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A two hour drive from Gyantse, Shigatse is the capital of the central Tsang region, and Tibet's largest city. Long a political rival to Lhasa, Shigatse is the seat of the Panchen Lamas, the second-highest lamas in Tibet, after the Dalai Lama. Like Lhasa, Shigatse has an old town, with a range of rambling alleys, compounds, and monasteries, as well as a newer, more modern enclave.
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Visit the Tashilunpo Monastery, home to the Panchen Lama, a ranking spiritual figure second only to the Dalai Lama in importance. Founded in 1447, the monastery is a large compound of chapels, courtyards, and byways. Within the monastery is a tall, 75-foot (23 meter) statue of the Maitreya Buddha, finished with gold leaf, as well as a population of resident monks. Like the Potala in Lhasa, Tashilunpo houses several impressive funeral chapels for the Panchen Lamas, including that of the 10th, who passed away in 1989 and whose chortem, or stupa, cost an estimated $8 million to build.
Gang Gyen Carpet Factory
Tour the Gang Gyen carpet factor with your guide, and witness the intricate weaving processes involved in making Tibetan carpets.
Hike around the hills of the Ngor Monastery outside of Shigatse, following
a popular pilgrim and trekkers’ trail between the Ngor and Nartang monastic
complexes. Founded in 1429, Ngor is a lovely small monastery with beautiful
Explore Shigatse with your expert guide, visiting the bazaars and the remains of the old dzong, or fortress. Once a testament to the power of Shigatse’s Tsang kings, the dzong was recently rebuilt and restored to its former state.
Have dinner in the home of a local family, learning about their way of life
in this remote region.
This trekking journey to Everest Base Camp is the experience of a lifetime. Trek through stunning mountain panoramas and alongside Tibet’s Yamdrok Lake. Feel a sense of accomplishment unlike any other when you reach the base camp. You’ll switch between camping and luxury hotels like the St. Regis Lhasa.
This twelve-day guided tour takes you on a journey of enlightenment through one of the world’s most mysterious places: Tibet. Starting from the capital, Lhasa, you’ll pass over breathtaking mountain roads, explore spiritual monasteries and witness quaint, untouched village life that has barely changed over hundreds of years.
Uncover hidden Tibet over the course of 12 memorable days, including an exploration of the capital, as well as an epic three-day overland journey through the Himalayas and another three-days of trekking over spectacular mountains, through remote towns and staying in spectacular hillside monasteries.
The Shigatse Hotel is a modern 3* hotel located in the city centre. It boasts 123 rooms, with a choice of either modern Western-style or traditional Tibetan. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, satellite TV, pay movies, minibar, hairdryer & telephone. The hotel also has 4 restaurants serving buffet, Chinese, Tibetan and international menus as well as breakfast. There is also a beauty salon, massage, shopping centre, gym, bar and disco.