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)|
|Tsetang||3,580||Mt. Everest Base Camp||5,200|
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.
I updated this article on July 15, 2013
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