Glimpse of Eastern Tibet - 7 Nights/ 8 Days

Kunming- Zhongdian- Deqin- Yanjing- Markham- Zuogong- Bamda- Rawo Lake- Tongmai- Nyingchi- Basum Tso-Lhasa

For thousands of years, there was an Ancient road treaded by human feet and horse hoofs in the mountains of Southwest China, bridging the Chinese hinterland and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The road stretched across more than 4,000 kilometers mainly in Southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces and the Tibetan Autonomous Region . Along the unpaved and often rugged road, tea, salt and sugar flowed into Tibet, while horses, cows, furs, musk and other local products came out. This ancient commercial passage, dubbed the "Ancient Tea and Horse Road", first appeared during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and lasted until the 1960s when Tibetan highways were constructed. Meanwhile, the road also promoted exchanges in culture, religion and ethnic migration, resembling the refulgence of the Silk Road. Just as the Silk Road, the Ancient Tea and Horse Road disappeared with the dawn of modern civilization, but both routes have played very important roles in the development of China. Different Chinese ethnic cultures, such as the Dai, Yi, Han, Bai, Naxi and Tibetans, have met, fused and developed along the historic road. The road ran across the Hengduan Mountains and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau -- an area of the most complicated geological conditions and most diversified organisms. Besides its cultural and historic value, the road was also highly appreciated by adventurers and scientists. Recent years, we find that the people come from everywhere of the world scattered on the road who are charmed by the environment of the region.

This trip takes you into areas well away from the usual tourist trail. But this mean groups share very basic accommodation often with limited access to hot water, no showers for several days, pit toilets, simple food with very little spoken or written English. Landslides or vehicle malfunction may cause disruption to the trip. There are some long travel days, often on rough dirt roads.

Glimpse of Eastern Tibet - Day to Day itinerary

Day 01: Flight to Lhasa (Alt 3,658m/12,193ft)

You are met and greeted by our representative and transferred to Lhasa City (60miles, 2 ½ hrs). Check in hotel and take rest for acclimatization. Accommodation middle range Dhod Gu or similar.

Day 02: At Lhasa

visiting Potala Palace-the landmark of Lhasa, Sera Monastery-the last of the three Yellow Sect monasteries to be built in Lhasa and the day concludes in Norbulinka- the summer retreat of the Dalai Lama. Accommodation middle range Dhod Gu or similar.

Day 03: At Lhasa

visiting Drepung Monastery-once the largest, richest and the most powerful of the three major Yellow Sect monasteries of Tibet, the ancient Jorkhang Temple in the old Tibetan quarter of Lhasa and the Barkhor Street that forms the pilgrim circuit around the Jorkhang Temple. Accommodation middle range Dhod Gu or similar.

Day 04: Lhasa-Draksum Tso Lake ( 236 miles, 6 hrs)

Leave Lhasa early morning, drive over Manxung La (15, 950ft) and arrive Kongpo Gyamda for lunch and continue to Draksum Tso Lake, also known as Basum-Tso. Of course, the lake and its surrounding views are beautiful but the site is also connected to the semi-mythical ruler of the Kham region and Guru Rinpoche. Take a ferry ride off the southern shore of the lake to visit the Tsodzong Monatery, most probably the highest attraction of this site. Overnight in Draksum Lake Tourism Holiday Village. (B)

Day 05: To Bayi

In the morning, take walk along the lake shores or attempt the kora around the monastery and in the late morning, retrace the way to the Highway that joins at Bahel and continue 30 miles further to Bayi-the major town of Nyinchi region, passing Shoka and Jara villages en route. Check in hotel and if you are not exhausted, go for 3 hours Pelri Kora that goes around Bayi Pelri-a holy mountain associated with Guru Rinpoche, or visit Nyingchi town, 11 miles east, where you will visit Neche Goshog Monastery of Bön followers. En route, don’t miss the nature reserve with 2500-year old cypresses.

Day 06-07: To Tsedang

En route, visit an ancient Gelug Monastery-Buchu , that lies only 18 miles south of Bayi . If the heavy rain has not damaged the road, you can take chance to visit the Lamaling Monastery near Bayi. Return to the main highway and continue towards Tsedang, following the bank of Yarlung Tsangbo River, with one possible overnight in Nang County. In Tsedang, you will visit the ancient Yambulakhang Palace and Tradruk Temple (B)

Day 08: Departure

Transfer to Gongar airport of Lhasa ( 52 miles, 2 hrs) and depart for your next destination.

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