Tibet Highland Expedition

East Tibet Culture Tour

This is the quickest way to visit East Tibet(Kham) from Lhasa,Your journey will take you to numerous sites such as Basumtso Lake,Bayi,Peomi,and Rawu lake.During your journey you will explore the most ancient monasteries in eastern Tibet,namely Chamdo Champaling Monastery,Derge Print House,and Litang after which you will proceed to Pangda airport and fly to Lhasa.

Highlights:

Duration: 15days
Destination: Lhasa,Derge,Chamdo,
Maximum Altitude: 5050m
Best Season: Jan, Feb, March, Aprill, May, June, Aug, Sept, Oct
Photo Spot: Lhasa, Derge, Chamdo

Day01:LHASA TO BASUM TSO(3540 m)
This beautiful alpine lake,also known as Bagsum-tso and Basong tso,is a long day's drive from Lhasa and a worthly 41km detour off the Sichuan-Tibet Hwy.Apart from the sheer beauty of the lake and its surrounding 6000m plus peaks, the site has strong connections to Gesar of Ling, the semimythical ruler of eastern Tibet, and Guru Rinpoche, the Indian sage,both of whom are said to have resided at the lake.Many pilgrimage sites are connected to the two.

Day02:BASUN TSO TO BAYI (2990 m)
Bayi is a large Han Chinese military town of minor interest,except perhaps as a base from which to visit the surrounding sights or restock your supplies.Bayi in Chinese means 1 August, the founding date of the PLA. It is 125 km from Bagsum-Tso.

Day03:BAYI TO POMI (3000 m)
Formerly known as Tramo,this small country capital has well-stocked shops and several hotels and restaurants,making it a logical place to spend the night.In clear weather the surrounding scenery is strpendous.

Day04:POMI TO PASHU (m)
Pasho (Chinese: Bashe), fromerly known as pema (Baima),is a pleasant town that makes for a good overnight stop.Explore around Pasho visit Neru Monastery & Dola Monastery.

Day05:PASHU TO MARKHAM
Markham,traditionally known as Garthog Dozong, is where the Vigilant PSB commonly catches permitless hitchhikers from Sichuan and Yunnan. At Markham the road spilts.The southern branch runs 112km over a pass to Yanjing (salt well) and the border with Yunnan,continuing on the Seqin. Yanjing used to be Tibet's major source of salt, once an essential commodity in these parts.

Day06:MARKHAM TO LITANG (4680m)
Surrounded by snowcapped peaks and resting on open grassland, Litang is a pleasant and friendly place to hang out for a couple of days. A horce-racing festival from 1 to 7 August sees the town swells with Tibetan visitors.

Day07:LITANG TO GANZI (3400m)
The noisy market town of Ganzi (also spelled Kandze and Garze) sits in a valley at 3400m, surrounded by the sleeping giants of the Trola (Chola) range,and is a natural place to break the Trip.The gergeous surrounding countryside is peppered with Tibetan villages and resrgent monasteries.

Day08:GANZI TO MANIGANGO
The road winds through deep gorges and preety Tibetan villages before ascending to the wild and craggy scenery of the 4916m Tro-la in the east of Derge.From the pass,the road descends to the crossroads of Manigango.Yilhun La-tso, a stunning, holy alpine lake bordered by chortens and dozens of rock carvings is about 13 km before reaching Manigango.The lake is backed by the huge glaciers of 6018m Trola peak and it's possible to walk an hour or two up the left side of the lakeshore for glacier views.

Day09:EXCURSION THE MANIGANGO
Resting in a valley between the Tibetan border and the Trola (Chola) range to the east,Derge forms the cultural heartland of Kham.While the Chinese influence is evident and growing ripidly in the town,the old town and surrounding villages are very much Tibetan.There are many historically important monasteries in the valleys south of Derge,namely at pelpung (chinese: Babang),Dzongsar,pewar (Baiya),Kathok and pelyul (Baiyu).

Day10:MANIGANGO TO DERGE (4000m)
Chamdo (literally river confluence; chinese: Changdu),located at the strategic river junction of the Aza-chu and the Ngon-chu,is a surprisingly pleasant town.It is dominated by the hilltop Jampaling Monastery,below which huddle the Tibetan old town and the Chinese new town.Over 1000km from Lhasa and 1250km from Chengdu,the town is the major transport,administrative and trade centre of the Kham region.Chamdo has had a troubled relationship with nearby China.The Chinese warlord Ahao Erfeng captured Chamdo in 1909 and ruled the region until the Tibetans recaptured in 1917.Chamdo fell to Communist troops in 1905.

Day11:DERGE TO CHAMDO (3600m)
Tengchen (Chinese: Dingqing) is an unremarkable but reasonably pleasant two-street town.It's possible to make calls at the town's telecom office.BothTengchen and the surrounding rigion of Khyungpo are strong centres of the Bon religion. The main reason to stop here is to visit Tengchen Monastery,on a hillside 4km west of town. This interesting Bon monastery is actually made up of two separate institutions.

Day12:CHAMDO TO PANGDA AIRPORT

Day13:FLY TO LHASA O/H KEYCHU HOTEL

Day14:REST DAY

Day15:FLY OUT
- Sightseeing tour in Lhasa city as per above programs.
- Land Transfer by TOYOTA Landcruiser & Deluxe bus.
- Tibet travel permit.
- Tibetan English speaking guide during the tour
- Twin sharing accommodation as per tour program
- Monasteries entrance fees as per program
- Travel insurance
- Cold drinksalcoholic beverages,
- Lunch & dinner
- Nepal Re- entry visa,
- Tips for guide, porters, driver.
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