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15 Days World-Class Overland Route: Chengdu to Lhasa via G318 National Highway

Tour Route: Chengdu - Kangding - Xinduqiao - Litang - Markam - Zogang - Ranwu - Nyingchi - Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhasa

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

Tour Code: SG008A

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 November 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 15-day Chengdu to Lhasa overland tour is a dream journey through China’s most scenic route, the G318 National Highway, is a dream journey for every adventurous traveler. Starting in Chengdu, you’ll traverse the picturesque Zheduo Mountain, the serene Maoya Prairie, and the poetic landscape of Daocheng Yading.

In Nyingchi, immerse yourself in enchanting forests, behold the majestic Mount Namcha Barwa, and marvel at the sacred Basum Lake. Continue your journey to Lhasa, where the awe-inspiring Potala Palace and the holy Jokhang Temple await. Before concluding your adventure, venture to the turquoise Yamdrok Lake and the city of Shigatse, offering a glimpse into the life of Tibetan monks.

Throughout this 15-day odyssey, our expert guidance will lead you through the mesmerizing landscapes of Tibet, each views a visual feast nature seems to have laid out just for you.

Enjoy a hassle-free experience with our well-established local Tibet travel agency, boasting offices in Chengdu, Lhasa, and Kathmandu. Our one-stop service for Tibet permits and other travel formalities ensures a seamless journey from Chengdu to Lhasa overland. This extraordinary adventure is bound to become a splendid memory etched into the fabric of your life.

  • Deep Experience with Locals

    Highlight 1 of this Trip: Go deep into the villages along the route and experience different customs at close range.

  • Hengduan Mountains Landscape

    Highlight 2 of this Trip: Travel from Chengdu to Lhasa via G318 to explore the marvelous landscape of Hengduan Mountains.

  • Tibetan-inhabited areas along Sichuan-Tibet Highway

    Highlight 3 of this Trip: Explore different Tibetan-inhabited areas along the Sichuan-Tibet Highway.

  • Visit Tibetan Monastery with Tibetan Guide

    Highlight 4 of this Trip: Visit Nyingchi and explore the essence of Eastern Tibet.

  • the Potala Palace in Lhasa

    Highlight 5 of this Trip: Admire the Potala Palace, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the landmark of Lhasa.

  • Visit Yamdrok Lake

    Highlight 6 of this Trip: Enjoy up-close views of various landscapes from the Chengdu Plain to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

  • Lhasa Local Teahouse

    Highlight 7 of this Trip: Experience the daily life of local Tibetans in the traditional Tibetan Teahouse.

  • Starry Night at Everest Base Camp Tour

    Highlight 8 of this Trip: Explore the lives of Tibetan monks and their practices by visiting monasteries with our Tibetan guide.

  • Panoramic View of Yamdrok Lake

    Highlight 9 of this Trip: Enjoy a panoramic view of the holy Lake Yamdrok.

Itinerary Details

Trip at a Glance

Day 1: Chengdu Arrival

Day 2: Chengdu - Kangding

Day 3: Kangding - Xinduqiao - Yajiang

Day 4: Yajiang - Litang - Daocheng

Day 5: Daocheng Yading Day Tour

Day 6: Daocheng - Litang - Batang

Day 7: Batang - Zogang

Day 8: Zogang - Baxoi - Ranwu Lake

Day 9: Ranwu - Midui Glacier - Bome

Day 10: Bome - Mt. Namcha Barwa - Nyingchi

Day 11: Nyingchi - Basum Tso Lake - Lhasa

Day 12: Lhasa Day Tour

Day 13: Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

Day 14: Shigatse - Nyemo - Lhasa

Day 15: Lhasa Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Chengdu (L)

Welcome to Chengdu!

Upon arrival in Chengdu, our local travel guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotels. If you arrive early, you can visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see the lovely pandas. Otherwise, you can explore popular attractions in downtown Chengdu, such as Chunxi Road, the Wide and Narrow Alley, Jinli Ancient Street, etc.

Later in the evening, your guide will accompany you to our selected restaurant for a welcome dinner, providing an excellent opportunity to meet and mingle with your fellow travelers. After dinner, the tour guide will share important travel tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey ahead.

Stay overnight in Chengdu.

Overnight in Chengdu
Welcome Dinner
  • cute giant panda

    You may have an intimate contact with this adorable giant panda.

  • Jinli Street

    You can appreciate breathtaking night view of Jinli Street in Chengdu

Day 2: Chengdu - Mugecuo - Kangding (B)

Start the thrilling Sichuan-Tibet highway journey from Chengdu to Kangding and experience the breathtaking landscapes from the Chengdu plain to the plateau at 2560 meters above sea level.

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive through the Chengdu Plain, reaching Kangding after a 300-kilometer overland journey that takes about 3 hours. Situated on the edge of the Tibet Plateau, Kangding was once a crucial transfer port on the Ancient Tea-horse Road and now still serves as a significant gateway for trade between Tibetans and Han groups.

Upon arrival in Kangding, your first stop is the Mugecuo Scenic Area, also known as the Kanding Love Song Resort. Here, indulge in splendid views of highland lakes, pristine forests, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, unique rock formations, and a waterfall canyon of 8 kilometers long.

After the visit, return to downtown Kangding.

Stay overnight in Kangding.

Overnight in Kangding
Breakfast
  • Night view of Kangding city

    Night view of Kangding city

  • Indulge in splendid views of Kangding Mugecuo Scenic Area

    Indulge in splendid views of Kangding Mugecuo Scenic Area

Day 3: Kangding - Zheduo Mountain - Xinduqiao - Yajiang (B)

Today, conquer Zheduo Mountain, the first high peak on your way to Tibet, and pass through the scenic photography haven, Xinduqiao.

After breakfast, depart Kangding for Zheduo Mountain (4962m), the first gateway to the Kham region. You’ll be captivated by the breathtaking scenery of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau—Tibetan villages, expansive grasslands, yaks, under the backdrop of blue skies, white clouds, flowing streams, and picturesque poplar trees.

After crossing Zheduo Mountain, you will keep heading west and reach Xinduqiao (3460m), known as a paradise for photography. The tranquil villages, meandering rivers, vibrant traditional Tibetan homes, and fragrant alpine meadows create an enchanting scene, seemingly transporting you to the idyllic landscapes of your dream hometown, leaving you captivated. Particularly in autumn, the vibrant hues of the alpine meadows and trees transform Xinduqiao into a vivid and colorful living canvas.

In the evening, you will finally reach Yajiang County

Stay overnight in Yajiang.

Overnight in Yajiang
Breakfast
  • Cross the breathtaking Zheduo Mountain

    Cross the breathtaking Zheduo Mountain

  • Xinduqiao

    Spectacular view of xinduqiao

Day 4: Yajiang - Litang - Daocheng (B)

Today is the journey to Daocheng Yading, the "Last Shangri-La on Earth"!

In the morning, start today’s drive from Yajiang to Daocheng Yading. En route, you will cross the Kazila Mountain (4718m) and reach Litang, the highest city in the world at 4014 meters above sea level.

Since Litang is the hometown of the 7th Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso, you can see many icons of cranes in this small town, like the streetlights and portraits are all shaped like cranes.

Passing through Litang, you’ll reach Haizi Mountain (4500m). Here is the largest site of the ancient glacier on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, consisting of 1145 lakes of various sizes, which seem like diamonds dropped by God on the plateau. You will marvel at the miraculous craftsmanship of nature.

Then, you will drive through Tibetan villages at Chitu River Valley and finally reach today’s destination - the Shangri-La Town in Daocheng County.

Stay overnight in Shangri-La Town (Daocheng County).

Overnight in Shangri-La Town
Breakfast
  • Litang grassland

    Litang grassland

  • Views of Haizishan Mountain

    Views of Haizishan Mountain

Day 5: Daocheng Yading Day Tour (B)

Today, you’ll be enchanted by the breathtaking beauty of Daocheng Yading!

After breakfast, hop on the sightseeing bus to Chonggu Temple, the heart of Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve. Here, you will get a close-up view of the Xiannairi Snow Mountain with an altitude of 6,032 meters, as well as the grasslands, forests, and streams beneath the snow-capped peaks. These natural scenery together with colorful prayer flags and Mani stones form a dream-like scene.

Then, you will board the sightseeing bus again to Luorong Cattle Farm. Or, you can choose to trek for three hours (optional) to reach the farm. Here, you will appreciate another two sacred mountains of Daocheng Yading - Xianuo Duoji Mountain (also known as Mt. Chenadorje) and Yangmaiyong Mountain.

Beyond the sacred peaks, discover two hidden forest lakes in Daocheng Yading: Milk Lake, named for its milk-white waters, and the Five-Color Lake. The latter displays a rich palette of dark blue, light blue, green, red, and white under the sunlight, resembling a magnificent gem.

After the tour, get back to your hotel in Shangri-La Town.

Stay overnight in Shangri-La Town.

Overnight in Shangri-La Town
Breakfast
  • chonggu temple

    Chonggu temple

  • daocheng county

    Daocheng is a good place for recharging yourself before heading towards Yading

Day 6: Daocheng - Litang - Batang (B)

Continue your journey today and bask in the beauty of Maoya Prairie in Litang.

In the morning, you will take a scenic drive from Daocheng Yading back to Litang. On the way back, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Haizi Mountain again.

Then, you’ll reach today’s destination - Batang, a plateau city at an altitude of 2,560 meters.

After arriving in Batang, you will head to 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 the tour, get back to your hotel in Batang.

Stay overnight in Batang.

Overnight in Batang
Breakfast
  • Batang County

    Stunning view of Batang County

  • The vast of Batang Maoya Prairie

    The vast of Batang Maoya Prairie

Day 7: Batang - Jinsha River Bridge - Markam - Dongda Mountain - Zogang (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 8: Zogang - Bangda - Nu River 72 Turns - Baxoi - Ranwu Lake (B)

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

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 "Nu 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: Nyingchi - Basum Tso Lake - Lhasa (B)

Today, you will complete the last leg of your trip to eastern Tibet, visit the beautiful Basongtso, and then 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 of more than ten days on the Sichuan-Tibet Highway is coming to an end. The holy city of Lhasa welcomes you!

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

Stay overnight in 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.

  • You will drive to Lhasa via the beautiful Lhasa Nyingchi highway.

    You will drive to Lhasa via the beautiful Lhasa Nyingchi highway.

Day 12: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B)

Today’s Highlight is a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, providing a glimpse into the daily beliefs and lives of the people of Lhasa.

After breakfast, your first stop is the Potala Palace, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Lhasa Old Town. Discover the lives and stories of the Dalai Lamas through history within the palace, and the extraordinary treasures it holds. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

After touring the Potala Palace, you will visit Longwangtan Park at the foot of the Potala Palace. Here, you can appreciate the majestic Potala Palace from a different perspective and engage in local Tibetan folk activities.

In the afternoon, you will head to the heart of Tibetan religion - the Jokhang Temple. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.

Next, follow your guide to one of the liveliest indoor Tibetan tea houses in Lhasa. Sip traditional Tibetan sweet tea alongside local Tibetans as your guide shares insights into Tibetan social dynamics and daily life.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa
Breakfast
  • Potala Palace is always the No.1 attraction for travelers visiting Tibet.

    Potala Palace is always the No.1 attraction for travelers visiting Tibet.

  • A Tibetan pilgrim is worshipping  Jokhang Temple

    A Tibetan pilgrim is worshipping Jokhang Temple

Day 13: Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse 360 km (B)

In the morning, start the overland journey from Lhasa to Shigatse, which includes visits to Tibet's most beautiful lake, glacier, and a charming Tibetan village.

First, drive over the Gampala pass (4900m) to catch a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m). The Yamdrok Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa.

Next, you will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside. It is the largest glacier in Tibet. As you see the ice tongue of the glacier climb the entire hillside, you will feel the magical power of nature.

Then, continue your journey to Gyantse. On the way, you will stop at Simila Mountain Pass, where you can hang prayer flags to pray for world peace and the health of your family.

After arriving in Gyantse, you can spend some time taking photos of the ancient city of Gyantse. From Gyantse to Shigatse, you will pass by green (in summer) and golden (in autumn) Tibetan barley fields and countless farms.

Finally, we arrive in Shigaste (3900m), the second largest city in Tibet. After checking in to the hotel, you can take a good rest and prepare for the next day’s trip to Mount Everest.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Overnight in Shigatse
Breakfast
  • Yamdrok Lake at Gampala Pass, where you can get a marvelous bird's-eye view of the lake.

    Yamdrok Lake at Gampala Pass, where you can get a marvelous bird's-eye view of the lake.

  • The Karola Glacier is so close that you will appreciate a spectacular view of the white glacier contrasted with blue sky.

    The Karola Glacier is so close that you will appreciate a spectacular view of the white glacier contrasted with blue sky.

Day 14: Shigatse to Lhasa via Nyemo (B)

Today's main attraction is a visit to Shigatse's largest monastery, the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Later, you'll return to Lhasa along the Yarlung Tsangpo River.

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. The grand and magnificent halls of the largest local monastery occupy the entire hillside. This is the spiritual home of the Tibetan people in Shigatse, housing the world's largest statue of Maitreya Buddha. Inside, you will see monks adorned with yellow hats and red robes, moving about the temple.

Then, you will return to Lhasa along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the mother river of the Tibetan people.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa
Breakfast
  • Tashilhunpo Monastery, the home of Panchan Lama

    Tashilhunpo Monastery, the home of Panchan Lama

  • Yarlung Tsangpo River in autumn

    Yarlung Tsangpo River in autumn

Day 15: Depart from Lhasa (B)

Today marks the end of your Tibet tour.

Please make sure to verify your departure flight/train details with our guide in advance. And your guide will take you to the airport or train station.

Thank you for choosing Tibet Vista, and we extend a warm welcome for your return to Tibet in the future.

Breakfast
  • Bid farewell to Lhasa, and may you have a safe and pleasant journey back home!

    Bid farewell to Lhasa, and may you have a safe and pleasant journey back home!

  • Your guide will escort you to Lhasa Railway Station if you depart Tibet by train.

    Your guide will escort you to Lhasa Railway Station if you depart Tibet by train.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2024

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From Tibet travel permits to local accommodations and transportation, we've got you covered. While train and flight tickets to Tibet are not included, we ensure seamless and 100% guaranteed booking for your convenience.

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Price Inclusions:

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

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);

Economic hotels. Upgrades are available for an additional fee. (Single room supplement required when not sharing the room);

Free shuttle between railway station / airport and the downtown hotel.

Service Charge & Government Taxes;

Arrangements including planning, handling, operational, and communication charges;

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:

China Visa (If you need visa assistance services, feel free to contact us for more details.);

International flight to and out of China;

Domestic flight/train to Chengdu and flight/train out of Lhasa (If you need us to book the domestic flight/train tickets, please contact us for the details.);

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 G318 Highway 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:

AttractionsAltitude
Chengdu 500m
Kangding 2560m
Zheduo Mountain 4962m
Xinduqiao 3460m
Litang 4014m
Haizi Mountain 4500m
Daocheng Yading 3764m
Batang 2500m
Mount Lawu 4358m
Mount Dongda 5086m
Zogang 3750m
Ranwu Lake 3850m
Bome 2720m
Sejila Mountain 4702m
Bayi (Nyingchi) 2994m
Lhasa 3658m
Yamdrok Lake 4441m
Shigatse 3850m

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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