14 Days Sichuan-Tibet Northern and Southern Route Combination




14 days

Best Months To Travel

June, July, Aug, Sept



Tour Cost Includes:
  • - All necessary travel permits to Tibet;
  • - Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program;
  • - Private transportation in Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE;
  • - Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;
  • - Lodging: available from 5 star hotels to budget guesthouses, SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE;
  • - Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour;
  • - Oxygen canisters: 2 canisters for each person;
  • - Lodging and meals for guide and drivers;
  • - First aid kit;
  • - Liability travel insurance;
Tour Cost Excludes:
  • - Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation (recommended);
  • - Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
  • - International and domestic flight/train.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and ticket availability with your travel consultant);
  • - Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);
  • - Gratuities for the guide and driver:

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons
Laundry service
Outdoor Seating
Smoking Allowed
Wireless Internet

Tour Plan

Today you will be greeted by our local guide and driver at the Chengdu International Airport and a short drive of 30 minutes get you to hotel in the Chengdu downtown, rest in the hotel and alleviate jet-lag. Overnight in Chengdu.
Attraction: Giant Panda Breeding Centre, cute giant Pandas and Red Pandas. This morning our guide and driver meet you at the hotel lobby about 8 am and start the beautiful day with a visit the Panda breeding centre, the cute pandas are very active in the morning and there you will see them rolling, climbing and eating bamboos, Chengdu Giant Panda breeding centre was founded in 1987 with 6 rescued Pandas from the wild and now there are about 83 Pandas rearing in it. You will enjoy the time by seeing both Giant Pandas and red Pandas, you will definitely impress by seeing the newly born Panda cubs in the nursery. After lunch, you have time to pack and prepare for your long overland journey through the Tibet plateau, you will meet your Tibetan guide and drive this afternoon and confirm your departure time of the trip. Overnight in Chengdu.
Attractions; Chengdu country side view, Kangding Tibetan town situated in the narrow valley. Today we will drive to Kangding via Ya’an and Luding, the well paved highway ends at Ya’an, then the twisted and narrow road within the gorge sometimes take longer than expected, continues drive through the Mt.Erlang(3437m) tunnel and following river upstream to Kangding. Kangding is the capital of Ganzi Tibetan Prefecture, but in these days more and more Chinese merchants trading in the town and settled there, the river passing in the middle of the town plays and important role during the sunny summer days. You may have a short walk around the street after dinner. Overnight in Kangding.
Attractions; Mt. Zheduo(4270m), vast nomadic pastures of Tagong, Tagong Phalhakang monastery, blooming wild flowers, mighty snowcapped peaks and local Tibetan house. Today we will drive across the Zheduo pass(4270m) and it is remarked by a heap of prayer flags and a stupa, Tibetan pilgrims put prayer flags up on the passes which is considered as most clean spot, further driving into the valley pass by the recently opened Kangding airport, before we get to XinduQiao, you will be impressed by the colorfully designed triangular prayer flags and well carved mantras over the hillside along the road, among Chinese tourist, XinduQiao is well known as heaven for photographers, especially in spring, when the trees along the road shed its leaves with yellowish color, the whole surrounding looks like a great painting and crowds of Chinese tourist occupies the whole region. The southern and northern highway is also divide at Xinduqiao, we will take the spurroad toward the north and Tagong is noticed by the huge mantra curving on the small hill with lines of prayer flags, Tagong is famous for its pasture with Tibetan herders and Pha Lhakang monastery, Lhakang monastery originate its history prior to the Jokhang temple in Lhasa, the replica Sakya Muni Buddha statue was curved when Princess Wencheng traveled to Tibet with the original Buddha image in 7th century. Then after lunch we will keep on drive to Bamei (Garthar). Overnight in the guesthouse.
Attractions; Nomads and herds of yaks over the vast pasture, Ganzi Gompa. Bamei is a beautiful village located in a basin valley, you will have some nice shots in the morning, when the golden morning sunray falls over the town, the lines of stupas next on the road and the monastery is busy with locals making circumambulation early in the morning. After breakfast, we will drive straight to Ganzi via Tawu and Drango, today the road condition is comparatively the worst and it may take longer to get to the final destination, passing through the nomadic areas and herd of yaks grazing in the valley, afternoon we will get to Ganzi and you have time to visit Ganzi monastery at the arrival, it is the largest monastery in the region with over 500 monks and located up on a small hill that visible from the downtown, you may get chance to see the monks debate in the afternoon in the cuordyard. Overnight in Ganzi.
Attractions; Manigango nomads, Yilhun Lhatso lake, Trola pass(5050m), Dege Parkhang. Today we will drive to the famous Khampa culture heartland Dege, driving over the plateau grassland and views of nomads family tents are can be seen all around the region, and after 15km from Manigango and before crossing the Trola pass we will stop at fascinating lake Yilhun Lhatso, the lake is decorated with thousands of giant rock curved with mantras “Om Ma Ni Pad Mi Hum”, every year, nearby villagers gather here voluntarily and curve mantras on the rock for several days, after a short hike up to the lakeshore and then drive ahead to Dege by crossing the might Trola pass(5050m), at the arrival in Dege, we will visit the famous Dege Parkhang (Printing house), Dege Parkhang was famous for printing scriptures since from 18th century, this three-storeyed building was also damaged during the Cultural Revolution in 1960s and the later restored its murals and woodblocks, you will get chance to see some of the old woodblocks preserved on the 2nd floor and functioning printer too. Overnight in Dege.
Attractions; Drichu (Yangzi) river, nomads and herds of yaks. Today we will cross several different passes to Chamdo, we will cross the Yangzi river bridge and it is borderline to the Tibet Autonomous Region, the check point at the end of bridge will check the documents and permits to enter TAR, Chamdo is local in a wide valley in the middle of two rivers. It is a one of the largest city in TAR and you may shop some provisions for the remaining days to Lhasa. Overnight in Chamdo.
Attractions; Typical Tibetan villages, stunning views of mountains and Mekong river, lone nomad families on the high plateau grassland. Today we drive parallel to the Mekong river and passing by several villages and small monasteries along the road, then the road ascends dramatically and meet the watershed between the Salween and Mekong, then cross over the Langla(4572m) and the world highest Chamdo airport is isolated up on the plateau valley, through the open and vast grassland on the high altitude is the home for some lone nomad families and their herds of animal, gradually we meet the southern route at Pamda, from there the unpaved road cross over the Nujiang mountain(4658m), the dusty road climbing down into the valley with 72 bends could be the worst part of the road, then the road pass through numbers of villages along the stream lead to the small town of Basho which is located right on the road side, it is best place to spend the night in the region. Overnight at Basho.
Attractions; Green valleys and snow mountains, Ranwu lake. Today we drive to Pomi via Ranwu lake, the gradual descending in the altitude bring climate changes from dry to moist, forest get thicker along the road, once we get at Ranwu, we stop for a while to view the stunning Ranwu lake that gives you beautiful shots with reflections of the snow mountains in the lake, then for few kilometers along the lake and drive further to Pomi. Overnight in Pomi.
Attractions; Alpine forest valley of Lulang, Mt.Namcha Barwa(7787m), Mt, Gyala Palri(7151m). Today the paved road goes through the beautiful green valleys, but snow mountains appearing far behind the forested mountains and colorful wild blossoms are known as Tibetan Switzerland, the road trace upstream of the Parlung river and Rongchu river, we will cross over the photogenic suspension bridge over the Yigong Tsangpo and then further up to Rongchu valley, the virgin forests and subtropical climate of the area is unique on the Tibetan plateau, then a short drive get us to the gorgeous alpine valley with abundant rhododendron and cypress forest is known as Lulang forest sea and then ascent through a series of switchbacks from picturesque Rongchu valley to the Serkym la pass(4582m), we will stop at the Serkym la scenic spot that give you a perfect view of thorough Rongchu valley and Mt. Namcha Barwa(7787m) and Mt.Gyala Palri(7151m) in the background, then it is only about 60km to Nyintri town. Overnight in Nyintri.
Attractions; Alpine Basum lake, green valleys and typical villages, glimpse of giant Potala Palace. Today we will drive along the Nyanchu river upstream, within the alpine valley we will pass by numbers of villages, en route we will drive to Basum lake which is about 50km turn-off from the main road, apart from the sheer beauty of the lake it is connected with semi-mythical king of the Kham-King Gesar and Indian abbot Guru Rinpoche, there are also several folk stories about the surrounding snowcapped peaks, walk across the board floating bridge to visit the historical Nyinmapa monastery amid the island. Afternoon we will trace back to the main road and continues drive toward west, cross over the Mila pass(5000m) and it will gain several hundred meters in altitude, gradually you will feel the dry plateau climate and the bare mountains are the real feature of the central and western Tibet. Further drive along the Lhasa river, you will be impress by glimpse of Potala Palace from the distant that perching up from the rest of the city. Overnight in Lhasa. LHASA ESCORTED TOUR. Attractions; Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street and Sera monastery. Today is your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have little head ach which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the centre of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is one of the most scared temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, during the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping centre. The amazing day will have ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening every day in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
Attractions; Potala palace and Drepung monastery. Today we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking though the long steps are quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your foot steps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion which listed in the world heritage in 1994. And in the afternoon, we will visit the Drepung monastery, once the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, but several destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monk’s apartments is thrilling. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
Attractions; Namtso lake, Mt. Nyechen Thangla, Lagen la pass(5190m), view of Thangula range and Nomad family. Today we drive to north-west of Lhasa via Qinghai-Tibet highway, tracing the Tibet train track till Damshong and then cross the Lagen la pass by driving further west to Namtso lake, north-western part of Tibet is vast pastures for the plateau nomads since from long time and we call it Jiangthang (Northern nomads land), from ridge of the Lagen la(5190m) it gives you the first view of the amazing Namtso lake vista, the paved road cut through the nomad grasslands and black tents of nomad families can be seen along the road side during summer season, Tashi peninsula is the final destination of the day, in the afternoon you have enough time to explore around the Tashi Do peninsula and surroundings. Namtso lake is one of the Tibet’s three most holy lake and Tibetans makes pilgrimage circumambulation around the lake on some ritual time which takes about a month or less to complete the whole circle, it is world highest salt water lake and second largest salt water lake in China with 70km in length and 30km in breadth (1st largest salt water lake in China is Kokorno lake in Qinghai province). Late afternoon, drive back to Lhasa, en route you will visit a nomad family to experience the yak wool tent from the inside and get you chance to understand little more about their lifestyle. Overnight in Lhasa.
Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say your good bye and depart to your next destination. End the trip officially.

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Cristian Pumarino Jun,11 2019 01:29:35
We are 3 people that will travel from Chengdu to Lahsa by train, arriving around August 5th. We want to take 4 days tour in Lhasa.  We need to know how to book the tour with you, the price, how to pay it and what are the documents we need to go there. We will get our tourist visa to visit China after we book the tour. Two of us will travel form Chile in South America and our son -also chilean- will do it form South Africa. Stay tuned to reply
Lakshmi May,23 2019 15:20:14
Hi, I am interested in this tour. But I cannot exert myself much and was wondering if I can skip the Kailash Kora and use other forms of transportation. I do however want to see Mt. Kailash. Also are you able to provide oxygen?
matteo May,18 2019 16:19:11
Hello! we would kindly like to know what’s the cheapest offer you have for this guided tour. We’re two people thank you!!

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