Day 1: Chengdu arrival.
Arrive in Chengdu and check in hotel yourself. Do some city tour accordingly.
Day 2: Chengdu – Ya’an ( 150 km / 3 hours drive) (B/L/D).
After breakfast, let’s drive about 3 hours to Panda Breeding Research base in Bifengxia Wildlife park. In the Panda Garden you can see the lovely pandas making various funny movement in eating and playing, and here you will sign a contract of volunteer work with the Panda garden. And you can also do a mild hiking in one of the valley, to enjoy the delicate waterfall, stream etc… In the late afternoon you will head for Shangli old town in half an hour’s driving. Shangli Old Town used to be important station during the trade of horse and Tea with Tibetan, but expressway have driven it from the busy traffic, now it is much quiet in the countryside as a good place for leisure, just relax, drinking tea, painting the old stone bridge, wooden house, etc.
Day 3: Ya’an — Shimian - Kangding ( 290 km/ about 5 hrs drive) (B/L/D).
In the morning, drive via Shimian to Kangding. We will enter the big mountain area today, and we will see quite a few water power stations in the deep gorge. And the Dams changed the landscape greatly, lakes appeared frequently appeared in these area. In the afternoon, arrive in Kangding. Today we will visit our first Tibetan monastery, Nanwu temple. And you can also free to walk around in this typical Tibetan town in the late afternoon.
Day 4: Kangding — Xinduqiao — Tagong — Danba ( 220 km /4.5 hrs drive)(B/L/D).
Today we will drive pass Zheduoshan pass (4298 m). Then we will come to real Tibetan area. Continue driving to Xinduqiao, the paradise for photographer. Along the road, there are so many good chances for taking photo. Then drive to north to Tagong grassland. Wide Tagong Grassland, huge Tagong Monastery, and Snow peak of Mt. Yala, will show you another beautiful side of Tibetan plateau. In the afternoon, arrive in Danba county. And today we will take you to make a homestay in local Tibetan village.
Day 5: Danba — Bamei — Luhuo (235 km / about 6 hrs drive) (B/L/D).
Danba is famous for its beautiful Tibetan building and women. In the morning we will search beauty in the beautiful Tibetan village of Jiaju, the beautiful villages and Tibetan castle tower pile down from the half mountain. In the afternoon we will visit the Suopo village from the opposite bank of river to enjoy the panorama, which is famous for the Castle style watch tower. And we will also visit Huiyun Monastery in Bamei, which used to be refuge of the 7th Dalai Lama for 7 years, also the birth place of 11th Dalai Lama. After this, it is a 3 hours’ driving to Luhuo. And we will drop a visit in ancient Luhuo Monastery in the late afternoon.
Day 6: Luohuo - Ganzi - Dege (300 km/ about 8 hours drive) (B/L/D).
After breakfast, drive to Ganzi. Ganzi, the important transportation hub of Ganzi Autonomous prefecture, is a town in a picturesque valley surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Visit Ganzi Temple (Gelu section). It’s the region’s largest temple, dating back to 500 years, contain over 500 monks there. Then continue drive to Dege. And we will drive cross Chola Mountain pass, which is 5260 meters in sea level, and also the highest mountain pass in this route. Arrive in Dege in the late afternoon. And you can also watch the pilgrim around Buddhism printing School. Night in local hotel .
Day 7: Dege — Baiyu (100 km/ 2.5 hrs drive) (B/L/D).
In the morning we will visit the Buddhism Scripture Printing school. It’s seclusion, however, to a large extent contributes to the survival of traditional culture. Dege Scripture Printing House, credited as 'the encyclopedia of Tibetan culture,' is among the best-protected in the region. Then visit Gonchen Monastery in Dege, which is belong to Ningma section. In the afternoon, we will drive to Baiyu along the Yangtze river, also called Jinsha River in this section. Arrive in Baiyu in the afternoon, and we will visit Baiyu Monastery, which could be the most beautiful monastery in this route.
Day 8: Yaqing Monastery Exploration ( 2 hrs’ driving ) (B/L/D).
Today we will explore the mysterious Yaqing Monastery. It is a huge monastery with over ten thousands of monks living in this wide grassland. Compared with Wuming Budhism school in Seda, Yaqin Monastery is more closed and original in transportation and society. Return Baiyu in the late afternoon, free to have a rest.
Day 9: Baiyu — Litang (320 km /about 7 hrs drive) (B/L/D).
After breakfast, we will drive via Gayu and Shama to Litang. The road is also under construction partly. Although it is a short distance, but may take about 7 hours on the road. Enjoy the sparse but beautiful mountain en route. We will arrive in Litang in the late afternoon. Litang is boasting the high town in the world with sea level of 4100 meter in sea level, and it is also the bith place of 8th Dalai Lama.
Day 10: Litang — Daocheng — Shangrila Village ( 260 km /about 4 hrs drive) (B/L/D).
In the morning we will visit Litang Monastery, which is the largest monastery in South Kham area. And then we will head for the Shangrila Village in Daocheng, and we will climb over the mountain pass of Jianziwan and enjoy the beautiful landscape en route. And we will also enjoy the harmony landscape in Daocheng. In the afternoon we will arrive in Shangrila village, also called Riwa in the past, which is a warm place.
Day 11: Yading Hiking — Daocheng (hiking 6 hours, and then drive 130 km/about 2 hrs drive ) (B/L/D).
Head for Yading Nature Reserve in the morning. We will enjoy the sacred snow peaks of Yading in the mid of mountain, and then we will arrive in Nuorong Yak Farm by local sightseeing car, and then we will make a mild hiking today. We will hike to the Milk Lake in about 2.5 hours, which is just at the foot of snow peaks, and then we will return Daocheng in the late afternoon.
Day 12: Daocheng Departure.
Your tour stop this morning, you can fly back Chengdu or other cities, and you can also extend your tour to Shangrila and Lijiang in Yunnan yourself.
- Fixed Departure Time: Sept 15th
- Join-in Price: US $ 2350 . 00 per pax.
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