Gangkar Town (岗嘎镇）is a town under the administration of Tingri County. During the years between 1960 and 1968, Gangkar Town was the seat of Tingri County Government. In July, 1968, the Tingri County Government was moved back to Shegar Town. Now Gangkar Town is also known as “Old Tingri” (老定日）.
Gangkar Town (Old Tingri) has 27 village committees, administrating 34 natural villlages. Gangkar Town has a total population of 6368 with Tibetans as the main inhabitants as well as Han and Hui. The economy of Gangkar Town is focused on agriculture, animal husbandry and tourism.
Old Tingri (Gangkar Town) has a convenient transportation with the National Highway 318 passing through the town. Old Tingri (Gangkar Town) is the important place for those who travel overland from Zhangmu Fort or from Shigatse to Zhangmu. The Old Tingri (Gangkar Town) has a yak transport team offering transport service for mountain climbers. Now there are 11 family inns in the town.
Old Tingri is also one of the perfect place to view Mt.Everest and other high mountains. Every year over one thousand tourists visit Mt.Everest Preserve Zone through the Old Tingri. Old Tingri (Gangkar Town) is about 60km southwest of Shegar Town, the seat of Tingri County.
We are going to drive through the Gangkar Town ( Old Tingri) from Zhangmu Fort
Old Tingri ( Gangkar Town )
The street vendors at Gangkar Town ( Old Tingri )