Overland Tibetan area of Western Sichuan Crossing Khamba 8 days tour
chengdu - Danba- Luhuo-Dege-chengdu
Day 01 Arrival in Chengdu
Arrival in Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan province, the home town of Panda. Picked up by the local guide at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02 Chengdu – Yaan
In the morning drive along Chengdu-Yaan Express Way to Yaan, the famous Rainy City. On the way enjoy the rural scenery in western Sichuan Plain. Visit of Shangli ancient town and the Pandas in Bifengxia near Yaan. 1N at 4*Beite Moon and Star Hotel
Day03 Yaan – Danba
Drive to Danba (1900 m). On the way visit of the Dengchigou Catholic Church in the Baoxing Panda Reserve. It is the place where the French preacher and biologist David discovered the giant pandas and introduced them overseas in 1869 and thus it has become an important humanistic spot as well. Drive over the Jiajin Shan Mountain to Danba. The local people are called Jiarong (Gyarong) Tibetans. Danba is claimed to be the Kingdom of Thousands of Ancient Blockhouses. Visit of the ancient block towers in village Suopo. Afterwards visit of Jiaju village. More than one hundred buildings keep the same architectural style with a complete and unique character of Jiarong Tibetan residences. Under the blue sky, the Tibetan residences decorated in red, white and black are strewed at random but also in order from the bottom to the middle slope of the valley.
Day 04 Danba – Bamei – Dawu – Luhuo
In the morning to visit the Tibetan village, overlooking the Yala mountains and Tagong temple.Drive via Bamei and Dawu (2950 m) to Luhuo (3150 m). In Luhuo visit of the Trango Monastery (Shouling Si).
Day 05 Luhuo – Kasa Lake – Garze
Drive to Garze, the real cultural and religious center for the Tibetans living in Sichuan. In Tibetan "Garze" means "white and beauty". It was named after the famous temple in the county. On the way have a rest by the Kasa Lake. Upon arrival, visit of Garze monastery of yellow sect (Gelug). The temple was built in 1552.
Day 06 Garze – Yilhun Lhatso lake – Dege
In the morning pass by Manigango to visit Xinlu Hai Lake (Yilhun Lhatso), located at the foot of Chola Mountain (Que’er Shan). It is 4040 meters above over sea level, with an average depth of 10 meters and a maximum depth of 15 meters. There are plateau spruces, firs, Chinese weeping cypresses, azalea trees and meadows around the lake. It is also a preserve for wild animals like white-lipped deer. Short walking by the lake Yilhun Lhatso. Then we drive over the Chola Pass (5,050 m) to Dege. In the afternoon we visit the Dege Printing House which has always been well reputed as the “Cultural Treasury at the Foot of the Snow Mountain.” It is the biggest printing house in Tibetan area.
Day 07 Dege –Kangding
In the morning visit dege scripture printing monastry.Drive to kangding.Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.overnight in kangding.
Day 08 kangding - chengdu
Back to chengdu,Upon arrival in Chengdu, transfer to the hotel. end the tour.