Shigatse Travel Guide and Tours

05 April 2016 Last updated at 17:00
Tashilumpo Tanka and Murals

Tashilumpo Monastery

Tashilumpo Monastery, as the home of Panchen Lama, is the treasure of Tibet religion.
Come here to get a deep explore of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Frescos in Sakya Monastery

Sakya Monastery

Sakya Monastery is the principal monastery of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Here, you can not only discover the history of the religion, but also explore a combination of cultures.

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Hiking Tour from Ganden to Samye

Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery, with the central temple, symbolizes the center of the universe.
Having a visit, to explore the ancient heart of Tibetan Buddhist world.

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Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery

Reaching to the world's highest monastery - Rongbuk Monastery, to appreciating the breathtaking view of Mt.Everest.
Prepare to climb higher and higher!

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Shigatse Overview

Shigatse (or Xigaze), about 250km southwest of Lhasa, and 90km northwest of Gyantse, is the second largest city in Tibet. Every year, thousands of travelers come from all over the word, via Shigatse, to challenge the utmost limits of human beings and appreciate the spectacularity of "the third pole"-Everest.

Shigatse, means "the fertile land" in Titetan, in known as the Political, economic and cultural center of Tsong as well as the transportation hub of the whole Tibet. Fantastic nature views, characteristic Tibetan life, splendid Monasteries, all of these make Shigatse one of the most attractive place in Tibet.

Our Travelers' Favorite Shigatse Tours

6 Days Lhasa Gyangtse Shigatse Historical Tour

6 days and 5 nights from $757pp

Each city of Tibet has its own feature. This tour aims to present you the landscape of Golden Triangle Cities of Tibet - Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. You will arrive at and start your trip from Lhasa, the political and Buddhist center of Tibet. Then you will drive far away from Lhasa, via Gyantse, to Shigatse. There are too many things to do along the journey - visit holy lake Yamdrok, giant glaciers of Karola, unique Palcho Monastery, sacred Tashilunpo Monastery, the hometown of Tibet incense, etc.

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7 Days Tibet Discovery Tour (Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse)

7 days and 6 nights from $878pp

This "Golden Route" of Tibet tour will take you to two cities near Lhasa: Gyantse and Shigatse. Stay overnight at a small town, Gyantse, which is known as the "Heroic City", because it was the site of a major battle during the British invasion in 1904. While there you will experience Tibetan rural culture also. Then visit Tibet's second largest city Shigatse, which is the most important farming area in Tibet. You will also visit the Thashilhunpo Monastery (the seat of the Panchen Lamas. Inside there is a huge gilded bronze Buddha statue as well as many other beautiful statues).

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8 Days Everest Base Camp Tour(Lhasa/Shigatse/Everest)

8 days and 7 nights from $988pp

Tibet tour cannot be completed without a visit to Mt. Everest. This tour offers you a complete Tibet tour and weaves together Tibet's most famous sites into a package. Apart from viewing the wonders in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse, you will discover the alpine lakes, blue skies, snow-capped mountains, amazing sunrise and sacred sites, and deeply devoted pilgrims on your way to Mt. Everest. You must get an unforgettable experience.

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10 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour via EBC

10 days and 9 nights from $1,442pp

Take this amazing overland journey across the roof of the world Himalaya. From the historical city of Kathmandu, travel overlanding to Tibet high plateau - conquering the Mount Everest, wandering in peaceful Tibetan monasteries, take beautiful pictures of pure lakes, explore the birthplace of Tibetan civilization Tsetang. Your tour ends at the holy city Lhasa.

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Shigatse Fast Facts

Elevation: 3,836m
Population: 98,700
Tibetan Meaning: the manor of fertile soil
Area Land: 3875 sq. kilometers
Time Zone: UTC+8
Languages: Tibetan, Madarin
Area Code: 857000

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