This mountain pass is one of the highest points on the drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. It climbs from the Yarlung Valley to its 4795m apex, where a parking lot and viewpoint offer incredible vistas over turquoise Yamdrok-tso to the south. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt Nojin Kangtsang (7191m).

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1. Yamdrok-tso

2.44 MILES

Dazzling Yamdrok-tso is one of Tibet's four holy lakes (the others are Lhamo La-tso, Nam-tso and Manasarovar) and home to wrathful deities. Its turquoise…

2. Shedruling Monastery

11.66 MILES

The impressive 600-year-old Shedruling Monastery rises from the main road like a miniature Potala, and is home to 31 monks. The monastery is less…

3. Gongkar Chöde Monastery

12.83 MILES

Surprisingly large, the Sakyapa-school Gongkar Chöde Monastery, founded in 1464, is famous for its 16th-century Kyenri-style murals. It lies 400m south of…

4. Samding Monastery

18.16 MILES

Near the shores of Yamdrok-tso, about 10km east of Nangartse, Samding Monastery is situated on a 4550m-high ridge that separates two smaller lakes…

5. Chairman Mao Statue

22.75 MILES

The county town of Gongkar Xian is of note for hosting Tibet’s only public Chairman Mao statue, located next to a school west of the town centre. The 12m…

6. Thupten Ramye Monastery

23.24 MILES

Built in the 14th century as a Sakya monastery with five colleges and 80 monks at its peak, this post–Cultural Revolution rebuild is now home to just 20…