Top Gyantse Attractions
Owing the long history and special geographic position, there is plenty more to see. Gyantse’s greatest sight must be Gyantse Kumbum in Palcho Monastery, the outstanding architectural wonder and the largest chorten survived in Tibet. In addition to that, Pala Manor and Gyantse Dzong are the good places to catch a glimpse of the old life of Tibetan nobles and explore the heroic history. Besides, Gyantse also shows a view of idyllic scenery. During late spring and autumn, you might see the sowing and reaping scenes.
Useful Gyantse Travel Notes
- 1. How to Plan Gyantse Travel
Most people like to transfer to Lhasa firstly and have a city tour to visit the landmarks, including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery etc. They usually drive to Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier on Day 4. After a visit to Palcho Monastery and Kumbum Stupa, continue to the tour to Shigatse. Some tourists like spend one night in Gyantse for a full exploration. On the night, you can watch a landscape drama called Impression of Gyantse, which exhibits the traditional Gyantse folks, intangible cultural heritage, Tibetan art and the history. After the sightseeing in Shigatse, tourists will choose to continue the trip to Everest or drive back to Lhasa directly.
- 2. High Altitude Sickness Tips
The elevation of Gyantse reaches to 4,000 meters and some tourists may suffer from the High Altitude Sickness. According to our experience, several days’ stay in Lhasa (about 3,650 meters) will be helpful for plateau-acclimatization. Just in case, you are suggested to take a physical examination before traveling to Tibet, drink more water, keep warm, and avoid strong activities in the plateau area. Your tour operator will also prepare oxygen supply for emergency use.
- 3. Wearing and Packages
Remember to pack and wear for high plateau travel. . Keep warm and protect yourself from the harsh natural power is the biggest thing to concern. You are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). If you want to go to Mount Everest, down jacket is also recommended. A pair of gloves is also helpful for possible snow at Mount Everest. You should also bring rain gears if you travel in July and August.
- 4. Necessary Permits for Visiting Gyantse
To visit Gyantse, you only have to obtain the Tibet Travel Permit (Tibet Entry Permit), issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau. If you want to extend your tour to Mount Everest, the Border Pass is also necessary. Travelers can’t apply for these permits on their own. You have to let a China Travel Agency to apply for the permit on behalf of you. It usually needs about 15~20 days to obtain the permit.