Chengdu Litang Yading Lhasa Overland Tour

At 4,187 meters above sea level, the town of Litang is known as the highest county seat in the world. Situated in the far west ofYading Nature Reserve Sichuan Province, 385 kilometers west of Kangding, capital of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Litang is famous for its boundless Maoya Grassland. It is known as Letong in Tibetan, le means bronze mirror and tang means grassland. Once the site of a bazaar at which tea and horses were traded, Litang is the transportation, cultural and commercial center of southern Ganzi. Covering an area of 14,000 square kilometers, the county is populated by seven nationalities, with Tibetans accounting for 94 percent of the total.

The local economy is pastoral based. Nomads graze yaks, goats, sheep and horses on Litangs high plateau grasslands, as they have done for generations. Litang is also host to a major horse racing festival in early August, attracting thousands of Tibetans from all over the plateau, and from Qinghai, Sichuan and Tibet. The Tangqincunker Monastery, which is a huge Yellow sect temple with magnificent Palaces and thousands of Lamas.

Daocheng, located on the southeast of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the east of Hengduan Mountains, is a county on the southwest border of Sichuan, China. This county, subordinated to the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, extends across 2758to2930north latitudes and 9956to 10036east longitudes, 174km from the south to the north and 63km from the west to the east.

It covers 7323 square kilometers and its 30000 inhabitants are mainly Tibetan. Economically the county is a region of partial agriculture and partial animal husbandry. Daocheng County is special in geographical features. Its north is higher than its south, the west higher than the east. Winding and majestic mountains like billows of the sea alternate with valleys. Hence, the high-altitude mountain peaks clad with snow all the year round, deep serene valleys with gurgling brooks and broad pastures.

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Day 1 Arrival at Chengdu
Chengdu airport picking up, Check in and have a good rest. Overnight at Chengdu Jindi Hotel.

Day 2 Chengdu / Kangding (376km, 6-7hrs)
Morning drive to Kangding, go through Er'lang Tunnel, along Da-Chu river. Upon arrival at Kangding, explore this town on your own, enjoy the mountain scenery and visit the local people. After dinner, enjoy a soak in the hot springs at Erdaoqiao. Overnight at Kangding Gesa'er Hotel.

Day 3 Kangding / Tagong / Yajiang / Litang (306km, 5-6hrs)
In the early morning, visit Anjue monastery and enjoy a rare chance to see their morning ceremony! Drive on to Litang. Today's journey from Kangding to Litang will take you approximately 5 hours (306km). En route have a stop at Xinduqiao ' heaven for photography' and Tagong Monastery. Litang with over 3000m high altitude is one of the highest towns in the world. Afternoon visit the large Litang Chode Monastery, which is built for the third Dalai Lama. The monastery here is now home to 1400 Yellow Hat sect monks. Overnight at Litang Gaocheng Hotel .

Day 4 Litang / Daocheng / Yading (250Km, 6-7hrs)
Today we will reach the highlight of this journey - Yading Nature Reserve, home to three sacred Tibetan mountains. Tibetan Buddhists believe that making a kora around these mountains brings them favor with the gods. The scenery here easily rivals that of national parks of the west such as Yellowstone and Yosemite in terms of spectacular, pristine mountain scenery. Overnight at tent hotel.

Day 5 Yading Nature Reserve
Horse-riding to Chonggu Temple, see the scenery of Chonggu Temple and holy peak Xiannairi. From Chonggu Temple trekking up to Drolma-la tso ( Pearl Lake) or ride a horse about 15minutes. Pearl Lake is the best place to view the holy peak Xiannairi. You can still choose the local sightseeing bus to explore around. Late afternoon drive back to Daocheng. Overnight at Yading Hotel or same level other hotels.

Day 6 Daocheng / Xiangcheng / Benzilan(271Km, 7-8hours)
Departs at Daocheng early morning, pass Sangdui village to Xiangcheng along different plateau forest scenery and local Tibetan villages. Overnight at Beizilan (dorm bed).

Day 7 Benzilan / Deqin / Feilaisi (97Km, 3-4hours )
Walk to see the famous Jinsha River bend, then start driving to Deqin Feilai Temple by pass Snow mountains. Feilai Temple is the best place to see holy Mt.Meili. Mt. Meili is one of the most sacred mountains of Tibetan Buddhism. 'Kang Karpo Peak' means the God of Snow Mountain in Tibetan, and is a holy land for worshiping. Pilgrims from Tibet, Qinghai, Sichuan,and Gansu travel to the mountain at the beginning of each winter to worship. Thousands of devout pilgrims worship together and encircle the holy mountain, adding even more mystery and loftiness to the mountain. Overnight at local hostel(twin-room with private bath).

Day 8 Feilaisi / Markham (235Km, 8-9hours)
Go on northwards along the Lang cang jiang river valley, the upper reaches of Mekong River. Pass the border between Tibet and Yunnan at Yanjing, arrive at Markham after another 111km to join the Sichuan Southern route to Lhasa. Overnight at Markham Kangsheng Hotel or Chadaofeng hotel.

Day 9 Markham / Dzogong ( 158km, 5hrs )
Cross Lancang river, pass over the highest pass- Dongda which is 5008m. Overnight at Dzogong local best hostel.

Day 10 Dzogong / Pasho (201km, 5-6hrs)
Drive from Dzogong to Pasho via pomba pasture, Overnight at Pasho Zizuan Hotel.
Day 11 Pasho / Rawok-tso / Pomi (219Km, 6-7hrs)The way from Pasho to Pomi, you will see glaciers, snow-capped mountains, forests, local villages and also the beautiful lake Rawok-tso. Overnight at Pomi Zizuan Hotel.

Day 12 Pomi / Bayi (240Km, 6-7hrs)
Drive from Pomi to Bayi, pass by the gorgeous alpine valleys lined with rhododendron bushes, cross over the Serkhym-la where you will have a chance to view the grand peak of Mt.Namche Barwa. Overnight at Bayi Shangbala Hotel.

Day 13 Bayi / Draksum Tso/ Lhasa (460Km, 8-9hrs)
Morning start driving to Lhasa along the beautiful Niyang River, you will do a detour off the Sichuan-Tibet Hwy to visit Draksumtso(Basumtso) lake en route. Overnight at Lhasa New Mandala Hotel.

Day 14 Lhasa sightseeing 
Today you will visit the World Heritage Sites of Potola Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkor Market, overnight at Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa New Mandala Hotel.

Day 15 Lhasa sightseeing
The escorted tours today will cover some other highlights of Lhasa - the Drepung Monastery, the Sera Monastery, both of them are Gelupa Monasteries. And also you will visit the famous Dalai lama summer palace - Norbulingka. Overnight at Lhasa New Mandala Hotel.

Day 16 Lhasa airport / train station dropping off, end the trip.

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser / Jeep
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5200m
  • Start From: Chengdu
  • End To: Lhasa
  • Best Season: Automn / Summer / Spring

Trip Map

Chengdu Litang Yading Lhasa Overland map

 

Cost Include:

  • All monastery entrance fees wherever required,
  • Transportation by 4500 model luxury Japanese Land Cruiser,
  • Standard basis accomodation while in tour with daily breakfast,
  • Tibet travel permit,
  • English speaking Tiebtan Guide as per itinerary and Local Tibetan driver 

Cost Exclude:

  • Personal expenses
  • Any flight fare and access baggage charges,
  • Lunch and dinner while in tour,
  • Tips for guide and driver,
  • Otehrs which is not mentioned on the above included items.

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser / Jeep
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5200m
  • Start From: Chengdu
  • End To: Lhasa
  • Best Season: Automn / Summer / Spring

Trip Map

Chengdu Litang Yading Lhasa Overland map

 

Additional Infos

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser / Jeep
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5200m
  • Start From: Chengdu
  • End To: Lhasa
  • Best Season: Automn / Summer / Spring

Trip Map

Chengdu Litang Yading Lhasa Overland map

 

Testimonials

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser / Jeep
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Chalenging
  • Max. Height: 5200m
  • Start From: Chengdu
  • End To: Lhasa
  • Best Season: Automn / Summer / Spring

Trip Map

Chengdu Litang Yading Lhasa Overland map

 

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