Chengdu to Xining Overland Tour via Derge, Ganzi and Yushu

The overland route from Xining to Chengdu through Amdo has become more popular in recent years. This 10 to 12 day trip goes throughChengdu to Xining Overland some of the best regions of the northern Tibetan Plateau. This journey begins with spending a couple of days in Xining (ཟི་ལིང་).

Xining (ele. 2275m) is the capital of Qinghai province and is the largest city on the Tibetan Plateau. The city has an interesting mix of Chinese, Tibetans, Mongolians, Tu, Hui and Salar people. It is easily one of the most diverse cities in China. From Xining, you can take day trips out to Kumbum Monastery, Gonlung Monastery or Qinghai Lake.  

From Xining, the mid-sized Tibetan town of Rebkong (རེབ་གོངར) lies 180kms south. Rebkong (ele. 2400m) is famous all across Tibet for producing some of the most skilled painters, specifically thangka painters. Rebkong has 3 large monasteries in the vicinity. Rongwo, Gomar and Wutun monasteries are all great for exploring. Staying 2 or 3 days in Rebkong will give you enough time to see all of the major sites.

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Day 01: Chengdu to Kangding 
leave Chengdu at around 08:30 for Kangding, sightseeing along the way. generally, the arrival time in Kangding city is around 15:45; then, you can spend time walking around. O/N 3* Hotel
NOTE: if you like hot spring, you can go to Erdaoqiao, which is wel known for its high quality hot spring.


Day 02: Kangding to Xinduqiao to Tagong to Bamei

leave Kangding for Bamei, enjoy your time on the way for photos;
at Tagong area, visit Tagong Buddhism college; enjoy the grand view of Muya golden pagoda (self pay to go inside) and enjoy your time strolling around in the wide and open grassland behind the pagoda.
at Bamei, go and visit Huiyuan temple, which is built in 18th century. O/N Guesthouse


Day 03: Bamei to Ganzi

early departure from bamei, bad road; on the way to Ganzi, visit Luhuo Linque monastery, which is only about 1.5 kilometers to the north of the town; at Ganzi, pay homage to Ganzi monastery. O/N Golden Yak Hotel or same level


Day 04: Ganzi to Payul (Baiyu)

Drive through the Haizi mountain to Baiyu which is located by a river in a deep valley, on the way, lush forests and peaceful villages make your tour impressive. At Baiyu, visit the Baiyu monastery. O/N Baiyu Hotel or same level


Day 05: Baiyu to Derge

On the way to Derge, visit the Palpun monastery which is the largest and most important Kagyulpa monastery in Sichuan province. Following upstream of Jinshajiang river to Gato bridge, then swift to east to Derge town. O/N Dianxin Hotel or same level


Day 06: Derge sightseeing + Derge to Manigange

Derge is famous for its huge collection of Buddhism scriptures and books, esp. for its printing boards (wood made). Visit the Derge printing house and Gengqing monastery (Sakyapa order). After lunch at Dege, Climbing over the high Chola mountain (pass: 5050 meters), visit Xinlu Lake (a local holy lake) before arriving in Manigange. Manigange is a small town, which is located at the conjuntcture of three roads - one is the road Derge to Manigange, the 2nd is the road Manigange to Ganzi, the 3rd is the road Manigange to Shiqu. O/N Guesthouse


Day 07: Manigange to Dzochen village to Shiqu

At Dzochen village, visit the famous Dzochen monastery and Dzochen colledge of Buddhism study; 30 kilometers before arrival at Shiqu county town, visit Tara monastery of Gelupa. O/N Local Hotel


Day 08: Shiqu to Yushu (Jyekundo)

At a place 30km to the north of Shiqu town, visit the Sesuel monastery. Passing by Xiewu (a small village) and drive across a bridge over Jinshajiang river (the upper reach of yangtse river) to reach Yushu. Before arriving, visit Dangkha monastery (of Kagyulpa order) and Gyanha mani gallet (famous for its huge number of Mani stone pieces, it was said ther are more than 230 millions). O/N Yushu Hotel or Simmilar


Day 09: Yushu sightseeing

Visit Temple of princess Wencheng, Lheba gulley (3km further after Temple of Wencheng), Banchen monastery (Kagulpa order at Batang village in Yushu) and Jiegu monastery (built in 1398, belonging to Sakyapa order). O/N Yushu Hotel or Simmilar


Day 10:Yushu to Mardo

Passing by Xiewu village again and climbing over the Pass of Mt. Bayankara (4825m) from which the Yellow river stems. The Yellow river flows through Mardo town. The first cement bridge over Yellow river is at Mardo.  O/N Guesthouse.


Day 11: Mardo to Xining (480KM)

Drive to Xining (capital of Qinghai province) today. O/N 4* Shengli Hotel or same level


Day 12: Departure from Xining.

Free until airport or train time and drop to airport or train station for final Departure. 

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:11 Nights / 12 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Jeep / Van / Luxury Bus
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Height: 5050m
  • Start From: Chengdu
  • End To: Xining
  • Best Season: Spring / Summer / Automn / Winter

Trip Map

Chengdu to Xining Tour map

 

Cost Includes:

  • All hotel charge through this tour
  • All meals through the tour (breakfasts are served in hotel, lunches and dinners are served outside hotel in local restaurants) 
  • All land transfers
  • English speaking guide service through the tour
  • Land travel insurance 

Cost Excludes:

  • Scenic entry admission along the way, you pay when you go and visit
  • Tips to your guide and driver through the tour
  • All personal expenses beyond the tour
  • Expenses and charges caused by natural reasons and elements beyond the control of us (such as flight delay, flight cancellation, street protesting, war, mudslides, low water level affecting ship access, porter service charge if there is, hotel charges beyond the tour above, lose because of air delay or air cancellation)

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:11 Nights / 12 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Jeep / Van / Luxury Bus
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Height: 5050m
  • Start From: Chengdu
  • End To: Xining
  • Best Season: Spring / Summer / Automn / Winter

Trip Map

Chengdu to Xining Tour map

 

Additional Infos

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:11 Nights / 12 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Jeep / Van / Luxury Bus
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Height: 5050m
  • Start From: Chengdu
  • End To: Xining
  • Best Season: Spring / Summer / Automn / Winter

Trip Map

Chengdu to Xining Tour map

 

Testimonials

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration:11 Nights / 12 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Jeep / Van / Luxury Bus
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouses
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Height: 5050m
  • Start From: Chengdu
  • End To: Xining
  • Best Season: Spring / Summer / Automn / Winter

Trip Map

Chengdu to Xining Tour map

 

Kailash Yatra 2013 Departure