Northern Tibet overland is an exotic journey of a life time. it stars from Kunming the capital of Yunnan province, you will take a day excursion to the Stone Forest- consisting of eighty hectares of ancient limestone cliffs and peaks eroded by wind and water over two hundred million years. The area is the home of the Sani minority people.

Then we fly and proceed to Lijiang. Meet the Lijiang , visit the Old City of Lijiang, including Dongba culture museum. take an excursion to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with a chair lift ride to discover the much famed thirteen peaks. On the way, visit the Jade Peak Monastery and Baisha Village. You have free time in the afternoon to stroll around. trip continue to Zhongdian then Dechen, Markham, Bangda, Chamdo, Dengchen, Bachen, Nagchu and Lhasa
At Lhasa, Visit the highlights of Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, Norbulingkha Palace and Barkhor Street

Trip Highlights

  • Stone Forest of ancient limestone cliffs and peaks in Kunming.
  • Old City of Lijiang and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge and Gedan Songzanlin Monastery in Zhongdian
  • Views of Mount Meili and Nyenchentangla Shan Range.
  • Galden Jampaling Monastery in Chhamdo.
  • Dengchen and Ritro Lhakhang Monasteries in Dengchen.
  • Sok Tsanden Gonpa and Kapgye Lhakhang.
  • Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Moansteries, Jorkhang Temple and
  • Norbulingkha Palace in Lhasa

Itinerary


  1. Day 1

    Arrive in Kunming

    Arrive in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province. Meet your guide and transfer to hotel. Overnight at a middle range 3 star hotel.

  2. Day 2

    At Kunming

    Today, you will take a day excursion to the Stone Forest- consisting of eighty hectares of ancient limestone cliffs and peaks eroded by wind and water over two hundred million years. The area is the home of the Sani minority people.

  3. Day 3

    Flight to Lijiang

    After breakfast, take morning flight to Lijiang. Meet the Lijiang Guide at the airport and after some rest in the hotel, visit the Old City of Lijiang, including Dongba culture museum.

  4. Day 4

    At Lijiang

    After breakfast, take an excursion to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with a chair lift ride to discover the much famed thirteen peaks. On the way, visit the Jade Peak Monastery and Baisha Village. You have free time in the afternoon to stroll around. Overnight hotel.

  5. Day 5

    Drive to Zhongdian

    Drive to Zhongdian, also called Shangri La. En route, stop and tour the Shigu (Stone Drum) Village overlooking the First Bend of the Yangtze River. Continue to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, which you will enter by bus before taking a path down to the Golden Sands River.

  6. Day 6

    At Zhongdian

    Visit the Gedan Songzanlin Monastery, which was built in 1679 by the Fifth Dalai lama. In the afternoon, walk to visit Dabao Si Monastery and Napahai reserved area. Overnight at hotel.

  7. Day 7

    Drive Dechen

    Drive through parts of the Hengduan Range along the Jinsha Jiang River. Have a break in a beautiful small town named Benzilan. Finally arrive at Dechen. Enjoy a far view of Mt. Meili, the highest peak of Yunnan Province, with an altitude of 6,740m. This peak is named “Kawagebo” after a Tibetan brave man. Overnight in best available Guesthouse.

  8. Day 8

    Drive to Markham

    Drive northwards along the Langcang Jiang River Valley, the upper reaches of the Mekong River towards Yanjing country. Yanjing is a nice place to stroll around, enjoy the peace of life, and visit a Church at the north end of the town. In the afternoon, reach Markham, a small but important town on Sichuan – Tibet Highway. Overnight in best available Guesthouse.

  9. Day 9

    Drive to Bangda

    After breakfast, from the most eastern corner of, start westwards in the direction of Lhasa on the northern side of the Nyenchentangla Shan Range. Pass Zuogong county town and in the late afternoon, arrive in Bangda. Overnight in best available Guesthouse.

  10. Day 10

    Drive to Chamdo

    After breakfast, drive over the Chuma Shankou Pass (4360m). Then drive down along the Mekong valley, which leads to Chamdo (3200m.). Chamdo was the former capital of Kham in the East – Tibetan area. Visit Galden Jampaling Monastery, built in the 15th century and is the biggest Monastery of Gelugpa sect in East – Tibetan area or Kham. Overnight in best available Guesthouse.

  11. Day 11

    Chamdo to Dengchen

    Drive over the Zholpel La Pass (4690m), through the Ngamda village in Dzi Chu and up to a small town of Ratsaka . Finally reach Dengchen. Overnight in best available Guesthouse.

  12. Day 12

    Dengchen to Bachen

    Dengchen is the centre of the Boen religion, a pri-Buddhist religion based on ancient witchcraft and the worship of gods and ghosts. Visit two monasteries: Tengchen and Ritro Lhakhang. Continue over Tsuri La Pass (4200m) and Shel La Pass (4750m) to Bachen. Overnight in best available Guesthouse.

  13. Day 13

    Bachen to Nagchu

    Drive to Sok Tsanden Zhol village and during the journey stop to visit two monasteries of the Nyimpa sect: Sok Tsanden Gonpa and Kapgye Lhakhang. Then cross over two passes and reach the city of Shakchuka . Another 100km and two more passes have to be mastered before arriving at Nagchu. Overnight in best available Guesthouse.

  14. Day 14

    Nagchu – Lhasa

    Nagchu is an important and big town in on the Qinghai – Tibet Highway, which starts from Golmud of Qinghai province and ends in Lhasa. Drive over Kyogche La Pass (4850m) and continue down to Damsung. After passing Yangpachen, arrive in Lhasa, capital and center of Tibetan culture.

  15. Day 15-16

    At Lhasa

    Visit the highlights of Lhasa such as Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, Norbulingkha Palace and Barkhor Street.

  16. Day 17

    Depart Lhasa

    You are transferred to the airport for your flight to next destination. You can fly to Kathmandu, Beijing or Chengdu and other major Chinese cities and other Asian Cities via Chengdu.

Cost & Dates

Cost Includes

  • Mid range hotels in the cities and best available in other stops.
  • Daily Breakfast.
  • All transportation by a 4WD Toyota Landcruiser Jeep.
  • English speaking Local Guides
  • Tibet permits
  • Sightseeing Admission Fees.
  • Kunming-Lijiang airfare

Price Doesn't Include

  • International airfare to Kunming and return from Lhasa.
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Drinks and tips and other expenses of personal nature such laundry, phone etc.
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
  • Travel Insurance.

Dates and Prices

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