Yunnan to Lhamo Lhatso tour

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Yunnan to Lhamo Lhatso tour is not only a unique adventure Tibet travel but also a very holy pilgrimage traveling to Tibet and the best Tibet travel. This unique and the best Tibet travel includes the visit to Lijiang county which is just next to Kunming city with the old town of Lijiang, Black dragon pool and Naxi minority. Drive through Dali and Shangrila with a visit to the beautiful old towns, natural landscape, the culture of the different ethnic people in both Dali and Shangrila and the biggest Gelukpa monastery of Songtsanling in Shangrila. Continue your adventure travel to Tibet through Deqin where the Mount Kawa Garpo is located. Mount Kawa Garpo is one of the most beautiful snow mountains in Yunnan province and it is also considered as a holy mountain by the Tibetans.

This Unique and the best Tibet travel takes you through the Mekong gorge, Markham salt field attraction and start your extreme adventure travel to Tibet by driving through more than hundred zigzag mountains passes, beautiful Rawu lakes with exotic snow-capped mountains and glaciers. Dense forest and narrow gorge of Dongchuk village and the Lunang international resort and the beautiful village in the grassy forest landscape,having a spectacular view of the Mount Namchak Barwa from Serkyimla pass. After one more hours of drive, you will arrive in Nyingtri which is one of the six prefectures in Tibet Autonomous Region with a very much different landscape and location than other regions in Tibet where it is full of forest, green scenery, snow mountain, lakes and low altitude. It is considered as a little Switzerland.

Continue traveling to Tibet via taking the southern route to Lhasa and passing by Minling and Lang county which are very close to the Indian borders in the south-east Tibet and both counties are located in a very dense forest and a narrow gorge. Most of the people who live in this area are farmers. Drive further to the west along the Barhmaputra or Yarlung Tsangpo gorge and arrival in Gyatsa county. Gyatsa county is located in the southern Tibet and it is renowned for it's walnuts and apricots. From Gyatsa county, we will take 35km on the north bank of the Barhmaputra river, passes through the valley of the Terpulung-chu and reach Chokorgyel monastery. From Chokorgyel monastery, we will continue drive for half an hour and then hike half an hour to reach the glacier pass to see the Lhamo Lhatso. From the top of the glacier pass, you can overlook the lake Lhamo Lhatso. Lhamo Lhatos lake is considered sacred to Remati ( Gyelmo Makzorma in Tibetan ), a form of the protectress Shridevi, and it is revered as the life-supporting talisman (La-ne ) of the Dalai Lamas. Visions portending the the circumstances of the rebirth of the future Dalai Lamas and Penchen Lamas are observed in it's sacred waters. If you are lucky and at the right karmic action, then you might also get your future life's visions portending. Continue the best Tibet travel with Tibet Shambhala Adventure through Tsetang, visit Tsetang and then to Lhasa and visit the cultural highlight of the Lhasa city. TRAVEL TO TIBET

Days Trip Outline Daily Activity Accommodation Guide & Driver Meal
01 Fly to Lijiang and transfer to Lijiang old town (2400m/40 minutes drive ) Lijiang airport and Lijiang old town Hotel in Lijiang Local Tibetan BB
02 Explore Lijiang old town and walk around Visit black dragon pool park and Naxi minority Hotel in Lijiang Local Tibetan BB
03 Lijiang to Gyalthang or Zhongdian(Shangri la) (3200m/187Km) Tiger leaping Gorge, Yangtse river, Gyelthang Hotel in Gyelthang Local Tibetan BB
04 Gyelthang sightseeing tour Visit Songtsanling monastery and the old Gyelthang town Hotel in Gyelthang Local Tibetan BB
05 Shangri-La to Deqin(3550m/180km) visit workshop of Clay Pottery in Benzilan Town, , Dongzhulin Monastery, Baima Snow Mountain Hotel in Deqin Local Tibetan BB
06 Deqin to Markham (3876m/223km) Kawa Garpo mountain range, Mekong gorge, Tsakalu Hotel in Markham Local Tibetan BB
07 Markham to Zougong (3750m/158km) Mekong river, Yala pass Hotel in Zuogoung Local Tibetan BB
08 Zougong to Rawu lake (3850m/308km) Tsa Kampala pass, Pashoe county, Rawu lake and beautiful land scape Hotel in Rawu Local Tibetan BB
09 Rawu lake to Nyingtri (2900m/342km) Pome county, Lunang international resort, Serkyim la pass, Namchak Barwa mountain Hotel in Nyingtri Local Tibetan BB
10 Nyingtri to Darksum lake-Nyingtri (120km*2=240km) Nyangchu river, Darksum lake Hotel in Nyingtri Local Tibetan BB
11 Nyingtri to Gyatsa county (3260m/350km) Minling and Lang county, Barhmaputra river gorge, Gyatsa county Hotel in Gyatsa Local Tibetan BB
12 Gyatsa to Tsetang (145km) Chokorgyel monastery, Lhamo Lhatso, Tsetang Hotel in Tsetang Local Tibetan BB
13 Tsetang to Lhasa (3650m/180km) Visit Tsetang, Samye monastery, Lhasa Hotel in Lhasa Local Tibetan BB
14 Sightseeing tour in Lhasa Visit Potala Palace, Jokang temple and Bharkor Bazzar Hotel in Lhasa Local Tibetan BB
15 Sightseeing tour in Lhasa Visit Drepung and Sera monasteries Hotel in Lhasa Local Tibetan BB
16 Drive to Lhasa airport (3600m/45km) Lhasa city, Kyichu valley and Lhasa Gongkar airport.

Inclusive

  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis
  • 1 Local English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist mini van
  • Breakfast for entire Tibet tour
  • All necessary Tibet permits
  • Rawu lake conservation fee
  • Lunang international forest conservation fee
  • Darksum lake conservation fee
  • Lhamo Lhatso conservation fee
  • Oxygen incase need

Exclusive

  • Both international and domestic flight
  • Tibet Train tickets
  • Lunch and dinner for entire tour
  • China visa fee
  • Personal insurance, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses such as (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves
  • Day 1:Fly to Lijiang -Old town,2400mts

    Arrive Lijiang in Yunnan Province (airline route to be confirmed). Stay at Old Town Inn, formerly a manor house in the old part of Lijiangtownship which is the home of the Naxi people of Tibetan descent.

  • Day 2: Exploring the old town of Lijiang ,

    In and around Lijiang; morning walk through Black Dragon Pool Park to learn about the Dongba shaman culture of the Naxi minority. Lunch in Yuhu village at the foot of Jade Dragon Mountain , visit home of Dr Joseph Rock, 20 th century National Geographic plant collector andNaxi expert. Spend the evening exploring the old town.

  • Day 3:Lijiang-Gyalthang-Zhongdian(Shangri la),3200mts,4 hrs drive

    Drive up to Gyalthang / Zhongdian (now known as Shangri-La). The route will take you up through Tiger Leaping Gorge where the Yangtze River , running off the Tibetan plateau, suddenly turns north, tumbling through a spectacular very deep and narrow gauge. Continue driving up to the Tibetan plateau, stopping to climb up to the great limestone White Terraces at Baishultai. Overnight at the Songtsam Hotel.

  • Day 4: Sightseeing Zhongdian.

    In Zhongdian, visit SongtsenlingGompa (built 1679), an important teaching monastery, visit a local Tibetan village. Dinner in the Old Town where the local Tibetans dance every evening in the main square. Day 5:Zhongdian - Dechen, 184Km Drive up over the pass into the Upper Yangtze gorge and over Mt Baima ( 4250m ) projects to Dechen on the Upper Mekong River .

  • Day 5:Zhongdian - Dechen, 184Km

    Drive up over the pass into the Upper Yangtze gorge and over Mt Baima ( 4250m ) projects to Dechen on the Upper Mekong River .

  • Day 6:Dechen -Markham, 223Km

    Leaving Dechen, stop to view the spectacular KhawaKarpo mountain range forming the border with Tibet . Drive up the Mekong Gorge into the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) via Yanjing, stopping en route to visit the salt wells on the river. Continue to Markham ( 223 km ). MARKHAM HOTEL

  • Day 7: Markham - Zougong, 158Km

    After visiting Markham gompa, drive to Zogong ( 158 km ) along the spectacular dirt road known as the '99 bends' route, through the upper basin of the Mekong River through farming villages, crossing several high passes ( 5,008m ) GUEST HOUSE

  • Day 8: Zougong - Rawu 308km

    Continue the best Tibet travel and after reaching Pomda in the Yu-chu valley, ascent the Zar Gama La Pass ( 4,618m ), descending through 180 switchbacks to the Upper Salween River and cross NakchuZampa Bridge at Po . Continue through the Pomda Highlands to Pasho. Short drive ( 90 km ) to Rawok-Tso up the Ling-chu valley via Ngajuk La Pass ( 4,468m ) which forms the watershed between the Tsangpo / Brahmaputra and Salween Rivers . From here descend into forested scenery to the beautiful Rawok-Tso Lake with a backdrop of snow mountains and villages.

  • Day 9: Rawu lake - Nyingtri, 342Km

    A 342 km drive to Nyingtri along the ParlungTsangpo and YilongTsangpo Rivers via Bomi and Tangme. Drive over Serkhyin La Pass ( 5,000m with views of Mt. NamchaBarwa at 7,782m , the world's 8 th highest mountain). Shambhala hotel

  • Day 10: Nyingtri -Darksum lake -Nyingtri,120 *2= 240Km

    Explore Nyangtri, the Bönpo place of pilgrimage, including NecheKushuk monastery (famous for its 2000 year old juniper tree sacred to the Bön religion) and Pasum Tso Lake and glaciers. Shambhala hotel

  • Day 11: Nyingtri-Minling-Lang county-Gyatsa county 260Km

    Start at around 8 Am from your hotel and drive on a narrow road along the YarlungTsangpo river in a rocky forested gorge and visit Buchu SergyiLhakang. Buchu SergyiLhakang is the most ancient Buddhist temple in Kongpo and one of four border taming temples ( TadulLhakang ) built by King SongtsanGampo in the seventh century. It was constructed according to geomantic theory on the right elbow of Supine ogress who represented the Tibetan land. Originally the temple was associated with NYingma pa tradition. By the 17th century, BuchuSergyiLhakang was transformed in to Gelukpa, or yellow hat sect tradition. The temple is 2 storey high, dominated by golden roof and an old statue of Padmasambhava and there around 8 monks these days. Continue to Gyatsa county along the Barhmaputra river.

  • Day 12: Gyatsa-Chokor Gyel monastery-Lhamo Lhatso-Tsetang, 145Km

    After breakfast, start your excursion to Chokor Gyel monastery at the distance of 35km from the main road to the north of the Barhmaputra river. The road is paved with a beautiful valley. Hike to the glacier pass and overlook Lhamo Lhatso from the top of the glacier pass in order to get blessing and vision for your future life. Travel back to Gyatsa county on the same way and continue to Tsetang.

  • Day 13: Tsetang-Samye-Lhasa, 160Km

    Morning, visit Yumbu Lhakang and Traduk temple in Tsetang. After that drive to Samye monastery at the distance of around 60Km. You will be driving along the Barhmaputra river and the road condition is good. Visit Samye monastery and have lunch at the monastery restaurant and drive to Lhasa through the north side of the Barhmaputra river.

  • Day 14: Visit Potala Palace, Jokang temple &Barkhor,

    POTALA PALACE the Potala is considered one of the great wonders of the world. It is held sacred by Tibetans as the former residence of successive Dalai Lamas, and is one of Tibet 's most holy pilgrimage sites. A palace was originally built in the 7 th century by King SongtsenGampo, and was believed to have been nine stories high, but around the 9 th century it is believed to have been destroyed by a big fire. The present Potala Palace was constructed by the great fifth Dalai Lama in the 17 th century after he became ruler of Tibet . The Potala Palace is divided into two sections, the White Palace (completed in 1653) and Red palace (completed 1694). It has more than one thousand rooms and is thirteen stories high. The White Palace was secular in nature and mainly used for government administration, whilst the Red palace was mainly used for religious functions and still has numerous chapels, including those containing reliquary stupas of the successive Dalai Lamas which are richly decorated in gold, silver and semi-precious stones. JOKANG TEMPLE the Jokang is Tibet 's most sacred temple, the main point of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan plateau. Located at the heart of the ancient town of Lhasa , it was built in the 7 th century by the Tibetan King SongtsenGampo's queen Bhrikuti on a site identified by Queen Wencheng according to her geomantic calculation. The temple is 3 stories high and it is constructed with enormous chapels including the most sacred statue of BudhhaShakyamuni, enshrined. It has around 70 monks nowadays. ANCIENT BHARKOR STREET is the most sacred pilgrimage site in Lhasa and it is full of pilgrims from down till dusk. There are four huge prayer flags situated in Bhakor street which surrounds the Jokang, known respectively as GadhenDharchen in the northeast, JuyakDharchen in the west, KelsangDharchen in the southwest and SharKyaringDharchen in the southeast. The Bharkor street is the most active market in all Tibet and it is possible to purchase traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, modern goods, books, music, clothing, spices, fresh meat and vegetable. Hotel

  • Day 15:VisitDrepung& Sera monasteries

    DREPUNG MONASTERY is the largest monastery in Tibet , built in the 15 th century by JamyangChoeje who is one of Tsongkapa's foremost disciple. The monastery is beautifully located up in a hill at the distance of 7 Km from the old section of the city and it is the biggest monastery in Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery has four main colleges with numerous small chapels and house chapels, known as Khangtsen in Tibetan. There are around six hundred monks nowadays. SERA MONASTERY was founded in around 15th century by JamchenChoeje who is another famous disciple of Tsongka pa and it is the second largest monastery of Tibet . There are three big colleges with numerous chapels and house chapels. The most attraction to visit this monastery is to see the monks debating which hold from 3-5Pm everyday apart from Sunday. Hotel

  • Day 16: Lhasa -Gongkar airport, 60Km

    Say good bye to the most famous Palace in the world, Potala and ancient city of Lhasa . Drive along the Lhasa river which is the biggest tributary of Bharmaputra, emptied in to the bay of Bengal in India

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Inclusive

  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis
  • 1 Local English speaking Tibetan guide
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist mini van
  • Breakfast for entire Tibet tour
  • All necessary Tibet permits
  • Rawu lake conservation fee
  • Lunang international forest conservation fee
  • Darksum lake conservation fee
  • Lhamo Lhatso conservation fee
  • Oxygen incase need

Exclusive

  • Both international and domestic flight
  • Tibet Train tickets
  • Lunch and dinner for entire tour
  • China visa fee
  • Personal insurance, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses such as (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses need to be paid by clients themselves

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