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 Diqing (Shangri-la)





The Scene Spots Visited

 The Ancient Town of Lijiang

 Zhongdian (Shangri-la)

 Tiger Leaping Gorge

 Baimang Snow Mountain

 Meili Snow mountain

 Lancang (Mekong) River

  Jokhang Temple

 Potala Palace

 Norbulingka Park

 Namtso Lake

The Ethnic Group Visited

 The Tibetan ethnic minority

 The Bai ethnic minority

 The Naxi ethnic minority

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17 Days Cross the Roof of the World

4WD Drive From Kunming To Lhasa

    Tibet enjoys fame as "The Roof top of the World" - and the road from Yunnan to Lhasa is the toughest road in the world, offering surprising views and varied ethnic cultures along the way. This trip covers all 'must-sees' in Northwest Yunnan and southeast Tibet. This road was saturated with different cultures and religions. The ancient Tea Horse Road of this area was once busy in transporting goods. Discover and experience the fabulous culture diversity and real Shangri-La. No doubt it is the most fascinating journey of all. If Tibet is the untouched area of the world, the eastern part of Tibet, bordering Yunnan Province, is the untouched area of Tibet. Decorated with virgin forests and crystal blue lakes, this formerly inaccessible route offers spectacular scenery as well as an opportunity to come in contact with primary village cultures of Yunnan and Tibet. This journey is one of those least traveled routes into Tibet, starting with rich cultural encounters in the non-Tibetan Himalayas, driving through the breathtaking eastern region of Tibet, finally ending the trip with the ultimate Tibetan experience in Lhasa, its holy capital. The long drive on unpaved roads is very challenging and sometimes dangerous, but the reward is equally high and unforgettable.


Arrive in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide. Kunming, called the City of Eternal Spring, is more than 2200 years old. The Nationality Museum in Kunming provides an insightful introduction to 26 ethnic groups from all over Yunnan. Stay in 4 star hotel.


Take a morning flight to Lijiang, a well-kept Ming dynasty old town which has been listed into the World Culture Heritage. Check in a 4 star hotel, then go to sightseeing in the fascinating old town.


After breakfast, we will drive to Zhongdian, This is an extraordinarily scenic mountain drive and there will be many opportunities to stop and observe both the natural beauty and traditional cultural practices. Zhongdian is the first Tibetan town in Yunnan with a sprinkling of Bai, Muslim and Naxi cultural influences. We will stop on the way to visit the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge, which was one of the deepest gorges in the world. Stay in 4 star hotel.


The drive to Deqen is simply the best way to view the great variety of landscape in the Great Rivers region. Descending to the Yangtze Basin, we stop at Benzilan for lunch, after which we will continue ascending the scenic mountain and visit the Ganden Dongzhulin Monastery. The highest pass of Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve., at 3,924 meters(12,876 ft), would stand as an altitude test for those visiting the Himalayan mountains for the first time. Deqen, the gateway town to Tibet, a wild west frontier town but has some decent hotels. Stay in 2 star hotel.


Departing Deqen early in the morning, we travel along the north of Mekong River valley into Tibet. Along the way, we may be able to see the sunrise above Mt. Meilixue (6,740 m/22,113 ft), the highest peaks of Yunnan. which straddles the border of Yunnan and Tibet. Our first stop will be in the town of Yanjing, which was once the main source of salt for half of the Kham Tibetan area, which ranged from northwestern Sichuan down into Yunnan. We will visit a big church which was built 100 years ago, then go to see the salt fields, If you like, we can have a hot spring bath in a place overlooking the Mekong. Certainly the best way to relax our body for the adventure ahead! Stay in no star hostel.


We cross two high passes in this section of the drive, one at around 3,900 m(12,795 ft), the other at 5,008 m(16,430 ft). Driving past local Tibetan houses scattered round the feet of snow-capped peaks, the expressions on innocent Tibetan girls would make you realize that you are one of the first foreign visitors to this isolated region. Overnight in Zogong. Stay in no star hostel.


Zogong to Bangda, Stay at a guesthouse. Enjoy a natural hot spring bath.


Bangda drive to Chamdo, sight see Bangda's vast grass land. Stay at a 3 star hotel in Chamdo.


Chamdo drive to Tengchen, observe nomadic people' life. Stay at a guesthouse.


Tengchen drive to Sokshan, stay at a guesthouse. Visit a big Lamasery in Sokshan.


Sokshan drive to Nukchu, Stay at a 2 star hotel in Nakchu.


Morning open, drive pass Mt. Nianqingtanggula(5200m) to Damshung in the afternoon. Stay at Damshung guesthouse.


Damshung drive to one of the holiest lakes in Tibet, Namtco(4700m). Spend your time hiking around the lake. Stay at a lake-side guesthouse.


Namtco drive to Lhasa, visit Yangpachen Power Station, take a bath in the hot spring. Stay at the 4 star Lhasa Hotel.


The morning will be spent at the famous Potala Palace. After lunch in a local restaurant we visit the Jokhang Monastery, built in 647 when Buddhism was introduced into Tibet, which is said to be the cradle and treasure house of Tibetan Buddhism. We invite a Tibetan Buddhism expert to give us an exciting introduction. By 4 PM the tour ends and you are given free time to throw yourself into the Barkhor Market surrounding the Jokhang Temple. Stay as short or long as you like. In the evening we have dinner with a Tibetan family. Lhasa Hotel.


This morning we take in the Sera Monastery. Built in 1419, Sera is one the three largest monasteries in Tibet (the other two being Drepung and Ganden). The comparatively rich and powerful monastery has 7000 monks, and is regarded as the museum of Tibetan culture. After lunch in a local restaurant, we return to the hotel. If you still wish to see yet more monasteries, there will be an optional tour to the Drepung Monastery. Built in 1416, the magnificent architecture is stunning. Return to hotel where there's still time to take a walk to the Summer Palace near our hotel. This Summer Palace is used by Dalai Lamas, and has a beautiful garden. Buffet Dinner tonight. Lhasa Hotel.


Depart Lhasa.

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


more than 10 person:

 USD 2463$/person

6-9 person:

 USD 2763$/person

2-5 person:

 USD 3063$/person

1 person:

 USD 4683$



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


Single supplement is USD 640$.

 The Price Include:


Stay in the above hotels.


Using 4WD jeep when travel.


We will provide each traveler a new sleeping bag.


Three meals each day including several picnic lunch.


All tickets of visiting spots.


English speaking guide.


Special Permit for entering Tibet.


We will provide oxygen bag if you need it.


We will provide satellite phone for you. the price is USD 2.5$/minute.

 Not Include In The Price:


International air fare and all airport tax.


Personal expenses.


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