Gyirong Valley in Gyirong County, Shigatse

Chinese Name: 吉隆沟
English Name: Gyirong Valley
Location: At the southern foot of central Himalayas
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day
About Gyirong Valley in Gyirong County, Shigatse
Tucked away from the rest of the world, the valley of Gyirong is one of the last great bastions of exploration available to those who wish to venture into true Tibet. Gyirong valley’s skies look down upon an area almost untouched by man, yet vast and beautiful in its natural splendor. At night, those fields in turn their eyes towards the sky and witness a thousand stars make their way across it: the milky way. As a great hiking location, Gyirong Valley gives you access to a piece of the world which has been hidden away for centuries. A place where hiking through its wilderness will lead to you finding and discovering new and interesting wildlife.
History of Gyirong Valley, Shigatse
Records mention Gyirong Valley as far back as AD 658, yet to this day, little is known about this mysterious valley by most. Only some who have ventured to this rare and (almost hidden) location know about the splendor it holds. Hidden away from the rest of the world, the valley seems like a place reserved for those who want to find mystery and explore Tibet’s ancient secrets. Whilst the nearby Gyirong port is known as a large trade route between China and Nepal, Gyirong Valley hasn’t found itself as well-known to outsiders. Yet the area is steeped in history and throughout the land you can find many different historical and fascinating relics.
Geography of Gyirong Valley, Shigatse
Gyirong is located very close to Nepal. If you’ve ever known anyone who has scaled Mount Everest from Nepal, then they most likely have travelled through Gyirong in order to get there. It makes sense, because Gyirong used to be a huge trade port through which China and Nepal would exchange goods. Now, the two countries are once again trying to reinstitute that.
As the deepest of the five mid-Himalayas Valleys, Gyirong Valley is 500 km from the city of Xigaze, and involves a 12 hour trip through mountain passes, twisting descents, and rough pathways. In the south, the valley is only 1700 meters high, yet as you travel further northwards, it gradually increases in height over the course of 100 km, eventually ending up at 7000 meters high. This is higher than you might think, and means that you need to make sure to keep yourself in check to ensure you don’t end up suffering from altitude sickness.
Attraction Transportation:
Visitors can take long-distance bus or choose self-driving along the National Road 318 and arrived at Resuo Village(热索村).
Attraction Travel Tips: 
Traveling Hours: 1 day
Traveling Seasons: April to August 
High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Bring enough water or drinks, fruits and snacks with high caloric content.