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Xigatse prefecture (日喀则地区; Rìkāzé Dìqū) is in Central Tibet. It has numerous places of interest for tourists, and has good public transportation by Tibetan standards.

Cities, Towns and Villages[edit]

Map of Xigatse (prefecture)
  • 1 Xigatse - the capital, and the only real city in the prefecture.
  • 2 Gyantse - the fourth largest city in Tibet. Home to a famous stupa.
  • 3 Dram - town located at Nepal border
  • Drongpa
  • Lhatse - a minor town with little tourist interest, but important as a transportation hub as it is final destination for all public transportation in the direction of Mount Kailash and Nepal. There are a few guest houses and several shops.
  • 4 Nyalam - site of 'Milarepa's cave'.
  • 5 Sakya - a large village with an important old monastery.
  • 6 Shelkar - launching point for the landrover trip to Qomolangma National Nature Reserve.
  • 7 Tingri - the closest town on the "highway" to Nepal and Mount Everest. It offers a wide, but simple choice of accommodation and is a good place to view Mount Everest. With camping equipment, it's also possible to trek to Everest back camp - a journey of about four days.


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Xigatse Peace Airport is located 43 km from Shigatse city, It has flights to Chengdu, Shanghai and Xi'an.

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Qomolangma National Nature Reserve. A reserve spanning the foothills of the northern side of Mount Everest.
  • 2 Rongbuk Monastery Rongbuk Monastery on Wikipedia. A sacred monastery near Everest with a magnificent view of the north face of Everest.
  • Nyalam Pelgyeling Monastery, 10 km north of the village of Nyalam. A monastery built around a cave where the enlightened yogi Milarepa (1040-1123) and his disciple Rechungpa spent many years in meditation.



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