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Altitude of Tibet

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is the highest plateau in the world, with an average elevation of around 4,500 meters. The region is hence known as “the roof of the world’. See below for altitudes of major Tibet cities/towns and attractions.

Altitude of city/town
City/Town Elevation  City/Town Elevation 
Lhasa 3,658 m damshung 4,200 m
12,001 ft 13,780 ft
gyantse 4,000 m Burang  3,700 m
13,123 ft 12,139 ft
Shigatse 3,800 m Nyingchi 3,100 m
12,467 ft 10,171 ft
Tsetang 3,580 m Chamdo  3,205 m
11,745 ft 10,515 ft
Dingri 4,300 m Pome  2,750 m
14,108 ft 9,022 ft
Zhangmu 2,800 m Amdo  4,800 m
9,186 ft 15,748 ft
Nagqu 4,500 m
14,764 ft
Altitude of attraction
Attraction Elevation Attraction Elevation
Lake Yamdrok 4,500 m Samye Monastery 3,556 m
14,764 ft 11,667 ft
Tashilunpo Monastery 4,800 m Yumbulagang Palace 3,700 m
15,748 ft 12,139 ft
Rongbuk Monastery 5,100 m Lake Namtso 4,700 m
16,732 ft 15,420 ft
Mt. Everest Base Camp 5,200 m Lake Manasarovar 4,588 m
17,060 ft 15,052 ft
Sakya Monastery 4,300 m Basum Tso 3,700 m
14,108 ft 12,139 ft

The lowest region in Tibet is Nyingchi, while the highest area is Ngari in west Tibet, with an average elevation of 4,500 meters. Shiquanhe, the administrative center of Ngari, is 4,290 meters above sea level. We suggest travelers over 60 do not go to Ngari, as the altitude is high and facilities are very primitive.

Travelers to Tibet should spend at least 3 days at a place with relatively low altitude, such as Lhasa or Tsetang, for acclimatization before traveling to a higher altitude.