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7 Days Chengdu to Lhasa World-Class Overland Tour: Travel across the Top Scenic Road to Tibet from Chengdu via G318 National Highway

Tour Route: Chengdu - Xinduqiao - Litang - Batang - Zogang - Ranwu - Nyingchi - Lhasa

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Overland from Chengdu to Lhasa Xinduqiao in Autumn Visit Nyingchi on the Way from Chengdu to Lhasa Beautiful Basum Tso Lake Local Village on Sichuan-Tibet Highway The Nu River 72 Turns Sichuan-Tibet Highway Cultural Experience Enjoy the Chengdu to Lhasa Overland tour Highway to Tibet Maoya Grassland along Highway to Tibet
Overland from Chengdu to Lhasa Xinduqiao in Autumn Visit Nyingchi on the Way from Chengdu to Lhasa Beautiful Basum Tso Lake Local Village on Sichuan-Tibet Highway The Nu River 72 Turns Sichuan-Tibet Highway Cultural Experience Enjoy the Chengdu to Lhasa Overland tour Highway to Tibet Maoya Grassland along Highway to Tibet

Tour Code: SG008B

Tour Type: Join-in Small Group Tour (Min 1 to Around 12) i

Tour Service: Tibetan Local Tour Guide & Driver

  Time to Vist: April to October i

Trip Level: Easy Trip for All Ages i

What Makes Our Chengdu Lhasa Overland Trip Different?
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Overview & Highlights of this Trip

This 7-day Chengdu to Lhasa overland tour is a world-class overland journey through the top scenic Sichuan-Tibet highway (G318) to Tibet. You will marvel at the diverse landscapes from Chengdu Plain to Tibet Plataeu, revealing breathtaking high mountains, canyons, rushing rivers, ethnic villages, and dense forests. Along this scenic route, you'll witness the intriguing historical evolution of Tibetan tribal culture, encountering the Kampa Tibetans and the Amdo Tibetans in their picturesque villages. Moreover, you will be amazed by the architectural marvels in the high mountain canyons, featuring tunnels, bridges, that command admiration worldwide.

  • picturesque highway to Tibet from Chengdu

    Highlight 1 of this Trip: Traverse the renowned G318, hailed as China's most picturesque highway, also known as the Sichuan-Tibet Highway.

  • Hengduan Mountains Landscape

    Highlight 2 of this Trip: Go deep into the villages along the route and experience different customs in different Tibetan-inhabited areas along the Sichuan-Tibet Highway.

  • Visit Tibetan Monastery with Tibetan Guide

    Highlight 3 of this Trip: Visit Nyingchi and explore the essence of Eastern Tibet.

  • Lhasa Nyingchi Expressway

    Highlight 4 of this Trip: Follow the new Lhasa-Nyingchi Expressway to the Holy City of Lhasa.

Itinerary Details

Trip at a Glance

Day 1: Chengdu - Kangding

Day 2: Xinduqiao - Batang

Day 3: Batang - Zogang

Day 4: Zogang - Baxoi - Ranwu Lake

Day 5: Ranwu - Midui Glacier - Bome

Day 6: Bome - Mt. Namcha Barwa - Nyingchi

Day 7: Nyingchi - Basum Tso Lake - Lhasa

Day 1: Chengdu - Mugecuo - Kangding (B)

Start your journey from Chengdu to Kangding, experiencing the transition from the plain to the plateau. You will meet the first snow-mountain above 4000 meters - Mt. Siguniang, and reach the first highland station - Xinduqiao.

In the morning, you will start the 450-kilometer journey from Chengdu to Xinduqiao. The first highlight of today’s journey is Mt. Siguniang, also known as the Four Sisters Mountain, which is the famous snow-capped mountain of the western Sichuan Plateau. You could see the four peaks standing side by side, have elevations of 5025 meters, 5276 meters, 5355 meters, and 6250 meters.

Then, you will pass through Danba County inhabited by Jiarong Tibetans. Danba County, also known as the Valley of Beauties, is adorned with watchtowers and many beautiful Tibetan girls.

Finally, you will arrive in Xinduqiao in the late afternoon. The play of light and shadow on the serene villages, lush meadows, tall shrubs, and rivers transforms Xinduqiao into a colorful dreamlike paradise.

You will rest in this gateway town to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, preparing for your journey into the Tibetan Plateau.

Stay overnight in Xinduqiao Town.

Overnight in Xinduqiao
  • The panoramic view of Mt. Siguniang showcases four peaks exceeding 5000 meters.

    The panoramic view of Mt. Siguniang showcases four peaks exceeding 5000 meters.

  • The featured watchtower in Danba Tibetan Village

    The featured watchtower in Danba Tibetan Village

Day 2: Xinduqiao - Litang - Batang (B)

Entering the highest-altitude city in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Litang and visit Ke’er Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple along the G318 National Highway, and explore the vast grassland.

After breakfast, you will travel to Litang, the world’s highest-altitude city at 4015 meters. Along the way, you will visit the historic Ke’er Monastery, also known as Litang Monastery. Founded in 1580, it’s the oldest and largest Gelug sect Tibetan Buddhist temple in the Kham region, covering a vase area of over 500 acres and home to almost a thousand monks.

Then, continue your journey west to Batang. On the way, you will visit Maoya Prairie, a highland grassland surrounded by mountains. The vast green sea of grass, dotted with tents emitting light smoke, is traversed by cattle and sheep. If you are lucky, you may also have the opportunity to see antelopes, yellow ducks, marmots, and other wild animals on this grassland. Here, you will feel the vastness of the plateau and the lively energy of life, completely getting lost in the beauty of nature.

After that, you’ll finally reach today’s destination - Batang, a plateau city at an altitude of 2,575 meters. Staying at a lower altitude in Batang is good for your acclimatization, especially if you've recently entered the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Stay overnight in Batang.

Overnight in Batang
Breakfast
  • Ke’er Monastery, also known as Litang Monastery, stands as the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple of the Gelug sect in the Kham region.

    Ke’er Monastery, also known as Litang Monastery, stands as the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple of the Gelug sect in the Kham region.

  • The vast of Batang Maoya Prairie

    The vast of Batang Maoya Prairie

Day 3: Batang - Jinsha River Gorge - Zogong (B)

Today is an adventure through the steep mountains and canyons along the Sichuan-Tibet Highway and enjoy the spectacular sight of the turbulent Jinsha River, Lancang River, and Nu River rushing down.

After breakfast, your overland journey continues to Zogong. First, you will pass through the most spectacular canyon area on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Three major rivers, the Jinsha River, the Lancang River, and the Nu River, run side by side within a 300-kilometer area, rushing out like wild beasts from the deep mountains and canyons of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. These three rivers meander through the canyons and eventually rush down to become the Yangtze River, the mother river that nourishes Chinese civilization.

After passing through the steep canyon, you will continue to drive westward and climb over Mount Lawu with an altitude of 4358 meters, and Mount Dongda with an altitude of over 5130 meters. Standing at the mountain pass, looking far into the distance, the brown-red valley passing by is like a burning flame, while the Sichuan-Tibet Highway is like two bright ribbons shuttling between thousands of mountains and valleys.

Finally, you will arrive in Zogang. Stay overnight in Zogang.

Overnight in Zogang
Breakfast
  • The first bend of Jinsha River

    The first bend of Jinsha River

  • Mount Dongda Pass

    Mount Dongda Pass

Day 4: Zogang - Nu River Grand 72 Turns - Baxoi - Ranwu Lake (B)

Today, you will face the exciting challenge of rapid descent of 1800 meters in altitude, crossing the most spectacular and exciting winding mountain road in the whole journey - the Grand 72 Turns of Nujiang River.

After breakfast, you will set off from Zogang and drive west to Bangda Grassland, the most important pasture in eastern Tibet. Here, herds of yaks and sheep roam leisurely on the vast grassland, and the pastoral scenery of the grassland will be displayed again.

Then, you will face an exciting challenge, descending from the Yela Mountain Pass at 4650 meters to the Nu River at an altitude of 2800 meters in just 12 kilometers. This section known as the "Nujiang River 72 Turns" is the most exciting section of the G318 National Highway to Tibet. Standing on the top of the mountain and looking down, the winding road is like a winding dragon. After countless 180-degree turns, it reaches the riverside. There is no end as far as the eye can see.

Continuing to drive west, snow-capped mountains, forests, and Tibetan villages gradually appear, taking you through the pastoral scenery of eastern Tibet.

Finally, you will arrive at Ranwu Lake, the most charming lake in eastern Tibet. Here is a beautiful ending to your journey today.

Stay overnight by the lake.

Overnight by Ranwu Lake
Breakfast
  • Nu River 72 Turns

    Nu River 72 Turns

  • Ranwu Lake

    Stunning view of Ranwu Lake

Day 5: Ranwu - Midui Glacier - Bome (B)

Today, embark on a picturesque journey to Eastern Tibet. Marvel at snow-capped mountains, serene lakeshores, and uncovered hidden glaciers.

In the morning, you will visit Ranwu Lake, the most beautiful lake in eastern Tibet. The long and narrow blue lake and more than 20 kilometers of shoreline slowly lead you into forests, snow-capped mountains, flower-filled meadows, quiet and warm Tibetan countryside, and villages. It seems like a tranquil and peaceful place that people in the noisy city have found.

Then, your guide will take you to Midui Glacier, the most beautiful glacier in China and the lowest glacier in the world. Just like the elves in the snow-capped mountains hiding in the depths of the forest, the glacier rushes down from the main peak at an altitude of 6,800 meters to the ice tongue at an altitude of 2,400 meters close to the lake. Dense forests, blue lakes, and white glaciers complement each other, forming a dreamlike and dense Eden.

Especially in late autumn, the colorful forest makes this secret land as intoxicating as a fairy tale world. If you like, you can also choose to hike to the foot of the glacier to touch the huge ice tongue (optional).

After the trip, you will reach today’s final destination, Bome. Stay overnight in Bome.

Overnight in Bome
Breakfast
  • Ranwu Lake

    Well-known Ranwu Lake

  • Midui Glacier, the most beautiful glacier in China

    Midui Glacier, the most beautiful glacier in China

Day 6: Bome - Lulang Forest - Sejila Mountain (Mt. Namcha Barwa) - Nyingchi (B)

Today, you will step into the dense forest area and walk through the lush green forest.

In the morning, you'll leave Bome and continue driving east. You will find that the snow-capped mountains in front of you become more enchanting and the forest becomes denser. The snow-capped mountains are like diamonds set in the clear sky, which makes people dizzy. Under the snow-capped mountains is a vast forest, with white clouds floating between the snow-capped mountains and the forest.

After a while, you will come to Guxiang Lake hidden in the forest, climb to the pass of Sejila Mountain with an altitude of 4702 meters, and overlook the famous snow mountain at the eastern end of the Himalayas - Mt. Namcha Barwa. The towering Namcha Barwa Peak looks like a majestic spear, and the snow on the top of the mountain shines like diamonds in the blue sky.

Continuing forward, you will come to the second observation deck for viewing the Namcha Barwa Peak - Lulang Forest Platform. Here, you will once again appreciate the stunning beauty of Namcha Barwa Peak standing above the vast forest sea and cutting through the sky.

After appreciating the visual feast brought by the snow-capped mountains and forests, you will arrive at Lulang International Tourism Town. After arriving, you can enjoy the delicious food of Lulang Forest, stroll through the town, and feel the peaceful and leisurely atmosphere.

That night, you will arrive at Bayi Town in Nyingchi City, the most prosperous area in eastern Tibet. Here, you have the opportunity to taste the famous Stone Pot Chicken in Nyingchi (optional).

Stay overnight in Nyiching City (Bayi Town).

Overnight in Nyingchi
Breakfast
  • You can enjoy a great view of Mt. Namjia Bawa when it's fine.

    You can enjoy a great view of Mt. Namjia Bawa when it's fine.

  • While visiting Lunang Forest, you will see a typical highland meadow landscape.

    While visiting Lunang Forest, you will see a typical highland meadow landscape.

Day 7: Nyingchi - Basum Tso Lake - Lhasa (B)

Today, you will conclude the final stretch of the journey in eastern Tibet, explore the Basumtso Lake , and finally drive to the holy city of Lhasa.

After breakfast, the tour guide will lead you to Basum Tso Lake for a tour. Compared with other lakes in Tibet, Basum Tso Lake is the holy lake of the Tibetan Red Sect. The island in the middle of the lake is like a quiet water garden, with blue waves surrounding the island and ancient trees covering the temple. It is completely different from other temples and attractions on the Sichuan-Tibet highway. Here, you will board the Tsozong Gompa Temple, a thousand-year-old temple on a small island in the middle of the lake, and experience the ancient and profound religious culture.

Then, you will drive to the holy city of Lhasa via the highway connecting Lhasa and Nyingchi. On the way, there is a section passing through the Nyang River, which will give you a wonderful feeling of flying above the blue ocean.

When you see the majestic Potala Palace, it means that the long and exciting journey on the Sichuan-Tibet Highway is at the end.

Upon arrival, the tour guide and driver will take you to the hotel to check in, where you can wash away the travel dust.

End the tour in Lhasa.

Notice:
If you want to continue your journey to other part of Tibet, like Shigatse, the Everest Base Camp, and Mount Kailash, please feel free to tell us. We offer many wonderful tours to other destination in Tibet starting from Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa
Breakfast
  • Surrounded by green mountains, Basom Tso, which means 'green water' in Tibetan language, is a wonderland for you to refresh yourself.

    Surrounded by green mountains, Basom Tso, which means 'green water' in Tibetan language, is a wonderland for you to refresh yourself.

  • Arrive in Lhasa, the Holy City in the Tibet Plateau

    Arrive in Lhasa, the Holy City in the Tibet Plateau

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2024

Class/Price for P.PSept. 30
Economic Class (3-Star Hotels) 1780 US$
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1.) 5% off for those booking the tour together with other two travelers (3 or 3 above in total) at the same time;

2.) 5% off for those booking the tour 3 months in advance;

3.) Please kindly be aware that the two discounts mentioned above cannot be enjoyed simultaneously.

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Price Inclusions:

Tibet Travel Permit and all required local travel documents for this tour (excluding expedited processing fees);

Local tour transfers, 5-15 seats comfortable tourist vehicle according to the group size;

All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

All meals listed in the itinerary;

Knowledgeable English-speaking local tour guide shared in your group (For prices of tour guides in other languages, please inquire);

All hotels listed in the itinerary or equivalent three-star hotels. Upgrades are available for an additional fee. (Single room supplement required when not sharing the room);

Free airport pick up at Chengdu airport one day before the tour start;

Service Charge & Government Taxes;

Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

Additional services include fine Tibetan souvenirs, a tourist map, portable oxygen, medical oxygen in the vehicle, bottled mineral water, and more.

Price Exclusion:

Domestic flight/train to Chengdu and flight/train out of Lhasa;

Single Room Supplement: Hotels default to double occupancy with twin-bedded rooms. If you prefer a single room or room sharing isn't possible, a single room supplement is necessary. Please consult the travel consultant for specific pricing details.

Meals not listed in the itinerary;

Tips for the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, it is suggested to provide a combined tip of around 7 USD/50 RMB per guest per day;

Other expenses caused by force majeure events (such as natural disasters, traffic control, loss of valuables, visa delays, flight delays or cancellations, etc.);

Personal expenses, like laundry, phone calls, snacks, soft drinks (please do your best to avoid alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

Chengdu to Lhasa Overland Trip Notes

1. What are the necessary travel documents for the overland tour from Chengdu to Lhasa via G318?

First, you need to apply for a Chinese Group Visa from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. Make sure you don’t have a Chinese Visa, or your former visa will be canceled once the group visa is issued.

Then, you also need the Tibet Travel Permit to enter the Tibet Autonomous Region.

We’ll take care of Tibet Travel Permit, as well as other local travel documents as part of our tour package. Simply follow our guidance, and there’s no need to worry about the process.

2. How to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit and how long can I get my Tibet Permit?

Once you book your Chengdu to Lhasa tour with us, simply provide the scanned copy of your valid passport (with at least 6 months of validity) and your Chinese Visa.

Generally, it takes 7-14 working days to process the Tibet Travel Permit. Our local travel guide will take the permit to you while meet you at Chengdu.

3. How far in advance should I book the Chengdu to Lhasa overland tour ?

To ensure a smooth journey, it is recommended to book the tour at least 15-20 daysbefore departure.

Of course, booking 1 or 2 months or even earlier will help us apply for necessary travel documents on your behalf and make advance reservations for accommodations.

Additionally, early booking provides the opportunity to enjoy early bird discounts. The earlier you book, the better prepared you'll be, and you won't be troubled in a rush.

4. When is the best time to take this Chengdu to Lhasa overland tour?

The best time to travel from Chengdu to Lhasa by land is in Spring (April to early June) and Autumn (September to October).In both spring and autumn, the weather remains consistently stable, warm, and delightful. In spring, you will enjoy the blooming mountain flowers on the way, while in autumn, you will appreciate autumn foliage and snow-capped peaks.

Summer (July to August) is the rainy seasonof the areas along the Sichuan-Tibet highway, and natural disasters such as mudslides may occur on some sections of the road.

Winter (November to March) may not to be ideal for travel due to snowy roads and potential road closures.

5. What is the elevation along the Sichuan-Tibet Highway? And how to prevent high altitude sickness during the Chengdu to Lhasa overland tour?

The Sichuan-Tibet highway connecting Chengdu and Lhasa passes through the Hengduan Mountains. The altitude changes a lot during the drive, and you’ll go up many mountains over 4000 meters above sea level.

Check the altitude of major attractions along the way as below:

Xinduqiao3460m
AttractionsAltitude
Chengdu 500m
Litang 4014m
Batang 2500m
Mount Lawu 4358m
Mount Dongda 5086m
Zogang 3750m
Ranwu Lake 3850m
Bome 2720m
Sejila Mountain 4702m
Bayi (Nyingchi) 2994m
Lhasa 3658m

To avoid altitude sickness, plan your itinerary wisely and include enough rest time. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid alcohol and excessive exertion. Maintaining a positive attitude helps prevent discomfort.

It's advisable to consult a doctor for altitude sickness medication as a precaution.

If you experience severe symptoms like hypersensitivity, intense headaches, or difficulty breathing during the trip, promptly use oxygen, inform the tour guide, and seek immediate medical attention with their assistance.

6. How long is the highway from Chengdu to Lhasa? What is the road condition?

The Sichuan-Tibet highway is 2159 kilometers long, connecting Chengdu and Lhasa. Renowned as the most beautiful highway to Tibet, it traverses the Hengduan Mountains and the Himalayas, navigating through diverse terrains such as plains, hills, and mountains.

The road conditions along the way are complex. Although road conditions have improved this year, some road sections may still be affected by natural disasters caused by bad weather, resulting in poor road conditions. It is recommended to contact us before traveling to obtain the latest traffic information on the Sichuan-Tibet Line.

7. Where to stay during the overland journey from Chengdu to Lhasa?

While the Sichuan-Tibet Highway is a well-established tourist route, the towns along the way are scarce, and accommodation options are limited. Cities like Chengdu and Nyingchi offer a diverse range of lodging choices. However, in smaller towns such as Xinduqiao and Litang, accommodations are mostly in the form of hotels or small inns, providing a comfortable and clean stay.

8. What to pack for the overland trip from Chengdu to Lhasa?

Clothes: No matter when you visit Lhasa and Shigatse, you need to prepare warm clothing for the cold night at the Tibetan Plateau. To ensure comfort, opt for warm, windproof outerwear, and consider layering to adapt to temperature fluctuations. In summer, lightweight clothing is suitable, while during spring and autumn, it's advisable to wear at least three layers (undershirt, sweater, outerwear). In winter, prioritize warmer clothing with wind protection. Additionally, due to strong ultraviolet rays, don't forget to wear sunglasses and a hat.

Personal Care: Pack your essentials such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, facial cleanser, towels, and other personal toiletries. Since there are no shower facilities at Everest Base Camp, consider bringing wet wipes for convenience.

Skincare: Due to the dry climate in Tibet, pack lip balm, moisturizing cream, and hydrating masks to prevent skin dryness and cracking.

Sun Protection: Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and sunglasses for effective sun protection against the strong UV rays in Tibet.

Additional Necessities: Considering the long distances between attractions in Tibet, bring a U-shaped pillow for a comfortable journey. Also, having a thermal flask ensures you have hot water whenever needed.

Common Medications: Take essential medications like motion sickness pills, gastrointestinal medicine, anti-inflammatory drugs, cold medicine, and other medications for emergencies. Include adhesive bandages and eye drops. (Consult your doctor and carefully follow medical advice when taking medication.)

Electronic Devices: Bring your phone, camera, power bank, and any other necessary electronic devices. If you plan to bring a drone, check with our travel consultant in advance. Tibet operates on a 220V voltage.

Cash and Cards: Alipay and WeChat Pay are commonly accepted in major cities such as Chengdu, Nyingchi, and Lhasa. While credit cards are usable in some large hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls in big cities, it's important to note that in some small towns along the way, cash might be essential. To ensure convenience, it's recommended to carry a small amount of Chinese yuan and at least one bank card with you.

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Overland from Chengdu to Lhasa Xinduqiao in Autumn Visit Nyingchi on the Way from Chengdu to Lhasa Beautiful Basum Tso Lake Local Village on Sichuan-Tibet Highway The Nu River 72 Turns Sichuan-Tibet Highway Cultural Experience Enjoy the Chengdu to Lhasa Overland tour Highway to Tibet Maoya Grassland along Highway to Tibet
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