9 Day Kham Overland Group Tour
Kham is the home of snow mountains, virgin forests, verdant grasslands, large spiritual monasteries, and many beautiful Tibetans.
The nine days tour allows visiting remote monasteries and fields of blooming flowers along the shores of turquoise lakes. Travel to a distant Khampa town where an enormous pile of stone carvings featuring Buddhist prayers draws pilgrims from all over the plateau. Barter with nomads in the local market, enjoy watching the traditional scripture printing at the Derge Printing center and taste traditional food in the fortress-like homes of the Gyarong tribe.
Highlights of the tour
- Chazamka, the first bridge in Tibet.
- Yarchen Gar, the second largest monastery in Tibet.
- The largest printing house in Tibet.
- Authentic Tibetan villages and in-depth culture.
- Snow Mountain & Mountain meditation caves.
- The Trola-pa is over 5050 meters.
- Holy Snow Mountain and Holy Lakes.
- Ancient Monasteries, virgin forests, snow-capped mountains.
- The 9-day trip begins in Chengdu, China, and ends in Chengdu, China.
- Eight nights in hotels and guesthouses.
- The highest pass is over 5050 meters.
- Day hike from Zhonglu to Suopo village in Danba.
Tour Type: 9-Days Group Tour
Group Size: Min 4 People / Max 10 People
Tour Duration: 9 Days
Price: 1,800 USD
- All the ground transportation fees in Kham
- Personal comfortable, clean and safe transportation
- Tour Driver with minivan or minibus according to group size
- Knowledgeable Tibetan English-speaking guide
- All accommodation (based on double occupancy)
- All the meal (Breakfast, lunch and dinner, drink included: tea or mineral water)
- Entrance tickets for sites included in the program
- Tibetan driver and driver's and guide’s food & accommodation
- All the road tolls and fuel costs
- Administrative fee
- Passport and Chinese Visa fees
- International and domestic airfare/train ticket
- Insurance (travel, medical, etc)
- Single room supplement
- Tips for the Tibetan guide and the driver
- Personal expenses
Day 1: Chengdu Hotel—Dartsedo (Kangding) 365km / 6-7HRS.
Our Tibetan guide and driver will meet your group at Chengdu hotel in the early morning, begin your Kham Tibetan Plateau journey, heading to Dartsedo, today commonly known as Kangding in Chinese; it is one of the main gates between Tibetans and Chinese, Dartsedo is also the center for the tea trade between Tibet and China. Tibetan traders carry herbal medicines from the high Tibetan Plateau to sell in exchange for tea grown in China. We’ll spend the night in Dartsedo.
Overnight at Dartsedo Kangding
Day 2: Dratsedo—Lhagang(Tagong) 110km / 2 HRS
Lhagang (Tagong in Chinese) is a small town in the Tibetan prefecture of Garze. Its altitude is at 3700m. Which is a very traditional Tibetan village surrounded by grassy rolling hills. You will discover excellent short hillside hikes here. Here the hills and valley are filled with romantic legend and gods. Lhagang Monastery is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Tibet surrounded by a perimeter wall of prayer wheels with over 100 stupas of various sizes. It is known for scenic grasslands and local Tibetan Buddhist culture. The option is half day horse riding from the Lhagang town to Gyargo Nunnery. Usually takes 3 or 4 hours horse riding to the nunnery.
Overnight at the Nunnery
Day 3: Lhagang - Drakgo - Garze 270 / 5 HRS
In the early morning, drive to Garze county via spectacular views of the mountain passes and provides a great view of mountains peak and rivers, forests and grasslands. Yaks and sheep can be seen along the way. Garze is a small trading town where Tibetan people from surrounding areas such as Dege, Nyarong, Pelyul, and Amdo come to buy goods. Visit Garze Monastery, which was originally built in 1642. It’s also worth to take a walk into the Tibetan street.
Overnight at Ganzi
Day 4: Ganze--Yarchen Gar Monastery 140 km / 2-3 HRS
We will drive to Yarchen Gar, Yarchen Monastery is in the Tibetan Region of Kham. It is reported to have 10 000 monks and nuns, making it possibly the second largest monastery in the world. Labrang Gar is even larger but is considered a monastic encampment rather than a monastery. Most of the inhabitants are nuns. Many monks and nuns came to Yarchen Gar when Labrang Gar was partly demolished in 2001. Meet the monks and nuns from in the monastery.
Overnight at Yarchen Gar
Day 5: Yachen Gar--Palyu--Derge 240km / 4 HRS
We will drive to Derge via Palyu via visiting Palyu monastery on the way to Derge. Palyu monastery was once the largest Nyinmapa monasteries in Derge.
We’ll visit Derge Gonchen Monastery and Derge Parkhang Pringting Monastery, which is a Tibetan ancient spiritual scriptures printing center. There are more than 320.000 printing plates inside. It has the most comprehensive collection of printed scriptures Tibetan Buddhism.
Overnight at Derge
Day 6: Dege----Tro-la(4875m)--Yilhun Lake--Garze County 245km / 6 HRS
Today we’ll cross one of the highest passes along this route called Tro-La (4875m). Afterward, we’ll pay a visit to the sacred glacial lake of Yilhun Lhatso (4110m); 13 Km West from town Near the road that goes to Garze county. A clear and glacial Lake.afterwards, continue driving to Garze for the night.
Overnight at Garze
Day 7: Garze--Danba-Zhonglu Village 357km / 6-7 HRS
We will drive to Danba county. Famous for its stone houses and traditional Tibet watchtowers. Once in Danba, people visit the watchtowers that are scattered about the county. With unique architectural features, the watchtowers in Danba are more outstanding than the ones in other areas of Tibet, The watchtowers in Danba vary in height from 16 to 35 meters. They stand in knots on hillsides or alone on the tops of undulating hills. It’s worth to hike in the Zhonglu Village.
Overnight at Zhonglu Village
Day 8: Day 6: Zhonglu Village hike to Suopo Watchtowers
Today you set out for a relaxing hike on the surrounding slopes that offer beautiful views of the valley below with its terraced farms that the Tibetans have been cultivating for hundreds of years. Again you may make this a light or challenging hike depending on your preference on this day. This area is also well known for many ancient towers that sit in ruins dating back to hundreds of years during the warring period between Tibetan clans. One section of the 700-year-old tower is used as part of the home where you are staying!
Day 9: Danba Zhonglu Village--Four Maiden’s Mountains--Chengdu 370km / 7 HRS
In the early morning, we drive back to Chengdu via Four Maiden’s Mountains, One of the panoramic views of breath-taking in the west of Chengdu. If the time permit it’s worth to explore Four Maiden’s Mountains Valleys. Usually will need at least 1 or 2 days to enjoy the beauty of Four Maiden’s Mountains. We will cont continue driving to Chengdu. Once arrived your hotel in Chengdu, say goodbye to your Tibetan guide and driver. End your pleasant journey in Chengdu.