Shigatse, 3800 meters above sea level, is a famous cultural city with a history of more than 500 years. It is also the seat of the Panchen Lamas and the political and religious center of the eastern part of Tibet. South of Shigatse is the world famous Mt. Everest.
The Tashilhunpo Monastery is located on the southern slope of the Nyima Mountain, west of the city.
Shigatse is for many the starting point to continue to Mount Everest. Through the barren, scarcely overgrown Tibetan landscape, the way winds towards the Ga Hurrah Pass. From Shigatse, it is still 100 km to Mount Everest, and despite new roads, the journey takes several hours.