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.
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.
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