Sichuan Tibet Overland Adventures journey through Sichuan, across the Tibetan Plateau to Lhasa, has attracted explorers and adventurers, pilgrims, traders, and even missionaries for hundreds of years. The journey is a long one, and requires a certain dedication on the part of the traveler, as well as a certain resilience to bumps! We have considerable experience of this route and know exactly what is required in terms of transportation, accommodation, and red tape, not to mention the fascinating sights along the way.
The first step of this great overland Sichuan Tibet Overland Adventures takes us to Pandas in Wolong. Then we drive to the 1000 year old block houses and beautiful Tibetan village in Danba. We head west to Garze which currently boasts the largest monastery in Kham and then continue to the sacred lake of Yilhun Lhatso (Xinlu Hai Lake) and finally the cultural centre of Dege where we can relax for a day. Cross Jinsha Jiang (Golden Sand River, upper reaches of Yangtze) we entry in Tibet. In Chamdo, the biggest city in East-Tibet we’ll visit Kalden Jampaling Monastery which dates from the 15th century, and forms the focal point of this important market town at the confluence of two tributaries of the Lancang Jiang (Mekong). At this point we take the northern route to Lhasa, over the Tanlen Taweng Range to Riwoche and Dengchen, an important center for the old Boen religion. We drive across high passes and verdant pastures, where village monasteries cling to the rock face, and where nomads pasture their flocks. We will enjoy the splendid landscape while walking by the Nam Tso Lake on Qiangtang grassland. In Lhasa we visit the Potala Palace, which stands on the Red Hill in the city proper, the holiest place Jokhang as well as Drepung and Sera.
Trip Highlights Sichuan Tibet Overland Adventures
- Lhagang Monastery of Sayka sect and Nyitso Monastery-the largest monastery of Daofu.
- Garze and Dargye Monasteries.
- Traditional printing press of Derge.
- Galden Jampaling monastery-the largest one in East Tibet.
- Tengchen and Ritro Lhakhang of Bon followers.
- Views of the Nychen Tangla Mountain range, grasslands and Nomadic camps.
- The sacred Nam-Tso Lake also the second largest salt water lake in entire China.
- Khampa People.
- Potala Palace, Drepung and Sera Monasteries, Jorkhang Temple etc in Lhasa.