Nyingtri Prefecture Travel Guide

Nyingtri Prefecture (ཉིང་ཁྲི།) means the seat of the sun in the Tibetan language. It is also called Kongpo in Tibetan. The region boasts its natural beauty, It is noted for its greenery and scenic beauty. The prefecture has a well-preserved forest, giving the region the title of Natural museum and the gene pool.
The Prefecture is located Southeast of Lhasa Prefecture, east of Lhokha prefecture, Located on its south is the India and Myanmar. The region is famous for the domestic and tourist from southeastern Asia for its natural beauty.


Getting to Nyintri Prefecture

There is a regular flight from Chengdu to Nyintri prefecture. Arriving first in the Nyintri prefecture before going to Lhasa and Other higher Elevated regions of Tibet. You can travel to the prefecture overland from the Yunnan Province of China or take a tour from Lhasa. Yet so far there is no train route to the Prefecture. In the future, they will be a train route from Chengdu to Lhasa through this prefecture.

Flights to Nyintri

There are daily flights to Nyintri from Chengdu, Shenzhen, Xi’an, and Chongqing. Yet there is no international flight to the region, hence visitors will have to transit at the above mention cities in China

High Altitude Sickness and Elevation

There is a great difference between the highest elevation and the lowest elevation of this prefecture. The average elevation of this region is 3000m above the sea level, but the lowest elevation is at 150m.

The elevation of Nyintri is at 2992 m. If you are arriving in Nyintri directly it is recommended to take the first day free at the hotel to acclimatize to the high elevation. We would like to recommend you to take some days to visit the nearby area to acclimatize before going up to the Higher elevated region of Tibet like Tsadang, and Lhasa.

Please consult your personal doctor for the medication for High altitude-related sickness.

Tibet Travel Permit for Nyintri Prefecture

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

If you are visiting the Nyintri prefecture, We will have to arrange the permit as per the place of visit. The basic permit requirements for the region is the Tibet travel permit and Alien permit. Some area in the region requires an additional permit for the sensitivities of the Places of the visit.

But you must keep in your mind the permit situation is different as per the mode to transportation into Tibet as follow:

  1. If you are taking a train from other cities in China beside Chongqing. You have required only the photocopy of your Tibet permit. Hence we will send you a copy in an email, and you can make the printout.
  2. For the train from Chongqing to Lhasa. The Train station in Chongqing will need to see your original Permit. For this, we will have to send you original permit to your hotel in Chongqing.
  3. Taking the flight to Tibet from any part of China, we will need to send your Original Tibet travel permit. Any airport in China will require to see your original Tibet travel permit before boarding into the flight.
  4. The permit will be at the border with your tour guide for all the travelers coming from Kathmandu to Tibet. If you are taking an overland journey from Nepal to Tibet, your guide will be at the China custom at the border port with a permit. For the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, your tour guide will be with the permit waiting for you at the China Custom counter in Lhasa Airport.

The climate of Nyintri Prefecture is mild and pleasant for the entire year. There is an abundant rainfall due to the humid current from the Indian subcontinent. Different environment ranging from temperate to tropical forms its unique landscapes and tourist destinations.
The average annual rainfall is 650 mm. It receives 2,022 hrs of sunshine.
The medium yearly temperature is 8.7 degree Celsius. With the average temperature in the winter is just above 0 degree Celsius and the average temperature in the summer is 20 degree Celsius. This makes the Prefecture beautiful regions without harsh winter and burning summer.


Best time to visit Nyintri Prefecture

It is not a good idea to visit during the time of monsoon, which is from Mid May to September.

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 Lhasa Prefecture

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

Losar, The Tibetan New Year 

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Saga Dawa Festival

Saga Dawa

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Attractions on Nyintri Prefecture

BasumTso Lake

BasumTso Lake

BasumTso Lake is a very beautiful lake between Nyintri Bayi Town and Lhasa. The lake is also a sacred site for Nyingmapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

Rawo Lake

Rawo Lake

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Midui Glacier

Midui Glacier

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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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