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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.

Our clients at Everest Base Camp, with Mt.Everest in the background.

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

There are two Everest Base Camps in different nations, Nepal and China. It is highly recommended to travel to EBC from Tibet, China. The best time to visit is in Spring and Fall and you may need to prepare well enough to visit this place.

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Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet

Yamdroktso Lake

Yamdroktso Lake

Yamdrok Lake (羊卓雍措湖) is a freshwater lake in Tibet, it is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet.

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Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters

Tashilhunpo Monastery

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. This monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas.

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Pelkor Chode Monastery

Pelkor Chode Monastery

Pelkor Chode Monastery

The Pelkor Chode Monastery, aka Palcho Monastery, is the main monastery in Gyantse. The Pelkor Chode Monastery is a symbol of Tibet, where three sects of Tibetan Buddhism get together.

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The bell hanging on the roof stands for peace and prosperity.

Sakya Monastery

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.

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The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.

Karola Glacier

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.

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Gyantse Dzong or Gyantse Fortress is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibe

Gyantse Dzong

Gyantse Dzong

Gyantze Dzong,also known as Gyantse Old Castle, is the highest building in the Gyantse Town. Different from other Buddhism sites in Tibet, Gyantse Dzong is famous for patriots.

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Mother an son walk along Peikutso lake.

Peikutso Lake

Peikutso Lake

Peikutso Lake is a beautiful alpine lake located near Shishapangma, the 14th highest mountain in the world.

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Narthang Monastery

Narthang Monastery

Narthang Monastery

Narthang Monastery, built by monk Tumtön Lodrö Drakpa in 1033, is 20 km away from Shigatse. It is not so magnificent as Tashilhunpo Monastery, yet 400 years older than it. As one of the famous monastery in Shigatse, Nartang Monastery belongs to the Yellow sect of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Mt. Everest and Rongbuk Monastery

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

At a height of 8,848 meters, Mount Everest(aka Mt. Qomolangma) stands as the highest mountain in the world. It's located on the border of Nepal and Tibet. Check facts about Mt.Everest, geographical environment, weather conditions, and useful travel tips.

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Yungdrungling Monastery

Yungdrungling Monastery

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.

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Shegar is a small place.

Shegar

Shegar

Shegar is known as New Tingri, but not to confused with Tingri.

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Shegar Dzong

Shegar Dzong

Shegar Dzong

Shegar Dzong (Crystal Fort), built into the side of a steep mountain. The remains of Shegar Dzong’s defensive walls snake up the near vertical pinnacle that looms over the town.

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Though Rongbuk Monastery is not resplendent and magnificent,it is still one of the holiest monasteries in Tibetans’ mind.

Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery is located in the Shigatse Region, southwest of the Tibet Autonomous Region, and to the north of the oblate Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world. Seen from here, Mt. Everest appears like a lofty pyramid surrounded by mountains that touch the sky.

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See snow-covered mountain and crystal-alike lake at Gyirong Valley.

Gyirong Valley

Gyirong Valley

Gyirong Valley is regarded as“Himalayan Back Garden.”The width of the valley ranges from 300 meters to 2,000 meters. Visiting this valley is surely one of the most memorable experiences you'll ever have in your lifetime.

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The Majestic Shishapangma.

Shishapangma

Shishapangma

Shishapangma(also being referred to as "Gosainthān") which means "the God of the Grasslands" is the only eight-thousander located wholly in Tibet. It is 8,027 meters above sea level. You can get there from Kathmandu, Nepal, or Lhasa, Tibet.

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Exquisite murals at Shalu Monastery

Shalu 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.

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Rongbuk Glacier

Rongbuk Glacier

Rongbuk Glacier

Located on the north slope of Mount Everest in Tingri County, Shigatse, Tibet, the Rongbuk Glacier is distributed at the vast region at the foot of Mount Everest. It is the most fully developed and well-preserved unique glacier valley in the world.

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Gyirong Port

Gyirong Port

Gyirong Port

Gyirong(Kyirong) Port is located in Gyirong county, Tibet. It's the transportation hub connecting Tibet and Nepal.

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Milarepa’s Meditation Cave

Milarepa’s Meditation Cave

Milarepa’s Meditation Cave

Milarepa’s  Meditation Cave is located at Nyalam village, 11km north of Gangka County, 450km from Shigatse. Founded in 1059, it is a well-known Tibetan monk Milarepa’s later practice cave. 

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Chengdu-Emei-Chengdu-Lhasa-Shigatse-Lhasa-Chengdu

Welcome to Sichuan - the land of abundance! In the first 4 days, you can visit the well-known tourist spots like Mt. Emei, Leshan Giant Buddha, Giant Panda Base, and enjoy the spicy yummy food. Then head to Tibet by train, continue a trip to this holy land and experience the different Buddhist culture.

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa

Great Tibet Tour also offers tour service for tourists with mobility difficulties or special needs. By the assistance of experienced and kindness guide, you can enjoy the scenery with more comfortable states and less inconvenience.

Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Lake Manasarovar - Darchen - Mt.Kailash Kora - Zada - Gegye - Gertse - Shigatse - Lhasa

This itinerary offers a chance to explore the west and north of Tibet, where sacred Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar situated. Three days kora around Kailash is the most significant part of this tour.

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