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Kunming; city of everlasting spring is Kunming, renowned as ‘’City of Everlasting spring'' the capital of Yunnan province is well known for its dissimilar cultures, incredible natural landscape and enjoyable atmosphere. Weather and climate is indeed tender with flourishing flowers and lush vegetation annually. With an artifact story of more than 2,400 years, Kunming was the first step to the popular Southern Skill Road or Tea and Horse convoy road that smooth the progress of trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Burma and India. Likewise the capital of Yunnan province which is home of the 25 ethnic minorities that is also endowed with marvelous traditional folk culture.
It has many places valuable places like the Green Lake, the old city wall, Gyethang, Dechen where Yunnan and Tibet meet to Tsakhalo.Similarly, Markham roads to Sichuan and the stone forest, an amazing landscape of towering needle such as limestone rocks. Besides that, we can travel towards Dali, the cradle of the Chinese and Tibetan cultures to Lijiang, and Central Tibet diverge and Drayad. When, we arrive in Chamdo, we take moves towards northern route up to Nagchu and Lhasa either via Basum Tso Lake to Lhasa.
|Day 01||Arrival at Kathmandu Airport 1310m, Welcome By Himalayan Magic Treks member, Than direct transfer to Hotel on bed & breakfast Plan.|
|Day 02||Arrive in Kunming, which is known as Spring City, meet at airport and transfer to your hotel. If have time, you could tour Yunnan Ethnic Village Park and Yunnan Minorities Museum.|
|Day 03||Take a morning flight to Lijiang. The old town has a history of almost a thousand years. Visit Shuhe Ancient Town and Black Dragon Pond Park, Then back to Lijiang, have free time in Lijiang Ancient Town.|
|Day 04||Morning drive to Shangri-la. On the way, Visit Tiger-Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest canyons of world, and First Bend of Yangtze River, when the river reaches Shigu Township of Lijiang County, it makes an abrupt turn and flows northward; forming a great V-shaped bend reputed as First Great Bend of Yangtze River. We will visit Songzanlin Monastery, a 300-year-old Tibetan Monastery built by the fifth Dalai Lama. Old Town and highland market.|
|Day 05||Zhongdian to Deqin via the Ganden Dongzhulin Monastery. The drive to Deqin is simply the best way to view the great variety of landscape in the Great Rivers region. Descending to the Yangtze Basin, we stop at Benzilan for lunch, after which we will continue ascending the scenic mountain range of Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve. The highest pass, at 4,296 m, (14,090 ft), would stand as an altitude test for those visiting the Himalayan Mountains for the first time. You need not worry. You will soon be relieved to find yourself arriving at Deqin, the gateway town to Tibet. |
|Day 06||Deqin to Tibet via Yanjing. Departing Deqin, we travel along the north of Mekong River valley into Tibet. Along the way, we may be able to see the peaks of Kawagebo mountain range on a good day. Mt. Meili (6,740 m).which straddles the border of Yunnan and Tibet, is the highest peak in the province. Once into Tibet, our 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 ranged from northwestern Sichuan down into Yunnan. We will visit to the salt fields, followed by a stop at the hot springs, where each of us could pick our own natural hot bath overlooking the Mekong. Certainly the best way to relax our body for the adventure ahead Yanjing.|
|Day 07||Yanjing to Zuogong. We cross two high passes in this section of the drive, one at around 3,900 m. the other at 5,008 m.Driving past local Tibetan houses scattered round the feet of snow-capped peaks, the expressions on innocent Tibetan girls would make you realize that you are one of the first foreign visitors to this isolated region. Zuogong . |
|Day 08||Zugong to Basu. We will drive along the deep valleys of the Nu River (the Salween River), which is a long and tough journey. |
|Day 09||Basu to Bomi（Tramog）via Ranwu lake, the lake is a spectacularly crystal blue lake cupped by snow peaks. We will wander along the Poto-chu Valley at Tramog (2,743 m/8999 ft), located deep in the thickly forested gorge of Parlung Tsangpo with glacial waterfalls streaming from the mountainsides. We will go down several hundred meters in altitude as we reach the lowland jungle settlement of Tang-me where the Tsangpo and Parlung Tsangpo rivers meet. |
|Day 10||Tang-me (Bomi) to Bayi. Waking up to the birds' singing, you will have an unobstructed view of the majestic Nam Jiabawa peak. After a long 9 hours drive, we will arrive in Bayi, the largest Tibetan town we will have reached at this point. |
|Day 10||Bayi to Basong Lake. The crystal clear water of the Basong Lake will seem like an oasis to you - another place you would be reluctant to leave. Basong Lake. |
|Day 11||Basong Lake to Lhasa. Leaving the lake after breakfast, we 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 9-day-long challenging overland trip, you will understand why Tibetans regard the journey to Lhasa as one of the most sacred of pilgrimages. |
|Day 12/ Day 13||We will have 2 full days in Lhasa to make excursions to the following places:|
The Jokhang Temple - The Jokhang, originally built in the 7th century and known for its large gold image of Sakyamuni Buddha, is the principal Buddhist temple in Lhasa, if not the whole of Tibet.
The Norbulingka Palace - A richly decorated complex located in a beautiful garden setting, it has been the traditional summer palace of the Dalai Lamas. This is the very place from which the Dalai Lama fled to exile in 1959.
Sera and Drepung Monasteries - The Sera, founded in 1419, is a monastery of the Gelugpa order. 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.
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. On the evening of the 17th, we will drive to Shigatse, Tibet's second largest city.
|Day 14||After a relaxed breakfast in your hotel, transfer to the airport for Kathmandu or Next Destination.|
|Day 15||Departure from Kathmandu to your onward destination.|