Ngari Travel Guide

Ngari prefecture in northwestern Tibet is well-known as "the roof of the world". Mount Kailash, located in Southern Ngari is recognized by the Bon, Buddhism, Hindu, and Jain as "the center of the world". Every year, people from Tibet, India, Nepal, and Bhutan go there to make pilgrimages in the old traditional way: paying tribute to the whole body kowtow all the way and moving around and around the sacred mountain. The ruins of Guge Kingdom is also a wonder of Ngari and is considered as the old Summer Palace of Tibet.


Known for its natural scenery, Ngari is an ideal place for photography. From May to October are the best months to take the superb pictures in Ngari. It's a spiritual journey that you'll have a great memory here.

The map of Ngari in Tibet
Ngari Attractions

The Ngari region of Tibet has been regarded as an extremely remote and wild place. The harsh natural environment and extreme natural scenery make it a paradise for pilgrims and explorers. There are countless must-see attractions in this region.

How to get to Ngari
Famous attractions in Ngari - Mt. Kailash

Currently, there are two ways to get to Ngari, by car and by plane.

By car
Taking a car from Lhasa to Ngari is the choice of most tourists. Taking a bus to Ngari, tourists can not only enjoy the beautiful scenery but also take some amazing photos along the way. It usually takes three days by car from Lhasa to Ngari, plus breaks and sightseeing along the way. Usually, tourists can get to Shigatse on the first day, Saga on the second day and Darchen on the third day.

By Plane
Ngari Kunsha Airport is located in Shiquanhe Town, Ngari district, Tibet Autonomous Region. And there is an airport shuttle bus between Shiquanhe Town and the airport. Currently, Ngari has opened flights to Lhasa, Urumqi, and Kashgar. There are two daily flights between Lhasa and Ngari. It takes 2 hours to fly from Lhasa to Ngari, and it takes about four hours from Urumqi to Ngari by flight. Besides, you can also transfer to Ngari from many cities in mainland China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Chongqing, etc. View more >>

Ngari Weather
Nagri is a paradise of wild animals

Due to the high altitude of Ngari region(an average altitude of more than 4500 meters), the climate is cold and dry. The annual rainfall is quite small, and the temperature difference between day and night is large. In addition, the winter of Ngari is very long and cold. During the summer, the temperature in Ngari region is above 20 degrees during the day and drops to 0 degrees at night. There are more than 149 days every year reaching at least 8 levels of winds. The precipitation from May to September generally accounts for more than 80% of the annual precipitation.

On the basis of the weather and road conditions, the best time to visit Ngari is in May, June, September and October. During this period, you can avoid the heavy snow and rainy season. View more >>

Ngari travel tips

Tip One: Packing Tips
Due to the bad natural conditions of Ngari, you should pack light, otherwise you will have no energy to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Ngari is very cold, and the temperature will vary greatly from morning to evening. You must take warm clothes with you. Besides, you should also pack some essentials, such as flashlights, garbage bag, sunglasses, lip balm, anti-altitude drugs, etc.

Tip Two: Accommodation
The accommodations of Ngari are not very good, but they are clean and tidy. The accommodation here is more expensive than Lhasa. You can only take a shower in a few hotels in Shiquanhe Town and Darchen Town. Along the kora route, the temples also provide accommodation, such as a dormitory bed. In the peak season(April to October), the accommodation in Ngari is very scarce. You'd better book it in advance. View more >>

Tip Three: Permits for visiting Ngari
The Tibet Travel Permit is the most important document for you to travel to Ngari. Without it, you can't board your flight or trains to Tibet. Besides, When you travel to Ngari, you also need an Alien Travel Permit, Military Permit, and Border Pass.

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