Ngari Prefecture

Ngari Prefecture Travel Guide

Ngari prefecture (མངའ་རིས།) is located in the Western Tibet Autonomous Region, It borders Nepal, India, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to North, Shigatse Prefecture to south. The region covers the total area of 310,000 sq Kilometers.
Through this prefecture is the largest in Tibet, it has the lowest Population with a density of 0.23 people per square Kilometer. 85 percent of residents are herders and farmers.
The average elevation of the prefecture is 4500 meters. It is the located where many mountain ranges meet; Himalaya, Kunlun, Karakoram, and Gangdise. The region is best known for its wilderness, mountains, gorgeous lakes. Mount Kailash, Manasarovar Lake, and the Guge Kingdom are the most popular tourist destination of the area.


Getting to Ngari

Ngari Prefecture is located far west in Tibet. There are currently two ways of getting to the prefecture. Either through road transportation or flight Ngari. You can drive to Ngari either from Lhasa or from Xinjiang.  There is a weekly flight to the prefecture, but the flight fare to Lhasa is very expensive.

High Altitude Sickness and Elevation

The average elevation of the region is 4800m above sea level which makes it one of the highest regions in Tibet. It is very common for the travelers to effect by the high elevation illness. It is recommended to start your tour from the lower region of Tibet like Lhasa and Lhoka Prefecture.

Most Responsible travel agency in Lhasa would start all the tours from Lhasa, as it gives some days in Lhasa City to acclimatize before moving up to the higher elevation.

Due to its remote region, medical facilities are very basic. Hence it is recommended to start the tour to Tibet with the lower region before arriving in this region.

There are many locally produced Medicine for the high elevation; Some local Tibetan Medicine. But we always recommend all our clients to consult their doctors about the plans to go to Tibet and bring their own medicine. We want to suggest you the same.

Tibet Travel Permit for Ngari Prefecture

Though we will take care of all the required Tibet Travel permit for Lhasa Prefecture. If you would like to know in detail about the permit requirement to Lhasa Prefecture. Here is the information.

All the international travelers to Tibet would require basic Tibet travel permit. It is issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Besides this, you will have to arrange for you a Military permit and Aliens Permit.

It is usually cold throughout the year. the maximum average temperature of the region 18°C and Minimum Average is about -2.7 °C. The best time to visit the region would be in the month of May and September for the moderate temperature and no snow and rainfall.  Winter is not at all possible and all the facilities like hotels and restaurant would be closed in the winter time.


Equipment, and Packing Checklist


  • Comfortable, broken-in hiking shoes or hiking boots with Spare laces
  • 3 or 4 pairs of hiking pants ( at least 1 pair of waterproof/windproof hiking pants
  • *1 pair of comfortable tennis shoes, flip-flops or croc-style sandal to wear
  • 2 or 3 pairs of cotton socks
  • 3 or 4 pairs of wool socks
  • 4 to 6 pairs of underwear (*trekker should bring some spandex or non-chaffing underwear)
  • 1or 2 sets of thermal underwear (tops and bottoms)
  • 1 set of warm pajamas for overnight
  • Mid-weight or heavyweight winter coat ( down recommend for treks and any Tibet Travel in the month from October to April) 
  • Lightweight hooded rain jacket for treks and any travel done from April thru October
  • Warm Hat
  • Warm gloves
  • Scarf (Optional)
  • Sun Hat with the wide brim
  • 2 or 3 fleece tops
  • 4 to 5 T-shirt (Mixture of short and long sleeved. *Wicking shirt should be used for treks.)


  • *1 lightweight, quick0drying towel
  • *Gaiter (optional for trekkers)
  • *bandana (optional for trekkers)
  • *mid to heavyweight sleeping bag of -12°C to -18°C (10°F to 0°F)
  • Sunglass with UV Protection
  • Protection small flashlight (torch) or headlamp with extra batteries
  • 1 liter Nalgene bottle
  • Small thermos for tea/hot water
  • *day pack that is 30L to 40L in size ( Only if you are trekking)
  • *2 durable trekking poles ( Only if you are trekking)
  • 1 or 2 small plastic bags for dirty clothes, etc
  • Personal Hygiene and Toiletry items
  • Sunblock/ Sunscreen that is SPF 35 or higher
  • Lip balm that contains sunscreen
  • Skin moisturizer (optional)
  • Anti-Bacterial hand sanitizer
  • Small hand-held mirror (Optional)
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine products
  • Shaving products
  • Travel size Soap and Shampoo
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Wet wipes
  • 2 to 3 rolls of toilet papers
  • Nail clipper
  • Band-Aid and moleskin for blisters
  • Earplugs
  • Cotton buds/Q-tips


  • Medicine to treat travelers Diarrhea
  • Anti-biotic ointment for minor cut or blisters
  • Personal Tylenol, ibuprofen, cold medicine, antihistamine, etc
  • Diamox / Acetazolamide (Optional….contact your doctor for details)
  • Medicine if you are prone to motion sickness (optional)
  • prescription drugs (contact your doctor)


  • iPod/iPad/Kindle(optional)
  • Batteries for personal items (Camera, Flashlight, etc)
  • plenty of memory cards for your camera
  • passport/ money holder
  • extra copy of your passport and Chinese Visa (Make an Extra copy of your travel permit in Tibet)
  • Protein bars, Chocolate, dried fruit or Other snacks of your choice.
  • Electric outlet adapter for China
  • Small notebook with pen
  • 3 to 4 small zip-lock bags

Festival in Ngari Prefecture

Losar Tibetan New Year བོད་ཀྱི་ལོ་གསར།

Losar, The Tibetan New Year 

Losar means Tibetan New year. This is one of the most important festivals in the entire years, similar to the Christmas in West and Spring festival in Other parts of China. During the Tibetan New year, we will make sure every one of back home to celebrate it…

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Saga Dawa Festival

Saga Dawa

Saga Dawa festival is a month-long festival which is commemorated on the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar, Buddhist all over the commemorate the life of Buddha. Many travel website and many other websites regard it as the celebration…

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Yogurt festival

Yogurt Festival ཞོ་སྟོན་

Yogurt festival is also known as Drepung monastery festivals. In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, monks would stay in the monastery for a retreat for the summer months to avoid walking on the emerging summer insects and Killing them. The celebration…

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Attractions on Ngari Prefecture

Mount Kailash གངས་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་།

Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash is a peak in the Gangdise mountains, a part of western Himalaya in Tibet. It is the holiest mount in the world and most popular tourist destination in Tibet…

Guge Kingdom གུ་གེ་

Guge Kingdom

The last kingdom of the Tibetan empire, the Guge kingdom founded in the 10th Century. You can visit the ruin of this ancient Kingdom in western Tibet…

Manasarovar Lake མ་ཕམ་གཡུ་མཚོ།

Manasarovar Lake

Manasarover Lake is considered as one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. It is a popular pilgrim site for Hindus along with the Mount Kailash

Tholing Monastery མཐོ་ལྡིང་དགོན་པ་

 Tholing Monastery

Tholing Monastery was the main monastery in the Ancient Guge Kingdom. The Monastery plays a key role in rejuvenating Buddhism in Tibet…

Dungkar & Piyang དུང་དཀར་

Dungkar & Piyang

Tholing Monastery was the main monastery in the Ancient Guge Kingdom. The Monastery plays a key role in rejuvenating Buddhism in Tibet…

Rutok རུ་ཐོག་


Rotuk is a small town in western Tibet where you can visit some few local spots like the monastery, Lake and primitive rock art…

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Our Special Arrangments

For maximum exposure to Tibetan Culture, religion, history, and crafts. We have extensive special arrangements to give you good cultural and traditional experiences.

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Responsible Tourism

I-Tibet travel and Tours is fully committed to responsible and Sustainable tourism practice in Tibet. Our privilege to be able to host you in Tibet also makes our responsibility in protecting nature and contributing back communities.

As a Local Tibetan travel agency in Lhasa. Our staffs are 100% local Tibetan tourism professionals. Additionally, We only use local Tibetan guides, other tours crews, and local business. 100% of the travel money goes to locals. Besides, We use 3% of the net profit into Environmental and social initiatives.

Being Tibetan, We know how vital the Tibetan environment is for the entire world. Mountains, glacier, and rivers are all cherished in our culture. We do our best to reduce the environmental impact of your tours in Tibet.

Following are Our ways:

a) No Small plastic bottles in the tour

All the drinking water are provided in the bigger container. So all visitors are asked to bring his/her own water bottle. In this way, we reduce hundreds and thousands of small plastic bottles. All the bigger containers are provided back to the manufacturer for reuse.

b) Incentives for practice

Incentives are given to guide and drivers. Who follow our strict directories on ethical practice towards sustainable and responsible tourism practice.

c) Staff Training every winter

Winter is a low season in Tibet tourism.  We provide skill training required for the practice of Responsible and Sustainable tourism practice, first Aids and emergency first responder training. One of our managers is certified Humanity Supply Chain management by fritz institute. We work closely with individuals from institute like Tibet Eco Travel initiatives and Local Tibet Red Cross society and other NGOs.

d) Tree Plantation

Some portion of the tour money  are save for our 1000 Tree plantation project. We will plant trees when we will have enough funds.

e) Smaller group size

All our tours are a small group to reduce environmental Impact. Since traveling in a smaller group has less impact on committed in an area than a big group. Therefore all our tour groups are small.

f) Trekking tours and environmental care in the wilderness of Tibet

During your trekking Tours, you will be walking across a very fragile ecosystem.  We do take extra care in our trekking tours preventing environmental effects. Following are how are take care of our environment our trekking tours.

1: We nothing leave mother behind.

We make sure we take all our rubbish and leave nothing behind.

2: We protect the grassland

A little destruction of Tibet’s fragile environment is irreversible. So, in the trekking tours, we will not make drainage surrounding your tent. Instead, we will provide trekkers with a better tent with bathtub style floors which prevent water from getting into the tent. We don’t put a small tent toilet. Even if we try to put the grass back, it is not the same. So when you are answering your nature called please enjoy the view.

3: Collecting the garbage along the way.

We have a saying in Tibet, “if you can’t help, don’t harm.” Here is our helping part. We always have extra yaks carrying the Garbages, our yak men will be collecting while waiting for the clients at the campsite. Yak man walks faster than all, and they have free time at the camp. While cook prepares for meals and drinks, We pay yaks men’s incentives in collecting the rubbish around the camp.

I-Tibet travel and tours, identify its self as a social enterprise.  For this, we dedicate 3% of our annual net profit to Social and environmental projects. Every winter we buy winter clothes for small children and donate to schools. In this way, besides donating winter cloth, we are also encouraging them to go to school.

It is important to make our guest understand Local Culture, Beliefs, and Ethics. Hence it will make it more comfortable during Our special tour arrangements. Like, your home visit, culture programs, and our others.

Sustainable toursim in Tibet

I-Tibet travel is local Tibetan travel agency based in Tibet. Being register in the year 1991, as Tibet Whole world international travel Co.Ltd.  Makes one of the oldest Tibetan travel agency in Lhasa. Thus we can to make all the Document require for your Tibet travel including travel permits. Our service includes wide ranges of Tibet tour packagesTibet group tour for Budget Travel. Also, You can book your Tibet flight tickets and Tibet train tickets. So, We hope you will choose a Local Tibetan travel agency to travel to Tibet.

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