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One of the more pleasant towns around Tibet, Gyantse, located in the Nyang-chu Valley, is famed for the Gyantse Kumbum, the largest chörten in Tibet. The white chörten, a magnificent tiered structure, contains a seemingly endless series of mural-filled chapels and offers outstanding views from its upper levels.

If you happen to be in Tibet in early June, note that Gyantse has a horse-racing and archery festival during this time, though the date could change again.

Yamdrok LakeYamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake, or Yamzho Yumco is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. It is over 72 km (45 mi) long. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. The lake does have an outlet stream at its far western end. Yamdok Yumtso Lake is the transformation of a goddess. View More

Karola GlacierKarola Glacier
Karola Glacier is about 5,600 meters north of the main peak of Karola Mountain. Located in the junction of Nanggarze County, Shannan Prefecture southeastern Tibet and Gyangze County, Xigaze Prefecture, southwestern Tibet, Karola Glacier is the glacier closest to a highway in Tibet. Lying in the northern section of the Himalayas, the Karola Glacier, with an area of 9.4 sq km, is only 300 m from road... View More

Gyantse KumbumGyantse Kumbum
Gyantse Kumbum is one of Tibet's most famous and impressive sights- a gorgeous and ornate building, the art work here is studied by Tibetan art scholars across the world. The Temple was built in 1440 by Rabten Kunsangm, a Gyantse Prince and named "Kumbum" or the "Hall of 100 thousand images". This is a spectacularly well preserved chorten, crowned with a golden dome... View More

Gyantse DzongGyantse Dzong
Gyantse Dzong is Gyantse's town fort sitting upon a flat hill just north of the town center. The fort building rests strong and magnificent on the hill, but from various angles seems to be perched rather precariously over sharp cliffs. Wherever you are in Gyantse, the Dzong can be seen. The half hour climb up to the fort is well worth the effort and the spot offers fantastic vistas of the monastery compound to the north, the town below, and the surrounding valley. The fort is partly ruined... View More