A journey along Sichuan-Tibet Hwy by 4WD Land Cruiser takes you through vast, open landscapes with majestic peaks vaulting skyward. The plateau areas are dotted with castellated Tibetan homes and an infinite number of contentedly munching yaks. Also you’ll pass from time to time as pilgrims prostrate their way slowly along their way to Lhasa.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Chengdu - Kangding|
|2||Kangding - Mugecuo - Paomashan - Kangding||Lake Mugecuo, Paoma Shan|
|3||Kangding - Xindu Bridge - Litang||Enjoy the scenery of Xindu Bridge|
|4||Litang - Batang||Chode Gaden Pendeling Monastery|
|5||Batang - Markham - Dzogang||Natural views along the way|
|6||Dzogang - Pomda - Pashu - Rawok||Pomda Monastery, Neru Monastery|
|7||Rawok - Pomi||Rawoktso Lake|
|8||Pomi - Tashigang - Lulang - Nyingtri||Dodung Monastery, Lunang Scenic Area|
|9||Nyingtri - Draksumtso - Lhasa||Draksum-tso Lake|
|10||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|11||Lhasa Suburb||Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery|
|12||Departure from Lhasa by Flight/Train||Send off to airport/railway station|
Early morning, we will pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu city. Here it goes the very beginning of your Sichuan-Tibet Hwy 4WD land cruiser tour. Hooray~~ Today’s journey will pass by Ya’an and Luding, to finally arrive in Kangding. Ensconced in a steep river valley at the confluence of the swift Zheduo and Yala Rivers and towered over by mighty Gongga Shan(7556m), Kangding(pop 82,000; elev 2616m) is famous throughout China for a popular love song that the town’s surrounding scenery inspired. The town has long been a trade centre between Han & Tibetan cultures, with the exchange of wool, herbs and bricks of tea from Ya’an wrapped in yak hide. It also served as an important staging post on the road to Lhasa, as indeed it does today.
Litang(pop 51,30; elev 4014m) is famed as the birthplace of the 7th and 10th Dalai Lamas. Litang lies at a wheeze-inducing altitude of 4014m,but the thing air isn’t the only thing taking your breath away—ice-capped peaks every which way and epic grasslands. On arrival, you’ll know you’re in Kham—yaks, sheep skins, yak butter tea, nomads, Khampas(Tibetans of Kham) in their traditional Tibetan stytle clothes.
Lying 32km from the Tibetan border and 5.5 bumpy hours down a dirt track from Litang, low-lying Batang(2589m) is an easy-going and friendly place with lots of streetside barbecue grills and outdoor seating, the town itself is quite morden but the surrounding suburbs of ochre Tibetan houses are lovely. There are some fine walks around Batang. Head north to a lovely Tibetan hillside village and then west to a riverside chorten and a few inevitable pilgrims.
You will enter Tibet’s territory today. Congrats! You made it, half-way of your journey already. Markham has for centuries been a strategic crossroads town on the salt and tea trade routes between Tibet and Sichuan.
The roller-coaster road east from Azogang crosses high mountain passes and some stunning scenery before arriving as Pomda. Known as Bangda in Chinese, Pomda(4390m) comes in two parts: the T-junction, where Hwy 318 meets Hwy 317; and the village, abt 5km north of the junction, where you’ll find Pomda monastery.
Then descend west to Pasho town, with fine views of the arid valley. The land scape changes dramatically along the 90km stretch between Pasho to Rawok. Rocky purples and reds, reminiscent of Utah or Arizona in US, make way for arid khaki colours in an area sprinkled with traditional whitewashed villages. The road then climbs the 4462m-high pass, Ngajukla, which marks the end of the arid plateau and the start of the descent into the subtropical Parlung Tsangpo Valley.
Later cross Ngajuk-la and descend into the valley past a small azure lake and some nomads’ camps before reaching Rawok.
Pomi, this bustling county capital has well-stocked shops and several hotels and restaurants, making it a logical place to spend the night. The town itself isn’t much to look at but the surrounding scenery is lovely and there’s scope for exploring nearby valleys.
A hard ride today from Nyingri to Lhasa for abt 8hrs or so, en route, visit the beautiful Draksumtso Lake.
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.
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