Yunnan Tibet Impression Tour

Duration:
10 Days
Destination:
Kunming - Lijiang - Shagri-La - Lhasa - Namtso - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Yunan-Tibet tour is one of those “once-in-a-lifetime” tour packages that you should not miss. Yunnan, being a province of China that is characterized by natural resources, has the largest diversity of plant species in China. Moreover, Yunnan Province is replete with tourist spots that include Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, and many other places of interest. On the other hand, Tibet is considered as one of the most enthralling places to visit in this world due to its unique religious and cultural heritage. Hence, the tour of Yunnan and Tibet is definitely the most desirable tour package for most tourists.

DayRoute
1 The Arrival at Kunming
2 Tour of Kunming
3 Kunming to Lijiang
4 Lijiang to Shangri-La
5 Shangri-La
6 Shangri-La To Lhasa
7 Lhasa sightseeing
8 Lhasa sightseeing
9 Lhasa-Namtso(4600m)-Lhasa, 500km, approx. 9hrs
10 Lhasa departure
Day 1 The Arrival at Kunming

The arrival day at Kunming allows you to meet your tour agent and relax a bit before the exhilarating tour of the city. Your tour agent will guide to your hotel and provide you with the necessary travel permits.

Once rested, you'll get started with your tour of the city, beginning with the tour of the Western Hills known as the "Sleeping Beauty Hills". This is surely a memorable trip that allows you to luxuriate at the beauty of the Dian Lake, the largest fresh-body water in Yunnan. Along the lake shoreline, you can take a lovely walk along the fantastic parkways to explore its famous temples like the Taihua Temple and Huating Temple. There, you can climb up the magical Dragon Gate to get a panoramic view of the surroundings. After the Dragon Gate, you can visit the Flowers and Birds Market that attests to the fact that Kunming is a veritable city of flowers.

Dian lake is definitely the paradise of sea gulls in winter.
The biggest fun to visit Dian lake is to feed sea gulls.
  • Dian Lake
Day 2 Tour of Kunming

Right after breakfast, you can prep yourself for the 85-km trip to the majestic Stone Forest with its awesome Karst landform. It is a UNESCO World Nature Heritage, characterized by grey limestone pillars. Weathered-beaten by the passing of time, these limestone formations create an illusion of a forest. You can take a walk around the Greater Stone Forest and marvel at the gray-back stone peaks. You can also ascend to the forest to get a panoramic view of this fabulous stone forest. The Stone Forest is situated in Shilin Yi Autonomous County. It is reachable within one and half hour by bus and within 2 hours by train. It is, however, accessible within 20 minutes by high speed train.

If time allows, you can take a 40-minute drive to Nuohei Village, a typical Yi village. This is a famous stony village with amazing Karst backdrop. Here, you can explore its unique stone houses, stone walls, paved roads, stone mills, and stone squares, and learn more about the local customs of the Yi minority people.

In late afternoon, you will take a flight to Lijiang. The flight duration is 1 hour.

Stone Forest is the UNESCO geo park.
Stone forest is awesome with its Karst landform.
  • Stone Forest
Day 3 Kunming to Lijiang

You will spend your full day exploring the ancient town of Lijiang including the Naxi Dongba culture.

Here, you can get acquainted with the Naxi people, houses, writings, ancient music, dance, and culture. The first stopover is the Yuhu Village, perched at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Here, you can visit the former residence of Joseph Rock, an Austrian-American Botanist who did an extensive research on Naxi minority. Afterwards, you can visit Baisha Village and see the Baisha Mural Paintings. You can also drop by Dabaoji Palace and Liuli Temple. Other places to visit this day include the Dongba Culture Museum, The Black Dragon Pool Park, Lijiang Ancient Town, the Mufu Palace also Known as the forbidden city of Lijiang, the Sifang Street Square, The Lion Hill, and the Wanggu Tower.

The ancient town is also being called as the village under the peak.
With wet flagstone walkway, curling upward smoke and waterside houses, the ancient town is what you think of.
  • The Ancient Town of Lijiang
Day 4 Lijiang to Shangri-La

Once you've finished your breakfast, get ready to take a 45-minute drive to the First Bend of Yangtze River. Here, you'll get to see the magnificent Yangtze River turn almost 180-degree. The view is surely breathtaking like a beautiful canvass at a museum. You can also visit the Chain Bridge in Shigu town. Afterwards, you can view the deepest and most majestic river canyon of the world called the "Tiger Leaping Gorge." This canyon measures almost 15 km. Here, you'll experience the 1,000 stairs along the plank road going to the Tiger Leaping Rock. Soon after, you'll move to Shangri-La which is a two-hour drive away. Along the way, you'll see fabulous views, and upon arrival at Shangri-La, you'll be billeted to your hotel and you're free to explore the city at night.

The first important bend of the Yangtze River
You will be shocked by the natural power at Tiger Leaping Gorge.
  • The first important bend of the Yangtze River
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
Day 5 Shangri-La

Shangri-La has been made famous by the novel of James Hilton—Lost Horizon. So, touring Shangri-La is like reliving what James Hilton had seen before. Here, you'll see the Songzanlin Monastery, known as the "Little Potala Palace” and the largest Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. You can walk up the 143 steps of the monastery and visit the major lamasery buildings. If there is ample time, you can also take a jaunt to the Lamuyangcuo Lake and enjoy its majestic view.

Later in the day, you can visit the Pudacuo National Park, home to diverse species of fauna and flora. Stroll along the Shudu Lake shoreline and hike to the Bita Lake. The tour may also include a visit to an actual Tibetan family to get an in-depth experience of Tibetan lifestyle.

Songzanlin Lamasery is the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Yunnan, also being called as the Little Potala Palace.
Potatso means taking a boat to the other side of the lake with the aid of god in Tibetan language.
  • Songzanlin Lamasery
  • Potatso National Park
Day 6 Shangri-La To Lhasa

From Shangri-La, you'll board a plane to Lhasa. Upon arrival at Lhasa Gonggar Airport, your guide will meet up with you and escort you to your hotel. Along the road from the airport, you'll get a glimpse of the beautiful Yarlong Tsangpo River. You'll also see colorful flags and Big Buddha engravings along the way. Upon reaching your hotel, you can rest for a while or explore the adjacent places to your hotel to acclimate yourself with the Tibetan Weather.

Day 7 Lhasa sightseeing

Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so our guide will meet you at the hotel. Enjoy your easy travel by visiting the Potala Palace, which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. The superb collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet. It is best to explore the inside of the Potala in the morning for 2-3 hours. Afterward, you will walk the pilgrimage route around the Potala.

After lunch, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, which is well known as the center of the Tibetan Buddhism, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. Also, you can see a great many of pilgrims praying in front of the temple and do kora with local pilgrims.

After visiting the Jokhang Temple, you will stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor street where you can drink the sweet tea, chat with locals to experience the real life in Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

The original Potala Palace was built by the King Songtsan Gampo for his bride in 637 AD, and it was rebuilt by the fifth Dalai Lama.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 8 Lhasa sightseeing

In the morning, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. It's a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet liberation.

In the afternoon, tourists will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate starts around 3 to 5 p.m.. It’s very attractive even if you don’t understand what they are talking about at all. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Budda inside of the monastery.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery is one of the three greatest Gelug university gompas in Tibet.
Sera Monastery has a rich collection of cultural relics.
Day 9 Lhasa-Namtso(4600m)-Lhasa, 500km, approx. 9hrs

Today you are going to see Namtso lake, one of the three most holy lakes in Tibet. It’s also the third largest salt lake in China and the highest lake in the world. The name of Namtso means “lake from heaven” in the Tibetan language. And the gorgeous landscape is really like from heaven. You will be totally intoxicated with it. After that, we are going back to Lhasa though Yampachen(4300m) and Tsuphu(4300).

Located 92km from Lhasa city, Yampachen is rich in geothermal energy and is known for hot spring bath. People enjoy the blue sky and white cloud when taking a bath in therapeutic hot spring.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Namtso attracts many tourists from home and abroad with its unique charm.
Namtso, located in the central Tibet autonomous region, is the second largest lake in Tibet.
Day 10 Lhasa departure
Your Tibet tour ends today. After breakfasts, you will be free for the morning. Our staff will collect you at your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station.

Our private customized Tibet tours are ideal for families, small groups and individual travellers who desire a more thorough and intimate introduction to Tibet. Price varies with size, season, hotel rate. etc. Please fill out this form so our travel designers can start helping you plan a trip.

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MART***

2019-11-24

my husband does a lot of work in china and so we would like to explore a bit more of China and visit Tibet. We could arrive May 16 2020 and we need to be in Beijing June 9, 2020. We dont like group travel and we like to be active. So some hiking would be great. We have hiked Mt Manaslu in Nepal and hiked in Kyrghystan and Myanmar . We are curious about the yunnan province , but for sure want to see Tibet. Hope to hear from you soon Martha

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to visit Tibet and prefer some hiking as well. We can customize a private tour for you. I recommend 5 Days Lhasa & Samye Monastery Tour, 5 kilometers north of the Samye Monastery, located a Qingpu practice site, it is a three-sided valley. There are hundreds of small stone houses and caves scattered on the front of the hillside. Guru Padmasambhava once practiced here. You can do short hiking.  5 Days Lhasa & Ganden Monastery Tour is also recommended. You can have a short hiking on Wangbur Mountain. In the end, we can add two days tour to Namtso. What do you think?  By the way, from Yunnan to Lhasa, I suggest you take a direct flight from Kunming to Lhasa. 

sugi***

2018-12-05

Hi there, \-How much for this private trips,we have 4-6 people for 02-June-2019 \- Regards, Siefong

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 11 Days Yunnan Tibet Impression Tour with the departure date on June.2nd. 

Here is the itinerary of 11 Days Yunnan Tibet Impression Tour.

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