Gyantse Travel Guide

Gyantse means “the peak of victory” in Tibetan. It’ an ancient place at an elevation of about 4000 meters in average above sea level. As a traffic hub in the line connected China and India for hundreds of years, Gyantse has long been the center for border trade and a key site for the pilgrims on a Tibet trip. Once it was the third city of Tibet, although the town is not as busy as before, perhaps just because of this, the charm in the land has been well preserved.

Gyantse in Tibet map.
Gyantse Attractions

The most famous attraction in Gyantse is Pelkor Chöde Monastery which is a unique temple with Sakya, Zhalu, and Gulug sect live together peacefully. A tower called One-Hundred-Thousand-Buddha Tower kept there one of the most magnificent masterpieces in Tibet. Besides, Gyantse Dzong and Karula glacier are sites you can’t miss in Tibet tours.

How to get to Gyantse
Pelkor Chode Monastery in Gyantse is very famous in Tibet.

Gyantse is an important transportation hub, where is the joint of Lhasa Yadong Highway, Shigatse Yadong Highway, and Shigatse Gyantse Highway. Currently, it is very convenient to get to Gyantse by driving.

Lhasa to Gyantse
Gyantse is about 260 kilometers from Lhasa in the east, 223 kilometers from Lhasa Gongga Airport, the largest airport in Tibet. It's about a six-hour drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. Now, there are direct buses between Lhasa and Gyantse on the China-Nepal Friendship Highway. If you join us, our local driver and guide will accompany you to Gyantse. On the way, we will stop and visit Yamdrok Lake, one of the three holy lakes.

Shigatse to Gyantse
Gyantse is located in the east of Shigatse, about 90 kilometers from Shigatse. It takes about two hours from Shigatse to Gyantse by bus. You can also take a minibus to Gyantse with starting from Qomo Langzong Hotel, Shanghai Middle Road of Shigatse. There are no amazing sights on the way, so you can rest and prepare for the rest of the journey.

Gyantse Weather

Gyantse is a plateau monsoon climate with abundant sunshine, strong solar radiation, large daily temperature difference, and small annual temperature difference. It has distinct dry and wet seasons, abundant and concentrated rain in summer, dry and cold in winter.The annual sunshine hours are 3189.8 hours, the annual frost-free period is about 110 days, and the annual precipitation is 291.1 mm. The average temperature in summer ranges from 15 to 22 degrees. Generally speaking, you can travel to Gyantse all year round, because the road to Gyantse is better. The best time to visit Gyantse is from April to October, during this period, the weather and scenery are very nice.

Gyantse Travel Tips

Tip One: Highlights in Gyantse
Gyantse is one of the famous historical and cultural cities in China, as well as a new tourist town. Traveling to Gyantse, you can explore historic culture, ecological culture, and Buddhist culture of Gyantse. At the same time, you can enjoy famous attractions in Gyantse, such as Gyantse Dzong, Yamdrok Lake, Pelkor Chöde Monastery, etc.

Tip Two: Accommodation
Gyantse is one of the cities less affected by modernity. The accommodation is not as good as Lhasa. At present, the better hotel in Gyantse is Gyantse hotel with 3-star, which is favored by many foreign tourists. It has 120 different-typed rooms and provides different types of food. In addition, the hot water is 24 hours available for you and the free Wi-Fi is fully covered.

Tip Three: Altitude Sickness
Gyantse is more than 4,000 meters above sea level, making it easy for tourists to suffer from altitude sickness. In our experience, we recommend that tourists stay in Lhasa for a day or two before going to Gyantse, which can reduce the possibility of altitude sickness. After arriving in Gyantse, you need to have a good rest, drink more water and avoid strenuous exercise.

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