22 Days Private Tour Kunming – Dali – Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge – Shangri-La – Dechen - Feilai Si / Meili Snow Mountain and Mingyong Glacier – Markam – Zuogong – Ranwu – Lulang – Linzhi – Basum Tso – Gandan – Lhasa – Yamdrok – Gyantse – Shigatse – Rongbuk / Everest – Paiku Tso / Xixiabangma – Kyirong – Kathmandu
It is a fascinating culture and nature travel in Yunnan and Tibet. We reach the Tibetan mountain region Shangri-La through the traditional trade route "Tea Horse Road". Gradually, we adapt ourselves to the altitude of the way from Kunming via Lijiang to Shangri-La before driving to Lhasa and getting to know Tibet intensively. Then we will get to Nepal to have a two-day tour.
We drive through the Hengduanshan Mountain Range, overcome several high mountain passes and the famous 72-turn of Yela Shan, cross the Three Parallel Rivers Regions, which is consisted of Jinsha Jiang River, Nu Jiang River and Lancang Jiang River (Mekong).
The next highlight is Meili Snow Mountain (Kawakarpo, 6740 m), the highest peak in Yunnan Province.
In Linzhi (Nyingchi) Prefecture, “the Little Switzerland of Tibet”, amazing various sceneries accompany our driving: Ranwu Lake, Midui Glacier, Parlung Tsangpo, Lulang Village, Mount Namjabarwa, Niyang River, Basum Tso…
In Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, we have two days for the attractions: Potala, Jokhang, Norblinka and Sera. And from Parla Lupu Monastery we'll enjoy the magnificent view of Potala Palace. We could circle around the Tibetan holiest Monastery Jokhang with pilgrims, who come from all over Tibet and the Tibetan cultural areas of Kham-Amdo of the provinces of Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan. Many pious Tibetans measure the way on the Barkhor market with their body length.
On the scenic drive to Gyantse and Shigatse we will experience the magnificent scenery, pass by the turquoise Yamdrok Lake and cross over the passes Kamba La (4,794 m) and Karo La (5,010 m). Then visit the unique Kumbum Pagoda in Gyantse and Tashilunpo Monastery in Shigatse.
On the adventurous drive to Everest, we will enjoy the magnificent landscape between Himalayas and Transhimalaya. Rongbuk Monastery, at the foot of the spectacular north foot of Everest, is a highlight of our journey. Seeing from the Tibetan side, Everest is a lot more imposing than from the south.
Continue south via Paiku Tso and Xixiabangma in the mountain world of Himalaya to Nepal. In Kathmandu we have 2-day sightseeing.