Chengdu—Dartsedo(Kangding) 355km, 6 hours
You will begin your Himalayan journey, heading to Dartsedo, today commonly known as Kangding in Chinese; it is one of the main gates between Tibet and China, Dartsedo is also the centre for the tea trade between Tibet and China. Tibetan traders carry herbal medicines from the high Tibetan Plateau to sell in exchange for tea grown in China. We’ll spend the night in Dartsedo.
Dratsedo—Lhagang 135km, 2 hours
Today we’ll drive to Lhagang, which is a very traditional Tibetan village surrounded by grassy rolling hills and you will discover excellent short hillside hikes here. Here the hills and valley are filled with romantic legend and gods. Lhagang Monastery is one of most important pilgrimage sites in Tibet and is surrounded by a perimeter wall of prayer wheels with over 100 stupas of various sizes. Also you will have a chance to spend the night with local Tibetan family.
Lhagang---Drango(luhuo)—Karze 285km 4-5hours
Driving through the rolling grassland to the nomad county of Drango which is located at the riverside of Zhe-Chu and Nyi-chu. Afterward, we’ll continue to drive to the riverside town of Kardze, and visit the Kardze Monastery to explore it’s many temples as well as nearby Tongku Monastery with the oldest Tangkhas in Tibet. Stay the night in Kardze.
Yachen Gar being one of the many Nyingma Sect monstery in Tibet, today there are over 7.000 monks and one of the larger concentration of nuns and monks in the world. Stay overnight in Yachen Gar.
Yachen Gar—Pelyul Monastery
Now we’ll drive along the Yangtze, which is the longest river in Asia, and on the way visit the Katok Dorjeden Monastery. This monastery is the oldest surviving one of the Nyingmapa order and from the 11th century until today, the monastery is well known or its philosophical studies and meditation practices in all parts of East Tibet. Then we’ll continue driving to Pelyul and along the way enjoy dramatic views of the awesome gorge. Once there in Pelyul pay a visit to Pelyul Monastery. We’ll overnight in Pelyul.
Pelyul Monastery—Derge Town 120km 2-3hours
Derge Town was one of the three ancient Centres of Tibetan culture, this kingdom was an important industrial, religious and political center in Eastern Tibet. Derge is famous for its Three-storey printing house, built in 1729, where Kangyar, a collection of Buddhist scriptures and Tengyur, which are still printed from wooden blocks. There are more than 320.000 printing plates. It has the most comprehensive collection of printed scriptures Tibetan Buddhism.
Derge-- Yilhun Lhatso—Manigango 140km 2-3
Today we’ll cross one of the highest passes along this route called Tro-La (4875m), we’ll pay a visit to the sacred glacial lake of Yilhun Lhatso (4110m) on the way to Karze, this lake is one of the most beautiful in all of Tibet. Its shores are filled with carved Mani stones and green forest and Rocky Mountains surround the lake. Afterward, stay in Manigango.
Manigango—Dzogchen Monastery-Sershul (Shiqu)230km 4-5hours
Along the way to Sershul monastery, we’ll visit Dzogchen Monastery, Dzogchen is known as the major pilgrimage site in East Tibet and is one of the largest monasteries of the Nyngmapa school in Kham. It was home to more than 1000 monks and this site famous for its sacred meditation hermitages around the monastery. Afterward, we’ll drive to Sershul for the night.
Sershul—Jekyundo(Yushu) 150km 2-3hours
Today we’ll drive to Jekyundo, where there are very rich nomadic pastures and the border with the present day Sichuan-Qinghai province. We’ll visit the Sershul Monastery, which is an important monastery of the Gelukpa school and home to about 800 monks divided into six colleges. Afterwards,drive to Jekyundo.
Jyedundo; the town is the capital of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture for six counties. After the earthquake in Jyekundo, this lovely Tibetan style town changed into a modern city, In the morning we’ll pay a visit to Jyekundo Dondrubling Monastery, which used to be home to more than 1000 monks of the Sakyapa order, but today there are only about 150 monks. The location of the monastery is very attractive and once in the monastery you will enjoy excellent views of the whole town. Afterward, we’ll pay a visit to Gyanak Mani-the largest field of many stones in the whole of Tibet or in the world. You can follow the pilgrims to take the kora and wander around the enormous piles of carved stones and prayer flags. We’ll overnight in Jyekundo.
Fly back to Chengdu from Yushu
We will drive you to Batang Airport, say goodbye to our guide and driver. Here ends your pleasant journey in Kham Tibet Region.