Area: 345,000 square kilometers (133,205 square miles)
Nationalities: Tibetan, Han
Administrative Division: 7 counties (Gar, Burang, Zada, Rutog, Ge'gyai, Gerze, Coqen)
Seat of the city government: Wenhua Road, Shiquanhe Town, Gar County
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0897-2824977
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
China Post Ngari Branch: Senge Community Association, Shiquanhe Town, Gar County
Ngari in Summer
Location: Ngari Prefecture stands in western Tibet Autonomous Region, southwest frontier of China. It neighbors Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the north and Shigatse and Nakchu in the east. Furthermore, it has a total frontier of 1,116 kilometers (693 miles) bordering upon India and Nepal in the South and Kashmir in the west.
: Before 1949, Ngari was ruled under the feudal serf system, practicing the combination institution of politic and religion and dictatorship of feudal seignior. Chinese People's Liberation Army marched into Ngari in 1950 and set it free one year later. By 1959, the feudal serf system had been abolished.
Himalayas, Gangdise Mountains, Kunlun Mountains, Karakoram Mountains and several other arch-shaped mountains lay in order from southern to northern Ngari. They extend northwestward and converge at the Pamirs. Among theses mountain ranges and their branches, strips of mountain valleys and basins are distributed. Therefore, the general terrain of the region declines from north to south.
Basically, Ngari enjoys a plateau monsoon climate. In summer, the monsoon from the Indian Ocean may bring precipitation to this area. During winter and spring, gales and strong temperature drop may frequently occur. Its annual average temperature remains around 19C (66.2F). During daytime in August, the temperature is above 10C (50F), but it may drop to the subzero.
When to Go:
May to July and September to October are suitable for traveling. Due to the great temperature difference in a day, warm clothes should be the prime priority. Ngari's annual rainfall is extremely slim and mainly happens during July to early September. Road conditions are really awful at that time.
Special Local Products: highland barley wine
Where there are religious, there are pilgrimages. Kangrinboqe is considered as a sacred mountain in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bon religious. Every year, devotees from Tibetan, India, Nepal and Bhutan will make pilgrimages to the sacred places for blessing following the old traditional way: saluting full body kowtow all the way from afar and moving around and around the sacred mountain.
Ruins of Guge Kingdom
Tholing Monastery was a famous Buddhist temple in Tibet built in the 11th Century by the prince of Guge Kingdom. In 1042, an Indian dignitary once gave sutra lectures here, greatly promoting the development of the Buddhism in Ngari. The monastery is also a witness of the renaissance of Ngari's Buddhism. Over one thousand deer antlers, pictographs and hieroglyphics collected in the temple are of great archeological value.
Ruins of Guge Kingdom was constructed on a mountain 18 kilometers (11 miles) west of Zada (Zhada) County. During the 10th Century to 17th Century, Guge Kingdom created a brilliant history. Hundreds of rooms and caves are built on the mountain 300 meters (984 feet) above the mountain foot. After its national destruction, frescos in temples on the mountainside about Sakyamuni, the king and queen of the Guge are the most precious treasure the lost kingdom left behind.
Other Scenic Spots: Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarova (They are considered as the 'Sacred Mountain' and 'Holy Lake' by Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Bon both located in Burang or Pulan County)
Due to the 'Sacred Mountain' and 'Holy Lake', Burang is drawing increasingly more attention of tourists. It is about 400 kilometers (249 miles) from Shiquanhe Town, and only 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Sino-Nepal boundary in neighborhood of India. Pilgrims and peddlers often choose this port entering Tibet.
Two routes to Burang County:
1. southward from Urumqi along the Xinjiang-Tibet Road, passing Yecheng and Shiquanhe and finally arriving in Burang, whole course of 3,044 kilometers (1,891 miles)
2. westward from Lhasa passing Shigatse and Saga to Burang, whole course of 1,433 kilometers (890 miles)
Ge'gyai County-Shiquanhe Town
Lhasa-22 Daoban (Road Gang)
Ngari Gunsa Airport
Ali -Ngari Gunsa Airport is the fourth airport constructed in Tibet, located in the southwest of Shiquanhe Town, Ngari Region. With an altitude of 4,274 meters, this airport mainly operates an airway from Chengdu to Ngari via Lhasa at present. The 1,098-kilometers' journey from Lhasa to Ngari could be finished in 1.5 hours, which takes at least two days by road.
At 05:50 of every Tuesday and Friday, there is a plane of Air China taking off from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport to Ngari Gunsa Airport via Lhasa Gonggar Airport. It will take 4.5 hours for the flight to finish the 2,300-kilometers' journey. Limited by the high altitude of Tibet, every flight could only take 60 passengers at most but 30 people during hot summer. The flight ticket of the day should be purchase at the local designated ticket office. No online ticket-booking service is opened at present.
There are also two ways from Lhasa to Ngari:
1. North Route: 1,760 kilometers (1,094 miles)
Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhaz (Lazi) County - Kaga Town - Sangsang Town - 22 Daoban (Road Gang) - northward to Coqen County - Dongcuo (salt lake) - Gerze - Songba (Xiongba) Town - Ge'gyai County - Shiquanhe Town
2. South Route: 1,190 kilometers (739 miles)
Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhaz (Lazi) County - Kaga Town - Sangsang Town - 22 Daoban (Road Gang) - southward to Saga County - Zhongba County - Paryang Town - Dagon Monastery (Dajin Si)
Notable is that the south route is better if going to Kangrinboqe Peak and Lake Manasarovar, and the best time is from May to July for the consideration of road and weather condition. Regular bus can hardly be found from Lhasa to 22 Daoban. The north route is much busier than the south. The latter one is usually chosen by the group tour. Tourists had better rent vehicles in Lhasa and Shigatse. As to those who want to hitch a ride, they should go to Shigatse or Lhaz
Day 01 : Katmandu (1,300m) – Lhasa (3,650m): Departure Transport to Tribhuban Airport and Trans – Himalayan flight to Tibet (Gongaar airport) (1hr.) Drive to Lhasa (1hr.) – O/N at Hotel
Day 02/03 : In Lhasa: Two Full Days Sightseeing Tour In Lhasa (B/B) Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery O/N at hotel
Day 04 : Fly from Lhasa – Ali/ Kungsa O/N at Hotel. (B/B)
Day 05 : Drive to Darchen O/N at Guest House ( B/L/D)
Day 06 : Trek to Derapuk O/N at Guest House ( B/L/D)
Day 07 : Trek to Zutulpuk O/N at Guest House ( B/L/D)
Day 08 : Trek to Darchen and Drive to Manasarover O/N at Guest House ( B/L/D)
Day 09 : Drive to Paryang o/N at Guest House ( B/L/D)
Day 10 : Drive to Saga O/N at Guest House ( B/L/D)
Day 11 : Drive to Nyalam O/N at Guest House ( B/L/D)
Day 12 : Drive to Kathmandu
USD $/ per person
TWIN SHARING ROOM IN THE RESPECTIVE HOTELS ON BB BASIS IN LHASA & GUEST HOUSES EN ROUTE, (Note: As the guest houses in the Kailash areaare very basic, you may have to share dorm rooms).
ALL TRANSPORT BY NON-A/C 4500 MODEL 4WD TOYOTA LANDCRUISER FOR THE CLIENTS IN THE KAILASH AREA TO LHASA AND COMFORTABLE NON-A/C VAN/MINI-COACH WITHIN LHASA,
TIBET TRAVEL PERMIT FEE,
YAKS PER PERSON FOR CARRYING LUGGAGE AROUND MT KAILASH,
1 MEDICAL OXYGEN CYLINDER (800ml) EACH,
SPECIAL PERMIT FOR KAILASH AREA,
ENTRANCE FEES TO MONASTERIES,
NECESSARY AIRPORT/HTL/AIRPORT TRANSFERS, HOTELS WE PROVIDE IN NEPAL & TIBET:
UNDER 3 STAR HOTELS:
Lhasa: Hotel Kyichu or Dhood Gu or Shambala***
Xigatse: Hotel Xigatse or Manasarovar***
Gyantse: Hotel Gyantse***
Rest of the places: Guest Houses
UNDER BUDGET HTLS:
Lhasa: Hotel Mandala or Flora or similar
Xigatse: Hotel Everest Friendship or Wutse
Gyantse: Hotel Wutse or similar Rest of the places: Guest Houses
ALL INSURANCE & RESCUE OPERATIONS,
LUNCH & DINNER IN ALL HOTELS & GUEST HOUSES IN TIBET,
PHOTOGRAPHY FEES IN THE MONASTERIES,
ALL EXTRA EXPENSES DUE TO NATURAL AND POLITICAL PROBLEMS LIKE SNOW, LANDSLIDES, STRIKES, FLIGHT CANCELLATION & DELAY, ETC.,
ALL EXPENSES OF PERSONAL NATURE SUCH AS DRINKS, LAUNDRY & TIPS, ETC.
AIRFARE KTM/LXA/KTM: US$ 742 NET PER PERSON
AIRFARE LXA/LAI: US$ 400 NET PER PERSON
TIBET VISA FEE STRUCTURE:
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IMPORTANT NOTE: For the French nationals, visa processing in the local Chinese Embassy requires at least a week (3 working visa days). In other words, the French nationals shall not be granted express visa despite of the express visa fees. We put every effort into making your journey smooth and pleasant, however, all Tibet tours are run strictly under Tibet Tourism Authority. We or our agents shall not be responsible for any change or cancellation of programmes due to any unavoidable circumstances such as road blockade, flood, snow, political unrest, cancellation of flights, delayed arrivals, sickness or accidents. Any resulting additional cost must be borne by clients. Therefore, we advise clients to have full insurance against medical and personal accidents etc. Cancellation insurance is also advised from your home country. Above airfare and visa fees are subject to change as per airlines and the Chinese Embassy. There are 4 flights a week from April to June (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday) and from July to October, there are every day flight in a week. In LXA/ALI sector, there 2 flights a week (Tuesay & Friday). March and May two months Tibet Tours closed .