Gyirong is praised as the backyard garden of Mt. Everest and the last fairyland in Tibet. The belief that Gyirong Town will be an international holiday town in the future is wide-spread. Compared to flying between Lhasa and Kathmandu, the scenery of overland tour route is much more favourite and beautiful. A popular story about Gyirong traces back to A.D 8th century, Trisong Detsen, the 37th King of Ancient Tibet Kingdom invited the Padmasambhava to Tibet to spread Buddhism from India, Padmasambhava was amazed by the fantastic views and immediately named it Gyirong.
1. Pelkutso Lake - 佩枯措湖
As the biggest lake in Shigatse Prefecture, the lake (elevation: 4590m/15,059ft) is about 60km of north Mt.Shishapangma, 40km of south Yarlung Tsangpo River and 250km to Tingri County. Located in the Nyalam County of Shigatse Prefecture, Pelkutso Lake is a must pass from Mt. Everest to Mt. Kailash. Then climb up the Marra Mountains – 马拉山(elevation:5380m/17,651ft), which is the highest transportation point in the world Town, even higher than the EBC(5,200m) of Mt. Everest, and keep driving 20km to Zongga Town of Gyirong County.
2. Gyirong Valley - 吉隆沟
Soon after leaving Zonggar Town of Gyirong County, a 93kms’ long and deep canyon comes in to sight. It is because many kinds of scenery in four seasons coexist in the narrow Gyirong Valley (elevation: about 3,000m/9842 ft), green trees, quiet villages embraced by snow mountains, etc. that all call it a secret magic land in southern Tibet. The lush natural reserve of Gyirong is the core area of Mt.Everest Nature Conservation.
3. Kyipu Canyon - 吉普大峡谷
Kyipu Canyon gets its name from the opposite side Kyipu Village after several minutes’ drive (2km far) from southwest Gyirong Town. The canyon is about 15kms' long, 20~50m wide and has depth over 200m underground. Countless towering old trees and high peaks stand both shores. A cable wire hanging bridge was built above the canyon in 2006 under assistance from international organizations, designed and guided by a Swiss female designer. Summer months between June and September are the best time to visit the canyon when it is in full bloom, with some of the most beautiful views.
4. Nitsun Scenery Area - 乃村景区
Distance from Gyirong Town to Nitsun Village (elevation: 3350m/10,991ft) is about 7km passing some mountain roads. Nitsun Village is only few kilomters from south Gyirong Town. Nitsun stands for holy land on top of the mountain in Tibetan. Though it’s just a small village of dozens of families on the peak flat prairie, Nitsun is honored as a land of idyllic beauty for natural sightseeing platform of snow mountains, glaciers, meadow, prayer tower and flags. Every May and June, Nitsun Village is beautiful as a painting when rape flowers fully bloom and reflected by surrounding wonderful landscape.
5. Mt.Shishapangma - 希夏邦马峰
Ranking 14th among all peaks over 8,000m above sea level in the world, Mt.Shishapangma (elevation: 8,012m/26,286 ft) is the only mountain of similar elevation located completely in China. It is in the middle of Himalayas and about 120km to southeast Mt.Everest. Lies in Nyalam County next to Gyirong County in Shigatse Prefecture, this peak provides tourists plenty of chances to view its marvelous beauty along the way to Gyirong Port.