Travel to top 5 superb Himalayan Mountains in Shigatse

In the Tibetan language, the Himalayas refers to the hometown of snow. It located on the southern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, i...

In the Tibetan language, the Himalayas refers to the hometown of snow. It located on the southern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is the world's highest mountain range of which more than 110 peaks up to above the altitude of 7350 meters. The Himalayas is not only the natural boundary mountain of the East Asian continent and the South Asian subcontinent, but also is the natural borders of China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Pakistan. The Himalayas have profoundly portrayed the culture of South Asia. Many of the Himalayas are sacred in Hinduism and Buddhism.

The Himalayas were formed by a strong conflict between the Indian Ocean plate and the Eurasian plate in 50 million years ago. In current, the movement of the Indian Ocean plate movement is still alive and keep moving northward at a speed of more than 5 centimeters every year. That's why we can feel sporadic earthquakes in the Himalayas, even the altitude of Mount Everest (8844.43 meters) is still growing.

Those who have long experience of the natural wonders in the Tibetan Plateau, will not miss the Shigatse Prefecture, where is home to the worlds summits. It is proud to say that among of 14 highest peaks in the world, five highest peaksabove 8000m) located in Shigatse, China's Tibet Autonomous Region. What’s more, over one-fifth of the world's top 100 independent summits scattered in Shigatse, such as Tingri County, Nyalam County, and Gyirong County.

#1 Mount Everest (8844.43m) (also called as Mt. Qomolangma), the world’s summit

Mount Everest, located in the southern part of Tingri County in Tibet, is well-known as the world's highest mountain. Mount Everest symbolizes "sacred mother of the land" in the legend of Tibet. The legend goes that the five fairies of longevity love live on the top of Mt. Everest. They make a promise to Guru Rinpoche, protect the people, land, and Buddhism down below the holy mountain.

Mount Everest has two main summit routes, located on the northern slope of Tibet and the southern slope of Nepal. In general, you will stay about 7-8 days at the Everest base camp to get acclimatized to high altitude, and then continue to climb Mount Everest. The northern slope of Mount Everest is not only the legendary road to death but also adventurers are very interested in challenging this world's top route. In the past, began to enter Mount Everest via Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest temple in the world. Now, you can drive from the Shigatse to the base of the mountain -Mount Everest base camp, where you can view the stunning sunrise of Mount Everest. Ever since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first summited Mt. Everest in 1953, there were 5656 adventurers who successfully stood on the highest place on our planet.

The most popular Everest tour packages

1) 8 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt.Everest Group tour

2) 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour 

3) 12 Days Tingri to Everest base camp trekking tour

#2 Mount Lhotse (8516m), the Guardian of Mt.Everest

Mount Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world, actually consists of five mountains. As the distance of Lhotse and Mt. Everest is around 3km, Lhotse is considered as the guardian of Mt. Everest. There are three summits in Mount Lhotse: Lhotse Main 8516m, Lhotse Shar 8383m, Lhotse Middle or East 8413m. The west flank of Lhotse, known as Lhotse Face, is a technically challenging route that requires solid climbing skills and experience. Because of menacing crags, massive floating glaciers, and sporadic avalanche and ice fall in Mount Lhotse, many brave adventurers ventured into Lhotse but never come back. While part of the Mount Lhotse located in Tingri, the best place to view the magnificent flank of Lhotse is in Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal.

#3 Mount Cho Oyu (8201m), the God of Baldness

Cho Oyu, located in the heart of the Tibetan/ Nepalese Himalayas provides an amazing scenery of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and other hundreds of Himalayan peaks. On the west of Cho Oyo, at about the location of Advanced Base Camp, is the Nangpa La, a 5500-meter glacier pass which is a major trade route between the Khumbu Sherpas and Tibet. Climbing Cho Oyu is an easy task for those who wish to try for an 8,000m peak. This expedition provides a perfect entrance to climb the Himalayas. The best place to have a panoramic view of Cho Oyu is in Saga County, Shigatse Prefecture, or on the mount Gokyo Ri (5360m) in Nepal. What’s more, Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang together form the largest glacier which is the source of the Ngozumpa glacier.

#4 Mount Shishapangma (8013m), the Place of Saint

Shishapangma, the world's 14th mountain at 8,027 meters, is the only 8,000m peak lying solely in Tibet. Before the Chinese opened Tibet to western mountaineers in 1978, there is little about Shishapangma. Adventure sought for other mountains with glimpses of it during the period that other 8,000m peaks were receiving their first ascents. It is considered to be one of the most approachable 8,000m peaks to climb because of its direct route and the relatively short way to Base Camp. Shishapangma has stunning natural scenery which makes the deepest impression for tourists. It’s the best place for tourists to view of Shishapangma in Nyalam Tong La, the last pass along G318 (China National Highway).

#5 Mount Gyachung Kang (7952m), the 15th Highest Mountain in the World


Gyachung Kang, located in the Khumbu region is the highest peak between Mount Everest and Cho Oyu. Few people know that Gyachung Kang is a mountain that dominates the global mountains except for top the fourteen mountains. It may difficult to say where Gyachung Kang is as its ridge joins Cho Oyu’s. Travelers can go to Garba glacier in Gamba County, Shigatse prefecture or Gokyo Ri in Nepal side, enjoy the charming scenery of the Gyachung Kang and Cho Oyu.

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