- Day 01: Arrival at airport and transfer to Tsongka hotel, 2500mts,60Km Tsongka hotel
Arrival at the airport and drive to Kubum or Huangzhongxian, 2500mts,60Km from airport. We checked in Kubum hotel which is just located at the outside of the courtyard of Kubum monastery.
- Day 02: Kubum monastery-Tso Ngonpo(Kokonor lake in Tibetan )3150mts/150Km ShangrilaXiangcun hotel
After breakfast, we went to visit Kubum monastery.Kubum monastery was built in around 16th century by SherrapTsundruGyeltsen. The main object of the monastery is the golden stupa of Tsongka pa and the Maitreya chapel.
We finished our sightseeing from Golden stupa and went back to hotel. Get on the jeeps and went to the pedestrian street of Kubum and had our lunch in a Vegetarian restaurant.
After lunch, we drove to Qinghai lake and there are around 155Km from Kubum to Tsoka hotel at Qinghai lake. Tsoka hotel is at the elevation of 3150mts above sea level. We stopped on the way and bought some honey where the honey makers producing their honey.
- Day 03: Tso Ngonpo-Chapcha-Mato county, 4000mts,408KmLiangyou hotel
We drove from Tsokaand took a pass directly from Tsoka to Chapcha which saved us 50Km. Chabcha is is Hainan Zhou main city. After crossing the pass, there is a big pasture land with full of Tibetan nomads, yaks, sheep etc. From Chapcha, we countinuously drove to Mato via Wenchuan. Wenchuan is a very small town where there are some beautiful stupas made of colored cloth and papers. We had lunch there in a Tibetan restaurant. From Wenchun, we continuously drove and crossed the second pass. Actually if the weather is good, we could see AmnyeMachen in the distance but because odthe weather, we could not see. We stopped in ZoganRawa where there is a juntion to go to Darlakcounty and to Mato and we are entering Golok area. The road between Xining and Jyekundo is being construced and I think within two years, there will be a very nice high way.
We also saw some wild donkeys on the way and a beautidul scenery of a vast grassland for all most the whole day. We totally drove 408KM and finally reached Matocounty at the elevation of around 4000mts. We stayed in Liangyou hotel.
- Day 04: Mato-Jyekundo,3700mts/348Km. YushuZhengfu hotel
We drove to Kyegundo,3700mts at the distance of 348Km. The landscape from Mato to Kyegundo is a beautiful grassland with lots of nomad camps and drive through quite a few mountain passes and most of those passes are over 4000mts. The road condition from Mato to Kyegundo is very good. Just before reaching Dodo town, we saw a small monastery on the right hand side with some prayer flags so since our lunch is a bit early, we turn left for the monasry. There are around 5Km to the monastery but it takes around half an hour sinc the road condition is very bad. The monastery is newly built Kagyupa monastery. They have around 60 monks.
We had our lunch at Dodo town. Dodo is a very small town where all most all the restaurants are being run by Chinese muslim people so you can only get muslim noodles. From Dodo, we continue our journey and we arrived in Zhiwu. We visited Zhiwu monastery dates back to the time of 12th century. The monastery was builty under the advice of DrogonChoegyalPakpa when we went to visit Mongolia. The most important object of the monastery is a small statue of DrogonWangdui Nyima who was one of the line ages Lama of Sakyapa sect. The statue has over 700 years history. The statue was inside the assembly hall and there is another small chaple of DorjeeNaljorma.
We drove continuously to Kyegundo and saw a few more monasteries on the way including Kyegundo just before reaching Kyegundo.
- Day 05:Jyekundo-Zurmang, 3500mts/210Km, Monastery guest house in the monastery
We drove to Zurmang, 3500mts at the distance of 210Km including visiting ZumarDutsitil. From Kyegundo to Pelthang airport is 15Km and then turn left from the main road to Nangchen. We take the narrow road but in good condition, on the way, we saw some monasteries including Benchen Lama at Pelthang town. We crossed two main passes and then reached at Xiao Zurmang town.
After crossing another pass, we drove on the left to ZurmangDutsitil which is at the distance of 15Km from the main road to ZurmangNamgyeltse. The ZurmangDutsitil was built in around 15th century but the monasteries are all in new buildings. The monastery has a charming Makala chapel and some of the young monks were meditating there and doing Puja to Makala. There is a hermitage above the monastery and the monks said that they are meditating 4 years in the hermitage.
The scenery for today is a narrower valley with rich grass land. They have lots of beautiful nomad camps on the way.We also visited Dodo Gompa which has a long history that it was built during DrogonChoegyelPakpa but it is a complete newly re-built monastery and the main assembly hall is under construction.
- Day 06: Zurmang-Nangchen,3700mts/70Km Gesar hotel in Nangchen
We visited the main assembly hall of themoanstery. inside, it is also under construction, they are building three periods Bhuddhas statues. ZurmalNamgyelJangchupling is one of the biggest Kagyupa monasteries in Kham area and it was originally built in the 15th century. The temple which has more old paintings are also under construction.
After sightseeing, we drove to the east of Zurmang monastery at the distance of 8Km where there is a nunnery openningceremoney. The nunnery has received a special guest from ZurmangNamgyel who is one of thehigest lama of Zurmang called KyabjeGawa Rinpoche. There were lots of monks, nuns and lay people, joining theceremony. All those Khampapeople were wearing traditionalKhampa dress with full of ornaments on their heads, waist especially women. We had a picnic lunch on the way and drove to Nangchen. There are around 70KM to Nangchen. We crossed a pass at 4900mts. On the way, we enjoyed the beautiful nomad camps, gorges with some beautiful trees, rocky hills, Mekong river. From mekong river, we crossed the Bridge and get into G214 high way. From there, Nangchen, 3700mts was just 13Km. We stayed in Gesar hotel in Nangchen which is considered as the best hotel. It has quite clean rooms.
- Day 07: Excursion to Gar monastery-back to Nangchen,196Km Gesar hotel
We drove to Gar Gompa which is located at the distance of 98Km from Nangchencounty. We took the G214 road for around 20Km and then from a middle of a pass, we turn left side where there is a sign board of Cha Gompa.
On the right side of the pass, JaGompa is located and it 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 ZangtokPelri is dedicated to the statues of Guru Rinpoche, YesheTsogyel and Mandarawa. The top third floor is dedicated to many old Thangkas including Thangka of Karma successives, Thangka of Amitaba mandala etc. After pass, the scenery is slowly changing from a beautiful grassland with nomad camps into a gorge with dense forest.
It is a complete different landscape of a narrow gorge, rocky mountains, full of trees. We reached Gargon which is located on a rocky hill and the monastery is located into two, upper part and lower part of the monastery. In the main assembly hall of the lower part of the monastery, there are statues of Kagyupa Lama and in the centre, a statue of DrigungKyopa Rinpoche. The monastery has around five hundred years history but all are new today. There is a statue of one of the monasteries Yogis called Chime Dorjee and we have seen a very clear foot prints of Yogi Chime Dorjee. In the upper part of the monastery, the main chapel is dedicated ot the Avaloketasivara, Shakyamuni and a very sacred foot print of Yogi Chime Dorjee.
There are two main Lamas in the monastery, one is called Gar KonchokGyeltsan who is in USA today and Gar Migyur Dorjee whom we visited in his residential room. The monastery has around 120 monks.
On the way, we visited 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. We drove back on the same way and had a short visit in Cha Gompa.
- Day 08:Nangchen-Jyekundo,3700mts,
We left Nangchen and drove through several different passes via G214 to Chamdo. There are some nomad camps on the way.
From Pelthang where Kyegundo ariport is, we went to visit Penchen monastery which is a Nyingmapa monastery. The monasteries are little new.
From Penchen, we went to visit a stone carved BhuddhaMarmeze and eight bodhisatvas. The statues were enshrined in Trango monastery and the statue was originally carved during the time of Princess Wengcheng of the Tang court, later during the time of King Trisongdetsen, all the statues were again carved more beautiful and put the clay silk cloth for the sake of KingTrisongKingdom members including the important ministers, all sentient beings.
From the Trango monastery to Kyegundo is just around 10Km drive.
- Day 09: Jyekundo-Sershul,4000mts/158Km ShangdiNima hotel
We drove to Sershul, 4000mts.We drove till Zhiwu at the distance of 88Km and then turn right for Sershul crossing a pass of 4700mts, driving in the valley of rich nomad camps for the distance of 70Km. The road condition from the top of the pass is not good.
We had lunch in Sershul monastery restaurant and then went to visit the monastery. Sershul monastery has more than three hundred years history and it is one of the biggest Gelukpa monasteries in Sichuan Kham region.. The monastery has 1800 monks in the present day. The monastery had main assembly hall, next to the assembly hall, there is another temple which was also old and contains many old statues, the Kalachakara temple and GadenYigachoezen.
The main assmbly hall of the monastery was not destroyed in the cultural revolution. The present head Lama of the monastery is SershulTripaThuptenNyendarkChoekyiGyaltsen who is the 46thSershulTripa. The father of SershulTripaThuptenNyendak was one of the most famous Lama in Kham region but he was passed away.
The monastery’s main assembly hall enshrines an old statue of BhuddhaShakyamuni, a statue of Tsongkapa and his desciples, the second floor of the main assembly hall contains a lot of very sacred relix such as a statue of Aveloktesvara which was commissioned by GelongmaPelme for the relix of summer retreat in Nelanda monastery in India and it has more than 2000 years history which has re-confirmed by the natonal historical research.
The statue was made of sandal wood. Another statue of Jowo made of red sandal wood, robs of 10thPenchen Lama, shoes of 9thPenchen Lama, a hat of 14th Dalai Lama. There are some tomb stupas of the monastery Lamas and abbots.Among them, the tom stupa of Abbot Kelsang has a very sacred relix of natural Tara which came from the ashes after the monastery burned his body. We can see the statue of Tara from the tomb stupa.
- Day 10: Sershul-Arikzagompa-Zokchen, 3800mts/220Km Local lodge
We drove from Sershul to ArikzaGompa, 50Km and then to Dzokchen via Asho170KM. From sershul, we drove for around 10Km and then crossed the Yangtse river ( Drichu ) where there is a dam. The road condition is not very good. After crossing a pass, we reach ArikzaGompa. It is a Nyingmapa monastery and it has around 500 monks at the present day. There is also a new nunnery and it has around 200 nuns. There was a ceremony going on and we enjoyed Khampa cultural festival. The people were in traditional dress with rich ornaments and jewlery on their bodies.
We continuously drove down and reached a bridge where there is a small village and a monastery called Wengon monastery belongs to Gelukpa sect. We crossed the bridge and reached a very big nomad camp.
We had a nomad family visit and had some Yogurd. From there, the nomads said that we should still continue our way straight ahead but since one of our drivers already went to Dzokchen, we took the left side road and crossed the pass. It was a long bad road drive. We croseed another bridge after long time drive, reached a village called Asho which is the home town of Ling Gesar. There is a monastery called Tsatsa and it is also said to be the Palace of Ling Gesar. After driving around 30Km from Ling Gesar home town, we passed by Shechen monastery with beautiful golden roofs. From Shechengompa to Dzokchen was just 12Km. The accommodation in Dzogchen was very basic.
- Day 11: Dzokchen-Mani Gangko-Kardze, 3200mts,140KmYukang hotel
The distance from Zogchen to Mani Ganggo is 50Km and from Mai Ganggo to Kardze, 3200mts is 90Km. After crossing a pass, we reached Mani Ganggo which is the junction to go to Derge and Kardze. On the way between Mani Gango and Kardze, we passed by two monasteries, one is called DargyeGompa which is the biggest monastery we saw on the way and it is a Gelukpa monastery. The scenery around monastery and on the way to Kardze is a very beautiful one with beautiful barley fields, trees. The Yalongriver is flowing in the valley too via Kardze.
- Day 12: Kardze-Serta,3650mts,160Km Nyalong hotel
After breakfast,we went to visit Kardze monastery which is just a five minutes drive from the hotel. There is a very beautiful neighborhood below the monastery where they have beautiful Tibetan Kham styled houses.
The monastery was originally built in the 17th century during the time of the 5th Dalai Lama but the present size was rebuilt. The monastery has 450 monks. The main assembly hall of the monastery is dedicated to the statues of BhuddhaShakyamuni and statues of Tsongka and his two main desciples, Kedrup je and Gyeltsop Je in the centre, 6 ornaments and two suprems are to the both sides. The wall painting of the monastery is beautiful. There is a chaple next to the main assembly hall which is dedicated to the Lamrim Lama Tsokshing or the Lamrim Lama tree. It is the biggest Lamrim tree or Lamrim refugee tree which I have ever seen.
After that, we went to the second floor of theassembly 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 next is the chaple of protector deities which are dedicated to the statues of PaldenLhamo, GyelpoKunga etc. The monks do protector deities prayer every day and we have seen they are very lively of doing the protector deities prayer. The next one is thechapel of Demchok, Jigje, SangwaDhupa etc.
The third floor is the chaple of JowoShakyamuni and mandala of Kalachakara. Next to the Lamrim Lama tree, there is a chaple of MaitreyaBhuddha but we could not visit that chaple of because of the time.
After visiting the monastery, we walked down till the bridge and enjoyed our walk through the old neighborhood.
We drove down to Den Gonpo which belongs to Kardze monastery and it is located in the town centre. The main temple is dedicated to the statue of GurgyeGonpo and they also have beautiful wall paintings.
From Kardze, we drove to Sershul. We took the main road to Drango around 25Km and when we got to the top of the pass, we turn left for Serdacounty. From the roof top, there are 138Km to Serda county.
We drove down and passed by a village called Tongkor. Just after crossing the bridge, there is a small monastery on the left side of the road. The monastery contains many old statues and some old beds of the Dalai Lama and Penchen Lama. After the village, we started driving up and passed by TongkorNegri which has lots of prayer flags, caves, stupa, beautiful rocky hill.
We crossed the pass, 4500mts and from the top of the pass, we enjoy a very beautiful view of the rocky mountain with snow capped mountain. We drove down and rached a village called Nyikho. After Nyikhok we drove through a gorge for around 10Km with densely forested. Today, the villages on the way very much attractive Khampa styles and the overall landscape is extremely beautiful. We crossed around three passess and from the last pass, we saw a monastery called YalongPemako and just before seeing Serta county from the corner, we saw a very beautiful monastery of Dhungkar. The road condition of Serta is not very good. The distance from Kardze to Serta, 3650mtsis around 160KM.
- Day 13: Excursion to Serta and Dunggar monastery. Same hotel
After breakfast we went to Serta monastery or Lharong Gar which is to the east of Serta county at the distance of 20Km. We took the main high way to Chengdu and after 20Km, turn left and entered a big gate of the monastic university of Lharong Gar. It is the biggest monastic university which I have ever seen. The university is fully spread all over a whole valley. It is divided into two sections, monastery and nunnery.
There is a border between the nunnery and monastery that the monks are not allowed to enter nunnery gate and nuns are not allowed to enter monastery gate. There are two main big halls with goldren roofs where one is used for monks to study and another one is used for nuns to study. Both of them have third floors and second and third floors have many rooms which are used for different classes including Tibetan medicine.
There are over 10000 including both monks and nuns coming from different regions of Tibet and main land China. The best view for photos is from ZangthokPelri stupa. Just next to ZangtokPelri stupa, there is a monastesry guest house too. Both nunnery and monastery do not have any statues like other monastery or nunnery in the assembly halls.They are just calss rooms like normal universities.
After Lharong Gar, we drove out of the main gate of Lharong Gar and then drove up to the sky burial which carries on the similar traditions of Drigung but I think this is the biggest sky burials where they have the biggest No of vultures. Everyday, the burial receives 5 bodies and I think there are over 2000 vultures.
We drove back to the Serta county and on the way back, we stopped for a huge stupa which is supposed to have 50 meters high. The stupa is extremely built in a beautiful old Tibetan style by using small pebbles and rocks. There are some other smaller stupas including the stupas of the 10thPenchen Lama.
We checked in hotel and then continuously drove to Dunggar monastery in the west of the county. It was built on a hill side and has a very beautiful newly built assembly hall and a golden stupas. The ground, first and second floors of the stupa re dedicated to different statues of different sects. As soon as we enter the gate of the monastery, there is a representative SakarGuthok of Mila Repa which is also nine storeys high. To the left of the SekarGuthok, there are two beautiful Mani Lhakang and some prayer flag poles covered by numerous prayer flags. The secenery of the Serta nomad camp from the monastery is also dramatic. We came back from Dunggar and had dinner in the same Gyarong Tibetan restaurant but they only speak Tibetan.
- Day 14: Serta to Dzathang county,3300mts,180Km Snow land hotel
We drove to Dzamthang,300mtsfrom Serta at the distance of 180Km through a river called Serchu. There is a junction at Serwa and from there we turn left for Dzamthang and drove into a gorge of Serchu. The gorge is densely forested. On the way, there are very beautiful villages and mostly they are farmers. They grow barley. Their houses are in very attractive designs.
The ground and second floors are made of rocks and the third floor is made of wood with a very beautiful balcony.
Just before reaching Dzamthang, there is a small monastery called SekarGuthok and they have five beautiful nine storey castles like the one in Lhodark built by Mila Repa. The monastery is a Karma Kagyupa school. Dzamthang is a small county which is just located at the bank of Drochu. From Dzamthang, there is a road to serta towards west of the town at the distance of 80Km and 110Km to Pedma instead of taking Ngaba road. This road is via Yuthok and Drupchen monasteries which are Nyingmapa monasteries but the road at the moment is under construction. If we need to go to JonangGompa, then we still need to take Ngaba road. The restaurant in Dzamthang are not very clean.
- Day 15: Dzamthang-Pedma,3700mts/180Km, Pedma hotel
We drove to Pedma,3700mtsat the distance of 180Km. We crossed a small pass just after Dzamthang and reached a juntion, one directly to Pedma and another road on the rightside leads to Jonang Culture centre which is within Dzamthang. From the junction, we drove 15Km to Jonang culture centre through a beautiful valley with full of typical Tibetan styled houses whch are extremely beautiful. There are three monasteries at Jonang culture centre which are Tsechu, Choeje and SangngaGompa. Among them, the oldest monastery today is Choeji and the assembly hall of Choeji is old and it has many old Thangka and Statues. In the upper part of Choeji, an old statue of Shakyamuni. Underneath the statue, you can go and do clockwise direction around the pillar under the statue in order to get blessing and get rid of once’s bad karmic action. It is said that the statue is always not be able to be taken nice photos.
The three monasteries are all together and the most upper part or on the left side is TsechuGompa and the main statue is also BhuddhaShykyamuni and an old statue of Dolpopa who is the main lineage of Jonangpa. The middle one is Choeji which is the oldest one. The last one or the biggest one is Sang Nga. It is a newly re-built monastery and there is a big tomb stupa of the monastery Lama who passed away. There are beautiful wall painting of Kalachakara and it’sattendents, Bhuddha’s life sotry. The forth floor chaple is dedicated to the great masters from different orders in Tibet. Fifth floor is the library and printing boardsshelfs. The top floor is dedicated to a mandala of Tara. Next to this temple, there is a temple of a huge MaitreyaBhuddha.
There are also a tantric college and philosophical college where they call Shedra and Drupdra nowadays. Joangpa order is said to be started from Dolpopa based on BhudhaShakyamuni teachings. Dolpopa is the first lineage of Jonangpa and now they are 47th lineages. Dolpopa was born in Dolpo in Nepal. Jonangpais mainly practisingTantra and they have a very deep source of Kalachakara practice and meditation. They are building a giant new mandala of Kalachakara which will be the world’s largest Kalachakara Mandala. We drove back to the juntion and continued to Pedma via Nagpa road.
From a junction where there is a tributary of a big river, we drove left side from Ngapa road through a densely forested gorge. The road condition is immaidiately getting better when we are entering Qinghai prefecture. We arrived in Pedmacounty by around 10Pm and we stayed in Pedma hotel. Pedmacounty is also under construction and the fascility of the county is not very good.
- Day 16: Excursion to Yarthang monastery and back to Pedma. Same hotel
We went back to Yarthang monastery which is around 6Km to the east of Pedma county. It’s a Jonangpa Gompa. The monastery has some beautiful stupas which look very old eventhough they are over thirty years old. There is a new big assembly hall but it only has a statue of Shakyamnu flanked by two of his main disciples. On the way back, we visited a ZangthokPelri and it has many beautiful stupas around. We drove to the top of the backside hill. From the hill top, we had a great view of Pedma county with it’s giant stupa.
- Day 17: Pedma-Jigdril,3700mts,
We drove to Jigdril, 3700mts at the distance of 200km .On the way, we visited a monastery called Chamdha which is around 15Km from the main road. The monastery has around 200 monks and the abbot of the monastery is called Kunga Zangpo who is one of the highest and oldest teachers in Jonang order. From the monastery, we drove back to the main road and crossed a pass. From the foot of the pass, we turn rightside and visited Nyenpo Yurtse. From NyenpoYurtse turn off side till Jigdril is a very rich nomadic area where it is full of big nomad tents. The road condition for today is fairly good. Jigdril is also a small county with only one good hotel.
- Day 18: Jigdril-Dzoge,3500mts,150Km DzogeZhengfu hotel
We drove from hotel at 8 Am and had breakfast on the way in a simple nomad house. The distance from Jigdril to Marchu county or Dzoge Nyima is 150Km and from Jigdril to Ngapa is 69Km. After crossing a pass, we reached the first Marchubridge where we can see the first bend of Marchu. The road condition from Jigdril till Marchucounty is a good one and just after 3Km, we will pass by a big Nyingmapa monastery and there are two big statues outside the monastery, to the right is Guru Rinpoche and to the left is Chenrezig.
The road condition from Jigdril till Marchu is a pretty good one but the road from Marchu till the juntion to TaktsangLhamo is really bumpy. From Marchu county to the high way checkpoint where we meet the highway from Lanzhou or Labrang is 69Km. We turned left for TaktsangLhamu and drove around 12Km on the highway and then turn left again for TaktsangLhamo. After driving around 5Km, we reached TaktsangLhamu.
On the right side of the valley is the Sertang monastery and on theleftside is the TaktsangLhamo or KirtiNamgyelDechenling. Kirti monastery is so named as TaktsangLhamo is because of it’s location at the cave of tiger and PeldanLhamo. We can visit the caves of PeldanLhamo and tiger as well as a Vajarayogini opposite of tiger’s one. The monastery is said to be visited by KirtiTenpaRabgye in the 15th century and it is visited by generations of masters later and later in around 18th century, KirtiTenpeiGyaltsan established the monastery.
The most important object of the monastery is the tomb stupa of the 5th reincarnation of Kirti Rinpoche and PeldanLhamo caves. The assembly hall also must be interesting to visit but because of the shortage of the time, we could not visit the main assembly hall and the tomb stupa of the 5thKirti Rinpoche. The monk let us to visit the residential palace of theKirti Rinpoche. In the residential palace, they have hair of 7th, 11th and 14th Dalai Lama’s in a box and the monk blessed us. The valley where monastery is extremely beautiful with rocky montains, green forest, beautiful stream water. There is also a monastery hotel just nearby the entry of the monastery. The entry ticket is 30RMB per pax.
We could not visit Sertang monastery because of the time. We drove back to the main road and took the high way from the toll gate. The distance is 59Km to Dzoge and a very good road. Between Jigdril and Dzoge, they have the most richest and biggest nomad lands in Tibet with full of yaks and sheep in the huge vast grassland. The scenery of this vast grass land on which thousands of thousands of Yak and sheep are grazing is tremendously beautiful. We reached Dzoge, 3500mts by around 8Pm and stayed in a hotel called DatsangYangguangJiudian which is a 3* hotel. ’
- Day 19: Dzoge-Dzitsa Degu,2100mts,222KmGesang hotel
After breakfast, we went to visit Taktsang monastery. It is a Gelukpa monastery with around 180 monks. The main assembly hall of the monastery has very beautiful statues of BhuddahShakyamuni with his two main disciples, big Maitreya in thecentre, Tsongkapa and his two main disciples. When we went to visit the monastery, the monks were holding a ceremony and all my clients were very keen to see the discipline monk with some ornaments behind his robs and tall body.
After visiting the monastery, we drove directly to DzitsaDegu, 2100mts from Dzoge at the distance of 222Km. The road condition is very good until the juntion at Aming( Chuanzhusi ). From Chuanzhusi, we turn leftside and drove in to the valley of Zungchu. From the junction to DzitsaDegu is 88Km. We crossed a pass of 3500mts. From the pass, we have started driving down into a very thick forested gorge with many sigzag road nevertheless, the road condition is still good. It is full of trees until we reached DzitsaDegu. There are quite many villages in the valley before the pass and most of them are Tibetans. They grow barley and different kinds of vegetables.
We stayed in Gesang hotel which is a 4* conditioned hotel. Starting from Dzoge, Dzitsadegu and Chuanzhusi, the hotels forced tourists to have dinner in their hotels. Without having dinner, they would not provide breakfast even if the breakfast is included.
The distance from Gesang hotel to DzitsaDegu scenic entry gate is just 6Km. AS we reached entry gate, we had to leave our vehicles and take the scenic spot buses. The total distance of the whole scenic spot is around 15Km. The ladnscape is beautiful with many small beautiful belue lakes, extremely beautiful water falls, small lakes into green and yellow colors. You can get on and off the buses at every scenic point. The facility of hotel and restaurant are good except we could not get western food there. The elevation is from 2100 till 3100mts between the different sightseeing view points.
- Day 20: DzitsaDegu-Chuanzhusi-Sertso Park-Chuanzhusi,3400mts,170KmGyarongXinguan hotel
We drove from Dzitsadegu to the juntion of Chuanzhusi at the distance of 50Km on the same way back and then turn left side and crossed a very foggy pass at the elevation of 3900mts. On the way, we also saw some Yaks. We had to take a cable car for around 5 minutes to get up from the main entry gate. After that, we had to walk for around 40 minutes in a forested trail until we got to the beginning of scenic view point. The main scenic view point of the Sertsopark is just mainly yellow and blue colors of the water, very small water falls, forests, one small Taoist temple, one small Tibetan temple. It was a loop and took us around 5hrs to get the main exit gate.
The both valleys of DzitsaDegu and Sertso belong to Ngapa prefecture and most of them are Tibetan inhabitants. The interesting thing in these two areas even including Zungchu county ( Zongpan ) are all Bon followers and they have quite many Bon monasteries in this region. Chuanzhusi is one of the biggest Bon monasteries in Amdo. We drove on the same way back and stayed in a hotel called Jiarongxinguan da Jiudian at Chuanzhusi, 3400mts. The hotel is a newly built one and it has 4* condition.
- Day 21: Chuanzhusi-Chengdu,340Km Holyday in Express
We drove from Chuanzhusi to Chengdu along the river at the distance of 340Km via Zungchu( Zongpan in Chinese ), Maoxian, Wenchuan, Dujiangyan. The road is quite narrow eventhough it is a paved road. The scenery from Chuanzhusi to Chengdu is not good and I felt very uncomfortable driving in this narrow gorge with a very bad pollution. It was 4Pm when we arrived in Chengdu. We stayed in holiday in Express Chengdu Wuhou which is located at Hongpai Lou. It is not far from Wuhouzhi. The rooms are very good.