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16 Days Overland Tour To Tibet From YunNan

Item No.: 4WD001
Attractions: Ehai Lake; Lijiang Old Town; Tiger Leaping Gorge; Sonzamlin Monastery; Meili Snow Mountain; Yanjing Salt Fielt; Basong
Lake; Potala Palace
Description At a Glance Full Itinerary Photos of the tour Trip Notes
Yunnan-Tibet Highway has a total length of 1930 km. The tour starts from Lijiang and ends in Lhasa and you can travel to Tibet by this highway after visiting Yunnan. You will go through the wild, mountainous and remote areas, enjoy the stunning scenery of great canyons, lakes, snow-capped mountains, monasteries, hot spring, immense forest and witness the Kham Tibetans who are absolutely isolated in the mountain area and keep its original culture and customs. 
Day 01: Arrive in Kunming City.
Day 02: Kunming - Dali
Day 03: Dali - Lijiang
Day 04: Lijiang 
Day 05: Lijiang - Shangri_La
Day 06: Shangri_La
Day 07: Shangri_La - DeQin
Day 08: DeQin - YanJIng - ZhuKa
Day 09: Zhuka - Zuogong - Basu
Day 10: Basu - Ranwu
Day 11: Ranwu - Bomi
Day 12: Bomi - Bayi - Basong Lake
Day 13: Basong Lake - Lhasa
Day 14: Lhasa
Day 15: Lhasa
Day 16: Lhasa departure
Day 1  Arrive in Kunming City
We'll begin your journey to the diverse and captivating province of Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming. Upon arrival at the Kunming International Airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel.

You will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. If time permits, you will have a Kunming city tour. Enjoy welcoming dinner of Yunnan Flavouring food with crossing Bridge Rice Noodle and Steam Pot Chicken/Qiguoji.
-- Kunming is the capital of southwest China's Yunnan province, a primarily agricultural province of 45 million. Kunming has a population of five million and is located in one of the world's most geographically, ethnically, biologically and linguistically diverse regions. Situated at 1,900 meters (6,233ft) above sea level and 25° north of the Equator it has a rather unique and pleasant climate for a Chinese city.
Day 2  Kunming - Dali

We 'll drive about 4 hours to Dali, visit Dali Ancient Town, Dali Ancient City Wall, Foreigner Street, Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery

Day 3  Dali - Lijiang
Erhai Lake Cruise,Xizhou Ancient Town, Xizhou Morning Market,Zhoucheng Village and the Tie-dye Workshop, Lijiang Ancient Town
Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery in Dali.
Day 4  LIjiang
Black Dragon Pool, Dongba Culture Museum, Yuhu Village and Rock’s Exhibition,Lion Hill and Wangu Tower
Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang City
Day 5 LIjiang - Shangri_La

Set off from Lijiang, and drive about 60KM to the First Bend on the Yangtze River with imposing gorge scenery, and the Iron Chain Bridge in the Stone Drum town. The town of Stone Drum got its name from a large, cylindrical, marble tablet shaped like a drum. The scenery is magnificent as the road runs through the Lijiang valley, which is filled with wheat fields and dry haystacks.

Continue driving 40KM more to visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. With 34 rapids of the Yangtze River, it is called the Jinsha in this area because you can find gold in the river.

In the afternoon, head for Shangri La, the former Zhongdian. Upon arrival in Shangri La, you will enter the Tibetan cultural area and a landscape of barley fields and yaks scatter in the valleys.
Day 6  Shangri_La 

In the morning, visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. And afterwards you'll go and visit the tranquil Bita Lake & Shudu Lake. Having finished touring the Bita Lake & Shudu Lake, you would visit the Old Town of Shangri La and the Guishan Park.

At night, you can have dinner in Tibetan family and enjoy butter tea and other tasty Tibetan food.
Day 7  Shangri_La - Deqin 

In the morning, drive 6 to 7 hours to Deqin County (3400m altitude), which is 187km away from Zhongdian through Baimang Snow Mountain Nature Reserve. You will be able to view Baimang Snow Mountain if the weather is clear, and pass the highest place (at an altitude of 4292m) of today's itinerary.

After traversing mountain ranges, you will make a short stop to have lunch at Benzilan town, and take some shots on the first bend of Jinsha(Yangtze) River, Dongzhulin monastery and Baima (white horse) Snow Mountain. The view along the way is fantastic with different kinds of trees, streams down the valley, prayer flags and Stupas, and Tibetan villages.
Day 8 Deqin - Yanjing - Zhuka

Try to get up early in the morning and drive 10km to Feilai Monastery to view the magic sunrise of Meili Snow Mountain.  You will be lucky enough to see the golden snow-capped Kawagebo peak (6,740m, the Peak of Mt. Meili) if the weather is clear. Then you will travel along the north of Mekong River valley into Tibet. Once into Tibet, your first stop will be in the town of Yanjing, which was once the main source of salt for half of the Kham Tibetan area, which is ranged from northwestern Sichuan down into Yunnan. Visit the salt fields, followed by a stop at the hot springs, where each of us could pick your own natural hot bath for overlooking the Mekong
Day 9  Zhuka - Basu

Cross two high passes, and one at around 3,900 m (12,795 ft), the other at 5,008 m (16,430 ft). Drive past local Tibetan houses scatter round the feet of snow-capped peaks. The hospitable Tibetan girls would make you realize that you are one of the first foreign visitors to this isolated region.
Day 10   Basu - LaiGu - Ranwu
Drive along the deep valleys of the Nu River (the Salween River), which is a long and tough journey, but your destination, the Ranwu Lake, is another Shangri-la, and tourists may stay in the tent beside the Lake.
 Day 11  Ranwu - Bomi Get up early and enjoy the beauty of Ranwu Lake by yourselves. After lunch, we will drive out of Ranwu Town. There are thick trees, stream water, swirled gledes, snow mountain, lakes and small villages along the road, which make the scene splendd. In the evening, drive back to Bomi.
Day 12  Bomi -Ningchi - Basong Lake

Head for the conjunction of Niyang River and Yarlung Tsangpu River and get to Pai Town of the Yarlung Tsangpu River. We have arranged specially the trekking to the best touring sites in Mt. Nanjiabawa Daduka. If the weather is clear, you will have a chance to view the Mt. Nanjiabawa.

From the Zhamu town of Bomi County, we will head for the last natural barrier Maitong through the aboriginal forest. On the way to Pailong, there is floodwater and soil collapse which break off the road, and the famous 102 coast is there. After Pailong, the road state turns good, and we will pass through the thick Milang, which is another good place for overlooking the Nanjiabawa. Up to Mt. Selaji, we get to Bayi town (2400m) which is far from 19km to visit the Cypress Forest in Bayi town.
Day 13  Basong Lake - Lhasa
From the Bayi town, tourists can enjoy the beautiful Niyang river along the way. After passing through the Gongbujiangda, we head forward to the holy lake of Darksumtso(3500m high,27 sq.km.). Then drive back to the main stem of Sichuan-Tibet road, and get to Lhatse. After getting west towards Lhastse, you can have a distant view of Potala Palace
Day 14  Lhasa

Potala Palace is the land mark of Lhasa and is recently considered one of the seven wonders of the world. In November 2000, the UNESCO put the Potala Palace architecture group into the world heritage list.

In the afternoon, visit Johkang temple, built during songtsen Gonpo's reign by  wencheng of tang dynasty. The most interesting thing in Jokhang is the sacred goat head in the Jampa chapel which is believed to be 'self-arisen' i.e. not manmade. Then explore the famous Barkhor street, and enjoy the busiest street in whole Tibet
Day 15  Lhasa

Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once the home to 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous as it was the government centre and later moved to the famous Potala palace during fifth dalai lama. You can also visit the Nechung monastery, located 1km southeast of Drepung. It is the abode of the protector deity Pehar and the seat of the state Oracle of Tibet.

In the afternoon, explore the Sera monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most dramatic scene is Monks debating held in the courtyard at around 6-7:30 in the afternoon.
Day 16 Lhasa departure to your next destination

A private car will take you to the airport for your flight to next destination.

If you prefer to stay longer in Tibet, you can extend your trip to other parts of Tibet like Shigtse, Tsedang, and Everest Base Camp etc.



1. Tibet Permits 

There are several permits required to visit Tibet. Tibet Entry Permit, issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, is the most important one which has to be obtained before your trip because you must have it to take your flight/train to Tibet. To get the permit, you have to book a Tibet tour with us, and send us your passport and Chinese visa about 20 days in advance, and then let us apply for the permit (all Tibet permits can only be applied by travel agency). If you travel to other prefectures like Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan, etc, you also have to obtain an Alien Travel Permit. If you travel to Mount Everest, you have to obtain a Border Permit. (Tibet Discovery, with office in Lhasa, has always kept up with the latest news on Tibet Permits. Traveling with us, all your permits are guaranteed as long as you are qualified to the requirements.)
2. Available Months to Visit Tibet 
Generally speaking, months from May to October are recommended. Other months are usually very cold, and possible have heavy snow, especially in regions like Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Namtso Lake, etc.
3. High Altitude Sickness 
The average altitude of Tibe
t is about 4000 meters above the sea level (Lhasa: 3700m; EBC: 5200m; Namtso: 4718m). You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival at Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay.
4. How to Go to Tibet 
In this tour, you will take a flight to Lhasa from Shangri-La. Currently, there is only one flight available and it takes about 2 hours to get to Lhasa Gongga Airport. Because of the short supply, so you'd better book it as early as possible. (Other popular gateway cities are Chengdu, Beijing, Chongqing, Xian, Kunming, Shanghai, Xining)
5. Packing and Wearing Ideas 
Firstly you can’t forget your passport and Chinese Visa. A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring the necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended.
As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring and Autumn. A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is necessary.
Other Info:
When spring approaches, most p