Gyantse Travel Guide

Gyantse is a county located in the east of Shigatse. Gyantse means "the peak of victory" in Tibetan. It's 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

On the way to Gyantse

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

Gyantse belongs to the plateau temperate zone, also semi-arid monsoon climate zone. The dry and wet seasons in Gyantse are distinct. In summer, rain is abundant and concentrated, so the climate is warm and humid; In winter, the climate is dry and cold but the sunshine is sufficient and the solar radiation is strong. The daily temperature difference is large, the annual temperature difference is small, and the frost-free period is short. 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. Generally speaking, you can travel to Gyantse all year round. The best time to visit Gyantse is from April to October, during which the weather and scenery are very nice.

Where to Stay

Gyantse Hotel

Gyantse is one of the cities less affected by modernity. The accommodation is not as good as Lhasa. At present, the better hotels in Gyantse are Gyantse Hotel and Yadi Garden Hotel, which are favored by many foreign tourists. The price is around 350 yuan. We suggest our customers stay near the center of the ancient city of Gyantse because it is only about a 15-minute walk from major attractions.

Gyantse Food and Cuisine

Sichuan food

In Gyantse, you can taste all kinds of Tibetan food, such as sausage, barley wine, butter tea, beef and mutton, sweet tea, yogurt, and so on. There are many restaurants in various grades. Whether it is a high-end or simple decoration, it has Tibetan ethnic styles and characteristics. Alternatively, you can also have Sichuan food as there're many Sichuan restaurants for your choice.

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: 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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