At an elevation of 4,012m above sea level, Litang is one of the highest cities in the world. The town sits on the edge of a grassy valley. Many people who live in the surrounding area are yak herders. The 7th Dalai Lama, 10th Dalai Lama, and 11th Dalai Lama were born here. The climate is alpine sub-arctic, with an average temperature of 10.6 °C in July, and -5°C in January. Visitors can hike the mountains nearby, visit the local monastery, or relax in the natural hot springs just outside of town.