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.
Day 1: Chengdu-368km-Kangding (2500m)
152km ride on Chengdu Basin to Ya`an and over Mt Er`lang mounting Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. In a river valley Dreams Travel`s clients find Kangding, a twon famous for its love songs.. Visit Dorje Drak Monastery (a branch of the Dorje Drak Monastery in Lhasa), Lhamo Tsering Monastery & Ngachu Gompa (a branch of the Drepung Loseling Monastery). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Kangding-220km-Litang (4000m)
As its names goes, Litang is flat and there is Annual Horse Race, which enables visitors to view Khamba roundly. Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery (Litang Gompa, Litangsi) - The monastery is just on the northern edge of town and belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhists. As usual, you are not allowed to take photographs of holy relics inside. The friendly monks will guide you through the main buildings, including some breathtaking views from the temple roofs. The monastery was founded in 1580 by the third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso on the site of an older Bon-monastery. There are three main temples in the compound, of which one is currently under construction. The oldest seems to be the one on top of the hill, still featuring the wooden construction of the upper rim of the buildings. Inside, you can view several chambers and a bedroom in which the 7th Dalai Lama is said to have resided. Many more famous and influential personal figures were born here, including the 7th Dalai Lama, 10th Dalai Lama, the most influential Zebutsundaba Lama of Mogonia, the 7th Gyamuyang Lama, the 7th, 8th and 9th Pabalha living Buddha of Chamdo monastery and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Xianggen living buddha.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 3: Litang-165km-Batang (2900m)
Batang means sheep-baaing lakeside and it is one of the most beautiful places in the world.The scenery here is simply beyond praise. Dreams Travel`s clients often are greatly astonished: Why are people here so beautiful. Overnight at Hotel
Day 4: Batang-270km-Zogang (3700m)
Half-bred yak`s back is used to describe the place. Mt Meri faces river valleys, boundless grassland, hot springs, holy lakes and beautiful monasteries. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 5: Zogang-290km-Rawu(3850m)
Rawu lake has an elevation of 3,807 meters and 26 km in circumference, with an average width of 1 to 5 kilometers. It is Eastern Tibet`s largest lake. Ancient glaciers surrounds the area and in the summer, when the snow melts, the snow finds its way into the lake. Rawu Lake is abundant in water resources, and sometimes known as the "West immortals".
Overnight at Guesthouse
Day 6: Rawu-218km-Bomi (2700m)
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.
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 guesthouse
Day 7: Bomi-216km- Bayi (3000m)
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 8: Bayi-260km-Namshan(3150m)
Today you will drive along the Yarlung Tsangpo River. Stay in a local guesthouse.
Day 9: Namshan-240km-Tsethang(3500m)
Arrival of Tsetang Town(3551m), the cradle of Tibetan civilization, and check-in at Longma Hotel or Yulong Hotel or Post Hotel according to reservatio
Afternoon 12km ride to Yumbulagang (built in 2nd century B.C), 1st Tibetan King`s Castle Via Trandruk Monastery (built in 7th century, subject to Geluk now), in which Pearl Thangkha is kept. Overnigth at Hotel
Day 10. Tsethang-170km-Lhasa
Morning 160km ride to Songkha Ferry, 1.5-hour boating across Yarluzangbo and 0.5-hour ride to Samye(built in 8th century), the premier monastery of Red Sect or Nyingma in Tibtan.
Drive to Lhasa en route visit Mindroling Monastery
Day 11-12: Lhasa Visit
Potala, the largest castle in the world used to be the religio-political center of Old Tibet, the winter palace of Dalai Lama and the cemetery stupas of deceased Dalai Lamas and now it is a great museum of art and teasures.
Jokhang, the final destination of all sects, is where the city and Tibetan Buddhism began.
Norbulinkha, Dalai Lama`s summer palace, gives you some ideas of Dalai Lama`s life and the history of Tibet.
Day 13: Lhasa-120km-Ganden Monastery-Tidrum Nunnery
Drive to Visit Ganden Monastery which is about 120Km away from Lhasa, afternoon drive to Tidrum Nunnery, it has a great location in a narrow gorge at the confluence of two streams. You can have the famous medicinal hot-springs there. Overnight stay at Government guesthouse of Nunnery Guesthouse( Dorm bed).
Day 14: Tidrum Nunnery -Drigung Til Monastery-Reting Monastery-Damxung
Early drive to Drigung Til which sprouts from a high, steep ridge overlooking the Drigung Valley. Drigung Til is the head monastery of the Drigungpa school of the Kagyupa order, right now there are about 270 monks living in. Up to the hill of Drigung Til, there is one the holiest sky-burial site in Lhasa region, if you want to see the sky-burial, you need to ask for the permission from the the family of the deceased and the senior lama who conducts the ceremony. If they don't want you to attend, then just let it go.
Day 15: Namtso (Tashi Dor)-Thurphu Monastry-Lhasa
Drive to Tsurphu Monastery, which is the seat of the Karmapa branch of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsurphu Monastery is set in a valley. If you are acclimatised the altitude, you can do the Tsurphu Kora. It winds up some 150m,providing splendid views of Tsurphu below. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day 16: Lhasa-260km-Gyantse (3900)
Yamzho Yumtso is one of three great holy lakes in Tibet. It is perhaps the most sacred place for a meditator.
Gyantse means Castle of Triumphy, a typical Tibetan town with Pelko Chode the main attraction, which is eight-storeyed and has 71 chapels. The exquisite building is called 100,000-Buddha Pagoda.
The monastery of Shalu was founded by Chetsun Sherab Jungnay in the region of Nyangro near the present day town of Shigatse. In the early fourteenth century it became the most important centre of learning under Buton Rinpoche (1290-1364), one of Tibet's greatest scholars. There he brought together the one hundred and eight volumes of the fundamental texts of Buddhism, the Kanjur, and the two hundred volumes of "treaties and commentaries", the Tenjur. At the same time he supervised the ex ecution of 499 tantric mandalas, a few of which can be still seen in two chapels on the first floor. In 1305, Buton Rinpoche advised Prince Drakpa Gyaltsen to extend the monastery, following which Shalu was decorated by Tibetan and Nepalese artists who had been trained in the Mongol imperial workshops under the famous Newari master, Arniko (1245-1306). Due to Buton's activity, the monastery became one of the most important centres of study in Tibet, continuing on as an influential, non-sectarian monastry for centuries to come. The association has adopted the name of Shalu, as an exceptional repositary of Tibetan religious art, and in memory of this great Buddhist teacher.
Sigatze is famous for Tshilunpo, which houses a gigantic copper figure of zmaitreya Buddha, and it is the seat of Banchan Lama, the Capital of Rear Tibert.
The Sakya Monastery ( built in 1073) is the premier monasyery of Sakya Sect or Gray Sect
Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 18: Sakya-360km-Rongbuk
Rongbuk Monastery is said to be the highest monastery on our planet. Its altitude is 5,100 meters (16728 feet). The monastery was built in 1899, as a Nyingmapa monastery since it was said that once Padmasambhava, founder of Nyingmapa, preceded his religious cultivation here. It is a right sopt to see the north face of Mt Qomonama or Mt Everest called by Westerners. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 19: Rongbuk-360km-Zhangmu
It is an exciting trip to have a sharp descending from over 5000 meters to some 2000 meters in just half an hour and Dreams Travel`s clients are suffering from temporary deafness when they realize that they have crossed Himalyas.
Day 20: Exit
Dreams Travel`s Nepal Agent are expecting the clients.
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*Transport:air-conditioned bus on seat-shared basis+ experienced driver
*Guide:An English speaking guide or one upon request
*Entries:The admission to all indicated in the itinerary
*Permit:TTB permit and anything else necessary.
*Personal expenses and entertainment excluded in the itinerary
*Any air fare
*anything paid by the insurance company
*Meals:all meals of the best available
Children are not recommended for this tour.
1.It is inadvisable for those who suffer from hypertension, cardiopathy and anything unsuitable to alpine areas to take this tour.
2.When ascending an area over 3,000 meters, one may, more or less, suffer from his reaction to the high altitude: dry lips, nose-bleeding, headache, dyspnea, naupathia, vomit, insomnia or something uneasy, which will vanish in a couple of days.
3.Do take along warm clothes, sunglasses, suntan oil, lipstick and anything on standby
4.Drink enough water and avoid running or sports. Yak-butter tea, milk products and bverage with sachalin rhodiola rhizome help one`s acclimation.
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