Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Stupa in Gyantse

Gyantse Kumbum

Commissioned by a local prince in 1427 and sitting beside Palcho Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum is the town’s foremost attraction. This 32m-high chörten, with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and crown-li…
Top Choice Base in Everest Region

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp (5150m) was first used by the 1924 British Everest expedition. Tourists aren't allowed to visit the expedition tents a few hundred metres away, but sometimes (if it's open) you can clamber up the s…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Shigatse

Tashilhunpo Monastery

One of the few monasteries in Tibet to weather the stormy seas of the Cultural Revolution, Tashilhunpo remains relatively unscathed. It is a pleasure to explore the cobbled lanes twisting around its aged buildings. …
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Sakya

Sakya Monastery

The immense, grey, thick-walled southern monastery is one of Tibet’s most impressive constructed sights, and one of the largest monasteries – home to about 200 monks. Established in 1268, it was designed defensively…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Tsang

Phuntsoling Monastery

If you’re travelling down the Friendship Hwy and want to get a taste of what off the beaten track looks like, consider a few hours’ scenic diversion along the Yarlung Tsangpo to this monastery, situated at the edge …
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Kyirong

Pakpa Monastery

Pride of place in Kyirong's central square is this 1000-year old, four-tiered Nepali-style pagoda temple, allegedly built by Songtsen Gampo. The main statue here is a copy of the Arya Wati Zangpo, one of three statu…
Buddhist Monastery in Gyantse

Palcho Monastery

The high red-walled compound in the far north of Gyantse houses Palcho Monastery, founded in 1418. The main assembly hall is of greatest interest, but there are several other chapels to see. There’s a small but visi…
Buddhist Site in Kyirong Valley

Drakkar Taso Hermitage

The 12th-century Kagyud hermitage of Drakkar, or Chakar, is famous as the site where 11th-century Tibetan yogi and poet Milarepa spent nine years meditating in two caves. The collection of retreat residences and cha…
Lake in Tsang

Yamdrok-tso

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 waters are shaped like a coiling scorpion, doubling back on t…
Buddhist Monastery in Shigatse

Shalu Monastery

It’s a treat for the traveller when a sight is both a pleasure to explore and of great artistic importance. Such is Shalu Monastery, which dates back to the 11th century. It's worth a visit for its fine murals and p…