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Overland to Tibet     Tour Code:TIB001 

The ancient Tea Horse Road was once the primary route for goods traveling from China to Tibet and India. Today, the road remains as a unique natural and cultural opportunity. The Tea Horse Expedition follows the famed road from Yunnan to Lhasa, stopping in some of the most untouched and organically beautiful areas of the region. Observe remarkable cultures in their local environments, and savor the spectacular scenery all around you. Beginning in Lijiang, learn about the variety cultures that inhabit the region, before embarking on the rest of your journey. Drive to Weixi, stopping at the spectacular Cizhong Church along the Upper Mekong River and spend the night in the culturally diverse village. Continue your drive along the Yangtze, Mekong and Salween rivers, stopping in Deqen, Yerkalo, and Zugong. Traverse majestic mountain passes and descend into spectacular valleys as you continue down the road towards your triumphant arrival in Lhasa. Enjoy a few days exploring the historic city at your leisure before heading onward. Don¨t pass up this opportunity to recreate the sacred pilgrimage of the Tibetan people.

We will stop at Merishui village and help the local Tibetans to repair their mountain trails and bridges. The trails and the bridges are used by Buddhism pilgrims to circumambulating the holy Mountain KawaKarpo. Trails and bridges are often washed out by summer flood and that causes big problems to both the pilgrims and local residents. This project is funded by ActiveChina and the local tour operators.

Day 1  Lijiang
Arrive in Lijiang, met and taken to your hotel in the old town.

Day 2  Lijiang to Weixi
Drive to Stone Drum Town and visit this historical town of the Red Army.

Day 3  Weixi to Cizhong
Drive long upper Mekong and reach the Catholic Church at Cizhong.

Day 4  Cizhong to Deqen to Mingyong
Continue to Deqin, first view of mighty Kawakarpo Mountain. Drive to Mingyong.

Day 5  Mt. Kawakarpo
We will have a short hike to visit Glacier of Mingyon, afternoon to Yerkalo.

Day 6  Yerkalo
Hike to the salt fields and visit Gandan Monastery . Hotel Hot springs

Day 7  Yerkalo to Markham to Zogang
Drive cross Salween River and over Tongdala Pass. We will reach Zogong.

Day 8  Zogang to Rawu lake
We will have a short hike around Ranwu Lake.

Day 9  Rawu to Lunang
Continue to Lunang, on the foot of Sechela Mouantin.

Day 10  Lunang to Serkhym la pass
We will visit the monastery of Yundruling and go to Bayi.

Day 11 Bayi
We will visit the temple of Bon Faith, Lamaling. Visite the  monastery of Bon faith at Tsosum gompa . We will stay at Kongpo Gyamda.

Day 12  Kongpo Gyamda to Lhasa
We will make a visit to  Monastery of Ganden (a small khora around the maonastery). Finally we reach Lhasa after 13 days of long journey.

Days 13-14   Lhasa
Visit Potala Palace, Sera, Drepung and Jokhang.

Day 15   Lhasa onward

Trip finishes after breakfast.

--Most meals

--All entry fees and sightseeing

--All overnights in hotels and guesthouses with double occupancy

--Private Transfers

--English Speaking guides

--Tibet Travel Permit


--All services not mentioned and all items of a personal nature

--Tipping or gratuities to guides and drivers

--Mandatory international travel insurance

--Excursions other than those specified in trips

--Extra cost if  tour is delayed or changed due to reasons beyond control


        Overland to Tibet
A Journey through the Great River Trenches of Asia

GROUP SIZE : 2 - 12
START/FINISH: Lijiang/Lhasa
DURATION: 15 days, touring and walking
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotels, guesthouses, camping
HIGHLIGHTS: Lijaing world heritage old city, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Haba moutain, Shangri_la, Sumzanlin Monastery, Yangtze Valley, Mekong and Salween Valley, Lhasa, Potala Palace
EXTENSION TRIPS: Beijing Extension
Chengdu Extension

Map of this Trip

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