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.

City/Town Elevation (m) Attraction Elevation (m)
Lhasa 3,658Lake Yamdrok4,500
Gyantze 4,000Tashilunpo Monastery 4,800
Shigatse 3,800Rongbuk Monastery 5,100
Tsetang 3,580Mt. Everest Base Camp 5,200
Dingri 4,300Sakya Monastery4,300
Zhangmu2,800Samye Monastery 3,556
Nagqu4,500Yumbulagang Palace3,700
Damxung4,200Lake Namtso 4,700
Burang 3,700Lake Manasarovar4,588
Nyingchi 3,100Basum Tso3,700

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.

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