Drive Shigatse - New Tingri

Drive Shigatse - New Tingri

The way over pass Gyatso la

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Overcrowding: Below average
Difficulty: Minimal
Time: 4:00 h

Two hundred and fifty kilometers from Shigatse (Xigaze) to New Tingri (Shekar Dzong) does not belong among most interesting roads in Tibet, even though you will overcome on this route five thousand high pass Gyatso la (5 259 m asl) on the map sometimes referred to as Jiao Tsuo la. Anyway, you will get closer to the Himalayan ridge with monumental Mount Everest at the forefront. Except for the agricultural valley surrounded by long ridges can be seen here monument highlighting the 5 000 km of the road 318 leading here from Shanghai.
 

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Road to Lhaze

The way from Shigatse leads along a nice asphalt road through side valley and is surrounded by fields.

 

Road to Lhaze

Monument of 5 000 km of the road 318

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The road still twists through the valley surrounded by colorful hills up to the village, which is important for its legendary monument of 5 000 km of the road 318. Shanghai Tower is drawn here.

 

Monument of 5 000 km of the road 318

Surroundings of the monument

Above the village at the monument is a small monastery and on even higher hill the remnants of the fort (there are many of them in Tibet).

 

Surroundings of the monument

Pass Gyatso la

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The path then rises into relatively insignificant Tsuo la Pass (4 540 m asl) and then drops into the valley of bigger river Choyate Lomu and farther into Lhatse (3 915 m asl) lying at Brahmaputra. Close behind Lhatse is a major intersection, where turns the road 219 leading across the entire western Tibet around the sacred mountain of Kailash to Kashgar. But our road, however, turns south and rises to the upland plain at a height of more than five thousand meters above sea level. At the highest point of this plain is such a lackluster mountain pass Gyatso la (5 259 m asl).
 

Pass Gyatso la

Surroundings of the pass

The surroundings of the pass is very desolate, dozens of kilometers around without any settlement. Pass itself is completely „wrapped“ with prayer flags.
 

Surroundings of the pass

High mountain workplace

It may surprise you that someone made business with souvenirs here in such inhospitable conditions and dwells here also overnight.
 

High mountain workplace

Views from the pass

You may expect due to the high altitude absolutely amazing views, but only a little higher mountains are quite far away. From the pass it is to New Tingri still around fifty kilometers.

Views from the pass

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