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CHN-4WD-20-05

20 Days Tibet 4WD Adventure Tour
Driving From Chengdu to Lhasa

    The southern route to Lhasa is the most scenic overland route, crossing several 4,000 m(13,123 ft) passes, dropping down through lush green valleys and gushing gorges, and crossing picturesque landscapes that Tibetans call their 'backyard.' We begin this three-week journey from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, and continue overland through Ganzi prefecture into the Tibetan Autonomous Region. There are only a few roads that climb over the holy plateau to the capital of Tibet; this journey will take you to villages and communities previously closed to most travelers, both geographically and culturally. Our Tibetan guide will tell you about Buddhism and its many sects, explain Tibet's history and teach you some phrases in Tibetan to help you get to know the local people. Traveling by 4 WD vehicles, we have the freedom to stop and explore Tibet's sacred mountains and monasteries, stay with local Tibetan families and take day hikes at your leisure and whim.

D1

Arrive in Chengdu. You will be met at the airport and transferred to a 4 star hotel, where we will have a short briefing over spicy Sichuan food ringing with spices.

D2

Drive from Chengdu to Kangding. We will leave for Kangding in the morning. Once outside the Sichuan basin, we will begin to climb the mountain roads of the Erlang Mountains. Since this road is one of the few routes to Lhasa, we will not be the only ones on the road - you may see Chinese army trucks trudging along the road carrying fuel and supplies. Kangding is a fairly large city tucked within a river valley. The sidewalks of Kangding are crowded with Hui, Chinese Muslims, and Tibetans who have come down from the highlands to sell wild mushrooms, vegetables, yak skins and various paraphernalia. Stay in a 2 star hotel.

D3

We will visit the Tibetan School, one of China's specialized Tibetan language institutions, to learn some useful Tibetan phrases to give you a tool for communicating during your journey. We will also learn about the art of Tibetan painting. At lunch, we will have the chance to practice our lessons as we eat with students. The afternoon is spent exploring Kangding, climbing the hill to a monastery or relaxing in the hot springs. We will also learn about the Kham Aid Foundation and the many projects this non-governmental organization initiates and supports. Stay in the 2 star hotel in Kangding.

D4

Drive from Kangding to Rongbatsu. We will leave Kangding in the morning to head west, switch backing up over Gye La pass (4,290 m/14,075 ft) and driving along tree-lined roads through small towns, each distinct by their architectural styles and characters. We will stop along the way to photograph wild animals, herds of yaks, temples, stupas, people and anything that grabs your fancy. Arriving in Rongbatsu after a full day's journey, we will first rest our weary bones in the hot springs at the base of stunning mountains. The guest house is located in an authentic Tibetan home with traditional design.

D5

Today will be left open for you to explore the town on your own or with a guide, or even with a friendly local willing to take you around the important spots. A couple of hours' walk from the guesthouse along the Yalong river is Hadhi Nunnery, where you can spend an afternoon with Buddhist nuns to learn about their lives. You could also meet Gyalten Lobsang Shampa Rinpoche, a living Buddha, visit the Dargye Gonpa, a monastery belonging to the Gelukpa sect, or visit a local school. Stay in the same guesthouse in Rongbatsu.

D6

Drive from Rongbatsu to Yilhun Lhatso (Xinlu Hai). After a session of morning prayer with the monks, we will drive west for three hours through Manigango to a grassland region known as Yilhun. Here is one of the most beautiful lakes in all of Tibet, surrounded by scenic mountains. We will pitch a tent here and stroll along the pilgrim's trail where you can see thousands of carved mani stones.

D7

Drive from Yihun Lhatso to Dege. From the heights of Tro La Pass (4,916 m/16,129 ft), we will have a spectacular view of the Yangtze gorge stretching into the southwestern region. The landscape makes a dramatic ascent into a blanket of pine forests as we approach Dege, the heart of Kham, a large kingdom which until recently occupied the region. There are plenty of places to explore in Dege; Dege Printing House has a library of more than 270,000 plate blocks used to print Buddhist sutras; and across the street stands the Tongtong Gyalpo Temple, a charming old temple which miraculously escaped the Cultural Revolution, and therefore retains many original murals and objects. The Tibetan Medicine Hospital, which is also a factory, is a storehouse of herbs, antlers, bats, snakes and other plants and animals collected from the far reaches of the Tibetan plateau. Stay in a local guesthouse.

D8

Ride horse from Dege to Pelpung (Babang). We will have breakfast with a Tibetan family who will accompany us with their horses over to the Palpung Tubten Chokhorling Monastery, where we will stay the night. Palpung ranks second in the hierarchy of Karma Kagyu sect monasteries, and has Ugyen Rinpoche, an 11-year-old (in 2000) living Buddha, in residence. The route from Derge to the monastery takes us through endless fields of maize and barley growing on a steep hillside. Once over Gotse La Pass (4,481 m/14701 ft), the expanse of land belongs to the nomads living in yak hair tents.

D9

Ride horse from Pelpung to Pewar. Traveling along the river and through wheat fields, we will reach the Temple of Pewar, which houses one of the finest sets of Buddhist murals in western Sichuan. The paintings, which are more than 270 years old and cover more than 370 square meters(1214 sq ft), miraculously survived the destruction inflicted by the Cultural Revolution. We will spend a leisurely afternoon here drinking tea and eating tsampa with the rinpoche. With a bit of luck we may have the privilege of viewing the monastery's exclusive artworks and treasures, which are locked safely behind ancient carved wooden doors. Stay overnight in the temple.

D10

Ride horse back to Dege, then drive to Jomda. From Pelyul county, we will cross the Yangtze river, which marks the political border between Sichuan Province and Tibet Autonomous Region. After crossing Nge La (4,245 m/13927 ft), we are welcomed by Wara Gonpa, an important monastery of the Sakya school. We will stop for the night in Jomda, a moderately large town, at a finely decorated wooden cabin, and pay a visit to a Tibetan hospital which supplies herbal medicine throughout the region.

D11

Drive from Jomda to Chamdo. Reaching the end of the day would seem like a mighty feat as we will be crossing over no less than four passes - Khargang La (4,352 m/14278 ft), Lashi La (4,450 m/14600 ft), Jape La (4,680 m/15354 ft), and Tama La (4,511 m/14800 ft), with clutters of prayer flags waving in the wind on the peaks and friendly nomads waving at us from the grasslands. Stay in a 3 star hotel in Chamdo.

D12

Relax in Chamdo. Straddling the Mekong river, Chamdo possesses a rich history as one of the earliest centers of the Tibetan plateau and home to Kalden Jampaling, the great monastery founded between 1436-44 and developed through the centuries by successive incarnations. While the original monastery was destroyed in 1912 by the Chinese, it was rebuilt when the Tibetan army seized Chamdo in 1917. We will spend the day stretching our legs, exploring the monastery and shopping in Tromzikhang, an open-air market where colorfully dressed Tibetans pawn their wares and antique goods. Stay in the 3 star hotel.

D13

Drive from Chamdo to Bangda. We follow the Mekong downstream through alpine forests to Kyitang village, where the Khampa houses are sturdily built on horizontal timbers. We then turn west to cross the Lona Pass (4,511 m/14800 ft) and follow the Yu-chu river downstream to Bangda, a town junction where Lhasa connects to the Chamdo-Kunming Highway.The Yu-chu valley lies north of the Salween gorges in the highlands of Tsawagang, where the immense geographic spatial dimensions of the land dwarf our presence. Stay in a local guesthouse.

D14

Drive from Bangda to Baxoi. While distance covered is less than 100 km (63 mi) and probably half that by the way the crow flies, the terrain is steep, as defined by the 180 switchbacks we will conquer when we cross Gama La Pass at an altitude of 4,618 meters. Stay in a local guesthouse.

D15

Drive from Baxoi to Ranwu then to Bome. On the road to Bome, we will stop in Ranwu to cast our lines in the pristine waters of Ngan Tso, a spectacularly crystal blue lake cupped by snow peaks. After our lunch of freshly caught fish, we will wander along the Poto-chu Valley at Tramog (2,743 m/8999 ft), located deep in the thickly forested gorge of Parlung Tsangpo with glacial waterfalls streaming from the mountainsides. We will go down several hundred meters in altitude as we reach the lowland jungle settlement of Tang-me where the Tsangpo and Parlung Tsangpo rivers meet. Stay in a guesthouse in Bome.

D16

Drive from Bome to Nyingchi. Crossing Serkhyem La Pass (4,515 m/14813 ft), the last major pass before reaching Lhasa, we will have spectacular views of Mount Gyala Pelri (7,150 m/23458 ft) and Mount Namchak Barwa (7,756 m/25446 ft). On the way to Nyingchi, we pass through Bayi, originally a military base, which has now become the capital of Nyingchi District. North of Bayi, Bajie village lies on the edge of a primary dense forest with sacred cypress trees which are more than two thousand and five hundred years old. Around May, we would be able to see three to five-meter rhododendrons in full bloom. Stay in a 3 star hotel in Bayi.

D17

Drive from Nyingchi to Lhasa. The last leg of the journey is a 270 kilometres(169 mi) sprint into Lhasa across a high plateau. We will pass through a scenic terrain with lush alpine forests and clear snow-melted streams. Stay in a 4 star hotel in Lhasa.

D18

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D19

We will have two full days in the holy city of Lhasa to make excursions to the following places: The Jokhang Temple, the principal Buddhist temple in Lhasa. The temple, known for its large gold image of Sakyamuni Buddha, was first constructed in the 7th century. The Norbulingka, a richly decorated complex located in a beautiful garden setting, is the traditional summer palace of the Dalai Lamas and the exact site from where the 14th Dalai Lama fled to exile in 1959. Sera Monastery, founded in 1419, is a monastery of the Gelugpa order. Its numerous white buildings sit at the base of a rocky hill. Gilded, bell-shaped gyamtschens grace the roofs of the larger buildings. The Monastery used to have 8,000 monks who were taught in the traditions of Vajrayana, Mahayana and Sutrayana, the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism. We will also visit the Barkor bazaar in Lhasa, a colorful congregating place for Tibetan merchants. Potala Palace, reputed to contain 1,000 rooms, is considered as one of the world's most remarkable buildings. Sitting at top of a mountain overlooking Lhasa, the Potala contains hundreds upon hundreds of magnificent thangkas, frescoes, and images built in an era when religious art was created anonymously as a means of gaining merit for future lives. Stay in the 4 star hotel.

D20

We will transfer you to the airport for your departure.

Best Time: Apr. May. Jun. Sep. Oct.

 Price:

more than 10 person:

 USD 2880$/person

6-9 person:

 USD 3280$/person

2-5 person:

 USD 3680$/person

1 person:

 USD 5980$

 Note:

1.

For child younger than 11 who share one room with parents, the quotation is only 50% of the above price.

2.

Single supplement is USD 760$.

 The Price Include:

1.

Stay in the above hotels.

2.

Using 4WD jeeps when travel.

3.

Three meals each day including several picnic lunch.

4.

All tickets of visiting spots.

5.

English speaking guide.

6.

We will provide a new sleeping bag for each traveler.

7.

We will take oxygen tank in case you need it.

8.

We will take satellite phone, if you want to use it, the price is USD 2.5$/min.

9.

We will take a GPS(Satellite Position Locator).

10.

Special permit for entering Tibet.

 Not Include In The Price:

1.

International air fare and all airport tax.

2.

Personal expenses.

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