Kham Hidden Treasures Tour

Tour Type: Private Group Tour
Tour Duration: 18 Days and 17 Nights
Best Time: May to October
Overview

Kham Hidden Treasures Tour, we will spend first 2 nights in Chengdu the capital seat of Sichuan Province, where we will explore sites of cultural and historic significance in the city, including the giant pandas breeding centre, Wenshu Monastery and Chengdu People’s Park. This part of the Kham Hidden Treasures Tour also ensures a gradual acclimatization to the altitude in the subsequent legs of the Kham Hidden Treasures Tour.

Along with this Kham Hidden Treasures Tour, we will be visiting the following important and sacred seats in Chengdu and eastern parts of Tibet Kham region.

  1. The giant pandas breeding centre which is not only a Chinese national treasure but are also beloved by people the world over. They are found only in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.
  2. Wenshu Monastery (Manjushri Monastery) initially built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) is the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. It is the home of the Buddhist Association of Sichuan Province and Chengdu City.
  3. Chengdu People’s Park a comprehensive park which integrates heritage preservation with entertainment. The park comprised with many famous scenic spots including the Gold Water Stream, the Goldfish Island and the Potted Landscape Garden.
  4. Traditional Chinese Opera a popular form of drama and musical theatre in China with roots going back to the early periods in China.
  5. Luding Chain Bridge which dates from the Qing Dynastyand is considered a historical landmark and An Gyu monastery an important seat of Gelupa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in Dartsedo
  6. Exploration around Xinduqiao widely known to be a paradise for photography
  7. The Gyaju Tibetan village settlement in Daocheng to experience an up close of the traditional lifestyle of the local Tibetans
  8. Yading village and its surrounding sights which is a part of the Shangri-la Natural Tourist Zone
  9. Litang Monastery is also known as Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery, the largest Gelupa monastery in south Kham region founded by the 3rd Dalai Lama in 1580
  10. Pelyu Namgyle Jangchubling, one of the six great “mother monasteries” following the Nyingma School, or Ancient Translation Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the monastery was founded in 1665 by the king of Derge, Lachen Jampa Phuntsok, who appointed Regdzin Kunzang Sherab (1636-99) as its first throne holder
  11. The Katok Dorjeden Monastery, the oldest surviving monastery of the Nyingma tradition and it is known to have maintained certain rare lineages of teaching from the 12th century at times when they were lost in central Tibet. The Monastery was founded in 1159 by a younger brother of Phagmo Drupa Dorje GyalpoKatok Dampa Deshek at Derge, the historic seat of the Kingdom of Dergein Kham.
  12. The Derge Printing House, famous for its printing press that still uses traditional woodblock printing methods, there are more than 217,000 engraved blocks of Tibetan scriptures from all the Tibetan Buddhist orders, including Bon tradition. Then visit Gengqin monastery a famous monastery of Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
  13. The gorgeous view of Yilhun Lhatso Lake, a holy alpine lake at an altitude of around 4200 meters. This sacred and beautiful glacial lake is nestled amidst the rocky, snowy Chola Mountains of Trola range
  14. The Dzogchen Monastery in Derge, as it is recognized as the major pilgrimage site of in east Tibet, one of the six great monasteries of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Pema Rigdzin, 1st Dzogchen Rinpoche (1625-1697) in 1684.
  15. Shechen Monastery in Derge, is one of the 6 Great Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism founded in 1695 by Shechen Rabjam Tenpé Gyaltsen who was sent to Kham by the 5th Dalai Lama, It is renowned for the authenticity to the teachings at Shedra and the quality of its sacred arts.
  16. The sacred snow-capped Minya Gangkar Mountain which is the highest mountain in Kham region, the far eastern Tibet, standing at an altitude of 7556m high above sea level.

Kham Hidden Treasures Tour provides you with an unforgettable memory.

Tour Map
Kham Hidden Treasures Tour Map
Detailed Itinerary of Kham Hidden Treasures Tour
Day 1 of Kham Hidden Treasures Tour: Arrive in Chengdu Elevation 500m
  • Arrive in Chengdu – collection from Shuangliu International Airport
  • Escort to the hotel for rest
Day 2 of Kham Hidden Treasures Tour: Exploration around Chengdu
  • Visit the Panda Breeding Center to learn about Panda rearing, breeding and conservations
  • Wenshu Monastery (Manjushri Monastery) visiting that initially built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907)
  • The Chengdu People’s Park a comprehensive park visiting which integrates heritage preservation with entertainment
  • Evening experience and enjoy the Sichuan Opera show, a popular form of drama and musical theatre in China with roots going back to the early periods in China.
Day 3 of Kham Hidden Treasures Tour: Chengdu to Dartsedo (kangding) town Distance 340kms Elevation 2600m
  • Depart Chengdu early in the morning, all day overland drive for Dartsedo town, the capital seat of Kandze autonomous region
  • En-route, stop by and visit Luding Chain Bridge, Dadu river in Luding County and An Gyu monastery an important seat of Gelupa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism in Dartsedo
  • Overnight stay in Dartsedo town
Day 4 of Kham Hidden Treasures Tour: Dartsedo to Xinduqiao Distance 94kms Elevation 3350m
  • Set off again
  • Exploration around Xinduqiao widely known to be a paradise for photography
  • Stay overnight in Xinduqiao
Day 5: Xinduqiao to Daocheng (Dabpa) city Distance 350kms Elevation 3750m
  • Leave for Xinduqiao for Daocheng city
  • Visit the still survived mystical old Qiang defensive towers
  • Visit the Gyaju Tibetan village settlement to experience an up close of the traditional lifestyle of the local Tibetans
  • Overnight stay in Daocheng county
Day 6: Daocheng to Yading (Nyiden) Distance 74kms Elevation 2900m
  • Drive to Yading a small rural establishment in Daocheng County
  • Stay overnight in Yading

 Day 7: Exploration around Yading 

  • Visit and explore around Yading village and its surrounding sights which is a part of the Shangri-la Natural Tourist Zone
  • Stay overnight in Yading
Day 8: Yading to Lithang Distance 230kms Elevation 4015m
  • Leave Yading and travel to Lithang, enjoy the views of huge mountains en-route
  • Visit the Lithang Monastery is also known as Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery, the largest Gelupa monastery in south Kham region founded by the 3rd Dalai Lama in 1580
  • Stay overnight in Lithang
Day 9: Lithang to Pelyul via Nyarong (Xinlong) Distance 360kms Elevation 3150m 
  • Leave Litang and travel to Pelyul
  • Visit Pelyu Namgyle Jangchubling, one of the six great “mother monasteries” following the Nyingma School, or Ancient Translation Tradition, of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Arrive Pelyul and rest
 Day 10: Pelyul to Derge Distance 200kms Elevation 3950m
  • Prior to depart for Derge, visit the Katok Dorjeden Monastery, the oldest surviving monastery of the Nyingma tradition
  • Arrive and rest in Derge county
 Day 11: Exploration around Derge County
  • Visit the Derge Printing House, famous for its printing press that still uses traditional wood-block printing methods
  • Visit the Gengqin monastery a famous monastery of Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Stay overnight in Derge county
Day 12: Derge to Manigango Distance 200kms Elevation 3950m
  • Leave Derge County for Manigango
  • Witness the gorgeous view of Yilhun Lhatso Lake, a holy alpine lake at an altitude of around 4200 meters.
  • Visit the Derge Printing House, famous for its printing press that still uses traditional wood-block printing methods
  • Overnight stop in Maniganggo
Day 13: Manigango to Dzogchen monastery to Shenchen monastery Distance 200kms Elevation 3950m
  • Set off again, drive through the northwest route for Jyekundo
  • Then, visit Shechen Monastery, is also one of the 6 Great Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Head to and stay overnight in Kandze county
Day 14: Kandze to Xinduqiao Distance 272kms Elevation 3000m
  • Head back to Xinduqiao
  • Arrive in Xinduqiao and rest
Day 15: Xinduqiao to Moju village Distance 60kms Elevation 2600m
  • Leave Xinduqiao for Moju village
  • Arrive in Moju village and rest
Day 16: Exploration around Moju village
  • Hiking around and witness the fantastic view the sacred snow-capped Minya Gangkar Mountain
  • Stay overnight in Moju village
Day 17: Moju village to Chengdu Distance 440kms Elevation 500m
  • Leave Moju village and travel back to Chengdu
  • Arrive in Chengdu and rest
Day 18: Departure from Chengdu
  • Depart Chengdu for your next journey
Good to Know

Best Time of Visit

This overland tour from Chengdu to Kham can be done anytime from May to October. We can arrange this journey for groups of two to twenty people. Discount available for groups of 4 or more persons.

For a specific quote, please contact us at tibetuniversaltravel@hotmail.com

Travel Gear: Upon joining, each participant will be sent a list of required and recommended gear for this journey that they will be responsible for.

Accommodation: In major economic cities such as Dartsedo, Tagon, Kandze Pelyul and Derge we will be staying in a comfortable and pleasant boutique or 3-star Tibetan-owned hotels. Accommodation in other remote areas of Kham Tibet such as Moju village, on the tour, we will be staying at best available local guesthouses.

Eligibility: Participants must be in good health and physical fit to be able to spend each day walking around towns, villages, and monasteries with their own equipment. Though you will be doing a lot of walking each day, no trekking is required. Most of this tour will take place in mountainous terrain between 3600 meters and 5200 meters (11,800 feet to 17,000 feet) above sea level. You will spend 2 nights in Chengdu the capital seat of Sichuan Province for altitude acclimatization before going above 500 meters. Ascent will be slow and gradual to reduce the risks of altitude-related illness. This tour is not recommended for those who have severe asthma or who have had problems with high elevation in the past.

 

Terms
Quote includes:

  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy; single room supplement available)
  • Breakfast in Tibet
  • All ground transportation in Tibet
  • All entrance fees per itinerary
  • Local Tibetan guide fees
  • Chengdu airport pickup and drop-off

Not included in the price:

  • Passport, Chinese Visa fees
  • Lunch or Dinner
  • International airfare to Chengdu
  • Travel vaccinations
  • Insurance (travel, medical, etc)
  • Souvenirs or personal items such as laundry, excess baggage fees, snacks, alcohol drinks
  • Photography fees inside temples and monasteries
  • Gratuities to the Tibetan guide and driver

Single Supplement: 100USD  There is 100 USD extra for the single supplement room charge. If you like to skip this extra cost, we will try our best to find you a roommate.

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Responsible Tourism

Tibet Universal Tours and Travel puts great importance on the promotion of responsible and sustainable tourism practices. It incorporated into our day to day base tour service performances. So, we always strive to ensure that our tour service delivery will have a maximum quality. Furthermore, we also strive to the minimum level of negative social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts. Following outlined points are some of our representative measures undertaking in our routine job performances. In addition, these thoughts to be essential for a sustainable touristic development in Tibet. 

Social Responsibility:

Whenever and wherever possible, we extend charitable support to disadvantaged groups in remote Tibetan villages. For instance, utilizing the certain percentage of our annual company income we engage in social works. Therefore, we purchase and distribute warm winter clothes for children from rural Tibetan primary schools. As a result, they can keep them warm and happy during cold winter.

Moreover, we believe that every person deserves access to quality healthcare. So, we extend our help on medical expenses to those serious patients who are from remote and rural Tibetan villages. Because they cannot afford to pay their medical treatment when the treatment costs go beyond the local medical insurance coverage.

Economy Responsibility:

In support of contributing to the local economy and we give the local population a central role in the touristic economic development of their own territory.  Therefore, we always strive to ensure that the economic benefits of tourism should go for local communities. So, poverty alleviation by generating financial benefits for both local people and private industries. For instance, we always use locally owned ground transportation and accommodation (i.e. hotels, lodges, and guesthouses). Furthermore, we also recommend local eateries, restaurants, and stores to our guests.

In addition, we are an indigenous local Tibetan travel agency based in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. 100% of our travel company employees are staffed and escorted by professional local Tibetans including local tour guides and drivers.  So, this has created employment and job security opportunities for many educated and inspired Tibetans.

Environment Responsibility:

Tibetan Buddhist reality is profoundly ecological, and Buddhism itself is an ecological religion. It powerfully expresses human identification with nature. Buddhists believe that all things, including humans, exist by their interrelationship with all other parts of nature. Therefore, thinking of one's self as isolated from the rest of nature is being unrealistic.

Respect for life and the natural world

Giving the facts that Tibetans love and respect for life and the natural world. Therefore, to minimize the environmental impact created by tourists, we follow environment-friendly policies. So, we maintain the size of tour groups to have minimal impact on flora and fauna in an area. The necessary carbon emissions that we generate by our footprints of travel to the tour destinations cannot be overlooked. Therefore, we regularly actively participate in carbon reduction or offset activities such as tree planting. Our tour guides, drivers, and logistics staff are aware of waste management. Moreover, we advised them to dispose of all rubbish generated by themselves responsibly and recycle wherever feasible.

Other Safegurds for the Environment friendly tourism

Make the best use of the winter tourist low season, we deliver training workshops on environmental protection. Moreover, the training also includes the preservation and first aid training. So, we arrange it for all our company management staff, tour guides, and drivers in order to increase their knowledge. As a result, they can understand the importance of environmental protection and ecotourism.

Request to Visitors:
    • Be considerate of the communities and environment you visit.
    • Don’t litter, try to carry your own shopping bag to avoid plastic garbage problem. Many Tibetan local villages do not have environmentally sound garbage disposal systems. Therefore, pack garbage out to a larger town where there is a facility.
    • Try to avoid excessive use of plastic bottles. Travelers are requested to bring a reusable water bottle. In addition, we will arrange and supply your drinking water in a bigger container.
    • Reduce energy consumption. Unplug your mobile phone charger, turn off the lights
    More Requests
    • Conserve water. Take shorter showers.

    • Always ask before taking photographs. So, if someone says no, respect their wishes.
    • Educate yourself about the place you are visiting and the people.
    • Respect cultural differences. Moreover, learn from it! People in different places do things differently. So, don’t try to change them. And, enjoy them.
    • Support the local economy. Therefore, buy locally made souvenirs, eat at local restaurants. Furthermore, enjoy the local culture.
    • Support responsible tourism organizations. Because those travel operators who publicly are aiming to make tourism more responsible.

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