Shangri-La and Eastern Tibet
This tour takes you to the Eastern Tibet, or otherwise known as Kham, to feel the nomadic life of Tibetans, enjoy the beautiful landscape of snow mountains and grasslands, and discover the Tibetan monasteries.
Day 1, Arrive in Lijiang, visit the old town
Arrive in Lijiang, visit the old town of Naxi people built in the traditional wooden houses with small rivers running through the town. We will walk through the old town to see the Naxi houses, follow up the river to Black Dragon Pool where the water of the old town comes from, here you can see the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain if the weather is fine. People in Lijiang are Naxi, Naxi woman is the boss of the family, she makes the decision and does most of the work at home, while the man just have a very leisure life, plant flowers in the gardens and play the music.
Day 2, Monastery and Naxi villages
Drive to Puji village where we start to walk through the villages and climb up hill through pine forest for an hour to reach Puji Monastery hidden in the mountain, a Tibetan Buddhism monastery built three hundred years ago with copper roofs. No tourists come here but we can meet up with a few lamas and locals who take care of the Monastery. After the Monastery, we drive to Baisha village to visit this traditional Naxi village, and carry on to Yuhu village where the explorer Dr. Rock used to live for his research, it is a very beautiful Naxi village in front of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, visit the village and meet up with people.
Day 3, Drive to Weixi
Drive along the Yangtse River up to Weixi via Qizhong, travel along the Yangtze to visit the First Bend of Yangtze where the Yangtze made a big turn here and also the place which the Red Army crossed the Yangtze during the Long March, visit a workshop where people make tiles bricks from clay. Then drive along the Yangtze up to Qichong and turn right and say goodbye to Yangtze via Tacheng with stops to visit local Naxi and Lisu villages, carry on to Weixi .
Day 4, Drive to Cizhong along Mekong
Drive to Mekong Valley and stop at Xiao Weixi to visit this nice little Lisu village with a church built by French missionaries in 1880s. Carry on to north, we can stop and walk over a bridge to visit a Lisu village on the other side of Mekong River. Visit Fuguo Temple which built three hundred years ago with a few lamas in the temple. Possibly, we will see the locals cross the Mekong by ropes, that’s the way local crossing the River for hundreds of year and still the same today.
Day 5, Drive to Feilaishi & Meili Mountain
Visit Cizhong, Cizhong is a small village lived by Tibetan, Naxi and Lisu people, there is a church built by French Missionaries, and the traditional way of French wine making skills are still kept here, you have the chance to try the wine. Carry on along the Mekong with visits to Tibetan villages and stops for the beautiful Mekong River gorge. As we drive further north, the landscape changes dramatically with higher mountains with less tress and more dry in the area. The Tibetans live in the gorge are also different from Tibetan in other places as they are much influenced by Lisu and Naxi here. Drive up to Deqen and carry on to Feilaishi.
Day 6, Drive to Xiacheng with visits to Tibetan villages and Monastery.
Get up early to see the sunrise of Meili Snow Mountain just from your hotel room With a cup of coffee, we will stay in the best hotel here on the top of hill with the best view of the area. Drive along the Yangtze, cross Fulong Bridge and turn left and follow up the Yangtze into Sichuan province to Derong, Derong is a small Tibetan town hidden in the mountains and here you can see the sun rises three times a day. Drive up to the mountain at 4100m and carry on to Xiacheng, Xiacheng is a pretty small Tibetan town near a Dingqu River.
Day 7, Drive to Daocheng
Visit Sanpiling Monastery was first built in 1654; it’s one of the most important yellow hat sect Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Kham. In 1811, one of the ninth Dalai Lama’s assistant worked here as the head monk of the monastery and made the monastery famous throughout the area. The Monastery now is rebuilt and much bigger than it was; some construction work is still going on. Drive along the Dingqu river and up hill to the mountain pass at 4650m where you can walk up for 25 minutes to a hill top, from there you can see lakes, valleys, grassland and snow mountains in distance. Drive down hill to Sandun and turn right and follow a river to Daocheng.
Day 8, Drive to Litang
Drive back to Daocheng through the valley with a visit to Konkoling Monastery along the road. Drive through Mt. Haizhiahan. Mt. Haizhishan is at over 4200m with many lakes and huge rocks for hundreds of square kilometers, it’s a very unique area during the whole trip. Carry on to Litang via grassland and mountains.
Day 9, Visit nomads and Litang
Drive to Grassland and visit the Tibetan nomads with their yaks and goats to see them how to milk the yaks and make the butter. Visit Litang Monastery which is the biggest Yellow Sect monastery in south part of Kham. The 7th, 10th and 11th Dalai Lame were born in Litang, all these made the Monastery very famous. Possible to see the sky bury of Tibetan if we are there on the right day.
Day 10, Drive to Xinlong
Visit the nomads on the grassland during the drive. Nomads usually move from one place to another during the different times of the year according to the temperatures, when they move on, they not only move their tents but also a Temple with them. Wherever they go, they will set up a tent as their Temple, hanging some Tangkas inside instead of the solid Buddhist images to make a temple, so they have movable temples with them and they can pray everyday away from monasteries. Carry to Xinlong via a mountain pass and travel down to Yalong River and follow the river to Xinlong.
Day 11, Drive to Ganzi
Visit the 700-year-old Kagyupa sect monastery near the town in its high mountain setting. Drive to Ganzi along Yalong River with visit to Tibetan villages and monastery along the way. Visit the White Stupas temple in Ganzi.
Day 12, Explore Monasteries and villages
Walk through the town of Ganzi, you can see local shops with lot of local handcrafts and workshops where people make Tibetan style table. Passing through some old houses before reaching Ganzi Monastery built on a small Hill. Visit the monastery and we might be invited by a lama to his home for a couple of butter tea. After the monastery, we drive to the country side to village monastery and a couple of Tibetan villages.
Day 13, Drive to Daofu
Drive to Daofu via grassland and mountain pass over 4100m, drive off the main road to Juri Monastery built on a tableland in front of a mountain. Carry on to Daofu and visit Daofu Monastery which famous for making butter handicrafts.
Day 14, Drive to Tagong
Drive to Tagong via Bamei with visits to Stupas temples near Bamei and villages along the road. Visit Tagong Monastery which built between 1792 to 1820, it’s one of the most famous Monastery in Kham attracts the people of Kham to visit. There are over 100 stupas around the Monastery. There are also festivals here in summer. Tagong Buddhist Collage is only 600m from the Monastery for over 400 lamas to study.
Day 15, Drive to Chengdu
Drive through Xinduqiao to Zheduo Mountain at 4,962m, walk up to hill top where you can see the mountains hidden in the clouds, and drive down hill to Kangding in the valley. Carry on to Luding where the Red Army crossed the Luding Bridge during the Long March. Drive up hill and going through the Erlan Mountain tunnels, drive down to Ya’an and on to the Chengdu on the Highway. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan, a modern city but still has some old streets, tea houses and temples in the town. Chengdu is very famous for food like hot pot and hundreds of local slacks you can choose from
Day 16, Chengdu
Visit Wenshu Temple, it’s one of the well protected Buddhist temples in Chengdu, built in 1697 and very popular among the locals, now you can still a lot of local people come here every day to pray and worship. Most people come to the temple are not really all Buddhists, they just come for different reasons like praying for health, good luck, property and anything you can think about. Visit an old street with tea houses and local handicrafts shops to give you some ideas of how old Chengdu look like. In the afternoon, we will visit the Panda Research Center, here you can not only see the giant Pandas but also learn something about them through the Panda Museum and introductions. Overnight hotel and tour ends.
Seasonality: May to October
Oct.15th to 30th, 2016
US$ 2,250.00 Per person
US$ 390.00 Single Supplement
Group Size: 6 - 8
The price includes:
Sightseeing Programs & entry fees
English Speaking Guides
Transfers and transportation by private vehicles
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