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Tibet Road Conditions

Roads in and around Tibet’s major cities and towns, such as Lhasa, Tsetang, Gyangtse, Shigatse, and Nyingchi, are smoothly paved.

Roads to remote areas are bumping dirt roads. For example, the road from Dingri to Everest is a dusty, narrow, and bumping road.

Sharp turns are normal on Tibet roads where they climb the sides of steep valleys. The roads from Lhasa to Shigatse, Lhasa to Lake Namtso, and Lhasa to Nyingch are all full of hairpin turns, with some stretches snaking along high valleys.

Car speeds are generally limited to 50 km/ hour for safety.

Snow: Roads to some lakes or mountains outside Lhasa may be closed after late October because of snow.

Roads Distances(km) Hours Road Conditions Vehicle Type
Gonggar Airport - Lhasa 100 1.5-2 Smoothly paved All
Lhasa - Tsetang 200 4 Smoothly paved All
Lhasa - Yamdrok-tso 110 2 Mountainous roads with sharp turns All
Lhasa to Lhasa - Shigatse via Gyantse 400 7.5 Some strentches run along high valleys All
Shigatse- Dingri 257 6 Smooth tar road All
Dingri - Everest Base 115 3-4 Rough dirt road Land cruiser
Dingri - Zhangmu 250 6-7 Rough mountainous road Land cruiser
Lhasa - Nyingchi 400 8 -9 Tar road with some mountainous strentches All