Shigatse Travel Guide


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 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.

Shigatse city in Tibet map

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Attractions around Shigatse city
Shigatse Attractions

As the No.2 hot tourist destination in Tibet, there are many meaningful sightseeing sites in Shigatse Prefecture, such as Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world and Tashilhunpo Monastery, one of the top four Gelugpa Monasteries in Tibet.

Hotels in Shigatse city
Shigatse Hotels

The accommodations in Shigatse Prefecture are amazing! Most of the hotels in Shigatse are 3 or 4 stars, like Gesar Hotel (4-star). Besides, the famous Everest Base Camp is located in this prefecture, where you can live in the tent close to the magnificent Mt. Everest!

Shigatse is the second biggest city in Tibet.
Shigatse City

Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet comes after Lhasa, and also the center of the traditional Tibetan region of Tsang. The gentle weather and the attractive scenic spots make it become a hot tourist destination for foreign travelers.

The weather in Shigatse area.
Shigatse Weather

As one of the most popular city in Tibet, Shigatse is famous for its natural beauty and human landscapes. How about the climate and weather in Shigatse? This article may help you find the answer.

Many tourists perfer to choose to take train from Lhasa to Shigatse.
Shigatse Train
 When traveling to Tibet, you can try the train tour from Lhasa to Shigatse. Along the Lhasa- Shigatse railway, you can visit the beautiful Lhasa River and the Yarlung Zangbo gorge. Arrived in Shigatse, you will not only visit any famous temples including Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya monastery but also visit the world's highest peak - Mount Everest.

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