Hike over Shigatse

Hike over Shigatse

Fabulous view of the monastery and fortr

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Most tourists visit only two main places in Shigatse – panchen lama monastery Tashilhunpo and the old fort, which looks like a miniature of Potala in Lhasa. The most interesting, however, is the ascent to the outlook ridge above the town, from where you have a great view of the town. Without any doubt, this trip is the best activity you can undertake in this second largest Tibetan town.
 

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Entrance to Tashilhunpo monastery

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For most tourists begins the tour around Shigatse at the entrance to Tashilhunpo monastery. At the same time it is also the beginning of this tour. The first destination – chorten on the ridge high above the monastery is also nice visible from here.

 

Entrance to Tashilhunpo monastery

Start of the kora

If you want to get to the outlook point over the town, do not enter through the gate to the monastery, but walk along the sacred kora route leading along the monastery wall. On the way you will enjoy hundreds of prayer wheels.

 

Start of the kora

The outlook of Tashilhunpo monastery

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The first proper view on this walk is a bit behind the monumental wall thanka. You have the entire monastery at your fingertips from here, plus the entire valley of Nyang river. You will leave kora at this place and start to ascend up to the ridge. From there you will not meet a living soul.

 

The outlook of Tashilhunpo monastery

The outlook of Shigatse

From the same place is also a great view of Shigatse (3 850 m asl), including its beautiful landmark – Shigatse Dzong. The mountains on the other side of the river can serve as a great outlook point at sunrise.

 

The outlook of Shigatse

Shigatse Dzong

Fortress in Shigatse is its beautiful landmark. But it had an unsettled fate. It was completely demolished during the „Cultural“ revolution in 1961. Fortunately, it was reconstructed after year 2000 according to contemporary photographs. In fact, it is a small copy of Potala in Lhasa.

 

Shigatse Dzong

Ascent to the ridge

The ascent itself is a bit intuitive, because there is no direct trail to the ridge from this side. But climbing is not very difficult; you will only sometimes need a hand to help. With increasing altitude is a nice view not only of Shigatse, but also of the wide valley of Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra).

 

Ascent to the ridge

Top chorten

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After 45 minutes ascent from the trail of the sacred circle kora you finally stand at the beautiful chorten that is full of prayer flags.

 

Top chorten

Atmosphere on the ridge

The atmosphere on the ridge in about 4 150 meters asl is indescribable. Except for you and thousands of flags there is nobody and the views of all sides are wonderful.

 

Atmosphere on the ridge

Above the monastery Tashilhunpo

Directly far below you lies Tashilhunpo monastery, where this walk began. Nicely visible is also the kora around its walls.

Above the monastery Tashilhunpo

Barren valley

In the north direction is the view only into the desolate valley surrounded by four thousand high meters mountains.

 

Barren valley

Descent path

Descent path is already much more pleasant. From the pass on the ridge leads already comfortable path to the fort. It is a good choice for those who do not want to ascend the rocky slopes from the monastery.

 

Descent path

Path to fort

Path to the fort descends through not distinct depression between the surrounding rocks.

 

Path to fort

Outlook of the fort in Shigatse

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From the pass descends the path already comfortably through a small valley and before you are other beautiful views of the fort.

 

Outlook of the fort in Shigatse

At the fort

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The descent is very fast, in about half an hour you're at the fort.

 

At the fort

Below the fortress

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Walk down from the fort to a busy main boulevard, where this walk ends. It is only a slightly more than one kilometer back to the monastery along the street. Views of the fortress, from a slightly different angle, accompany you all the time.

Below the fortress


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