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’.
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The lowest region in Tibet is Nyingchi, while the highest area is Ngari in west Tibet, with an average elevation of 4,500 meters. 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, for acclimatization before traveling to a higher altitude.
See below for altitudes of major Tibet cities/towns and attractions.
|Altitude of city/town|
|Lhasa||3,650 m||damshung||4,200 m|
|12,000 ft||13,780 ft|
|gyantse||4,000 m||Burang||3,700 m|
|13,123 ft||12,139 ft|
|Shigatse||3,800 m||Nyingchi||3,100 m|
|12,467 ft||10,171 ft|
|Tsetang||3,580 m||Chamdo||3,200 m|
|11,745 ft||10,500 ft|
|Dingri||4,300 m||Pome||2,750 m|
|14,108 ft||9,022 ft|
|Zhangmu||2,800 m||Amdo||4,800 m|
|9,186 ft||15,748 ft|
|Altitude of attraction|
|Lake Yamdrok||4,500 m||Samye Monastery||3,556 m|
|14,764 ft||11,667 ft|
|Tashilunpo Monastery||4,800 m||Yumbulagang Palace||3,700 m|
|15,748 ft||12,139 ft|
|Rongbuk Monastery||5,100 m||Lake Namtso||4,700 m|
|16,732 ft||15,420 ft|
|Mt. Everest Base Camp||5,200 m||Lake Manasarovar||4,588 m|
|17,060 ft||15,052 ft|
|Sakya Monastery||4,300 m||Basum Tso||3,700 m|
|14,108 ft||12,139 ft|