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Through Hidden Corridors - Overland Journey from Yunnan to Tibet

Through Hidden Corridors - Overland Journey from Yunnan to Tibet

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 21 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 8 people
Destination(s): China   Tibet  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Pilgrimage/Spirituality  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5250 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5250 US Dollar (USD)

Locked away in its Himalayan fortress, Tibet has long exercised a sirens hold on the imagination of the west. Situated on Qinghai mountain plateau that stretches all the way from India in the south to central China in the north and east, it is a land of wild natural landscapes, obdurate cultures and a peaceful population. In 2007, Absolutely China will be running a trip into Tibet, taking the rarely used southern route to Lhasa.

We begin in earnest in Kunming, then head north into Yunnan and Lijiang's turquoise ranges. For the next 11 days, we thrust into the myriad ranges and sub-ranges of the Hengduan Shan, spiraling up to the Tibetan Plateau, from green, tumbling lushness to the heart-stopping austerity of the Plateau, arriving at the Holy City of Lhasa.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly to gateway cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu or Hong Kong.

Day 2: Fly to Lijiang. Lijiang Old Town, Black Dragon Pool Park.

Day 3: Wenhai Day Hike. Visit Naxi villages.

Day 4: Lijiang to Zhongdian via Tiger Leaping Gorge, visiting First Bend of Yangtze and Shigu Old Town en route.

Day 5: In Zhongdian (Shangri-la), visit Songzanlin Monastery, Shudu Alpine Lake and Tibetan family.

Day 6: Zhongdian to Deqin through the pass of the Baima Snow Mountain. At Feilaisi, we appreciate the magnificent view of Mt. Kawagebo.

Day 7: Deqin to Yanjing, which was once the main source of salt for half of the Kham Tibetan Region.

Day 8: Yanjing to Zuogong. Cross two high passes in this section of the drive and visit a Tibetan School.

Day 9: Zuogong to Baxu. Drive along the Yuqu River, which links the Zuogong and the Bangda pasture land, the highest mountain pasture land in the world (14, 432 ft).

Day 10: Baxu to Ranwu Glacier via the Ranwu Lake, a spectacularly crystal blue earthquake lake.

Day 11: Ranwu to Bomi.

Day 12: Bomi to Linzhi.

Day 13: Linzhi to Basong Tso Lake.

Day 14: Basong Tse Lake to Lhasa.

Day 15-16: Lhasa.

Day 17: Lhasa to Shigatse.

Day 18: Shigatse to Shegar.

Day 19: Rongphuk Monastery & Everest Base Camp.

Day 20: Free day at Rongphuk.

Day 21: Rongphuk to Zhangmu and onwards to Kathmandu.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 4-star (or the best available) accommodations based on double occupancy, including tax and service
- All meals as stated in the itinerary highlighting the local cuisine with water, tea, coffee, local beer, and soft drinks
- Group airport arrival and departure transfers
- All ground transportation in private air conditioned vehicle with bottled water and snacks on coach
- All sightseeing, entrance fees
- Services of local guides, site experts, and other support personnel
- Tibet Travel Permit.

Price Excludes:
- International airfare
- Any en route stopovers, hotels, and meals to and from China
- Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
- Passport and visa fees
- Items of a personal nature such as, laundry, mail, phone calls, faxes, spa treatments, hard liquor
- Normal level of gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Trip cancellation, travel delay or baggage insurance.

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