Yunnan Caravan trip to Lhasa
by Day itinerary:
|Day 1-2||Arrive Gyalthang (Shangrila) to Lhasa by flight. Pickup at airport and then two leisurely days of acclimitisation and exploration.|
The drive to Deqen is simply the best way to view the great variety of landscape in the Great Rivers region. Decsending to the Yangtze Basin,you will stop at Benzilan for lunch, after which you will continue ascending the scenic mountain and visit the Ganden Dongzhulin Monastery. The highest pass of Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve, at 4200 meters (13,775 ft), could stand as an altitude test for those visiting the Himalayan mountains for the first time.
Departing Deqen early in the morning, travel north along the Mekong River valley into Tibet. Along the way, you may be able to see the sunrise above Mt. Meilixue (6,740 m/22,113 ft), the highest peak in Yunnan, which straddles the border of Yunnan and Tibet. Your first stop will be in Yanjing, which was once the main source of salt for half of the Kham Tibetan area, which ranged from northwestern Sichuan down into Yunnan. You：ll visit the salt fields, followed by a stop at the hot springs, where you can pick your own natural hot bath overlooking the Mekong. Certainly the best way to relax your body for the adventure ahead!
Today you will cross two high passes, one at around 3,900m (12,795 ft), and the other, Mt. Dongdala, at 5,008m (16,430 ft). Driving past local Tibetan houses you will soon realize that the local people here have had very little contact with Western tourists. On the way, you cross the Mekong River and ascend the Dongdala pass before arriving at Zugong, which is located at 3,780m (12,475 ft), overlooking the Yu Chu River. Overnight at a guesthouse or in a tent.
The drive to Ranwu is through alpine forest landscapes. You cross the Salween River on the way, before arriving at Ranwu, which is located on the shore of the blue Ngom Tso (lake), dramatically girded by snow peaks. After ascending the Anjula pass, the road will lead you to your destination. This is a tough journey, but the Ranwu Lake is another place that will cause you to fall in love with Tibet. Overnight at a guesthouse or tent.
Drive to Bomi and visit Tongmai, where some of the best Tibetan tea is made. You also visit a local tea factory and experience the comfortable,hospitable feeling of this area. Overnight in a guesthouse or tent.
Wake up to the birds' singing, and have an unobstructed view of the majestic Nan Jiabawa peak. After a long 9-hour drive, you arrive in Bayi, the capital town of Linzhi Prefecture. Overnight in a guesthouse or tent. Day 9 Bayi/Basong Lake The crystal clear water of the Basong Lake will seem like an oasis to you. This is another place you will be reluctant to leave. Some short
hikes or a self-pay boat trip can be arranged. Overnight in a local guesthouse or tent.
Leave the lake after breakfast and arrive at Gongbujiangda in time for lunch. The afternoon will be left open for you to take a gentle walk or explore the nearby glacier.
After the long challenging overland trip you will understand why Tibetans regard the journey to Lhasa as one of the most sacred of
pilgrimages. Some of them even sacrifice their lives on this pilgrim trip. Overnight in a local hotel.
|Day 11 - 12 - 13 Lhasa||
In two days of exploration, you will visit the monasteries of Lhasa,such as the Jokhang, which was originally built in the 7th century and
is known for its large gold image of Sakyamuni Buddha. It is the principal Buddhist monastery in Lhasa. Sera Monastery was founded in
1419 and is a monastery of the Gelugpa Sect. Its many white buildings,which sit at the base of a rocky hill, have roofs graced with gilded,
bell-shaped gyamtschens. The Drepung was once home to 8,000 monks who
were taught in the traditions of Vajrayana, Mahayana and Sutrayana, the
three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism. We will also visit the lively Barkor
bazaar in Lhasa, a colorful congregating place for Tibetan merchants and pilgrims. The 13-story Potala Palace, reputed to contain 1,000 rooms, is one of the world's most remarkable buildings. The palace, which covers the mountain it sits upon, contains hundreds upon hundreds of magnificent Thangkas, frescoes and images built in an era when religious art was created anonymously as a means of gaining merit for future lives. Overnights will be at a local hotel.
Drive to Gonggar Airport and then fly out.