In the southwest of Tibet, there is a plain formed by the confluence of the Yarlung Tsangpo and Nyainchu River. Shigatse - the second largest city in Tibet comes after Lhasa, is sitting there. With the average elevation from 3,840 to 4,464 meters, Shigatse owns various of different landscapes. Endless meadow, fruitful cropland, spectacular snow-covered mountain...you can find all the awe-inspiring scene that impress you in Shigatse. Besides, the pleasant climate and fertile land provide a stable life for the local people, therefore, it is regarded as “the Manor of Happiness”.
The biggest highlight in Shigatse natural tours is the highest mountain on earth – Mt. Everest, which attracts thousands of travelers to come every year. Apart from natural attractions, Shigatse has many religious scenic spots as well. After all, it’s a city over 600 years and the domain of Panchen Lama. The famous Tashilhunpo Monastery, Phalkor Monastery, Sakya Monastery…are all located here. It’s definitely a place where you can explore Tibetan Buddhism more deeply.
1. Actually, the climate and tourist facilities are good enough that you can travel to Shigatse all year around. But if we must say the best time for a Shigatse tour, it is from June to November when the weather is warmer and visibility is better.
2. The best time for Everest tours is from April to June and September to October because the raining season is from July to August.
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