Sichuan-Tibet Highway begins at Chengdu, Sichuan and ends at Lhasa, Tibet. It extends via Ya’an and Kangding to Xinduqiao, where the road becomes crotched. The north way runs via Gantse, Dege, Qamdo to Bamda, where the south way joins in. The road goes on via Baxoi, Ranwu, Bomi, Nyingchi ,covering a distance of 2412km, and finally reaches Lhasa. Drivers prefer the south way because it is shorter ( 2149km ) and its average altitude is lower.
The highway crosses high mountains and huge rivers en route, rough and dangerous, but that the splendid scenery is beheld attracts a lot of people who love outdoor activities, year after year.
Itinerary Details : Day 1 Chengdu-Luding-Danba
383km ride to Banba, the ancient Queendom, via Jiajin Mountain Pass(4520m)and Mt Four Girls.Mt Four Girls takes on a view of perfect blending of snowy peaks, virgin forsets and cristal lakes. Danba is a beautiful place with beautiful Tibetan females.Overnight at Castle Hotel.
147km ride to Daofu, where exquisite folk houses are well-known in the whole Tibet region, via Bamei,where it is worth spending hours there.Khamba, agile and brave, are looking after their cattle on meadows.Daofu or Tawu(in Tibetan) is a small town situated in a narrow basin along the Zhe-chu river. As you approach the town you will see a huge chorten & an immense 10 m-sq pile of mani prayer stones nearby. Nyitso Gompa, is an important Gelukpa Monastery. At an abservation point beyond the gompa you can see the 3 sacred mountains (Rigsum Gompo), to the south over the river.Overnight at a local's house.
166km ride to Ganzi via Luhuo.Ganze is a small riverside trading town & the largest in the area. On the northern side of the town is the Ganze Gompa spread over a hill commanding a fine view of the snow mountains & Kanze.Driving in Kham area is quite an expereince, natural and ecological, wild and tough.Listen to nomads' eclogue and look at yaks' home.Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 Ganzi-Manigange-Xinluhai-Quershan-Dege
207km ride to Dege,another Kham county at the border between Sichuan and Tibet.Dege, is the cultural center of Eastern Tibet. Here the clients of Dreams Travel visit Dege Gonchen Monastery founded in 1448 & belongs to the Sakyapa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Also visit the famous Dege Parkhang where Tibetan Buddhist sutras are printed.The route crosses over high mountains. Quershan(5050m) is a great mountain pass where magnificent scenery is beheld.Dege Religious Printing House is the most famous of this kind all over Chin
Day 5 Dege-Jiangda-Chamdu
227km ride to Chamdu.Straddling the Mekong river, Chamdo possesses a rich history as one of the earliest centers of the Tibetan plateau and home to Kalden Jampaling, the great monastery founded between 1436-44 and developed through the centuries by successive incarnations. While the original monastery was destroyed in 1912 by the Chinese, it was rebuilt when the Tibetan army seized Chamdo in 1917. We will spend the day stretching our legs, exploring the monastery and shopping in Tromzikhang, an open-air market where colorfully dressed Tibetans pawn their wares and antique goods. Visit Qainagbalin Monastery and Kano Ruins.Overnight at hotel.
265km ride to Basu.In turn to cross Bamda Grassland, Nujiang Mountain Pass(4839m) and to wriggle down to Nujiang Riverside,experiencing the up-and-down of both altitudes(average 2500m) and temperatures(average 20 degrees) and enjoy terrific beauty of nature.
Baxoi means Village at the foot of Warrior Mountain. Overnight at guesthouse
218km ride to Bomi.Sightseeing of Rawu Lake: Water birds in large number are above inverted reflection of forest, glaciers and snow peaks in bluish green lake water, limpid and flat as a mirror.
Bomi , which means “ancestor” in Tibet, enjoys a warm and wet climate due to Southwest Monsoon from Indian Occean, thus gains the names of Tibetan Switzerland, Pearl in Green and so on.The road comes to its most beautiful section with standing trees, gliding rills, hovering eagles on the background of snow-capped mountain, quiet lake, village or farming land.Overnight at guesthous
233km ride to Nyingchi.Sightseeing of the spectacularity where Niyang River pours into Yarlungzangbo and overlooking Mt Benri, the holy mountan of Tibetan Local Religion, Mt Namjaqbarwa(7756m).
Overnight at guesthouse
Day 9 Nyingchi-Bayi-Gongbujiangda-Lhasa
400km ride to Lhasa.It is exciting to spend hours at Basong Tso (3700m), which hides in virgin forests and is especially canonized by Nyingmpa (Red Sect). The scenery here is beyond praise
Overnight at hotel.
||10Pax & above
(1.)Pay cash to our tour guide upon your hotel pickup in the morning. Both Chinese RMB and USD are acceptable.
(2.)Transfer the money to tour bank account at least 2 weeks beofore your tour date.
(3.)Pay by Credit Card through Paypal. We will send you the Paypal Invoice. You just need to follow the instructions step by step .
1. three meals a day, eat-out or eat-in according to the situation
2. 2-bed room basis at 3-star hotel or dormitry bed at guesthouse
3 One English guide
5 Permits of Tibet Tourism Bureau and Public Security
6 Entries to attractions listed in the itinerary
7 Service Charge & Government Taxes.
8 Return air fare for Land+Air tour from Beijing to Lhasa
Return rail fare for Land+train tour from Beijing to Lhasa
One-way air ticket plus one way rail ticket for Land+Air+Train tour
1.In the route information below, we outline the rough waypoints, you may contact us and discuss the scenery spots you hope to visit, and we quote you according to your demand, as a tourist, thus you are enabled the most flexibility and making you route comfortable.
2.Minor program changes sometimes are necessary, depending on road conditions, weather and availability of room.
3.Health consultation from your doctor before you come to highland(Over than 3000M).
6.As we travel in Tibet area where the economy is much more backward than other places, the food alternative is limited,so we suggest you take some solid food.
7.Prices listed above are valid excluding the periods of Chinese and Tibetan New Year, May day holiday, China National Day holiday ,Tibetan Shoton Festival and other important Festival in Tibet which cause the big tour price change, an enquiry would be necessary for the exact tour price if you happened to travel during these periods...