Shangrila Lhasa Overland Tour

16 Days
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This truly memorable Tibet travel is an adventure Tibet travel over-landing from Shangrila to Lhasa shows you the cultural center of the ethnic groups in Yunnan province. The capital city of the Yunnan province is Kungming, located in the western China. This Tibet travel start from Kunming and overland all the way to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet and the cultural heart of the central Tibet. On the way, you will visit many ethnic culture, costume, Buddhist monasteries and stupa, Gyelthang county, the capital town of the Yunnan Tibet Autonomous Region, visit Songtsanling monastery. The overland Tibet travel continue to Deqin county in which, you can see Kawa Garpo,the sacred snow covered mountain and the Mekong river. Following the Sichuan Tibet highway through Mekong gorge, numerous beautiful snow-capped mountain, beautiful grassland, fertile land, Markam salt field. Rawu lake and the forested gorge and grassland of Nyingtri prefecture along the Parlung Tsangpo and Yilong Tsangpo Rivers via Bomi and Tangme. Drive over Serkhyin La Pass ( 5,000m with views of Mt. Namcha Barwa at 7,782m , the world's 8 th highest mountain) Beautiful Darksum lake in Nyingtri, surrounded by beautiful dense forest, snow-covered mountain and Tibetan nomad camp makes the Shangrila to Lhasa overland tour extraordinary beautiful and attractive.

Continue journey to Tibet and drive on a narrow road along the Yarlung Tsangpo river in a rocky forested gorge and visit Buchu Sergyi Lhakang. Buchu Sergyi Lhakang is the most ancient Buddhist temple in Kongpo and one of four border taming temples ( Tadul Lhakang ) built by King Songtsan Gampo in the seventh century. It was constructed according to geomantic theory on the right elbow of Supine ogress who represented the Tibetan land. Originally the temple was associated with Nyingma pa tradition. By the 17 th century, Buchu Sergyi Lhakang was transformed in to Gelukpa, or yellow hat sect tradition. The temple is 2 storey high, dominated by golden roof and an old statue of Padmasambhava and there around 8 monks these days. Taking a loop tour through the southern route along Yarlung Tsangpo and visit Chokor Gyel monastery and Lhamo Lhatso. Reaching in Tsetang, visit Yumbu Lhakang, traduk temple, the first monastery of Samye and you will finally reach Lhasa and visit the highlights of the Lhasa city.

DaysTrip OutlineDaily ActivityAccommodationGuide & DriverMeal
01Fly to Lijiang (2400m/122km)Visit Shibaoshan or Stone bell temple and Baoxing temple, Ancient Lijiang townHotel in LijiangLocal TibetanBB
02Explore the old old town in LijiangVisit black dragon pool park and Naxi minorityHotel in LijiangLocal TibetanBB
03Lijiang to Gyalthang or Zhongdian(Shangri la) (3200m/187Km)Tiger leaping Gorge, Yangtse river, GyelthangHotel in GyelthangLocal TibetanBB
04Gyelthang sightseeing tourVisit Songtsanling monastery and the old Gyelthang townHotel in GyelthangLocal TibetanBB
05Shangri-La to Deqin(3550m/180km)visit workshop of Clay Pottery in Benzilan Town, , Dongzhulin Monastery, Baima Snow MountainHotel in DeqinLocal TibetanBB
06Deqin to Markham (3876m/223km)View of Kawa Garpo snow mountain, MharkamHotel in MarkahmLocal TibetanBB
07Markham to Zougong (3750m/158km)Mekong river, Yala passHotel in ZougongLocal TibetanBB
08Zougong to Rawu lake (3850m/308km)Tsa Kampala pass, Pashoe county, Rawu lake and beautiful land scapeHotel in Rawu lakeLocal TibetanBB
09Rawu lake to Nyingtri (2900m/342km)ome county, Lunang international resort, Serkyim la pass, Namchak Barwa mountainHotel in NyingtriLocal TibetanBB
10Nyingtri to Darksum lake (3200m/120km)Dense forest, Peach tree, Darksum lake, Guru Rinpoche templeHotel in NyingtriLocal TibetanBB
11Nyingtri to Gyatsa county (3260m/350km)Minling and Lang county, Barhmaputra river gorge, Gyatsa countyHotel in Gyatsa countyLocal TibetanBB
12Gyatsa to Tsetang (145km)Chokorgyel monastery, Lhamo Lhatso, TsetangHotlel in TsetangLocal TibetanBB
13Tsetang to Lhasa (3650m/180km)Visit Tsetang, Samye monastery, LhasaHotel in LhasaLocal TibetanBB
14Sightseeing tour in LhasaVisit Potala Palace, Jokang temple and Bharkor BazzarHotel in LhasaLocal TibetanBB
15Sightseeing tour in LhasaVisit Drepung and Sera monasteriesHotel in LhasaLocal TibetanBB
16Drive to Lhasa airport (3600m/45km)Lhasa city, Kyichu valley and Lhasa Gongkar airport.

Inclusive

  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis
  • 1 Local English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist mini van
  • Breakfast for entire Tibet tour
  • All necessary Tibet permits
  • Rawu lake conservation fee
  • Lunang international forest conservation fee
  • Darksum lake conservation fee
  • Lhamo Lhatso conservation fee
  • Oxygen incase need

Exclusive

  • Both international and domestic flight
  • Tibet Train tickets
  • Lunch and dinner for entire tour
  • China visa fee
  • Personal insurance, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses such as (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves
  • Day 1:Fly to Lijiang -Old town,2400mts

    Arrive Lijiang in Yunnan Province (airline route to be confirmed). Stay at Old Town Inn, formerly a manor house in the old part of Lijiang township which is the home of the Naxi people of Tibetan descent.

  • Day 2: 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 3:Lijiang-Gyalthang-Zhongdian(Shangri la),3200mts,4 hrs drive

    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. Overnight at the Songtsam Hotel.

  • Day 4: Sightseeing Zhongdian.

    In Zhongdian, visit Songtsenling Gompa (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 5:Zhongdian - Dechen, 184Km

    Drive up over the pass into the Upper Yangtze gorge and over Mt Baima ( 4250m ) projects to Dechen on the Upper Mekong River .

  • Day 6:Dechen -Markham, 223Km

    Leaving Dechen, stop to view the spectacular Khawa Karpo mountain range forming the border with Tibet . Drive up the Mekong Gorge into the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) via Yanjing, stopping en route to visit the salt wells on the river. Continue to Markham ( 223 km ). MARKHAM HOTEL

  • Day 7: Markham - Zougong, 158Km

    After visiting Markham gompa, drive to Zogong ( 158 km ) along the spectacular dirt road known as the '99 bends' route, through the upper basin of the Mekong River through farming villages, crossing several high passes ( 5,008m ) GUEST HOUSE

  • Day 8: Zuogong -Rawo.308Km Hotel

    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 the Tsangpo/ Brahmaputra and Salween riverse.

  • Day 9: Rawok lake - Nyingtri, 342Km

    A 342 km drive to Nyingtri along the Parlung Tsangpo and Yilong Tsangpo Rivers via Bomi and Tangme. Drive over Serkhyin La Pass ( 5,000m with views of Mt. Namcha Barwa at 7,782m , the world's 8 th highest mountain). Shambhala hotel

  • Day 10: Nyingtri -Darksum lake -Nyingtri,120 *2= 240Km

    Explore Nyangtri, the Bönpo place of pilgrimage, including Neche Kushuk monastery (famous for its 2000 year old juniper tree sacred to the Bön religion) and Pasum Tso Lake and glaciers. Shambhala hotel

  • Day 11: Nyingtri-Minling-Lang county-Gyatsa county 260Km

    Start at around 8 Am from your hotel and drive on a narrow road along the YarlungTsangpo river in a rocky forested gorge and visit Buchu SergyiLhakang. Buchu SergyiLhakang is the most ancient Buddhist temple in Kongpo and one of four border taming temples ( TadulLhakang ) built by King SongtsanGampo in the seventh century. It was constructed according to geomantic theory on the right elbow of Supine ogress who represented the Tibetan land. Originally the temple was associated with NYingma pa tradition. By the 17th century, BuchuSergyiLhakang was transformed in to Gelukpa, or yellow hat sect tradition. The temple is 2 storey high, dominated by golden roof and an old statue of Padmasambhava and there around 8 monks these days. Continue to Gyatsa county along the Barhmaputra river.

  • Day 12: Gyatsa-Tsetang, 145Km

    After breakfast, start your excursion to Chokor Gyel monastery at the distance of 35km from the main road to the north of the Barhmaputra river. The road is paved with a beautiful valley. Hike to the glacier pass and overlook Lhamo Lhatso from the top of the glacier pass in order to get blessing and vision for your future life. Travel back to Gyatsa county on the same way and continue to Tsetang.

  • Day 13: Tsetang-Samye-Lhasa, 160Km

    Drive for 30Km from Tsetang to the ferry. We take a motor boat from the ferry across the yarlung Tsangpo and it takes an hour and to get to the other side of the harbour. From other side of the harbour, we take a monastery truck or tractor to Samye monastery which takes half an hour. Visit Samye monastery and have lunch at the monastery restaurant and then back to the ferry and continue to Lhasa for 2 hrs by drive. Hotel

  • Day 14: Visit Potala Palace, Jokang temple & Barkhor,

    POTALA PALACE the Potala is considered one of the great wonders of the world. It is held sacred by Tibetans as the former residence of successive Dalai Lamas, and is one of Tibet 's most holy pilgrimage sites. A palace was originally built in the 7 th century by King Songtsen Gampo, and was believed to have been nine stories high, but around the 9 th century it is believed to have been destroyed by a big fire. The present Potala Palace was constructed by the great fifth Dalai Lama in the 17 th century after he became ruler of Tibet . The Potala Palace is divided into two sections, the White Palace (completed in 1653) and Red palace (completed 1694). It has more than one thousand rooms and is thirteen stories high. The White Palace was secular in nature and mainly used for government administration, whilst the Red palace was mainly used for religious functions and still has numerous chapels, including those containing reliquary stupas of the successive Dalai Lamas which are richly decorated in gold, silver and semi-precious stones. JOKANG TEMPLE the Jokang is Tibet 's most sacred temple, the main point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau. Located at the heart of the ancient town of Lhasa , it was built in the 7 th century by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo's queen Bhrikuti on a site identified by Queen Wencheng according to her geomantic calculation. The temple is 3 stories high and it is constructed with enormous chapels including the most sacred statue of Budhha Shakyamuni, enshrined. It has around 70 monks nowadays. ANCIENT BHARKOR STREET is the most sacred pilgrimage site in Lhasa and it is full of pilgrims from down till dusk. There are four huge prayer flags situated in Bhakor street which surrounds the Jokang, known respectively as Gadhen Dharchen in the northeast, Juyak Dharchen in the west, Kelsang Dharchen in the southwest and SharKyaring Dharchen in the southeast. The Bharkor street is the most active market in all Tibet and it is possible to purchase traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, modern goods, books, music, clothing, spices, fresh meat and vegetable. Hotel

  • Day 15:Visit Drepung & Sera monasteries

    DREPUNG MONASTERY is the largest monastery in Tibet , built in the 15 th century by Jamyang Choeje who is one of Tsongkapa's foremost disciple. The monastery is beautifully located up in a hill at the distance of 7 Km from the old section of the city and it is the biggest monastery in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery has four main colleges with numerous small chapels and house chapels, known as Khangtsen in Tibetan. There are around six hundred monks nowadays. SERA MONASTERY was founded in around 15th century by Jamchen Choeje who is another famous disciple of Tsongka pa and it is the second largest monastery of Tibet . There are three big colleges with numerous chapels and house chapels. The most attraction to visit this monastery is to see the monks debating which hold from 3-5Pm everyday apart from Sunday. Hotel

  • Day 16: Lhasa -Gongkar airport, 60Km

    Say good bye to the most famous Palace in the world, Potala and ancient city of Lhasa . Drive along the Lhasa river which is the biggest tributary of Bharmaputra, emptied in to the bay of Bengal in India .

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Inclusive

  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis
  • 1 Local English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist mini van
  • Breakfast for entire Tibet tour
  • All necessary Tibet permits
  • Rawu lake conservation fee
  • Lunang international forest conservation fee
  • Darksum lake conservation fee
  • Lhamo Lhatso conservation fee
  • Oxygen incase need

Exclusive

  • Both international and domestic flight
  • Tibet Train tickets
  • Lunch and dinner for entire tour
  • China visa fee
  • Personal insurance, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses such as (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves

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