Tingri is one of the largest counties in the Shigatse prefecture. They are two Towns named after Tingri. 

Gangkar town, which is known as the old Tingri and Shegar town, which is known as the new Tingri. 

Tingri county has 13 towns and my town is around 50 km from the Mount Everest base camp, known as Tashizom, meaning auspicious gathers.

Travelers can read my previous article on Mount Everest region is my hometown where I had shared my experience of 16 months at Mount Everest north face base camp.

Tingri is a very important county in the Tibet Autonomous Region since Tingri is the home to many high mountains in our world including the highest mountain Everest. 

Tingri is also home to many of the rivers including the Lapchi Gang Tsangpo river. 

Tingri County is located around 520 km from Lhasa, around 240 km from Shigatse, and around 140 km from the Nepal border town Kyirong with an average altitude of 4, 500 meters, which is around 14, 763 ft

They are three ways to travel to Tingri 

1. Travel from Lhasa to Tingri. 

2. Travel from Nepal border town Kyirong to Tingri. 

3. Travel from Xinjiang to western Tibet Ngari and travel to Tingri. 

Few of the mountains located in the Tingri county

1. Mount Everest's north face and east face 8, 848 meters (29, 028 ft) is the highest mountain in our world.

2. Mount Makalu 8485 meters ( 27, 838 ft) is the fifth highest mountain in our world.  

3. Mount Cho Oyu 8, 188 meters (26, 864 ft) is the sixth highest mountain in our world. 

Mount Everest north face base camp is the most popular travel destination in Tibet.

Every year 90 percent of the Travelers who are traveling to Tibet will travel to Mount Everest north face base camp.

Mount Everest base camp is located 100 km from the main town of Tingri known as Shegar. The town before the Shegar is known as Pelber, where Travelers will stay a night so Travelers can have the sunrise view on the 4 mountains above 8, 000 meters from the Geu la pass 5, 200 meters photo shared below.

Tibet Travelers arranges 8-9-10 days tour to Mount Everest north face base camp.

8 days is quite speedy so we recommend all the Travelers for travel in 9-10 days tour to Mount Everest.

Tingri is also one of the important trekking routes destinations in Tibet.

The number one hidden beauties in Tibet, Kharta Chutang Gama Kangshung Valley Trek is located in the Tingri County, around 60 km from my hometown Tashizom towards the south to Chutang town.

This trek will let Travelers enjoy some of the hidden beauties in Tibet including glaciers.

The most important highlight is to see the view of Mount Everest's east face.

Travelers can read more information on trekking in Chutang Gama Valley in our previous article on 4 top trekking routes in Tibet.

Travelers can also choose to trek from Old Tingri to Mount Everest north face base camp in a duration of 4 days. I have done this trek a decades ago with 3 German Travelers.

Trekking from Mount Everest north face base camp 5, 200 meters to the advance base camp 6, 400 meters is one of the special trekking routes in Tingri.

I have also done this trek a decades ago, Travelers can read my experience on this trek in our previous article Mount Everest advance base camp special trek.

Few of the Rivers from Tingri county

Since Tingri is home to many of the important mountains so Tingri is also the home to many of the rivers.

1. Bom Chu Tsangpo river

2. Lapchi Gang Tsangpo river

3. Rongshar Tsangpo river

Rongshar and Lapchi are located near the border between Nepal.

These are the beautiful regions where great Tibetan Yogi Maha Siddha Milarepa used to meditate in the 11th century. 

Photo: Beauties of Tingri

Tingri is also the home of Tibetan Buddhism Yogic culture.

Maha Siddha Padampa Sanggay, Maha Siddha Padmasambhava, Maha Siddha Milarepa, Maha Siddha Machi Lapdron, Maha Siddha Gotsangpo are a few of the great Yogis who had meditated in the Tingri county starting from the 8th century to the late 15th century.

One of the masters from India who had almost spent his whole life in Tingri county is the Maha Siddha Pa Dampa Sangay.

His great disciple Maha Siddha Machik Lapdron is one of the great Tibetan female Yogini practitioners.

In some biography, it is written that she was from my hometown Tashizom valley.

It is a blessing to visit the meditation caves of these great Siddha's.

Maha Siddha Pa Dampa Sangay shared 100 verse teachings to the Tingri people, which is known as one of the best teachings in Tibetan Buddhism.

Travelers can read the previous article on proverbs from Maha Siddhas.

View of 4 mountains above 8, 000 meters

One of the highest monasteries in our world is also located in Tingri County namely Rongbuk monastery, which is located around 8 km from the Mount Everest north face base camp.

The Rongbuk retreat area is located in the middle of the Rongbuk monastery and Mount Everest base camp.

I have written an article about upper Rongbuk monastery meditation cave of Maha Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th century.

For hot spring lovers, they are more than 10 hot springs in Tingri County.

Few of the hot springs are only available for local Tibetans.

For Travelers who love hot springs, we recommend Lo lo hot springs near New Tingri Pelber town and Gangkar hot springs near Old Tingri Gangkar town.

Two important towns in Tingri County

Even though they are many towns in Tingri, which are very beautiful but today we would like to share the two popular towns in Tingri County.

1. New Tingri / Shegar town / Pelber town 

New Tingri Pelber town is located at an altitude of 4, 300 meters.

New Tingri is located about 240 km from Shigatse.

The main town is known as Shegar, which is around 10 km into the valley.

Pelber is the town where Travelers will stay a night for the journey to Mount Everest base camp or Nepal border or western Tibet Ngari. 

The accommodation available in Pelber town is 2-star Roof of the world grand hotel and 2-star Everest hotel. All the hotels offer a private bathroom with a hot shower in the summer. 

They are few local Tibetan restaurants in Pelber town. 

Staying a night in Pelber is a good option so Travelers can enjoy the sunrise at Geu la pass with a view of 4 Mountains above 8, 000 meters photo shown above.

2. Old Tingri / Gangkar town

Gangkar is located at an altitude of 4, 400 meters.

From Gangkar town, Travelers can see the stunning view of the summit of Mount Everest and Mount Cho Oyu.

There is 60 km from New Tingri Pelber town to Old Tingri Gangkar town. 

Another route is traveling from Mount Everest north face base camp to Old Tingri through Gara valley or Drokpa nomad village. There is 60 km from Mount Everest base camp to Old Tingri.

The accommodation available in Old Tingri is 2-star Gangkar hotel, 2-star Ha Hu hotel, and 2-star Snow leopard hotel.

All the hotels offer a private bathroom with a hot shower in the summer. 

They are few local Tibetan restaurants in the Gangkar town. 

Three beautiful villages in Tingri 

Even though they are many villages in Tingri, which are very beautiful but today we would like to share the three popular villages in Tingri County.

1. Tashizom 

Tashizom is actually listed as a town in Tingri but since it's my hometown and quite small so I love to share it in the villages of Tingri.

A few decades ago, when the road to Mount Everest north face base camp was not paved, many Travelers choose to stay in Tashizom.

The altitude of Tashizom is around 4, 400 meters.

There is one small guest house without a private bathroom and shower in Tashizom.

They are few local restaurants for the lunch on the way to Mount Everest base camp.

2. Pasum

Around 12 km from Tashizom, there is a small village known as Pasum, where my mother and brother are living nowadays.

Pasum is a good spot for a night since from Pasum village, Travelers can see the summit of Mount Everest. Pasum is also very peaceful.

They are two small guest houses without private bathrooms and showers in Pasum.

They are a few local restaurants in Pasum for lunch and dinner. 

3. Kharta Chutang

If Travelers prefer to do the trek in Kharta Chutang Gama Valley, This small Kharta village is a good option to see more local Tibetans and fewer tourists.

These are a few of the information regarding Tingri County.

Travelers can also read more information on cities in Tibet.

To make it convenient for all the Travelers, we will do our best to share more information regarding other towns in Tibet in our future articles. 


Tingri is one of the most beautiful towns in Tibet.

Tingri is rich in nature with many snowy and rocky mountains with shining rivers coming straight from the glacier. 

Tingri is also rich in culture with beautiful local dances and songs. 

Old Tingri Gangkar town looks more like a cowboy town with a view of mountains and grasslands.

Many great Maha Siddha's had left footprints in Tingri so Tingri is a blessed town in Tibet.

Tibet Travelers recommend Travelers to travel to Tingri and witness her beauties. 

Travelers can send us more information regarding traveling to Tingri. info@tibettravelers.com 

Written By :Tenzin

Mar 21, 2018


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