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7 days Overland from Shangrila to Chengdu
A 7 days tour among one of the most interesting areas in the south of China. Visit Shangrila old town, have dinner with locals, enjoy Chatreng and visit the unique Sampheling and Karmapa Monasteries. Enjoy the unique views at Yading Nature Preserve and gaze at many of the most impressive mountain ranges such as Mt. Kawa Karpo and Genyen. 
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Highlights: 
•Shangrila Old Town
•Shangrila Association of cultural Preservation
•Sumtsenling Monastery
•Tibetan Hot Pot at Trinyi village
•Traditional singings at dancings 
•Chatreng
•Sampheling Monastery
•Karmapa monastery
•Yading Nature Preserve
•Chambeyang, Chenrezig, and Chanag Dorje Peaks
•Chongu Monastery
•Views of Mt. Kawa Karpo and Genyen
•Lithang
•Drakar Ney
•Kangding

included

•All the accommodations and meals during the tour

•English speaking Tibetan guide

•Deluxe transport


Not Included:
•Airfare
•Personal expenses
•Tips
•Other activities during the tour
•Medical and travel insurance
Prices

Price upon request

Day 1, Shangrila(Gyalthang in Tibetan)
Arrive in Shangrila in the morning. Today we will begin the day with a tour of the sprawling Sumtsenling monastery built by instructions of the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th Century. Inspired by the Potala Palace and perched on a hill, the sprawling monastery with numerous chapels and cathedrals is one of the largest Tibetan monasteries in Eastern Tibet. Through the knowledge of our local guides, we will get an understanding of Buddhism as well as the lifestyle of the monks by visits to the chapels and the residential quarters of the monks there which number 700 presently. In its heyday, Sumtsenling monastery housed more than 1500 monks.

After , we will take a walk in the old town to visit the handicraft center and Shangrila Association of cultural Preservation: www.thangkacenter.org 
Late afternoon, we will drive down to Trinyi village where people still lead their traditional lives based on agriculture and pastoralism. In the evening you'll enjoy a traditional hotpot dinner, made from delicious local ingredients, followed by traditional dancing and singings by the villagers(19:30). 

Transfer back to the hotel in the evening. 

Day 2 : Drive Shangri-la-Chamtreng 
We begin our overland journey in earnest departing in a NE direction heading for our first stop at the town of Chatreng, which will take 6-7 hours. As we enter Gyetsa and Towang districts, the terrain gets greener before we begin crossing the two passes of Xiao Xue Shang and Daxue Shan. After crossing the latter, we enter more fertile valleys and the architecture also begins changing to the fortress-like compact adobes of Chatreng. Visit the Sampheling Monastery, completely raised during the Cultural Revolution but now restored in grand fashion. Although the monastery was originally Kagyu, the Mongolian army razed it in the 17th century during the 5th Dalai Lama's most aggressive Gelukpa expansion in frontier areas. 

Days 3: Chatreng-Daocheng - Yading
Drive around 6.5 hours thru changing terrain. As we get higher and near Sumdo the terrain gets rocky and dryer. We are now in nomad country. At Sumdo we visit one of the oldest Karmapa monasteries in Kham and then continue East towards Daocheng. We will drive to Riwa and stay overnight there. 

Day 4: In Yading
Morning drive to Yading Nature Preserve (37 km), then we can hike for 2 to 3 hrs to Lobsang Nutown Pasture. where you can see the to view the Risum Gonpo which translates as the Three Brother Protectors - namely Chambeyang, Chenrezig, and Chanag Dorje. These are the three peaks called the Gagkarling range which botanist/explorer Joseph Rock called the "Sacred Moutain of the Outlaws." In the turn of the 20th century - this area became a robber stronghold. We visit the Chongu Monastery also called the Bandit Monastery by Rock. Afternoon drive back to Riwa. 

Day 5: Drive from Riwa- Daocheng-Lithang
Drive to Lithang over 2 high passes with great views of the glaciated rocky mountains known as Great Stone Garden. If the weather is clear we could have views of Mt. Kawa Karpo and Genyen mountain during this beautiful drive. Stop at the holy Drakar Ney, the sacred site of the Buddha of compassion, which is the main site of worship after the famous summer Lithang races and during the Tibetan New Year. We then enter the grasslands of Lithang. 

Day 6: Lithang to Khangding 

Today we will drive to Dartsedo or Kangding right at the edge of the Tibetan plateau. Kangding used to be a former outpost on the trade route to Tibet and is a fairly large city tucked within a river valley with streets crowded with Hui, Chinese Muslims, and Tibetans who have come down from the highlands to sell wild mushrooms, vegetables, yak skins and caterpillar fungus. We will be passing thru many towns on the road and will stop to visit some of the monasteries. 6-7 hours drive, 306 km    


Day 7 Khangding to Chengdu
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