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16 Days Chengdu to Ganzi Tibetan Area Tour

16 Days Chengdu to Ganzi Tibetan Area Tour

(KTT007) Chengdu-Four Girls Mountain-Danba-Tagong-Daofu-Ganzi-Dege-Baiyu-Litang-Chengdu

Overview

This tour focuses on the Ganzi Tibetan Area with amazingly beautiful landscapes and unique culture and customs. The snow-capped mountain ranges, the clear highland lakes, the almost non-commercialized Tibetan customs and the larger scale of Tibetan Buddhist temples than that in Tibet will definitely impress you.

We set out from Chengdu, and go deeper into Tibetan Area along Sichuan-Tibet Highway. Currently, the Tibetan Buddhism culture is well preserved in Ganzi Tibetan Area, which also has most monks. Dege Scripture Printing Lamasery in Ganzi is the only woodblock printing Buddhist temple in the world. In other words, you can have deeper impression of Tibetan Buddhist culture in western Sichuan Tibetan area than in Tibet.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Chengdu

Transfer to your reserved hotel for a good rest after arriving in Chengdu airport or train station. You can enjoy Sichuan opera after dinner.

Stay overnight in Chengdu

Day 2: Chengdu day tour

In the morning, visit Jinsha Site museum located in the northwest of Chengdu at first to explore the glorious Chinese culture of the ancient Shu Kingdom, then visit Wuhou Temple built for memorial of one Shu kingdom premier.

After that, enjoy a short walk at the ancient Jinli Street. Later, drive to Wenshu Monastery to have wonderful taste of the vegetarian food for dinner. Then enjoy the cultural show - Sichuan Opera.

Stay overnight in Chengdu

Day 3: Chengdu - Rilong

Drive 240km from Chengdu to Rilong Town where the famous Mt. Siguniang lies. And visit Wolong Panda Research Center, Mt. Balang, grassland and the yaks en route.

Stay overnight in Rilong

Day 4: Mt.Siguniang Sightseeing

Mt. Siguniang is known as the east ALPs. The scenery of this place is much attractive. You can spend a full day on trekking or riding horse at Changping valley.

Stay overnight in Rilong

Day 5: Rilong - Danba – Tagong

In the morning, drive about 2.5 hours to Danba, which is famous for its beauty valley with its pretty Jiarong branch Tibetan women. Visit the unique Danba Ancient block towers in Suopo, the Dadu river valley, and taste the folks and customs of Jiarong branch Tibet people. In the afternoon, drive to Tagong village via Bamei.

Stay overnight in Tagong

Day 6: Tagong - Daofu - Luhuo - Ganzi

Get up early to visit Tagong Monastery and head to Ganzi via Daofu & Luhuo. Drop a visit to Huiyuan monastery en route. The 7th Dalai Lama moved from Ta'er monastery in Xining to this temple for a secure reason and the 11th Dalai Lama was born around here in 1838.

You can visit Luhuo Shouling monastery, where the 10th Panchan Lama and the 14th Dalai Lama once stayed overnight in it. Therefore, it enjoys a high reputation among monasteries in Kham area.

Stay overnight in Ganzi

Day 7: Ganzi day tour

In the morning, visit Ganzi monastery that was listed as the 1st monastery among the 13 monasteries at Ho'er area. The whole afternoon is free for you to explore the ancient town.

Stay overnight in Ganzi

Day 8: Ganzi – Derge

Drive to Manigangou to visit the stunning holy alpine lake Yilhun La-tso, bordered by chortens and dozens of rock carvings. If the weather is clear, you will have a chance to see the huge glaciers of Que’er Mountain (6018m). After arriving in Gerge in the afternoon, you can visit the Derge Bakong Scripture Pringing Press and Monastery.

Stay overnight in Derge

Day 9: Derge - Baiyu

Drive about 100km from Derge to Baiyu where you can make a tour to Katoc monastery on the top of a mountain, about 35 kilometers in a valley from Hepo village. The monastery is one of the four famous Nyingmapa monasteries in Kham area.

Stay overnight in Baiyu

Day 10: Baiyu Day Tour

In the morning, pay a visit to Baiyu Monastery, another Nyingmapa monastery in Kham area. The rest of the day is free for you to walk around and relax yourself.

Stay overnight in Baiyu

Day 11: Baiyu - Ganzi

Drive from Baiyu to Ganzi in the morning. We will pass the largest grassland in Ganzi and cross over the beautiful Haizi Mountain and other snow-capped mountains in Kham Area.

Stay overnight in Ganzi

Day 12: Ganzi - Xinlong – Litang

Drive from Ganzi to Xinlong for lunch. On the way, you can enjoy the stunning scenery of Kham Area. In the afternoon, drive across Maoya Grassland at Litang.

Stay overnight in Litang

Day 13: Litang day tour

Visit Litang Monastery located about 2km to the north of the town. This temple was built by the Third Dalai Lama in 1581. The 7th, 10th Dalai Lamas were born here and several other high ranked Living Buddhas once lived here. The rest time of the day is free for you to have a good rest or walk around.

Stay overnight in Litang

Day 14: Litang - Xinduqiao – Kangding

In the morning, drive 290km eastward to Kangding, the Love Song City of China. En route, stop at Xinduqiao for a rest and visit Juli temple, which is about 15 kilometers of the mail road, Sichuan-Tibet Highway. You can enjoy a hot spring at Kangding.

Stay overnight in Kangding

Day 15: Kangding – Chengdu

After breakfast, pay a visit to Kangding Anjue Temple, the main temple at Kangding. Then drive back to Chengdu along the Dadu River, and pass the famous Erlang Tunnel along Sichuan-Tibet Highway.

Stay overnight in Chengdu

Day 16: Depart from Chengdu

Transfer to Chengdu airport for your flight to next destination. The tour ends.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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