Plan your trip to Mt.Everest in Tibet? Then Tingri County ( 定日县 ) is the last place to get youself refreshed before you are on your challenging expedition to Mt.Everest. Having some basic information on Tingri County is very important for your successful trip to Mt.Everest.
Tingri County administrates two towns ( Shegar Town and Gangkar Town ) and 19 townships.
Shegar Town (协格尔镇） is the seat of Tingri County. The best hotels in Tingri County are located in Baiba Township of Shegar Town. The National Highway 318 passes through Baiba Township. Most travelers stay overnight at the hotels in Baiba Township of Shegar Town. The Baiba Township is about 7km east of the center of Shegar Town. Baiba Township is about 14km away from the fork at the National Highway 318 leading to the special mountain road (100km) to Mt.Everest.
Gangkar Town (岗嘎镇） is also known as “Old Tingri” due to the fact that it used to be the seat of Tingri County. In 1968, the local government of Tingri was moved to the present Shegar Town. But people sometime still call Gangkar Town the “Old Tingri”.
Gangkar Town is about 60km southwest of Shegar Town (Baiba Township). From Gangkar Town, travelers can have a short cut to Mt.Everest, about 70km starting the National Highway 318 to the base of Mt.Everest. The mountain road is worse than the road starting from Shegar (Baiba Township). If you enter Tibet from Zhangmu Fort, you may explore Mt.Everest from Old Tingri ( Gangkar Town ) by using a jeep. It is impossible to take a bus from Gangkar Town to Mt.Everest.
Apart from the two towns, Tingri County also administrates 19 townships including Zha Xiang, Zhaxizong Xiang, Zhaguo Xiang, Yunqiong Xiang, Basong Xiang, Dongba Xiang, Changsuo Xiang, Baiba Xiang, Jiacuo Xiang, Nixia Xiang, Qudang Xiang, Quluo Xiang, Kema Xiang, Lamudui Xiang, Nanguo Xiang, Pengji Xiang, Rongxia Xiang, Cuoguo Xiang and Wengga Xiang.
Basong Xiang (Basong Township 巴松乡) is on the north foot of Mt.Everest and Rongbu Temple is in the township.
If you drive from Shigatse to Baiba Township of Shegar Town of Tingri County, you have to have your Alien Travel Permit checked at the checkpoint at Baiba Township. The Baiba Township is located just by the National Highway 318 and only have one street along the highway. There are a few restaurants, shops and hotels along the street.
The best hotel in Baiba Township is Qomolangma Hotel Tingri. Qomolangma Hotel is located north of Highway 318, at the northern bank of the river north of the street in Baiba Township of Shegar Town.
On August 24, 2011, we stopped at the checkpoint Baiba Township of Shegar in Tingri to have our travel permit checked.
Tingri Tour Guide Map (click Large)