Welcome to Medro Gongkar County
These steep-sided valleys are only a few hours’ drive from the capital, but offer a glimpse into rural life in Tibet. Change is underway in the region: towns are increasingly developed, rivers dammed and hillsides mined. Despite these intrusions of modernity many locals carry on as usual and there are plenty of opportunities to stop off at remote villages as you monastery-hop your way through the region.
When passing through overland between Nyingtri prefecture and Lhasa, it's well worth adding an extra day to your itinerary to explore the region.