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Shigatse Travel Guide and Tours

11 May 2017 Last updated at 11:30
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.

Palkor Buddha Eyes

Palcho Monastery

Are you keen on Tibetan Art?
Are you curious about Tibetan Buddism?
Buddhist sculptures, religion murals, monastery architectures...
In Palcho Monastery, you can find wverything about the holy land.

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.

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!

Pala Manor

Pala Manor

Interested about the old Tibet?
Want to explore the Tibetan slavery system and curious about the landlord’s lifestyle?
Here in Pala Manor you can find the intact scene about how luxury the lord lived and how miserable life of his serfs.

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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 Private 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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9 Days Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour via Everest and Tsetang

9 days and 8 nights from $1,350pp

Take this amazing overland journey across the roof of the world Himalaya. From the historical city of Kathmandu, travel overlandto 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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