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|