Plan your Tibet tour? Are you keen on a life long trip to Mount Everest Base Camp (EBC)? Tingri County is a final springboard for your going to the Mt.Everest Base Camp (EBC). Tingri County is located 100km to the northwest of Mr.Everest Base Camp. People often choose to stay overnight in Tingri and get recharged before driving to EBC next day.
Tingri County is situated between the city of Shigatse and Zhangmu County ( China’s border town adjoining Nepal ). So get to Tingri County, you may first reach Shigatse from where you continue your road trip to Tingri or you may choose to get to Tingri from Zhangmu abutting Nepal.
Today I have just made a bus road trip to Tingri from Shigatse. Hopefully my Shigatse Tingri road trip report will be helpful in planning your own road trip from Shigatse to Tingri County.
The road from Shigatse to Tingri is a highway officially named Highway No.318, also known as “China Nepal Friendship Road” connecting Lhasa and Kandumandu (passing through Shigatse, Lhatse and Tingri in between).
The road distance between Shigatase and Tingri County is 240km. If you drive a land cruiser, the road trip will take about 3 hours, and over 4 hours if you travel on a bus. In the course of the road trip, you will pass by another county – Lhatse County and two mountain passes – Tsola Pass (4500m) and Gyatsola (5050m). In general, the road trip is an easy driving experience with beautiful views.
Shigatse – Lhatse 150km
To reach Tingri County, you will first drive by Lhatse County, which is 150km to the southwest of Shigatse. It is a two-lane asphalt road with smooth road surface for most parts. In some areas, the road is a little bumpy.
It is a two-lane asphalt road
The landscape and vegetation on the way are multiple including grassland, rape seeds, rivers, desert, barley fields, high mountains as well as Tibetan villages.
Passing by a Tibetan Village
Driving by a tributary of Yalu Tsangpo
A glimpse of a field of barley in a fertile basin
A grassland dotted with yaks, cows…
Driving through Gobi and desert
For the trip from Shigatse to Lhatse, you largely drive in valleys with different landforms and vegetation on both sides of the road. You also have to climb over a high mountain with the altitude of 4500m.
Now we are going to pass through the 4500m Tsola Pass
Climb over the mountain and before you get to Lhatse, you will drive by a fork road branching off to Sakya Monastery. So if you are interested in visiting Sakya Monastery, you can make a side trip to Sakya Monastery here, a round trip with 60km.
Turn left at the fork and make a side trip to Sakya Monastery
In Lhatse County, two important roads are met with one road extending to Zhangmu (317KM) and another to Shiquanhe County in Ali Region (1072km). You are supposed to have your Aliens’ Travel Permit checked at the checkpoint of Lhatse. If you visit EBC or go to Zhangmu, you must apply for Aliens’s Travel Permit at the police office in Shigatse.
The roads to Zhangmu and to Ali Region are met in Lhatse
Aliens’s Travel Permit
Lhatse – Tingri 90km
To get from Lhatse to Tingri, you will drive through Gyatsola Pss with a sea level of 5050. Over the pass, you are already in the Mt.Everest Protection Zone. Driving through Gyatsola Pass is the highlight of the road trip from Shigatse to Tingri with stunnng views of over 6000m snow mountains arrounding you.
We are passing through Gyatsola Pass 5050m decorateed with a huge number of prayer flags.
White clouds, Snow Mountain and Alpine Meadows
More snow mountains in sight!
Now we reach Baiba Village of Tingri County. You again will have your Aliens’s Travel Permit to be checked at the entrance to the Baiba Village. Tingri County is mainly composed of Shegar Town, Gangkar Town (Old Tingri) and Baiba Village. The government of Tingri County is located in Shegar Town. Baiba Village is administered by Shegar Town. Most of the hotels including the best hotel – Gomolangma Hotel ( where we stay ) are located in Baiba Village in Shegar Town of Tingri County, not located in Shegar Town itself in Tingri County. Shegar Town is where Tingri Government is located.
Have your Aliens’s Travel Permit to be checked at the entrance to the Baiba Village
The only street in the Baiba Village of Shegar Town of Tingri County
Gomolangma Hotel in Baiba Village of Shegar Town of Tingri County
Shigatse Lhatse Tingri Road Trip Tips
1. Apply for Aliens’s Travel Permit in Shigatse
2. Be clear of the different place names:
1) Baiba Village
2) Shegar Town
3) Gangkar Town (Old Tingri)
4) Tingri County
3. There are daily long-distance buses between Shigatse and Tingri County.