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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/TownElevation City/TownElevation 
Lhasa3,658 mdamshung4,200 m
12,001 ft13,780 ft
gyantse4,000 mBurang 3,700 m
13,123 ft12,139 ft
Shigatse3,800 mNyingchi3,100 m
12,467 ft10,171 ft
Tsetang3,580 mChamdo 3,205 m
11,745 ft10,515 ft
Dingri4,300 mPome 2,750 m
14,108 ft9,022 ft
Zhangmu2,800 mAmdo 4,800 m
9,186 ft15,748 ft
Nagqu4,500 m
14,764 ft
Altitude of attraction
AttractionElevationAttractionElevation
Lake Yamdrok4,500 mSamye Monastery3,556 m
14,764 ft11,667 ft
Tashilunpo Monastery4,800 mYumbulagang Palace3,700 m
15,748 ft12,139 ft
Rongbuk Monastery5,100 mLake Namtso4,700 m
16,732 ft15,420 ft
Mt. Everest Base Camp5,200 mLake Manasarovar4,588 m
17,060 ft15,052 ft
Sakya Monastery4,300 mBasum Tso3,700 m
14,108 ft12,139 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.