Shigatse is located in the south of Tibet, north of the grand Himalaya mountains, and the middles reach of the Yarlung Zangbo River. As a prosperous, traditional cultural city in Tibet, Shigatse is a center for Tibetan Buddhism. It is used as the residence of the Panchen Lama. With thousands of years’history, Shigatse was the center for Tibetan politics and culture. That’s why you can see a great number of grand architectures in this city. In the past, those buildings were the symbol of power. But now, it has been remolded as scenic spots and highlights.

Temples and monasteries are here and there, which show the history of Shigatse, and the importance of Buddhism in Tibetans' daily lives, such as Yungdrungling Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, Nartang Monastery, Shalu Monastery, Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, etc. Besides those Buddhist buildings, you can also enjoy the charming natural scenery in this Tibetan plateau. Sightseeing by the bank of Yamdrok Lake, Peikutso Lake, seeing the sunrise and sunset at Everest Base Camp, enjoying the shining Karola Glacier, and exploring the mysterious Milarepa's Meditation Cave are the best experiences.

The best time to visit Shigatse is from April to October. The rainy season will last from July to August. If you want to do a trek, you’d better avoid the two months because the roads may be blocked by natural disasters such as the landslide. Winter is too chilly to travel. The roads will be covered by heavy snows.

It is nice to watch the sunrise and the sunset at EBC. And if you couldn’t fall asleep at night, it is worthy to enjoy a spectacular starry sky on a clear night.

Everest Base Camp

As the highest mountain in the world, the Mount Everest with altitude of 8844m has become a final objective for tourists dreaming to get closer contact with the sky.
See a flock of sheep and local herdsman along the lakeshore.

Yamdroktso Lake

Yamdrok Lake (羊卓雍錯湖) is a freshwater lake in Tibet, it is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet.
Standing on the entrance of Tashilhunpo,visitors can see the grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls

Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama, is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet.
Pelkor Chode Monastery

Pelkor Chöde Monastery

The Pelkor Chode Monastery is the main monastery in Gyantse.
The bell hanging on the roof stands for peace and prosperity.

Sakya Monastery

Sakya Monastery is a Buddhist monastery situated 25 km southeast of a bridge which is about 127 km west of Shigatse on the road to Tingri in Tibet.
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.

Karola Glacier

The Karola Glacier (Kǎruòlā Bīngchuán, 卡若拉冰川), one of Tibet's three major continental glaciers, is located on the boundary of Langkatse and Gyantse counties.
Gyantse Dzong or Gyantse Fortress is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibe

Gyantse Dzong

Standing 307 kilometers away from Lhasa, Gyantze Dzong, which is also known as Gyantse Old Castle, is the center of Gyantse Town and it’s the highest building in the town.
Enjoy the exquisite mural in this monastery.

Shalu Monastery

Shalu Monastery is a treat for the traveler when a sight is both a pleasure to explore and of great importance in local history and culture.
Standing by the lake and looking at the blue water, you will feel as if you are in a fairyland.

Peikutso Lake

Peikutso Lake(佩估错) is a beautiful alpine lake located near Shishapangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world.
Nartang Monastery is  where located 15 km west of Shigatse in Tibet.

Nartang Monastery

As one of the famous monastery in Shigatse, Nartang Monastery belongs to the Yellow sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
The entrance of the Milarepa’s Meditation Cave is very secluded.

Milarepa’s Meditation Cave

Nyalam is a humid one-street town.
There are numerous historic relics and Tibetan antiques in Natang Monastery.

Natang Monastery

Natang Monastery, built by monk Luojiazha in 1033, is 15 km away from Shigatse.
Though Rongbuk Monastery is not resplendent and magnificent, it is still one of the holiest monasteries in Tibetans’ mind.

Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery is located in the Shigatse Region, southwest of the mysterious Tibet Autonomous Region, and to the north of the oblate Mt.
Shegar Dzong

Shegar Dzong

Shegar (also known as New Tingri, but not to be confused with Old Tingri) is a small town located 7km northwest of Baber, easily reached from the crossroad in the middle of Baber.
See snow-covered mountain and crystal-alike lake at Gyirong Valley.

Gyirong Valley

Gyirong Valley, found in south-west Tibet, is known to be the “Himalayan Back Garden.
The Majestic Shishapangma.


Shishapangma which means "the God of the Grasslands" is the only eight-thousander located wholly in Tibet.
Shegar is a small place.


Shegar town is subordinate to Tingri County, Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet autonomous region.
Well-known butter sculpture in Tibetan Buddhism.

Yungdrungling Monastery

Yungdrungling Monastery is 170km west of Lhasa on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo(Brahmaputra River), just east of where the Nangung-chu meets.

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse – EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa

This is a very popular and classic tour itinerary to visit Lhasa and Everest Base camp. 4-day Mt. Everest exploration comes after 3-day Lhasa tour. The travel package contains famous monasteries, enchanting natural wonder and superb Mount Everest.

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen - Mt. Kailash - Guge Kingdom - Ali - Gegye – Gertse - Shigatse - Lhasa

Starting from Lhasa, passing by Gyantse, Shigatse, and Ngari, this itinerary includes all the must-see attractions in the center and western Tibet, such as the Potala Palace, Everest Base Camp, the sacred lake Manasarovar and the holy Mt. Kailash, etc. Get ready to be impressed by the in-depth charm of Tibet.


With a history of more than 600 years, the Gyantse Horse Racing Festival is a reflection of the distinctive cultures and religious tradition of Tibet. Not only that, you’ll also visit most of the famous scenic spots in Lhasa and Shigatse in the trip.

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