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South Yunnan and Tibet Overland Tour


tour of Yunnan and Tibet Overland Tour (South)
Kunming / Lijiang / Shangri-La / Deqen / Markam / Zogang / Bamda
/ Baxoi / Rawok / Bowo Tongme / Nyingchi / Gongbo’gyamda / Lhasa

Tour code : TT-OTT01
Duration : 17 days
Seasonality :
Apr. May, Jun, Sept
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Day 01 Kunming
Arrive in Kunming, the Spring City of China. Located on the eastern edge of the Tibet Plateau, Kunming is blessed by wonderfully warm weather year round. Meet and transfer to the hotel
Day 02 Kunming (B, L, D)
Stone ForestToday’s full day excursion takes you to the awesome Stone Forest, one of the natural wonders of Kunming, and a typical Karstic Landscape. On the way, you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to a small, quaint, typical Chinese village. There, you will mingle with the local villagers, walk through their streets and see their homes. Continue the trip to the city and visit Minority Museum.

Day 03 Kunming / Lijiang (B, L, D)
Today you start your day by taking a domestic flight to Lijiang, a small town with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Check into the local best hotel upon arrival. After lunch, you will visit the Black Dragon Pond. Later, enjoy a visit to the Dongba Culture Exhibition Museum, which exhibits the Dongba Pictographic Characters and the Naxi Minority People’s mysterious culture, some of whom still use the matriarchal social system today. In the late afternoon, you will tour the ancient town of Dayan, recently named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.

Day 04 Lijiang (B, L, D)
Today’s whole day tour starts with a visit to Yufeng Si, a traditional Lamasery famous for its 1000-year-old Camellia Tree. Next you will tour the Basha Naxi Minority People’s village, with contains ancient Dongba wall paintings.

Day 05 Lijiang / Shangri-La (B, L, D)
Today you will continue your deluxe motor coach trip from Lijiang to Shigu Village, located at the first bend in the Yangtze River. There, you will explore the river's tremendous Tiger Leaping Gorge, then continue on to Shangri-La, located on the edge of the Tibetan plateau. In Shangri-La, you will check in at the local best hotel.

Day 06 Shangri-La (B, L, D)
Shangri-La is a well-known city, but it is not very well known under this name. However, you will recognize the name Shangri-La. The book Lost Horizon was based on stories of events that actually happened in this little town. You will have a chance to explore Shangri-La and the surrounding Tibetan cultural areas, including the large Songzanlin Monastery, and the quaint local Tibetan farms and villages. Your next stop is the alpine Green Pagoda Lake, located an amazing 12,000 feet above sea level.

Day 07 Shangri-La / Deqen (B, L, D)
After breakfast, travel to Deqing (200 KM, 5 hours) by car. En route, visit Naxi Tibetan Village to watch the workshop of pottery in the family, Yangtze Gorge, Dongzhulin Monastery and Baimang Snow Mountain. Overnight accommodation is at the local best hotel.

Day 08 Deqen / Yanjing (B, L, D)
Drive to Yanjing that literally means Salt Well. In ancient time, Caravan usually stops there to load the precious salt that was the important commodity of Tea & Horse Trail. Drive through the Valley of Lancang River (also called Mekong River) and enjoy the awesome scenery along the road. Upon arrival, visit the ancient Salt Field and Catholic Church. After dinner, enjoy a bathing at the local hot spring and relieve the tiredness of the trip.

Day 09 Yanjing / Markam / Zogang (B, L, D)
Go on northwards along the Lancang River valley, the upper reaches of the Mekong River. After coming across the Snow Mountains, you will arrive at Markam, a small city on the important Sichuan-Tibet-Highway. Enjoy the highland farming scenery along the way. Continue the trip to Zogang. Pay a visit to the local nomadic family and share the Yak butter tea with the local Tibetans. Overnight at the guest house (local best).

Day 10 Zogang / Bamda / Baxoi (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will drive along Yu-chu river valley and stop at Temto for a visit to a nice Tibetan Gelukpa monastery. The monks are extremely hospitable. By noon, you will arrive at Bamda, the junction of Northern and Southern Tibetan Highway. After a lunch break, continue the trip to Baxoi. On the way, you will cross the Thanlwin River at Ngulchu Bridge. Upon arrival, you will check into the local guesthouse.

Day 11 Baxoi / Rawok / Bowo (B, L, D)
Brahmaputra RiverDrive through alpine forests and pastures. At noon you will arrive at the beautiful Rawok Tso that is the origin of Yi’ong Zangbo (Brahmaputra River). The scenery is very stunning. After lunch by the lake, continue the trip to Bowo along Yi’ong River and finally reach Bowo. Overnight at the local best hotel.

Day 12 Bowo / Tongme / Nyingchi (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will drive to Nyingchi via Tongme. Tongme, a small jungle settlement is the convergence of Yi'ong Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) and Parlung Tsangpo rivers. Along this ride, you can see the snowcapped mountains, dense forests and subtropical jungles. In the evening, arrive at Nyingchi and check into the local best hotel.

Day 13 Nyingchi /Basong Tso / Gongbo’gyamda (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will drive to Basong Tso. Apart from the sheer beauty of the lake and its surrounding 6000m-plus peaks, the site is believed to be the place inhabited by two great Tibetan Buddhism Lamas. The highlight of the lake is the magical Tsodzong Monastery, a small Nyingmapa chapel sited on a superbly photogenic island just off the southern shore. The island is an organic fusion of dozens of types of flora and a sprinkle of holy sights. The friendly monks will help you to cross the lake and reach to the Monastery by a cable raft and show you around. Enjoy a picnic lunch there and continue the trip to Gongbo’gyamda. Overnight at the local best hotel.

Day 14 Gongbo’gyamda / Lhasa (B, L, D)
After breakfast, travel to the holy city of Lhasa, capital of the mystical Buddhist Kingdom of Tibet. Locked away in its mountain fortress of the Himalayas, Tibet has long had a unique hold on the imagination of the West. Upon arrival, check into the hotel.

Day 15 Lhasa (B, L, D)
We will start off our tour of Tibet with the 15th Century Drepung Monastery and the Norbulinka, formerly the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.

Day 16 Lhasa (B, L, D)
Jokhang TempleToday's sightseeing includes the overwhelming Potala Palace, home to the Dalai Lama, and the 1300 year-old Jokhang Temple, Tibet's holiest temple. Finally we will have time to browse and shop in a fascinating market.

Day 17 Lhasa (B)
Transfer to the airport and depart. Service ends.

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