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Kham Overland Tour is started in Kunming city. The Kham overland tour is dominated by a very rich cultural, spiritual, beautiful scenic spot, huge grassland, spectacular snow mountain view, huge Tibetan nomad camps in the eastern part of Tibet. You will be driving from Kunming in south west China to Gyelthang which is Tibet Autonomous Region in Yunnan province in the south west China. Kham overland tour is one of the longest Eastern Tibet tour that you will visit most parts of the Kham region or eastern Tibet.
Starting the trip from Kunming, visit some beautiful ancient old towns of Lijiang, Dali and Gyelthang. Visit Songtsanling which is the biggest monastery in the Yunnan Tibet autonomous region. Continue grand eastern Tibet tour via visiting the most beautiful snow mountain called Kawa Garpo,6740m and the Yading nature preserve in Daocheng or Dhabpa in Tibetan. There you can hike in the beautiful natural green grassland and forested land overlooking by beautiful three snow mountains called Mount Rigsum Gompo. Continue the eastern Tibet overland tour via Lithang county which is the birth place of many famous Tibetan Lama and scholars including the 7th Dalai Lama. Visit Lithang monastery and continue your grand eastern Tibet tour to Kardze and Derge and visit Derge printing house, Derge Parkang in Tibetan and Kardze monastery and the old neighborhood in Kardze county.
Generally, the price for the offered package differs from seasons to season and groups size.
The peak season is April to Octomber and the cost is higher comparatively.
The size of the group is one important factor on the price of the tour package. We offer private tour service, group tour service as well as FIT tour package service to individual tourist.
Other factor affects the price is the hotel and transportant standard requested from the customers.
Hence, we would request you please advice if you prefer a private tour, group tour or FIT group.
What are included in the price?
Whatever price is quoted, the following lists service products are included in the price.
1. Tibet Permit
2. Guide Fee
5. All entry tickets
6. Food and meals
Day 01: Arrival in Kunming and transfer downtown – 1900Mts/24Km
You’ll begin your journey to the diverse and captivating province of Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming. Upon arrival at the Kunming International Airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel. You will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings.
Kunming has a unique and pleasant climate for a Chinese city.
DAY 2 To Lunan Yi ethnic autonomous county and return to Kuming.
You will be driving to the stone forest which is in Lunan Yi Nationality Autonomous County, at the distance of about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Kunming and requires only a three-hour drive.
The Stone Forest is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan. After lunch drive back Kunming to visit the Flowers and Birds Market in the downtown.
DAY 3 Kunming-Dali (2007 meters) 360km by flight
Take the flight to Dali. Once you land in Dali, you will visit Three Pagodas in Chongshen Monastery located at the foot of Cangshan Mountain facing to the Erhai Lake. After lunch, you’ll cruise in Erhai Lake by the small boat to the Jinsuo Islet in the east Erhai Lake. You will enjoy the green Cangshan Mountain and the Three Pagodas from a far as well as lots of birds and seagulls flying over the lake.
After landing, you will head for Xizhou Town to fully appreciate Bai-style traditional architectural courtyards, taste their fragrant Three-Course Tea and explore their distinctive culture. Visit Zhoucheng Village and the Bai people’s Tie-dying cloth workshop where you can take some special souvenir with the Bai ethnic style. At last, you will visit the Ancient Dali Town, walk around the Foreigner Street and enjoy the relax time with local people. After climbing up to the City Wall of Dali, you will have panoramic view of the Erhai Lake.
DAY 4 Dali-Shaxi- Lijiang (2400 meters) 122Km in private car
You will drive from Dali to Shibaoshan mountain .The most prominent sight at ShibaoShan is the Stone Bell Temple with its 139, well preserved stone carvings. The carvings are testimony for a time when Mahayana Buddhism from Tibet started to spread in the Yunnan area. Another interesting sight is the ‘Suspending Temple’, also called the Baoxiang Temple. The Baoxiang temple was built on a ledge of a nearly vertical cliff and can only be reached by a long flight of stairs.
After lunch drive to Shaxi – last remaining ancient market town of its kind on the Tea & Horse Caravan Trail. This trail is a trading route that connected Tibet, Sichuan, and Yunnan to countries in southeast Asia, also called the Southern Silk Road.The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has listed Shaxi as one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world in 2001.
Evening you will drive to Lijiang .
DAY 5 Exploring the old town of Lijiang
In and around Lijiang; morning walk through Black Dragon Pool Park to learn about the Dongba shaman culture of the Naxi minority. Lunch in Yuhu village at the foot of Jade Dragon Mountain , visit home of Dr Joseph Rock, 20 th century National Geographic plant collector andNaxi expert. Spend the evening exploring the old town.
DAY 6 Lijiang-Gyalthang-Zhongdian(Shangri la) (3200 meters) 187Km, 4 hrs
Drive up to Gyalthang / Zhongdian (now known as Shangri-La). The route will take you up through Tiger Leaping Gorge where the Yangtze River , running off the Tibetan plateau, suddenly turns north, tumbling through a spectacular very deep and narrow gauge. Continue driving up to the Tibetan plateau, stopping to climb up to the great limestone White Terraces at Baishultai.
DAY 7 Sightseeing Zhongdian
In Zhongdian, visit SongtsenlingGompa (built 1679), an important teaching monastery, visit a local Tibetan village. Dinner in the Old Town where the local Tibetans dance every evening in the main square.
DAY 8 Shangri-La-Deqin (3550 meters) 180km
Drive to Deqin [6 hours or 180 km] in the morning, en route, visit Benzilan Town with the workshop of Clay Pottery, Dongzhulin Monastery, Baima Snow Mountain (4400m or 12,000ft)
DAY 9 Deqin-Yubeng-Mingyong-Deqin
Get up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise with the Prince Peak of Meili Snow Mountain ( the highest and most beautiful peak of Yunnan with the altitude of 6740m or 19,000ft ), then continue to drive to visit Mingyong Glacier, Yubeng village with the beautiful nature view en route.
Drive back to the hotel Deqing-Chamtreng-Daocheng-Yading you enter more fertile valleys. Visit the Sampheling Monastery, completely raised during the Cultural Revolution but now restored in grand fashion.
At Sumdo you visit one of the oldest Karmapa monasteries in Kham and then continue East towards Daocheng. You will drive to Riwa and stay overnight there.
DAY 10 Explore Yading
Morning drive to Yading Nature Preserve (37 km), then you can hike for 2 to 3 hrs to Lobsang Nutown Pasture, with a very nice view of the RisumGonpo the Three Brother Protectors – namely Chambeyang, Chenrezig, and ChanagDorje.
These are the three peaks called the Gagkarling range which botanist/explorer Joseph Rock called the “Sacred Moutain of the Outlaws.” In the turn of the 20th century – this area became a robber stronghold. We visit the Chongu Monastery also called the Bandit Monastery by Rock. Afternoon drive back to Riwa.
DAY 11 Riwa- Daocheng-Lithang
Drive to Lithang over 2 high passes with great views of the glaciated rocky mountains known as Great Stone Garden. If the weather is clear you can have views of Mt. Khawa Garpo and Genyen mountain during this beautiful drive.
Stop at the holy Drakar Ney, the sacred site of the Buddha of compassion, which is the main site of worship after the famous summer Lithang races and during the Tibetan New Year. We then enter the grasslands of Lithang.
DAY 12 Lithang to Xinlong-Ganzi
Morning, visit Lithang. Visit GandenThubchenChoekhorling Monastery . The monastery was founded in 1580 by the third Dalai Lama SonamGyatso on the site of an older Bön-monastery.
Many more famous and influential personal figures were born here, including the 7th Dalai Lama, 10th Dalai Lama, the most influential Zebutsundaba Lama of Mogonia, the 7th Gyamuyang Lama, the 7th, 8th and 9th Pabalha living Buddha of Chamdo monastery and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Xianggen living buddha.
After the sightseeing, drive along the Yalong river valley, enjoy its nature beauty, then you will get in Ganzi county passing by Xinlong.
DAY 13 To Gardze monastery,excursion to Yachen Gar or monastery (130Km, 2hrs drive) and return.
Morning, visit Kardzemonatery – built in the 17th century during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama. Afterward, you go to the second floor of the assembly hall and there is a very beautiful small chaple of Amitayus and the monk in the chapel gives you initiation of Amitayus for your longevity. The third floor is the chaple of JowoShakyamuni and mandala of Kalachakara.
YaqênOrgyän Temple is located in Baiyü CountyGarzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture , in Sichuan province, China. It is associated with the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism . With more than 10,000 Sangha members now, it’s the largest concentration of nuns and monks in the world. Most of the Sanghas are nuns.
DAY 14 Ganzi to Derge
Derge is well known for its Buddhism printing house and its historical role in keeping the Buddhism going. Derge was the largest and most influential of the five kingdoms of Kham. the crafts of Derge, particularly in printing and metal work were renowned throughout Tibet.
The most important thing that you can see there are Derge Gonchen monastery and the most famous Derge printing house.The present monastery was rebuilt in 1980s and the monastery is maily dedicated to Sakya pa sect so there are more stature about Sakyapa sect.
Derge Printing house was the most popular printing houses for the old government of Tibet in the past for printing all kinds of scriptures and books.
DAY 15 Visit Derge and Dzokchen monastery (3800 meters) 170km
Visit the famous Derge Printing house, inside which are piles of collection of wood carved boards for printing. Many of the collections are rare in the world. And then visit the Gengqing monastery, which is close to printing house and this monastery belongs to Sakyapa order. After the sightseeing in Derge, you will drive to Dzokchen monastery through DergeTrola pass and drive through Murila pass (4559 meters)
DAY 16 Dzokchen monastery to Sershul(4000m/220Km )
Morning drive to Dzokchen monastery from the town at the distance of 3Km. Dzokchen monastery is located in a small beautiful valley with rocky capped mountain. The monastery has around 600 monks nowadays. Drive through Murila pass, 4559Mts. Most of the route between Dzokchen and Sershul is along high altitude grasslands that are filled with yaks. There are only a few small villages along the way.
DAY 17 To Serchul monastery and then Yushu (3700 meters) 158km
SershulGompa is a Gelukpa sect and it has 1500 monks nowadays. The most sacred relics of the monastery are a statue of Tsongka. A statue of Jowo made of white sandal wood, a hat of the present Dalai Lama, a paire shoes of the 9th Penchen Lama and some tomb stupas of the monastery Lamas.
After lunch, you will drive to Jyekundo. The road condition from Sershul to the pass before reaching Zhiwu village, is very bad.
DAY 18 Jyekundo-Zurmang, 3500mts/210Km, Monastery guest house in the monastery
You drive to Zurmang. You take the narrow road but in good condition, on the way, you will see some monasteries including Benchen Lama at Pelthang town. You cross two main passes and then reached at Xiao Zurmang town.
After crossing another pass, you will drive on the left to ZurmangDutsitil. The monastery has a charming Makala chapel and some of the young monks meditating there and doing Puja to Makala. There is a hermitage above the monastery.
You will have lot of beautiful nomad camps on the way. You can visit Dodo monastery which has a long history.
DAY 19 Zurmang-Nangchen (3700 meters) 70km
You will visit the main assembly hall of themoanstery. Zurmal Namgyel Jangchup Ling is one of the biggest Kagyupa monasteries in Kham. All Khampa people wear traditionalKhampa dress with full of ornaments on their heads, waist especially women.
DAY 20 Excursion to Gar monastery-back to Nangchen, 196km
You will drive to Gar Gompa which is located at the distance of 98Km from Nangchen county. JaGompa is the seat of Sanggye Tenzin who is the 10th reincarnation now. It is a Karma Kagyupa monastery with over 500 monks now. The monastery has a beautiful Zangtok Pelri and the main ground floor of Zangtok Pelri is dedicated to the statues of Guru Rinpoche, YesheTsogyel and Mandarawa.
You will Gar Nunnery. The nunnery is located on a hill where it is believed to be the sacred mountain of Chenrezi. There is a very sacred cave which is considered as natural Chenrezi so they built a statue of Chenrezi inside the cave in the present day.
DAY 21 Drive Nangchen to Chamdo (3256 meters) 180km
After breakfast, drive to Chamdo at the distance of 180Km, crossing the border between Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai province. The scenery is quite similar to the one when you are driving from Serchul to Jyekundo. Chamdo, officially Qamdo, and known in Chinese as Changdu, is a prefecture-level city in the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Regionand it is the third largest city of Tibet.itis one of the six prefectures of Tibet Autonomous Region.The population of Chamdo is 77326.
DAY 22 Visit Chamdo and then drive to Rawu lake (3807 meters) 361km
Ganden Jampa Ling is a very famous monastery called KaldenJampaling – founded by one of Tsongka pa’s student called JangsamSherrap Sangpo in 15th century. it formally had 10000 monks and ranked alongside Lithang and Khantse as the largest Gelukpaestaplishment in Kham. Nowadays the monastery has around 3000 monks. Drive continuously towards Tibet Sichuan Tibet highway, ascent the Zar Gama La Pass ( 4,618m ), and down through 180 switchbacks to the Upper Salween River and cross NakchuZampa Bridge at Po. Continue through the Ngajukla pass ( 4468m ) which forms the watershed between Brahmaputra and Salween riverse.
DAY 23 Rawo lake-Nyingtri 342Km
Morning, enjoy an easy walk around the lake Rawu and then drive towards Nyingtri through Serkyim La pass 4515m. You will pass by Lunang forest village and Lunang international resort which is going to finish soon this year. From the top of the Serkyim la pass, you will have a very beautiful view of Namcharkbarwasnow capped mountain.
DAY 24 Bai-Darksumtso, 3200 meters
After breakfast,head to lake Darksumsto,which is the national forest park and it is a beautiful green land with forest and surrounded by dense forest which gives you a total different view from the central part and western part of Tibet. Take the scenic bus into the lake, 15 minutes bus ride, visit the island of small monastery and cave of Guru Rinpoche.
DAY 25 Darksum Lake-Ganden monastery-Lhasa (3650 meters) 400km
Continue your journey up to the valley and reaching the pass of Bhala which is over 5000m above sea level. From the top of the pass, you are entering into the Lhasa area and will see some nomad camps, pastureland, farmers on the way. Enroute visit Ganden monastery which is the mother monastery of the Yellow hat school. Yellow hat school or Gelukpa sect was found by the master Tsongkapa in the 14th century and it is one of the largest schools in Tibetan Buddhism.
DAY 26 Sightseeing Lhasa, Potala Palace, Jokang temple and Bharkor.
You will start from the hotel and drive towards Potala square. Leave the car behind and must be ready and take your challenge to climb more than hundred steps of the Potala Palace. After the sightseeing of the Potala Palace, walk around the Potala Palace with pilgrimages and you can experience the ancient tradition of Tibetans, walking around Potala, praying matras.
After lunch, you will visit Jokang temple. Walking around the Bharkor is another interesting thing during your tour in lhasa. You will meet many different people in Bharkor.
DAY 27 Sightseeing Lhasa, Pabongka, Chubsang nunnery and Sera monastery.
Drive to and explore Pabongka Monastery; hike downhill to Chupsang Nunnery; walk to Sera Monastery, where you will have a picnic lunch; depending on availability, make your own prayer flag at Sera’s printing center and witness monks debate age-old scripts in the courtyard.
DAY 28 Departure
A team of Tibet Trip Hub will visit you at the hotel and offer Tibetan Khata and thanking you for choosing Tibet Trip Hub to visit Tibet. Your tour specialist will later accompany you till either to the airport or railway station.
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