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20 Days Private Tour (Kirgistan) – Irkeshtam – Kashgar – Khotan – Kucha – Korla – Turpan – Hami – Dunhuang – Golmud – Yanshiping – Naqu – Nam Tso – Lhasa – Yamdrok – Gyantse – Shigatse – Shegar – Rongbuk / Everest – Paiku Tso / Xixiabangma - Kyirong – (Nepal)
Highlights
Self Drive Tour from Silk Road to Tibet
DAY
1

Irkeshtam - Kashgar

Welcome to China

Today, after going through customs Irkeshtam in Kyrgyzstan,you will reach China with driving your own vehicle. Complete the relevant formalities for entry. Further drive to Kashgar.

234 km
3 hours 33 minutes
Overnight in Kashgar
Little Girl of Kashgar
Little Girl of Kashgar
DAY
2

Kashgar

Handle relevant formalities for self drive in China

Complete relevant formalities for self-drive in China today.

Overnight in Kashgar
Kashgar
Kashgar
DAY
3

Kashgar

Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar, Id Gagh Mosque, the Akba Khojia Mausoleum

In the morning, stroll in Old Town and visit the Sunday-bazaar where many Uygurs do business. The Sunday bazaar of the Uyghurs living here, is one of the largest and most colorful in Central Asia, and is also one of the highlights of the trip. In the afternoon visit the Id Kah Mosque and the Tomb of Abakh Hoja where the "Nice smelling concubine", a Uygur national heroine, is buried.

Overnight in Kashgar
Id Gagh Mosque
Id Gagh Mosque
DAY
4

Kashgar - Yecheng - Khotan

Departure along silk road

Drive along the southern silk road to Khotan (Hetian) in southern Xinjiang.

503 km
6 hours 9 minutes
Overnight in Khotan
South Xinjiang
South Xinjiang
DAY
5

Khotan - Alar - Kucha

Go through the Taklamakan Desert

Drive through the Taklamakan Desert to the oasis city Kucha.

654 km
8 hours 27 minutes
Overnight in Kucha
Taklimakan Desert Highway
Taklimakan Desert Highway
DAY
6

Kucha - Korla

Thousand-Buddha Caves of Kizil, Subashi Old Town

Visit Thousand-Buddha Caves of Kizil and Subashi Old Town. Then drive to Korla.

453 km
7 hours 21 minutes
Overnight in Korla
Populus Euphratica
Populus Euphratica
DAY
7

Korla - Turpan

Boston Lake, Valley of Vineyards, Karze - underground irrigation system, Emin Minaret

Drive to Turpan, an oasis town. On the way you visit the Boston Lake with sand dunes. Turpan, the exotic “Land of fruits and melons”, is 154 meters below sea level and separates the northern and southern routes of the Silk Road. The graperies in Turpan have been benefited from the underground ditch-net. Then drive to Valley of Vineyards where you can enjoy the delicious seedless grapes and get to know the Karze channel system, the underground irrigation system. The Emin Minaret Tower (Sugong Pagoda) is one of the most beautiful buildings and is also a part of the program.

369 km
5 hours 13 minutes
Overnight in Turpan
Emin Minaret (Sugong Pagoda)
Emin Minaret (Sugong Pagoda)
DAY
8

Turpan - Hami

Thousand-Buddha Caves of Beziklik, Flaming Mountains, Ruins of Gaochang

In the morning visit the Thousand-Bouddha Caves of Beziklik that is located in the Blazing Mountain. Then go to Flaming Mountains that is the most famous attraction in Turpan. It is located in the northern margin of Turfpn Basin, the northern section of the ancient Silk Road, and it is mainly composed of the Jurassic, Cretaceous and Tertiary red sand, conglomerate and mudstone of the Mesozoic. The locals call it "Kyzyl Taga", which means "Red Mountain". Afterwards visit ruins of Gaochang, an ancient city of more than 2000 years old.

451 km
5 hours 43 minutes
Overnight in Hami
Ruins of Gaochang
Ruins of Gaochang
DAY
9

Hami - Liuyuan - Dunhuang

Tomb of the Hami King

Drive to Dunhuang and detour to the tomb of the Hami King on the way.

492 km
5 hours 22 minutes
Overnight in Dunhuang
Way to Dunhuang
Way to Dunhuang
DAY
10

Dunhuang

Mogao Grottos – the treasure of Buddhism and Grotto Art, Singing Sand Dunes, Crescent Spring Pool

In the morning visit Mogao Grottos, which is one of the greatest examples of Buddhist art, and symbol of East-West cultural exchange. The Mogao Caves, more than many other places, shows how important the Silk Road was for the spreading of Buddhism to the west. Throughout history, numerous monks on the pilgrimage digged hundreds of caves in the mountain to erect and worship Buddha statues. In the afternoon walk through the Singing Sand Dunes (Ming Sha Shan) to the beautiful Crescent Spring Pool (Yue Ya Quan). If there are enough time, you can climb a sand hill nearby with 200-meter-high.

Overnight in Dunhuang
Crescent Spring Pool (Yue Ya Quan)
Crescent Spring Pool (Yue Ya Quan)
DAY
11

Dunhuang - Golmud (2808 m)

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Cha’erhan Salt Lake

Drive onto the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and visit Cha’erhan Salt Lake on the way. Accommodate in Golmud, an important station on the Qinghai-Tibet Road and the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

554 km
7 hours 7 minutes
Overnight in Golmud
Cha’erhan Salt Lake
Cha’erhan Salt Lake
DAY
12

Golmud - Kunlun Pass (4767 m) - Tuotuoheyan (4533m) - Yanshiping (4700m)

Qinghai-Tibet Highway, wild landscapes

Driving on the Qinghai-Tibet Road and you will look a grandiose and seemingly endless landscape gallery with snow-covered mountains, countless rivers and gorges, high mountain lakes and endless steppes. You will see herds of yaks, sheep, horses, wild animals and birds. If you are lucky, you will see the herds of Tibetan antelope that mostly live in the steppes of the Qinghai-Tibet Highlands with an altitude of 3,500 to 5,000 meters.

507 km
9 hours
Overnight in Yanshiping
Qinghai-Tibet Highway
Qinghai-Tibet Highway
DAY
13

Yanshiping - Tanggula Pass (5231 m) - Naqu (4507 m) - Dangxiong - Nam Tso (4718 m)

Qinghai-Tibet Highway, wild landscapes

Drive on the Qinghai-Tibet Road. Drive from the Tanggula Pass with 5231 meters high, and gou over the Lhachen La Pass (5190 m) to Nam Tso. The nomads live in the vast Changtang (Qiangtang) Plain.

419 km
7 hours 29 minutes
Overnight in Nam Tso Village
Nam Tso Lake
Nam Tso Lake
DAY
14

Nam Tso - Dangxiong - Tsurpu - Lhasa (3650 m)

Sunrise from Nam Tso and Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain in good weather. Tsurpu Monastery

Today you will get up early to experience the unforgettable sunrise over the Nam Tso and Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain. Hike on the Tashi Peninsula and walk with a circle around the sacred mountain, the cliffs of which have been eroded in recent centuries. You have the opportunity to visit the people who live in the tent woven from yak hair. Drive via Lhachen La and Damxung to Lhasa and visit Tsurpu Monastery (4300 m) on the way. Located in the 60 km northwest of Lhasa on the upper reaches of the Tsurpu River, Tsurpu Monastery is the main monastery of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsurpu was established in 1189 by Duesum Khyenpa, a pupil of Gampopa and the first Karmapa. He introduced the principle of reincarnation to Tibet. Besides, he told his disciples that he would reincarnate and he pointed out the location of the second Karmapas reborn. In contrast to Yellow Caps (Gelug), the Karmapa Kagye are regarded as the Black Hat. If time is available, hike on the pilgrim's way around the monastery (about 1 hour).

250 km
5 hours 40 minutes
Overnight in Lhasa
Tsurpu Monastery
Tsurpu Monastery
DAY
15

Lhasa

Potala Palace – landmark of Lhasa, Jokhang and Barkhor Street

Visit Potala in the morning and visit Jokhang in the afternoon. Potala was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later was expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. The crowds of pilgrims, innumerable magnificent murals, Buddhist statues, scriptures and rare treasures altogether create a dense religious and art atmosphere that impresses every visitor. Built in 647 and as the earliest wood-and-masonry structure still existing in Tibet, Jokhang Monastery, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers, attracts thousands of pilgrims coming for worship everyday. Have a walk on the Barkhor street surrounding Jokhang, a big free market with its prolific stalls for selling local specialties.

Overnight in Lhasa (3650 m)
Potala Palace
Potala Palace
DAY
16

Lhasa

Panoramic view over Potala, Norbulingka, Debate in Sera

In the morning, you will visit the Parla Lupu Grotto Monastery. Located on the slope of the Yaowang Mountain and built in the 7th century, it is 22 meters high and offers a wonderful view of Potala Palace. Then visit Norbulingka, a 40-hectare jewel park, was built in the mid-18th century and considered as the summer residence for the Dalai Lamas. In the afternoon, you drive to the Sera Monastery. Sera Monastery, a wild rose courtyard, is also one of the six master monasteries of the Gelug Sect. You have the opportunity to experience the lama debates. Public religious debates are part of the education for the monks.

Overnight in Lhasa (3650 m)
Breakfast
Debate in Sera Monastery
Debate in Sera Monastery
DAY
17

Lhasa - Yamdrok - Gyantse - Shigatse

Karo La Pass and Glacier, holy lake Yamdrok, Palkhor with Pagoda Kumbum

Look forward to a breathtaking mountain world! Today you drive over several passes to Gyantse (260 km). At the highest point of the journey (Karo La Pass at 5,010 m), the glacier of Noejin Kangsa (7,223 m) is within your grasp. On the way, take photos for Yamdrok, the third largest sacred lake in Tibet. When you arrive in Gyantse, you can visit the Palkhor Monastery with the impressive step pagoda of Kumbum. Then continue to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet.

356 km
6 hours 41 minutes
Overnight in Shigatse
Gyantse
Gyantse
DAY
18

Shigatse - Shegar - Rongbuk / Everest

Tashilunpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, sunset on Qomolangma (Everest)

In the morning visit Tashilunpo, "Mountain of Happiness". Tashilunpo Monastery is also one of the six master monasteries of the Gelug Sect. Shigatse is the seat of the Pantschen Lama. The largest gilded statue of Maitreya, the Buddha of the future, can be found in the monastery in China. Then drive to Shegar. After going through the Yalung La (4,520 m) and Gyathso La (5,220 m) passes, continue to the Rongbuk Monastery (5,154 m). Here the Qomolangma’s steep of the north side makes a profound impression on you. On the way take photos at Pang La (5150 m) where the view is magnificent: from left to right are Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse and Cho Oyu. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, Rongbuk is the largest monastery in this region. If the weather is well, you can admire the magnificent sunset on Qomolangma (Everest).

334 km
6 hours 6 minutes
Overnight at Rongbuk Monastery
Everest (Qomolangma), Himalaya
Everest (Qomolangma), Himalaya
DAY
19

Rongbuk - Oldt Tingri - Paiku Tso - Kyirong

Sunrise over Qomolangma (Everest), Paiku Tso

Today you will get up early to see the unforgettable sunrise over Qomolangma (Everest). Then drive via Paiku Tso and Xixiabangma Mountain to the Chinese border station Kyirong (Jilong). With 300 square kilometers, Paiku-Tso is the largest lake in Shigatse Prefecture. Located between three mountains, it is rich in fish and various wild animals, such as wild horses, wild donkeys and yellow ducks etc.

363 km
7 hours 1 minute
Overnight in Kyirong
Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest
DAY
20

Kyirong - Kathmandu

Farewell to China

Drive to the customs at Kyirong, assistance for the exit formalities.

187 km
4 hours 14 minutes
Kyirong
Kyirong
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