15 days travel to Lhasa from Kunming via Basu and Bayi (Yunnan Tibet overland travel)
** Kunming to Lhasa adventure by Yunnan - Tibet Highway
** Abosolutely, you can cut off Kunming, and start this trip either from Lijiang or Zhongdian (now called SHangri-la city); you can self tour Lijiang old city and Zhongdian city, if doing this way, the trip will be shorter, you can either choose to start this overland tour from Lijiang on day5 or from Zhongdian city on day7; there are much convenient bus transportation service from Lijiang to Zhongdian. By doing this, it can help saving alot on expenses, and it can also gives you more freedom on sightseeing arrangements at Lijiang and Zhongdian.
** We recommend you to start the trip from Zhongdian on day 07; there are flights to Lijiang city and Zhongdian city.
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Day01 Arrive in Kunming
Arriving at Kunming today.
After the breakfast, visit the Lunan Stone Forest about 125 kilometers to the east of Kunming, it is a Karst topography. Stroll in the stone forest, enjoy the miracles of nature.
Day03 Kunming to Lijiang by air
In the morning, fly to Lijiang. Visit Lijiang old city and the Lijiang museum of Dongba culture.
Whole day tour in Lijiang old city and Shuhe old town.
Day05 Lijiang to Shangri-la (220KM)
Drive to Shangri-la from Lijiang, on the way, visit the Tiger Jumping Gorge, and the “First Bend of the yangtse River” at Shigu town. In the afternoon arrive in Shangri-la, with an altitude of 3200m, most of the residents here are Tibetans.
In the morning, visit the Sumsanling Monastery, which was created in 1679 by the Fifth Dalai lama. It is considered as the most important monastery of Gelukpa sect in Yunnan province. In the afternoon walk to visit Dabao Si Monastery, Napahai reserved area.
Day07 Shangri-la to Dechen to Yanjing town (300KM)
Drive through parts of the Hengduan Range along the Jinsha Jiang River. Have a break in a beautiful small town named Benzilan. Finally arrive at Dechen, have a far view Mt. Meili, the highest peak in Yunnan Province, with an altitude of 6740m above sea level. This peak is named “Kawagebo” after a Tibetan brave man; keep driving to Yanjing, the first little town inside Tibet A.R.
Day08 Yanjing to Mangkham to Zuogong (245KM)
Yanjing is a nice place to stroll around, enjoy the peace of life, visit a Church at the north end of the town. Then drive 90 kilometers northward to Mangkang, having lunch at Mangkham town, a small city on the important Sichuan - Tibet Highway (Chengdu - Lhasa). From there, turn left and keep driving to Zuogong; On the way to Zuogong from Mangkham, drive over 3 muntain passes, the view on this part of drive is impressive and very beqautiful in summer and fall time.
Day09 Zuogong to Bangdha to Basu to Ranwu lake (295KM)
Following a river upstream to Bangdha, it is a very small town, driving to the north from here is Bangdha airport, to west is to Basu, between Basu and Bangdha is the famous and very high Nujiang mountain range and deep valleys; after passing by Basu county, driving further 100 kilometers southward to Ranwu lake.
Day10 Ranwu to Bomi
Before 1030AM, you are free to stroll by the lake (if needed, send you to the lake side for photo taking); after that, drive 130 kilometers to Bomi; having lunch at Songzong.
At Bomi, first send you to a temple for a visit, after that you are free to arrange your time around.
Day11 Bomin to Linzhi to Bayi town
After Ranwu, driving downstream to Bomi, the scenery in and around Bomi town (Tsmu town) is typical subtropical weather. From the town, people can see exposing snow peaks.
Day12 Bayi to Basongtso(lake) to Gongbu Gyangdha to Lhasa
On the way, leave hotel early (suggested around 0700), drive into a valley to visit the Basongtso (Lake), the snow mountain, the crystal lake, the lush trees and the monastery make up a nice paradise for living. After visit to Basongtso Lake, drive about 300 kilometers westwards to Lhasa.
In the morning, visit the grand - looking Potala Palace, which was built in the 7th century for the King. In the afternoon, visit Jokhang temple and stroll in the famous local bazaar - Parkhor street.
Visit Tsepung monastery which is the biggest monastery in Tibet. Then visit Sera monastery and Norbulingka which can give you deep impression of Tibet arts and civilization.
Day15 Lhasa to your destination by air or by train
At the agreed time, the driver and the guide will come to meet you, send you to Lhasa airport or Lhasa railway station for your departure.
** if you plan to leave by train, please inform us on your query.
end of the tour
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while you are planning a travel to Tibet, something you should know
- you need a packaged tour, either fully packaged or half packaged;
- you need a special paper besides your China visa, that is called Tibet travel permit, issued by Tibet A.R. tourism bureau, it allows you to tour in Lhasa area, like Lhasa city, Namtso lake, Reting monastery, Ganden monastery;
- you need a 2nd paper to travel to Gyangtse, Shigatse, Tsetang, and Mt.Everest area, it is called Aliens travel permit, issued by China armed police;
- you need a 3rd paper if you plan to travel to Mt.Kailash and holy lake Manasarovar, or when you plan to travel Tibet by road from Karshigar, Lijiang or Zhongdian, Chengdu, Golmud or Xining; this paper is issued by China millitary forces;
- you need the 1st paper to get your air tickets or train tickets;
- you can take plane or train going to Lhasa, but, it is impossible to take public transportation going into Tibet.