Gangkar Town (Gangga), Tingri County (Tips, Photos & Maps)

Gangkar Town ( also known as Gangga town 岗嘎镇 in Chinese)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 ( Gangga Town ) on Google Map

In google map, Gangga Town ( Gangkar ) is still recognised as “Tingri” ( different from Tingri County ).

Baibacun (Pelbar) – Tingri ( Gangga Town or Gangkar Town) 60km
Note: Gangkar Town ( Old Tingri) is shown as “Tingri” on Google Map
Gangkar ( Old Tingri) – the north base camp of Mt.Everest 70km
Baibacun ( Pelbar ) – the north base camp of Mt.Everest 108km

The Google Map indicates Gangkar (Gangga ) Town as still as Tingri

ABC of Gangkar Town ( Gangga Town ) “Old Tingri”

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.

We are driving through Gangga Town ( Old Tingri)

Old Tingri (Gangkar Town or Gangga 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.

Gangkar Town is a one-horse Street ( Highway G318)

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.

Gangkar Town ( Gangga Town ) for trekking

Ganga town is the best place to view Mt. Qomolangma, Cho Oyu, Lotzi and Makalu, from which every year over one thousand tourists visit Mt.Everest Preserve Zone through the Old Tingri. Old Tingri (Gangkar Town) is about 60km southwest of Baibacun ( Baiba, or Pelbar ) of Shelkar (Sheger) Town in Tingri County.

A busy area of Gangga Town

If you are going to trek to Mt.Everest North Base Camp, you are highly recommended to choose Old Tingri ( Gangkar Town) as your launch pad for your adventure hiking trip.

Gangkar Town is about 60km southwest of Pelbar ( Baibacun ) in Sheger Town in Tingri County. 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.

Pelbar (Baibacun) in Shelkar (New Tingri) for driving to EBC

If you are going to drive to the north base camp for an easier trip to view the summit of Mt.Everest, you may choose Shelkar Town ( New Tingri ), or specifically Baibacun ( also known as Baiba, or Pelbar ) of Shelkar Town in Tingri County to start your road trip. But the road trip is longer, about 100km while 70km from Gangkar Town.

Driving to the north base camp of Mt.Everest

Check out How to drive from Baibacun ( Pelbar ) to Mt.Everest North Base Camp for more information.

Hotels in Gangga Town

Kangar Hotel in Gangkar Town

Add:Opposite to Gangga Town Post Office, Dingri County
Tel: +86 13908906626

Laodingri Hahu Hotel ( Dingri Hahu Hotel)in GanggaTown

Add: next to the Agricultural Bank of China, Gangga Town, Tongri County
Tel: +86 18908928848

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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2 thoughts on “Gangkar Town (Gangga), Tingri County (Tips, Photos & Maps)

  1. Please can you send me the above pictures of Old Tingri. I have been unable to print any of the above – it just comes out blank!

    I was in Old Tingri in September and am compiling an album of my trip but seem to have lost the photos which I took there – lovely place, so Tibetan.

    Thank you (hopefully)

  2. Hi Joan Robertson,

    Last time I only drove past Old Tingri and took 5 photos of the one-street old town from my bus. If you neen them, I’m glad to offer them to you.

    PS. I will send you the 5 zipped photos by email.

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