Drive to Shigatse (56mi approximately 2-3 hours).
A flat bumpy rides through an agricultural region brings one to Shigatse.
Shigatse lies at an altitude of 3,900m/12,800′, is Tibet’s second largest city and the administrative centre of a vast area. Shigatse stands near the confluence of the Yarlong Tsangpo and Nyangchu rivers and is one of Tibet’s richest farming areas.
The was previously both a stronghold and a monastery city and forms a horseshoe around a rocky prominence that was formerly topped by an awesome fortress. At the western tip, beneath Mt. Dormari, lies Tashilhunpo monastery, seat of the Panchen Lamas and one of Tibet’s greatest monasteries.
Visit Tashilhunpo monastery
TASHILHUNPO – meaning “Heap of Glory”, the seat of the Panchen Lamas lies at the foot of Mt. Dormari and is today one of Tibet’s most active monasteries. Founded in 1447, its enlargement took place mostly under the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Panchen Lamas.
Tashilhunpo once had over 4000 monks and was organized like Lhasa’s great monasteries. It had four tantric colleges, each with its own abbot. After the death of the Panchen Lama, the abbots led the search for his infant reincarnation, under the control of the Dalai Lama in Lhasa. Tashilhunpo was disbanded as a monastery by the Chinese army in 1960 while the Panchen Lama was absent. Today there are 610 monks in Tashilhunpo. Overnight in Shigatse.