Trek from Dzongsar to Manigango
Trek from Dzongsar to Manigango (TK03)
Derge was the capital of the 5 major kingdoms of the eastern Tibet of Kham. With this trip, we will explore the hidden valleys in Kham, and enjoy the stunning view of nature in Kham.
Day 2 Chengdu to Kangding: Drive 360km on paved road, into hill country and crossing through the Mt. Erlang tunnel, En-route we will stop by to visit Luding Iron Bridge. Then arrive at the gateway town of the Eastern Tibet of Kham – Kangding, which is cradled in a narrow gorge along the raging Dzetuo River. The river’s continual rumble can be heard in its alleyways where nomads from the west come to sell Tibetan herbal medicine, Khampa knives, traditional Tibetan garments, and the ever-popular yak butter tea. For centuries the town has held the status of “Gateway to Tibet”, after arrive in Kangding take an easy walk in order to acclimatizing to the altitude, visit to Anjue monastery.
Day 3 Kangding to Litang: Drive 285km on paved road; enjoy the beautiful nature view and touring the white Ming yak Chorten, and when drive onto Mt. Gaoershi, if weather permits, the stunning view of the peak of Mt. Minyar Gangkar will be visible. After we arrive in Litang, we are going to visit the Litang monastery, which is just on the northern edge of town and belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhists.
The monastery was founded in 1580 by the third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso on the site. There are three main temples in the compound, of which the oldest seems to be the one on top of the hill, still featuring the wooden construction of the upper rim of the buildings. Inside, you can view several chambers and a bedroom in which the 7th Dalai Lama is said to have resided. Many more famous and influential personal figures were born here, including the 7th Dalai Lama and 10th Dalai Lama.
Day 4 Litang to Nyarong: In the morning, we will start early from Litang, heading Northeast into Nyarong valley, along the Yarlung River up stream to Nyarong County, which is about 3100m, about 1000meters lower than Litang. Nyarong County located in the isolated Nyarong valley, which has always been a stronghold of the Nyingmapa School and the pre-Buddhist Bon tradition. we are going to visit to Yixi monastery that is one of monasteries with Bon tradition in Kham.
Day 5 Nyarong to Kanze: The road continually follows the east bank of Yarlung River upstream through a deep gorge to a valley junction, which the land suddenly becomes wide, Kanze county extends from the lower Yi-chu valley and Rongpatsa towsnship, the county capital of Kanze is about 10km away from the valley junction. In Kanze, we are going to visit to Kanze monastery, which was originally constructed by the Qosot Monglos Cira 1642 on a hilltop. It once had a population of 1500monks; currently it has an estimated population of 700 monks and 3 tulkus. And Den Gonpa – since the 17th century it has been 8maintained by the Gelukpa, an important protector temple which survived the events of 1960s and containing a revered image of Mahakala in the form Panjaranatha. At about 2pm, we may have chance to witness the debating of monks of Kanze monastery.
Day 6 Kanze to Pelyul: The overall distance is about 230km on paved and dirt road; the watershed pass cuts through the glacial Kawalingring range, which divides the Yangtze and Yarlung basins. Crossing the watershed pass (4320m), before heading towards to Pelyul, there are spectacular upland lakes and variegated grasslands of gentian and edelweiss, etc.
Day 7 Pelyul to Dzongsar valley: Today we will along the east bank of Jinsha River again to a valley junction, which is narrow and after about 40 kilometers, the valley is suddenly wide, Dzongsar, a rich and beautiful monastery is located on the top of the small mountain in the end of the valley where are vast Barley field. It’s just like a Shangri-la, Tibetan lives here peacefully and quietly. Dzongsar Monastery was founded in 1275. It had before been a Nyingmapa and a Karma Karygu sect temple, and originally was the site of a Bonpo shrine. Dzongsar monastery, this now Sakyapa monastery was the residence of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1821-1894) and Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1896-1959).
During the lives of these two extraordinary spiritual leaders, Dzongsar Monastery became a center for the rime or non-sectarian approach to the study and practice of Buddhism, and great lamas of all the four Tibetan traditions went there to study. The Monastery has been rebuilt in recent years subsequent to its destruction under Communist rule. The present Dzongsar Khyentse incarnation, Thubten Chokyi Gyamtso, supervises the Institute where 250 monks are being educated.
Day 8 Dzongsar valley to Valley junction (6.5 hours walk): In the morning pack up your big baggage onto the pack animal, then along Mesho-chu Southward about 2km before Yuba village, cross a wood bridge on Mesho-chu on to the small hill, leave the main trail to the first unknown pass, then descending to the valley, along this lush green valley for about 8km, turn to north to Redakla, before this pass, reaching at the valley junction, where to camp.
Day 9 To Nenang Gonpa (6 – 7 hours walk): After having breakfast, loading up gear, then ascending to Redakla pass, then descending to the valley to Tingchu, following this stream for about 8 km, over 3 passes en route, then heading north to Nenang gonpa.
Day 10 Nenang Gonpa to Medow camp: The trail of today is flat, there are several rivers we have to crossing through, this days walk is pleasant, and along the road, we may be able to see many wildlife such as deer, etc. The camp is located at one meadow by a small stream beneath the highest pass of this trek – Dzen – la pass.
Day 11 To Manigango: Departure in the early morning, the altitude goes up to 5000m to the pass of Den-La from the Medow camp of 4100m, prepare 3 hours to cover this distance, having picnic at the pass, where the endless snow covered mountain is visible, those are Mt. Tro La. Mt, Rongme Peza. Mt. Gongri Neto. Descending along the rocky trail, to the first stage, a blue-diamond like lake, a break by this lake, then descending to the bottome of this valley, along Dzen-chu to the entrance of the valley, crossing through a wood bridge, our vehicle will be waiting next to this wood bridge. Drive to Manigang for the rest of 12 km.
Day 12 Manigango to Tawu: We head east via Dargye monastery to Kanze, where we will visit to Kanze monastery and Den Gonpa. Then continue eastward driving over the Luoguo Pass with altitude of 4100m to Luhuo county, then after reaching at antoher town of Tawu, where we are going to visit Nyingtso monastery that used to house 400 monks.
Day 13 Tawu to Danba: Departure from Tawu, the first town we will arrive at is Bamei, where we turn to east, and stop by to visit a monastery of Gatar Shangbalin, which the 7th Dalai Lama used to reside himself according to a religious doctrine. Then after drive to visit to the birth place of 11th Dalai Lama, in the we afternoon drive onto the range of Yarla Yartso mountain, for about 30 minutes drive to arrive at the valley, where we can enjoy the stunning view of Mt. Yarla Yartso, then continuing to follow the Donggu River crossing through the narrow and deeply valley to Danba, which is Kingdom of Ancient Blockhouses. A group of ancient stone-made blockhouses that were originally built during the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-589) are located in the county’s Suopo Township. Because of its superb architecture, the blockhouses have survived wars, the weathering of wind and rain, and even earthquakes throughout the area’s more than 1,000 years; and so, they are called the Pyramids of the Orient. The ancient blockhouses vary in height and shape. The tallest is more than 60 meters high. They are built in the shape of a square, a pentagon, a hexagon, an octagon, or a do-decagon. With its solid angles as sharp as blades, the blockhouse stands upright and resembles swords pointing up towards the sky. These ancient houses are divided, according to their functions, into four categories: fort blockhouses, beacon blockhouses, village blockhouses, and dwelling blockhouses. The dwelling blockhouse is usually about 10 meters high. Its structure is a combination of blockhouse and residential house. When entering the dwelling blockhouse, a several meter high ladder is needed. After entering, the ladder is taken away, so that no enemy, not even a martial arts master, can enter the house.
Day 14 Danba to Baoxing: In the morning we will drive up to Dzonglu village to witness the traditional building of Tibetan of “Pill Box”; which is hidden deep in the high mountains and dense forests, thousands of blockhouses are endowed with a sense of mystery. The Dadu River takes shape here and flows south through Danba. Dzonglu village is one of those villages, where visitors can find themselves immersed in various blockhouses. There are 113 ancient blockhouses in Dzonglu village with a history of more than 1,000 years. In Danba, most blockhouses are built together with resident houses. They are made of clay and stones, with an elegant and strong appearance. In the past, blockhouses were used as defense forts and beacon towers. Residents would even pray to some of the edifices to exorcise evil spirits and bring good weather for crops. Inside each blockhouse, a delicate and intricate emblem such as ox horns or a fire wheel hangs on the wall. Some people say these are clan marks. Some argue that it is a secret signal. But the real meaning is still a mystery. After visit to this such beautiful village, we will drive to Baoxing in the late morning, enroute passing through the pass of Mt. Jiajin, then descending to Baoxing county that is a small town located in a valley and surrounded by mountains.
Day 15 Baoxing to Chengdu: Continuly heading south, the curved road leads toward an important cross-road, where turn to east, we will be back on the highway that connect Ya’an (The rain city) and Chengdu. approximately it may take 6 – 7 hours to cover the drive of this day
Day 16 Today you journey to the eastern tibet of Kham is about to ended, after checking out your hotel, we will drive you to the airport for the next destination you will be heading to.
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