Top 10 Tourist Destinations in Tibet

Administrative Prefectures Division in Tibet

Tibet Autonomous Region consists of 7 prefectures - Lhasa, the capital city in the middle east, Shigatse Prefecture and Shannan Prefecture in the south, Ngari Prefecture in the west, Nagchu Prefecture in the north and Nyingchi Prefecture, Qamdo Prefecture in the east. Among all 7 prefectures, Lhasa, Shigatse and Nyingchi are the most popular with travelers for their rich travel resources.

Top 10 Tourist Destinations in Tibet

Tibet is a vast land full of sites to explore. One or two months are not enough to explore all the destinations in Tibet. But a classic or moderate Tibet trip is usually is as long as 4~20 days. Then how to make fully use of your limited days in Tibet? - Pick the most highlighting places from the Top 10 Tourist Destinations in Tibet: Lhasa - the culture center of Tibet, Shigatse - gate to Himalaya, Mount Everest - world’s highest peak, Namtso Lake - beautiful holy lake, Gyantse - famous Kumbum and Dzong, Ngari - Mount Kailash, Shannan - the birthplace of Tibet civilization, Nyingchi - Switzerland views, Nagchu - northern wild grasslands and Qamdo - mysterious eastern Tibet.

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  • Ngari
  • Nagchu
  • Namtso Lake
  • Qamdo
  • Lhasa
  • Nyingchi
  • Shigatse
  • Gyantse
  • Shanan
  • Kathmandu
  • Mount Everest
Tibet Top 10 Destinations

Lhasa (拉萨)

Lhasa is the capital, cultural center of Tibet. It is usually the starting city of Tibet trips.

Altitude: 3700m

Best Time: All year around

Recommended Days to Visit: 2~3 days

Highlights: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery ...

Tibet Top 10 Destinations

Shigatse (日喀则)

Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet. It is the gate to Mount Everest, Mount Kailash and Nepal border.

Altitude: above 4000m

Best Time: All year around

Recommended Days to Visit: 1 day

Highlights: Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tibet Top 10 Destinations

Mount Everest (珠峰)

Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet. It is the gate to Mount Everest, Mount Kailash and Nepal border.

Altitude: above 4000m

Best Time: All year around

Recommended Days to Visit: 1 day

Highlights: Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tibet Top 10 Destinations

Namtso Lake (纳木错)

Namtso Lake is one of Three Holy Lakes in Tibet and the most beautiful lake in Tibet. It's heavenly land for photography.

Altitude: 4718m

Best Time: May to October

Recommended Days to Visit: 1~2 days

Highlights: Photography, Camping, Hiking

Tibet Top 10 Destinations

Gyantse (江孜)

Gyantse is a small town with the most fertile farmland in Tibet. It is also a legendary and historical city.

Altitude: 4100m

Best Time: All year around

Recommended Days to Visit: 1~2 days

Highlights: Palcho Monastery, Gyantse Dzong, Pala Manor

Tibet Top 10 Destinations

Nyingchi (林芝)

Nyingchi has the most diverse landscapes in Tibet - plateau lakes, wild forests, glaciers, snow peaks...

Altitude: 3100m

Best Time: March to October

Recommended Days to Visit: 2~4 days

Highlights: Peach Blossom, Lulang Forest, Midui Glacier...

Tibet Top 10 Destinations

Shannan (山南)

Shannan created the first tribe, first kindom, first palace, first Tibetan moanstery in Tibet...

Altitude: 3700m

Best Time: All year around

Recommended Days to Visit: 2 days

Highlights: Yamdro Lake, Samye Monstery, YumbuLhakhang

Tibet Top 10 Destinations

Ngari (阿里)

Ngari is the most remote place in Tibet. It has the wildest landscape and culture of Tibet.

Altitude: Above 5000m

Best Time: May to October

Recommended Days to Visit: 3~5 days

Highlights: Mount Kailash, Manasarovar Lake, Guge Kingdom

Tibet Top 10 Destinations

Nagchu (那曲)

Nagchu has the largest pastures and herd groups in Tibet. A long part of Qinghai Tibet Railway goes through Nagchu.

Altitude: Above 4450m

Best Time: May to October

Recommended Days to Visit: 1~2 days

Highlights: Horse Racing Festival

Tibet Top 10 Destinations

Qamdo (昌都)

Qamdo prefecture is relatively less cultivated. It is famous for the spread influence of Bon religion.

Altitude: Above 350m

Best Time: April to October

Recommended Days to Visit: 1~2 days

Highlights: Monasteries, Rawu Lake

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