Shigatse is the second-largest city in the Tibet Autonomous Region after Lhasa. The altitude of Shigatse is around 300M higher than Lhasa, 3900M, Shigatse is one of the richest Tourism cities in Tibet with many important Tourist highlights are located in the Shigatse Region. 

Below Tibet Travelers will share brief information about a few of the important sightseeing located in the Shigatse Region.

Shigatse is located around 280km from Lhasa towards the South, around 90km from Gyantse. They are 3 ways to get to Shigatse. 

1. Fight

The Flight will take around less than an hour. 

2. Train

The Train will take around 2 hours.

3. Overland 

The vehicle will take around 5 hours because of the speed limit along the way. 

Many important sightseeings are located in the Shigatse Region. 

1. Mount Everest North and East Face Base Camp

Mount Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular travel destinations in Tibet. Mount Everest East and North Face Base Camp are both located in Tingri County. Mount Everest is located around 340km from Shigatse and around 620km from Lhasa. The elevation of Mount Everest base camp is 5200M, Tibet Travelers arranges many different days of tours to Mount Everest Base Camp every week. 

2. Tashilhunpo Monastery

Located in the Shigatse, Tashilhunpo monastery beautifies Shigatse. The huge statue of future Buddha Maitreya is the main shrine in the Tashilhunpo monastery. 

3. Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk monastery is located around 8km before the Mount Everest North Face Base Camp. Rongbuk monastery is one of the highest located monasteries in the world with an elevation of 5100M, Upper Rongbuk monastery meditation caves of Maha Guru Rinpoche is a great option if Travelers are visiting Rongbuk monastery.

4. Gyantse Palkor Chode, Kumbum Stupa, and Dzong or fort

Gyantse is one of the most beautiful towns in Tibet. Kumbum Stupa and Palkor chode monastery are located in the center of the town. Kumbum Stupa has 9 floors and 100 thousand images of Buddha. They are painting walls inside the Kumbum Stupa, which cannot be seen in other Stupas. Dzong was built for the King of Gyantse, it was reconstructed a few years ago.

5. Yamdrok Lake and Karo la Glacier

Yamdrok Lake is situated around 90km from Lhasa. Yamdrok Lake is the most beautiful lake in the Shigatse region. The color of the Lake is very blue like Turquoise. 

Karo La Glacier is located around 2 hours from Yamdrok Lake. Karo La Glacier is a great place for a short hike.

6. Kyirong Tibet Nepal Border and Phikutso Lake 

Kyirong Border was open in August 2017, which is great news for all the Travelers who are planning to travel to Nepal after Tibet via overland. Kyirong is rich in nature. 

Phikutso Lake can be seen on the way to Kyirong, this is the lake where Great Yogi Jetsun Milarepa used to meditate during the 11th Century.

7. Sakya Monastery and Phuntsokling Monastery

Both Sakya Monastery and Phuntsoling monastery are located around 150km from Shigatse. Sakya is the main monastery of Sakyapa school in Tibetan Buddhism, Sakya is rich in Spiritual.

Phuntsokling is another beautiful monastery located near Thokmon town.

8. Lhatse Hot Spring and Sheger Lolo Hot Spring

They are many hot springs located in the Shigatse region. Two famous are Lhatse hot spring and Lolo Hot spring. Lhatse hot spring is located around 10km from Lhatse town and Lolo hot spring, which is located around 5km from New Tingri (Pelber) They are mostly no tourists, locals prefer to visit here often.

9. Ralung Monastery and Samding Nunnery

Ralung is one of the biggest monasteries of Drukpa Kagyu school. It is located around 10km from Karo la Glacier. Many great Tibetan Yogis are from the Ralung monastery.

Samding nunnery is located around 15km from Nagartse. It is one of the most important nunneries in Tibet. First Samding Guru Dorje Phakmo was from here, legend says that she never sleeps, even during the night, she stays in a meditation position. 

10. Tingri ( New Tingri and Old Tingri ) 

Old Tingri is one of the most beautiful towns in Tibet. They are two Tingri. Old Tingri and New Tingri. Old Tingri looks similar to the nature of the American cowboy movies. The view of Mount Everest and Mount Cho Ou Yo from Old Tingri is beautiful. 

Thank you for reading our articles on Shigatse, they are still many important sightseeings inside Shigatse Region. We will share more information in other articles. 

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Written By :Tenzin

Apr 07, 2017


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