Day 2 Kunming Flight to Zhongdian (Shangri-la) We will take short flight (45 min) early in the morning to Zhongdian (3,200 m/10,500 ft ), a Tibetan town in northwestern Yunnan. Our Tibetan guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to downtown Zhongdian. You will immediately feel the altitude, even just from the drop in temperature. We will visit Songzanlin Monastery, a 300-year-old Tibetan Monastery built by the fifth Dalai Lama. Old Town and highland market.
(B/L/D) Overnight in Shangri-la
Day 3 Zhongdian to Deqin via the Ganden Dongzhulin Monastery. The drive to Deqin is simply the best way to view the great variety of landscape in the Great Rivers region. Decsending to the Yangtze Basin, we stop at Benzilan for lunch, after which we will continue ascending the scenic mountain range of Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve. The highest pass, at 4,296meters(14,090 ft), would stand as an altitude test for those visiting the Himalayan mountains for the first time. You need not worry, you will soon be relieved to find yourself arriving at Deqin, the gateway town to Tibet.
(B/L/D) Overnight in Deqin
Day 4 Deqin to Tibet via Yanjing Departing Deqin, we travel along the north of Mekong River valley into Tibet. Along the way, we may be able to see the peaks of Kawagebo mountain range on a good day. Mt. Meili (6,740 m/22,113 ft), which straddles the border of Yunnan and Tibet, is the highest peak in the province. Once into Tibet, our first stop will be in the town of Yanjing, which was once the main source of salt for half of the Kham Tibetan area, which ranged from northwestern Sichuan down into Yunnan. We will visit to the salt fields, followed by a stop at the hot springs, where each of us could pick our own natural hot bath overlooking the Mekong. Certainly the best way to relax our body for the adventure ahead!
(B/L/D) Overnight in Yanjing
Day 5 Yanjing to Zuogong We cross two high passes in this section of the drive, one at around 3,900 m(12,795 ft), the other at 5,008 m(16,430 ft). Driving past local Tibetan houses scattered round the feet of snow-capped peaks, the expressions on innocent Tibetan girls would make you realize that you are one of the first foreign visitors to this isolated region.
(B/L/D) Overnight in Zuogong
Day 6Zugong to Ranwu We will drive along the deep valleys of the Nu River (the Salween River), which is a long and tough journey, but our destination, the Ranwu Lake, a spectacularly crystal blue lake cupped by snow peaks.
(B/L/D) Overnight in Ranwu
Day 7Rawok(Ranwu) to Bomi??Tramog??we will wander along the Poto-chu Valley at Tramog (2,743 m/8999 ft), located deep in the thickly forested gorge of Parlung Tsangpo with glacial waterfalls streaming from the mountainsides. We will go down several hundred meters in altitude as we reach the lowland jungle settlement of Tang-me where the Tsangpo and Parlung Tsangpo rivers meet.
(B/L/D) Overnight in Bomi
Day 8 Tang-me(Bomi) to Bayi Waking up to the birds' singing, you will have an unobstructed view of the majestic NamJiabawa peak. After a long 9 hours drive, we will arrive in Bayi, the largest Tibetan town we will have reached at this point.
(B/L/D) Overnight in Bayi
Day 9 Bayi to Basong Lake The crystal clear water of the Basong Lake will seem like an oasis to you -- another place you would be relutant to leave.
(B/L/D) Overnight in Basong Lake
|Day 10 Basong Lake to Lhasa Leaving the lake after breakfast, we arrive at Gongbujiangda in time for lunch. The afternoon will be left open for you to take a gentle walk or explore the nearby glacier. After the 9-day-long challenging overland trip, you will understand why Tibetans regard the journey to Lhasa as one of the most sacred of pilgrimages. || |