would be ideal for experiencing the stunning scenery.

Staying a night in Pelber is suggested for travelers to witness the sunrise on the Himalayas from Gawula Pass. The distance from Pelber to the top of Gawula Pass is approximately 40-50km, requiring nearly two hours of driving. Spending a night in Pelber town also aids in adjusting to the altitude. We invite you to watch the stunning brief videos of Gawula Pass that we have uploaded on our Instagram.

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Written By :Tenzin

Apr 29, 2023


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