Kham Amdo Chamdo Tour

Kham Amdo Chamdo Tour

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

23 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

4916m Tro La pass

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

flight and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

April - October.

Kham Amdo Chamdo Tour will take you to villages and communities previously closed to most travelers, both geographically and culturally. The southern route to Lhasa is the most scenic overland route, crossing several 4,000 m(13,123 ft) passes, dropping down through lush green valleys and gushing gorges, and crossing picturesque landscapes that Tibetans call their ‘backyard.’

We begin this three-week journey from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, and continue overland through Ganzi prefecture into the Tibetan Autonomous Region. There are only a few roads that climb over the holy plateau to the capital of Tibet; this journey. Our Tibetan guide will tell you about Buddhism and its many sects explain Tibet’s history and teach you some phrases in Tibetan to help you get to know the local people.

Traveling by 4 WD vehicles, we have the freedom to stop and explore Tibet’s sacred mountains and monasteries, stay with local Tibetan families and take day hikes at your leisure and whim.

So, start packing your bag and explore the Himalayan nation with Himalayan trekkers in your holidays and good leisure.

Starting Price

USD 4589 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in city of temples; Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains.

A representative of  Himalayan trekkers meets, greet, welcome and transfer you to Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing and prepare for tomorrow journey.

Meals included: BB

You can spend this day exploring some of the World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley for some time and final preparation for the trip.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Scenic flight to Chengdu.

Meals included: BB

After breakfast, the airport representative will transfer you to the airport for a scenic flight to Chengdu. After reaching Chengdu, a representative of Himalayan trekkers will transfer you to the hotel where you will enjoy your overnight stay.  

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs flight and drive.

Day 4

Scenic and comfortable drive to Kangding.

Meals included: BB

We will leave for Kangding in the morning. Once outside the Sichuan basin, we will begin to climb the mountain roads of the Erlang Mountains. Since this road is one of the few routes to Lhasa, we will not be the only ones on the road - you may see Chinese army trucks trudging along the road carrying fuel and supplies.

Kangding is a fairly large city tucked within a river valley. The sidewalks of Kangding are crowded with Hui, Chinese Muslims, and Tibetans who have come down from the highlands to sell wild mushrooms, vegetables, yak skins, and various paraphernalia.

Overnight stay in a hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs drive

Day 5

Exploring Kangding.

Meals included: BB

We will visit the Tibetan School, one of China's specialized Tibetan language institutions, to learn some useful Tibetan phrases to give you a tool for communicating during your journey. We will also learn about the art of Tibetan painting.

 We will have the chance to practice our lessons as we eat with students. The afternoon is spent exploring Kangding, climbing the hill to a monastery or relaxing in the hot springs. We will also learn about the Kham Aid Foundation and the many projects this non-governmental organization initiates and supports.

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6

Drive to Rongbastsu.

Meals included: BB

We will leave Kangding in the morning to head west, switchbacking up over Gye La pass (4,290 m/14,075 ft) and driving along tree-lined roads through small towns, each distinct by their architectural styles and characters.

We will stop along the way to photograph wild animals, herds of yaks, temples, stupas, people and anything that grabs your fancy. Arriving in Rongbatsu after a full day's journey, we will first rest our weary bones in the hot springs at the base of stunning mountains.

The guest house is located in an authentic Tibetan home with traditional design.

Accommodation: Local lodges/ guest house. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive

Day 7

Explore Rongbatsu.

Meals included: BB

Today will be left open for you to explore the town on your own or with a guide, or even with a friendly local willing to take you around the important spots.

A couple of hours' walk from the guesthouse along the Yalong river is Hadhi Nunnery, where you can spend an afternoon with Buddhist nuns to learn about their lives. You could also meet Gyalten Lobsang Shampa Rinpoche, a living Buddha, visit the Dargye Gonpa, a monastery belonging to the Gelukpa sect, or visit a local school.

Stay in the same guesthouse in Rongbatsu.

Accommodation: Local lodge/ guest house.

Day 8

Drive from Rongbatsu to Yihun Lhatso (Xinlu Hai).

Meals included: BB

After a session of morning prayer with the monks, we will drive west through Manigango to a grassland region known as Yihun.

Here is one of the most beautiful lakes in all of Tibet, surrounded by scenic mountains. We will pitch a tent here and stroll along the pilgrim's trail where you can see thousands of carved mani stones.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Local lodge/ guest house. Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs drive.

Day 9

Drive from Yihun Lhatso to Dege.

Meals included: BB

From the heights of Tro La Pass (4,916 m/16,129 ft), we will have a spectacular view of the Yangtze gorge stretching into the southwestern region. The landscape makes a dramatic ascent into a blanket of pine forests as we approach Dege, the heart of Kham, a large kingdom that until recently occupied the region.

There are plenty of places to explore in Dege; Dege Printing House has a library of more than 270,000 plate blocks used to print Buddhist sutras; and across the street stands the Tongtong Gyalpo Temple, a charming old temple which miraculously escaped the Cultural Revolution, and therefore retains many original murals and objects. The Tibetan Medicine Hospital, which is also a factory, is a storehouse of herbs, antlers, bats, snakes and other plants and animals collected from the far reaches of the Tibetan plateau.

Overnight stay in a local guesthouse.

Accommodation: Local lodges/ guest house. Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs drive

Day 10

Horse ride to Pelpung (Babang).

Meals included: BB

We will have breakfast with a Tibetan family who will accompany us with their horses over to the Palpung Tubten Chokhorling Monastery, where we will stay the night.

Palpung ranks second in the hierarchy of Karma Kagyu sect monasteries and has Ugyen Rinpoche, an 11-year-old (in 2000) living Buddha, in residence. The route from Derge to the monastery takes us through endless fields of maize and barley growing on a steep hillside. Once over Gotse La Pass (4,481 m/14701 ft), the expanse of land belongs to the nomads living in yak hair tents.

Accommodation: local lodges/ guest house/ monastery lodge. Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 11

Horse ride to Pewar.

Meals included: BB

Traveling along the river and through wheat fields, we will reach the Temple of Pewar, which houses one of the finest sets of Buddhist murals in western Sichuan. The paintings, which are more than 270 years old and cover more than 370 square meters(1214 sq ft), miraculously survived the destruction inflicted by the Cultural Revolution.

We will spend a leisurely afternoon here drinking tea and eating tsampa with the Rinpoche. With a bit of luck, we may have the privilege of viewing the monastery's exclusive artworks and treasures, which are locked safely behind ancient carved wooden doors.

Stay overnight nearby temple area.

Accommodation: local lodge/ guest house/ temple stay. Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 12

Ride back to Dege and drive to Jomda.

Meals included: BB

From Pelyul county, we will cross the Yangtze River, which marks the political border between Sichuan Province and Tibet Autonomous Region. After crossing Nge La (4,245 m/13927 ft), we are welcomed by Wara Gonpa, an important monastery of the Sakya school.

We will stop for the night in Jomda, a moderately large town, at a finely decorated wooden cabin, and pay a visit to a Tibetan hospital which supplies herbal medicine throughout the region.

 

Accommodation: local lodges/ guest house. Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs horse ride and 3-4 hrs drive.

Day 13

Scenic drive to Chamdo.

Meals included: BB

Reaching the end of the day would seem like a mighty feat as we will be crossing over no less than four passes - Khargang La (4,352 m/14278 ft), Lashi La (4,450 m/14600 ft), Jape La (4,680 m/15354 ft), and Tama La (4,511 m/14800 ft), with clusters of prayer flags waving in the wind on the peaks and friendly nomads waving at us from the grasslands.

Overnight stay in a hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive

Day 14

Spare day in Chamdo.

Meals included: BB

Straddling the Mekong River, Chamdo possesses a rich history as one of the earliest centers of the Tibetan plateau and home to Kalden Jampaling, the great monastery founded between 1436-44 and developed through the centuries by successive incarnations. While the original monastery was destroyed in 1912 by the Chinese, it was rebuilt when the Tibetan army seized Chamdo in 1917.

We will spend the day stretching our legs, exploring the monastery and shopping in Tromzikhang, an open-air market where colorfully dressed Tibetans pawn their wares and antique goods.

Overnight stay in the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 15

Drive to Bangda.

Meals included: BB

We follow the Mekong downstream through alpine forests to Kyitang village, where the Khampa houses are sturdily built on horizontal timbers. We then turn west to cross the Lona Pass (4,511 m/14800 ft) and follow the Yu-chu river downstream to Bangda, a town junction where Lhasa connects to the Chamdo-Kunming Highway.

The Yu-chu valley lies north of the Salween gorges in the highlands of Tsawagang, where the immense geographic spatial dimensions of the land dwarf our presence.

Overnight stay in a local guesthouse.

Accommodation: local lodge/ guest house. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive

Day 16

Drive to Baxoi.

Meals included: BB

While distance covered is less than 100 km (63 mi) and probably half that by the way the crow flies, the terrain is steep, as defined by the 180 switchbacks we will conquer when we cross Gama La Pass at an altitude of 4,618 meters.

Overnight stay in a local guesthouse.

Accommodation: Local lodge/ guest house. Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs drive

Day 17

Drive to Bome via Ranwu.

Meals included: BB

On the road to Bome, we will stop in Ranwu to cast our lines in the pristine waters of Ngan Tso, a spectacularly crystal blue lake cupped by snow peaks.

After enjoying a short break and tasting some of the freshly caught fish, 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.

Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Accommodation: Local lodge/ guest house. Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs drive

Day 18

Drive to Nyingchi.

Meals included: BB

Crossing Serkhyem La Pass (4,515 m/14813 ft), the last major pass before reaching Lhasa, we will have spectacular views of Mount Gyala Pelri (7,150 m/23458 ft) and Mount Namchak Barwa (7,756 m/25446 ft).

On the way to Nyingchi, we pass through Bayi, originally a military base, which has now become the capital of the Nyingchi District. North of Bayi, Bajie village lies on the edge of primary dense forest with sacred cypress trees which are more than two thousand and five hundred years old. Around May, we would be able to see three to five-meter rhododendrons in full bloom.

Overnight stay in a hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs drive

Day 19

Scenic drive to Lhasa.

Meals included: BB

The last leg of the journey is 270 kilometers (169 mi) sprint into Lhasa across a high plateau. We will pass through a scenic terrain with lush alpine forests and clear snow-melted streams.

Overnight stay in a  hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs drive.

Day 20

Sightseeing of Lhasa including Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street

Meals included: BB

After breakfast, we will visit the Potala Palace, the Palace of the Dalai Lama. This architectural masterpiece is the symbol of unity of the Tibetans. This palace was built by King Soongtsan Gampo, who was married to Princess Wen Cheng Tang in 641 A.D. It has got 999 houses built on Hongshan Hill with a red building on top. It is one of the grandest palaces in the world to date.

After a short break, we will drive towards the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple for Tibetan Buddhists. After spending some time at the Jokhang temple we will walk through Barkhor Street, a traditional old street in Lhasa.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 21

Full day Sightseeing of Lhasa covering Norbulingka, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

Meals included: BB

We will start the sightseeing today from Norbulingka - the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, located along the Kyichu River and two kilometers west of the Potala Palace. This Palace has a huge garden covering 360,000 square meters, making it the biggest man-made garden in Tibet. It has got 374 rooms.

The second site is Drepung Monastery, made by Chojey Tashi Palden in the 14th Century. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three-quarters of Drepung's ten to fifteen thousand monks. Now it is one of Tibet’s premier monastic educational institutions

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 22

Scenic flight to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

we depart from Lhasa with a scenic flight to Kathmandu after breakfast.

After reaching Nepal; free to explore on your own. In the evening farewell dinner with the team of Himalayan trekkers.

Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: An hour plus flight and 30 min drive.

Day 23

Departure from the land of Everest.

A representative of Himalayan trekkers will assist and transfer you to the airport 3 hours earlier than your scheduled flight.

Hope you enjoyed this trip with us and please do remember us for other exciting and amazing trips in the Himalayas.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, Chengdu, Kangdin, and Lhasa, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Permits and Visa Applications for Tibet.
  • Hotel with breakfast (meals during trek only).
  • English speaking Tibetan guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.
  • Land cruiser for transportation
  • Airport transfer with airfare of Kathmandu-Tibet-Kathmandu including airport tax. 
  • Best available accommodation.

Whats Not Included

  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the Unfavorable Circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation, etc
  • All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills, etc.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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