Nagarzê County and Scenic Road Trip to Gyantse

Plan your Tibet travel? Langkazi County (also known as Langkazi County and Nangartse County) is a must place you have to pass by if you are going to visit Yamdrok Lake and Gyantse . It is a county administered by Shannan Prefecture in Tibet.

ABC of Nagarzê County

Nagarzê County ( also called Langkazi or Nangartse County) is located in the north of the middle Himalaya Mountains, bordering Bhutan. Langkazi County lies in a basin surrounded by high mountains in four sides with average altitude of over 4500m.

Yamdrok Lake in Nagarzê County

Nagarzê in Tibetan means “white nose tip, indicating the snow capped mountains in the town. There are 6 mountains higher than 6000m with Noijin Kangsang being the highest 7,206m.

The entrance to Langkazi County ( Nagarze County)

The azure and holy lake – Yamdroke Lake is located in Langkazi County. A 20-minute drive or 2 hour walk from the town Langkazi brings you to a nice and charming place – Samding Monastery.

The downtown of Nagarzê County, a two-horse street

Langkazi (Nangartse) is in the middle of the drive way between Lhasa and Gyantse . So many Chinese tourist groups will stop here for a short break after visiting Yamdroke Lake from Lhasa before getting to Gyantse County.

Scenic Drive from Nagarzê to Gyantse

Langkazi (Nangartse, or Nagarze) is a small town with basic accommodations and a few restaurants. Most foreign visitors would drive another two hours to Gyantse for lunch.

There are 6 mountains higher than 6000m in Langkazi County

To go to Gyantse from Langkazi (Nagarze County), you have to climb over Karola Pass (5042m). Karola Pass is the divided line between Gyantse County and Langkazi County.

Nagarze (Langkazi or Nangartse) Road Trip Tips

  1. Lhasa – Yamdroke Lake 110km
  2. Yamdroke Lake – Langkazi (Nangartse) 51km
  3. Nagarze (Langkazi or Nangartse) – Gyantse 103km
  4. Gyantse – Shigatse 94 km
  5. Tourims Enquiry: 08048-7382221

Now follow our bus driving on the magnificent scenic road from Nagarze to Gyantse.

At the border between Nagarze County and Gyantse County lies the Noijin Kangsang.

We drive along the provincial highway No.307 and at the border between Nagarze County and Gyantse County lies the Noijin Kangsang.

Noijin Kangsang is the highest peak ( 7,206m) of Lhagoi Kangri mountain range (拉轨岗日山) in the Tibet Autonomous Region in China. It is also one of the four great snow mountains in the middle of Tibet. It lies between the Yarlung Tsangpo River, Yamdrok Lake and the Himalayas mountain range.

The best time for mountaineering for Noijin Kangsang Peak is from April to May or September to October. On April 28, 1986, Sang Zhu, Bian Ba, Jia Bu and other 12 members of the Chinese Tibet mountaineering team reached the summit for the first time along the southwest ridge route from the southern slope of the peak.

There are about 116 glaciers around the Ningjin Anti-sand peak, covering an area of 118.82 square kilometers, and ice and snow often collapse. The Karola Glacier (卡若拉冰川) is the largest of these, measuring 9.4 square kilometers.

The 5042-meter Karola Pass

After leaving the downtown of Nagarze County, we first cross the 5042-meter Karola Pass and come under the glacier tongue of the Karora Glacier.

The Karola Glacier

The front edge of the glacier tongue is 5560 meters above sea level, and the place where you can see the Karola Glacier is about 5400 meters above sea level. It is a suspended glacier formed after the Noijin Kangsang peak glacier drifting southward.

Driving through wih the Karola Glacier overhead
DrIve along Highway No.307 for Gyantse
We are passing through Smira Pass 4330m
We are approaching Gyantse Coutnty

Hassle-free Lhasa & Tibet Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for guided tours to Lhasa and Tibet:

Lhasa Tour
Tibet Travel
Lhasa Tibet Group Tour
Lhasa Tibet Private Tour
Beijing Lhasa Tour
Lhasa China Tour

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Lhasa Great Mosque, the Mosques in Lhasa
Lhasa Yamdrok-Tso Lake Road Trip

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Nagarzê County and Scenic Road Trip to Gyantse

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