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Tour code-MTS08:14days Amdo&Kham Tibetan regions tour
  • Tour code01: 14daysXining/Mt.Amnye Marchen-Kye Kundo/Derge/Yarchen-Gar/Garze/Danba/Chengdu Amdo-Kham Tibetan region explore tour . 

    Summary:The 14days Amdo-Kham Tibet regions in-depth culture explore tour will begin from Xining the capital city of Qinghai province, end off the tour in Chengdu the capital city of Sichuan province. The tour since its start cross the two part of Tibet tradition region Amdo and Kham area, these region sited far away of the China cities but most obviously maintain authentic Tibetan tradition lifestyle. And offer a amaze nature landscape as vast of grassland and the dense of forest ,lakes, Glacier, Snow mountains ,the fabulous of monasteries ,the  architecture building of Tibetan houses, and a friendship Tibetan people, through visit These Tibetan two mainly region you will enjoy a passionate Tibet culture tour during this tour.

    Highlight :Magnificent view the Tibetan four holy Mt,Amnye Machen.The source of Yellow river.The  Yushul Horse race& Tibetan festive,the Derge Tibetan Buddhist printing house.the world’s biggest Buddhist nunnery-Yarchen Gar.the Lhagong monastery.
    Best visit season: April-Nov


    Day01 Xining
    By flight arrival at Xining airport ,meet local tour guide then escorted to the city hotel. upon arrival check in hotel. After moment if time possible to visit the Qinghai Museum or free activity for yourself.

    Day02 Xining – Tsigorthang – Drakar Tredzong monastery – Tsigorthang [3300m] 
    Beginning your journey into the wilderness of Tibetan Plateau. Tsigortang town is situated near the scenic power-place of Drakar Tredzong – ‘white monkey fortress’, which is considered as one of the most important sacred sites in Amdo. There are about 500 monks and 20 Buddhist mentors staying here. Hermits and Tibetan yogis are doing their retreats in the caves located in the mountain cliffs in this area. If time permits, you can do a 2.5 hours hike around the monastery with great view of the monastery and nomads areas nearby. Stay the night in Tsigorthang

    Day03Tsigorthang –Mt. Amnye Machen – Maduo [4300m] 
    Continually driving west about 220km of rolling grassland, you will make a left turn from highway G214 towards TawuSholma. You will see the snow peaks of Mt. Amnye Machen and other high and rocky mountains. Afterwards, drive to Maduo. which lies at 4350m. Take a short walk up to see prayer flags and Master Padmasambhawa’s Statue on the hillside. Overnight in Maduo.

    Day04 Mado – Kyekundo[3700m] 
    Drive through some of the remote areas of Tibetan Plateau. You can see yak hair and white nomadic tents and their yaks and sheep scattering on the leisurely grassland.  Continue on to Jyekundo, a large town populated almost entirely by Tibetans. There are many famous sites around Jyekundo, including a picturesque local monastery and an enormous pile of carved stones featuring Tibetan prayers. Overnight in Jekundo or Yushu.

    Day05 Yushu – Yushu Horse Festival  
    Drive to the horse racing ground to watch the horse races. Even though horse race is one of the biggest activity in this event, but there are also many other cultural activities you can see and experience, such as traditional group dancing, yak riding, singing competition, traditional dress show. etc. Afternoon, we drive back to Yushu town.

    Day06 Yushu – Sershul monastery[4200m] 
    Spend in the morning in Yushu. After lunch, drive 120km towards east to Sershul Monastery. Serhul Monastery is a Gelukpa monastery lies on the beautiful hillside with bending river a front. This is the biggest monastery in Sershul area which hosts more than 500 monks at the present. There were 1500monks in it’s peak in 19th century. This place also offer great hiking opportunity on the mountain behind the monastery.

    Day07Sershul monastery – Dzogchen Valley [4100м] – Manigangol [3900m] 
    Drive from Sershul town which is a small trading town for the local nomads through some beautiful open valleys with covered by yaks, you will reach the famous Dzochen retreat center. Dzochen Monastery is recognized as the major pilgrimage site of Tibetan Buddhist in the eastern Tibet and as one of the largest Monasteries of Nyingmapa school in Kham region. The monastery is founded by Fist Dzochen Pema Rigzen in late 16th century on the advice of the Fifth Dalai Lama. Later expended by his students, including Drichen Rabjam, Tenpei Gigme and by his successive incarnations. Dzochen tradition is one of the most popular practice in the west.  The monastery has a picturesque landscape with Golden roof temples in front with forest and snow caped mountains as a background.  Then drive about 50km to the north to Manigangol, Manigange or Manigangol is small truck stop town where we spend the night. 

    Day08  Manigangol – Yilhun Lhatso– view of Mt. Tro La – Derge [3250m] 
    Visit the beautiful lake – Yihun Lhatso, a place that locals consider holy. You can see many Mani Stones (Sutra prayers carved on the stone) with different colors on the shore. This crystal clear lake is fed by glaciers and surrounded by snow capped mountains. After spend few hours at the lake,  continue on drive towards the famous Chola / Trola Mountain 6168m. There is newly built tunnel operated in 2017, so we won’t be able to climb up to the mountain pass, but you can still see the majestic view of the Chola Mountain. Once you arrive the other side of Chola mountain,  we will driving through a deep and green forests valley to Derge. There are Stupas and stone carved Buddha’s statues in the both sides of the river. Derge or Dege is considered as the traditional capital of Kham Tibet. Therefore, it has a rich culture and history to be explored in the region. Today, we will spend the night in Derge. 

    Day09 Dege – Katok monastery – Pelyul monastery  [3100m] 
    Visit the Dege Parkhang Printing House, one of the most important Buddhist scripture printing houses. Discover manual printing, which is done with carved wood blocks.  The king Tenpa Tsering brought Dege to the peak of it’s power by conquering the outlying northern districts of Dzachuka.Under his instructions and assistant from local tribes, Dege Parkhang/ Dege Printing House was founded in 1729. There are total of 217.000 wooden printing blocks housed in the this printing house and the works of this print house has been used all cross Tibet Plateau. Afterwards, visit Dege Gomchen Monastery which was founded in 1448, the monastery originally built as a Sakyapa Monastery, therefore, it has kept strong ties with Sakyapa and the center of Ngor Gompa. You can distinguish the Sakyapa lineage by checking the purple color with white stripes.
    Driving along the Yangtse River you will reach the border of Sichuan and Tibet Autonomous Region. Take shift to left continue drive through some deep valley and forests, Baiyu (Pelyul) town will be appeared on the leftside of the river. The Pelyul Monastery was founded in 1665 in the Kham province of eastern Tibet (present-day Baiyu, Sichuan, China) by Kunzang Sherab, the First Palyul Throne Holder. Before reach to Pelyul, we will make a excursion to Katok Monastery, a great Nyima sect Monastery. We will spend the night in Pelyul. 

    Day10 Pelyul – Yachen Gar– Garze [3350m] 
    In the morning visit Pelyul monastery. was built by Lhachen Jampa Phuntsog, the first Dharma King of Dege. It was constructed on a site which possesses all the essential auspicious signs and had been blessed by the presence of many great mahasiddhas. Afterwards drive to Garze via Yachen Gar. Yachen was founded by Akhyuk Rinpoche in the summer of 1980. It is located in an isolated valley 4,000m above sea level, During the 1990s, the population of monks and nuns grew to over 7,000. Recently there more than 10,000 Sangha members now, it is one of the largest gatherings of nuns and monks in the world. Stay overnight in Garze.

    Day11 Ganze– / Lhagong [3700m] 
    Drive about 280km southeast from Ganze is the Tagong Nomadic region. Travel via some of the highest mountains passes with stunning view on the way.  After come to a wild big grassland, you will see a temple surrounded by many stupa .We will stop here, you can ride a horse to the hillside where you can see a panoramic view of this monastery with Mt. Yarla as background in distance. You can make a circuit the chortens and temples with local pilgrims. Stay overnight in Lhagong. Over night at Lhagong.

    Day12 Lhagong – Danba ( Elev1860m, 190km)
    Danba is the home of the Gyarong Tibetans, a Tibetan tribe slightly different from those of other Tibetan regions. Visit some of the rock-made houses scattered on the slopes of mountains. Gyarong Tibetans’ dress is unique; though most men wear casual clothes, the women still wear colorful embroidered headscarves and elaborate belts and aprons. Stay overnight in Danba

    Day13 Danba– Chengdu
    Drive to Chengdu via Zanlha town and see the great view of Mt Gulha on the way. Reach at Chengdu,over night at Chengdu, . 

    Day14 Chengdu departure.
    After breakfast .check out from hotel ,drop off airport flight to next destination.

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