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Tibet Road Conditions

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Roads in andaround 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.

RoadsDistances(km)HoursRoad ConditionsVehicle Type
Gonggar Airport - Lhasa1001.5-2Smoothly pavedAll
Lhasa - Tsetang2004Smoothly pavedAll
Lhasa - Yamdrok-tso1102Mountainous roads with sharp turnsAll
Lhasa to Lhasa - Shigatse via Gyantse4007.5Some strentches run along high valleysAll
Shigatse- Dingri2576Smooth tar roadAll
Dingri - Everest Base1153-4Rough dirt roadLand cruiser
Dingri - Zhangmu2506-7Rough mountainous roadLand cruiser
Lhasa - Nyingchi4008 -9Tar road with some mountainous strentchesAll