Arrival in Kunming, transfer to the hotel. Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, is also called “Spring City” due to its fine climate all year round. Yunnan in Chinese means "to the south of the clouds". 2N in 4*Kunming Hotel
Day 02 Kunming BL
After the breakfast drive to Shilin, a Sani minority count, to visit the Stone Forest. The bizarre karst stone rocks feature in various formation and some of them tower above to 30 m high. Drive back to Kunming, visit of the West Hill with the Longmen Caves.
Day 03 Air Kunming – Dali BL
In the morning fly to Dali, where we will stroll in the alleys of the ancient small town. The well preserved ancient city gates and the historic buildings have shown the city’s long history. In the afternoon visit of San Ta Si (Three Pagoda Temple) in the northwest outskirts of Dali. Then boating on the Erhai Lake in the east of the city. The lake, with an area of 249 square kilometers, is 40 km long and surrounded by high mountains such as Cang Shan. 1N in 4*Wing of Landscape Hotel
Day 04 Dali – Lijiang BL
Drive northwards approx. 200 km to Lijiang (2600 m), the Naxi Minority hometown. It is famous for its old wooden houses and the layout of the town’s streets.replica watches It has been listed as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Visit of Hei Long Tan (Black Dragon Pool), which is located in the northern foot of the Elephant Hill. The summits of the Yulong Snow Mountain are clearly reflected in this pond. Afterwards visit of Dongba Culture Museum. 2N in 4*Liwang Hotel
Day 05 Lijiang – Tiger Jumping Gorge – Shangri-La BL
Continue the journey to Tiger Jumping Gorge on the Jinsha Jiang (Golden Sand River), the upper reaches of the Yangtze River (the longest river of China, 6380 km). Short walking in the gorge and drive to Shangri-La (3330 m), the historic southern gateway to Kham and Tibet. 2N in 4*Guanguang Hotel
Day 06 Shangri-La BL
In the morning visit of the Sumzanlin Monastery, which was created in 1679 by the Fifth Dalai lama. Characterized by its Han-Chinese and Tibetan construction style, the monastery is the most important monastery of Gelugpa-sect in Yunnan province. Afterwards walking 2 – 3 hours through villages, grasslands, fields, hills to Napahai Preserve. After the visit of Napahai drive back to the hotel.
Day 07 Shangri-La – Dechen BLD
Drive through the Hengduan Range along the Jinsha Jiang (upper reaches of Yangtze) to Dechen. Have a break in the beautiful small town, Benzilan. Enjoy the panoramic view of the “first bend of Jinshan Jiang”. Before reach Dechen visit of the Dong Trubling Monastery. 2N in 2*Rainbow Hotel
Day 08 Dechen BLD
Program at the Meili Xueshan (6740 m), the highest peak in Yunnan Province. This peak is called “Kawagebo” by Tibetan compatriots, which means “the white snow mountain” in Tibetan language. Drive about 10 km from Dechen to Feilai Temple (3450 m). Walking from Feilai Temple to Mingyong Glacier at the foot of Meili Xueshan. Late in the afternoon drive back to Dechen.
Day 09 Dechen – Markam BLD
Drive northwards along the valley of Langcang Jiang River (Mekong), lunch break in the Mekong valley, pass the border between Yunnan and Tibet and arrival at Yanjing, see the people sunning the salt. In the afternoon reach Markam, where the Sichuan – Tibet Highway (Chengdu – Lhasa) and Yunnan-Tibet Highway meet (Kunming – Lhasa). 1N in 2*Kangsheng Hotel
Day 10 Markam – Zuogong BLD
Heading for Zuogong (3980 m). On the way we cross the Lancang Jiang (Mekong) and overcome three passes: Joba, Lawu (4358 m) and Dongda (5008m). 1N in simple Zuogong Guesthouse
Day 11 Zuogong – Baxoi BLD
Drive upstream to Bangda, a town junction where Lhasa connects to the Chamdo-Kunming Highway. Drive across Gama La Pass (4,618 meters) to Baxoi. 1N at simple Zhengfu Guesthouse
Day 12 Baxoi – Ranwu – Bome BLD
On the road to Bome, we will stop in Ranwu to cast our lines in the pristine waters of Ngan Tso (Ranwu Lake), a spectacularly crystal blue lake cupped by snow peaks. After lunch drive to Bome. 1N at 2*Shenying Hotel
Day 13 Bome – Linzhi BLD
Go down several hundred meters in altitude and reach the lowland jungle settlement of Tongmai where the Tsangpo and Parlung Tsangpo rivers meet. Crossing Serkhyem La Pass (4,515 m) we will have spectacular views of Mount Gyala Pelri (7,150 m) and Mount Namchak Barwa (7,782 m). Before we arrive in Linzhi (Nyingtri, 2900 m) visit the two neighboring monasteries: From the golden roof of the Gelugpa monastery Buchu to view the unique scenery of the Lamaling temple which is only a few kilometers away. 1N at 3*Shangpala Hotel
Day14 Linzhi – Basum Tso – Lhasa BLD
In the morning drive to the Basum Tso Lake. The more than 6000m high snow-covered mountains and the lake make the monastery even more beautiful. In the afternoon drive over the impressive Mi La pass (4865 m) to Lhasa (3650 m), capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. 3N in 3*Thangka Hotel
Day15 Lhasa BL
In the morning, visit of the Potala, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and used as the Dalai Lamas’ winter residence and as the religious and political center of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, the innumerable and magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures put altogether create a dense religious and artistic atmosphere that impresses every visitor. In the afternoon, visit of Jokhang monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist believers, where thousands of pilgrims come to worship every day. The temple, built in 647, is the oldest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet. Walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big market selling local specialities.
Day16 Lhasa BL
In the morning visit of Drepung monastery, the sacred land of Gelug Sect., which was established in 1416, and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama place of living. After, visit of Norbulinka, the Dalai Lamas’summer residence. In the afternoon, visit of Sera monastery, which was built in 1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. As roses are planted everywhere in the monastery, it is also called “the court of wild roses”. Today 200 lamas still live there. The "Buddhism Scriptures Debate" in Sera is very famous.
Day17 Leave Tibet B
Transfer to the airport or the railway station, leave Tibet.
This journey is an adventure and only succeeds if you show understanding, patience and flexibility for the possible delays and program changes or imponderable situations. It requires the participants to have the sense of community and a cooperative spirit, and be ready to face very simple living conditions. Despite the careful planning, the program might change, sometimes in a short term, which may result in possible program modifications and the cancellation of some visits. Of course, the best for both our team and you is to respect the intented program. Besides we would like to point out that you are responsible for your own for all the possible dangers during the journey.
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