The second largest city in Tibet lies at an altitude of 3,840 metres and is home to the Panchen Lama and his Tashilumpu Monastery.
Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet. Shigatse Dzong, a Potala lookalaike (but actually its smaller prototype), is overlooking the town from a hilltop. With the help of old photographs, its facade has been restored in recent years and now houses a museum of Tibetan culture. On the foot of the fort you will find the old Tibetan town, which has long been an important trading and administrative centre.
The highlight of Shigatse is Panchen Lama’s Tashilumpu Monastery. It is one of the few monasteries to have survived the Cultural Revolution. It is big enough to be a walled town in its own and busy, cobbled lanes twist around the old buildings.
Tashilumpu is seat to the Panchen Lama, the second most important spiritual leader of Tibet. It was founded in 1447 by Gedun Drup, who was later recognized as the 1st Dalai Lama. The main statue of this monastery is a Maitreya Buddha made of 275 kg gold, measuring 26m in height.
Don’t forget to take a look around Shigatse’s local markets, on which a colourful array of products is sold.
Shigatse treks and tours
8 days for £1105 per person
On this tour you will access Tibet over land, past the highest mountain range in the world. Soak up the dramatic landscape on the way while drawing closer to the holy city Lhasa, where your travel will end with the stunning sights of this ancient town. click to view details
8 days for £934 per person
This short tour combines all the important places in Central Tibet. Start your holiday with the flight from Kathmandu to Tibet over the highest mountain range in the world. Stand speechless before the imposing sights of Lhasa and then move on through the dramatic scenery to the Cradle of Tibetan Civilisation and other places of cultural importance. click to view details
13 days for £1259 per person
Join us on this adventure tour from Lhasa over land to Kathmandu. You will get a deep insight into life in Tibet, see dramatic scenery and pass the highest mountain range on earth. To add even more adventure to your travel take the chance to hike up to Everest Base Camp! click to view details
23 days for £3080 per person
This tour will at take you to Lhasa, to discover the Tibetan capital before driving South. On the way you will visit places of cultural importance and stunning beauty before reaching the Qomolanga region. Here you will test your strength on a tough trek to Everest Base Camps I, II and III in Tibet, a true adventure. click to view details
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