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Qamdo Travel Guide

Owning the ancient history and vantage geographical position, Chamdo has always been the center of politics, economy, culture and transportation in eastern Tibet Kham Region, famous for its unique and fascinating Khampa culture. So Tibetan people living here are referred to as Khampa. Most of them believe in Tibetan Buddhism so there are many ancient monasteries, murals and sculptures that have been left in the name of Tibetan Buddhism. Chambaling Monastery is the largest temple in Chamdo. Splendid sacred mountains and holy lakes are also scattered throughout the region.

Chamdo is also known for the ancient Tea-Horse Road (South Silk Road). Most trade caravans departed from Yunnan and Sichuan and then passed through Chamdo to Lhasa. Even today, you can also trace back to the glorious past while traveling overland to Tibet from Chengdu via Sichuan Tibet Highway G318&G317 and Lijiang via Yunnan Tibet Highway G214. Sounds fantastic? Please kindly follow our ultimate Chamdo travel guide and work out a wonderful eastern Tibet Kham Chamdo tour with our Tibet travel guru.

Basic Facts:

Chinese Name: 昌都 Chāng Dū

Location: 1,114km away from Lhasa; third largest city in eastern Tibet, West China

Altitude: 3,240 m (10,630 ft)

Area: 110,154 square kilometers

Administrative Division: 1 district, 10 counties

Highlights of Chamdo Tour: Galden Jampaling Monastery, Rawok Lake, Riwoqe Monastery, Lhegu Glacier, Wara Monastery, Kamaduo Stupas

Best Time to Visit Chamdo: May, June and September for the stable weather, better road condition and the landscape reaches its best.

Dining & Accommodation in Chamdo: Here you can taste some traditional Tibetan food and spicy Sichan cuisine. Luxury hotels are not available, but economic hotels and hostels are good enough to meet your needs.

How to Get to Chamdo: You can either take flights from Lhasa, Chengdu, Chongqing to Qamdo Bamda Airport or travel overland to Chamdo via Sichuan Tibet Highway G318&G317 or Yunnan Tibet Highway G214.

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Ultimate Chamdo Travel Guide

To make sure you can enjoy the best Chamdo travel experience available, we kindly prepare the latest and most easy-to-use Chamdo travel and tour guides below for you. From Qamdo weather and temperature to Chamdo food and restaurant, from Qamdo Bamda Airport and travel maps to Chamdo tourist attractions and tour planing, etc., you can follow the insider’s tip and won’t miss a single moment when visiting Chamdo, the major hub of Ancient Tea Horse Roads to Tibet.

Recommended Chamdo Kham Tour Itineraries

Either enter Chamdo from the east province like Sichuan and Yunnan or travelling west to Chamdo from Lhasa, Tibet capital city, you can always enjoy the stunning scenery en route, including Bangda Grasssland, Ranwu Lake, Lulang Forest, Galden Jampaling Monastery, etc. Check the top 4 highly recommended eastern Tibet Kham Chamdo tours that start from Lhasa, Chengdu and Lijiang.

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