14 days

Dege Trek

Dege also Derge, it was the capital of the 5 major kingdoms of eastern Tibet in Kham. Dege Trek is to begin with Dzongsar village, which is hidden in the valley next to the Jinsha River for hundreds of years. Dege trek will end at Manigango, a wild-west like small town. It is said that Manigango was the Battle field that The King Gesar conquered the evil. With this trip, we will explore the hidden valleys in Kham, and enjoy the scenery there.

Departure Date Overview

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2018 May10th

Arrive Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Departure Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Activity Trekking, Adventure
Group size Minimum 3 people, maximum 12 people;
Private group departure is available, please Contact Us for Group departure price
Vehicle For group 3-5 people, one 7 seats vehicle, View vehicle image
  • This is the images about the vehicle on this trip, the actual vehicle may be different from the listed images
  • When the tour is 6 people or more, the vehicle will be changed according to the group size

Licensed English-speaking guide
Accommodation based on double occupancy
Entrance fees to all sites listed in the itinerary
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Walking and driving tour per itinerary
Every 4 participants will have 1 horse to carry large baggage
The carried large baggage must weigh no more than 12 kilograms per participant
Tents and Mattress
Medical costs China visa fees
Personal expenses Lunch and Dinner
Single supplement

Arrive in Chengdu

Meet your guide at the airport or train station, drive to your hotel to check in. In the afternoon feel free to take a relaxing sightseeing visit to the traditional Chinese teahouse at People’s park.

Chengdu to Xindu-qiao via Kangding

We’ll drive 360 kilometers on a paved road, into hill country and cross through Mt. Erlang tunnel, where we will stop by to visit Luding Iron Bridge. Then, we’ll arrive at the gateway town of the Eastern Tibet of Kham – Kangding, which is cradled along the raging Dzetuo River. The river’s continual rumble can be heard in its alleyways where nomads from the West to sell Tibetan herbal medicine, Khampa knives, traditional Tibetan garments, and yak butter tea. For centuries the town has held the status of “Gateway to Tibet.” After taking a short visit to this newly remodled Tibetan town, we will continually drive onto Mt Dzetuo pass (4323m), then descending to one small Tibetan village of Xindu Qiao, where we will spend our night.

Xindu-qiao to Kanze

We will get up early to appreciate the mornign view of this quiet Tibetan town, it is getting well-known for its picturesque nature view; After having breakfast, we will be back on the main trail heading west to Lhagang a small Tibetan town built by the road, where we will visit to Lhagang monastery, a Nyingma pa sect monastery. Thenwe will continue the drive all the way to Kanze, enjoy the nature scenery along the drive. We will pick some spots to stop strecthing legs, and relaxing;

Kanze to Pelyul

The overall distance from Kanze to Pelyul is about 230 kilometers on a paved and dirt road. The watershed pass cuts through the glacial Kawalingring range, which divides the Yangtze and Yarlung basins. While crossing the watershed pass (4,320 meters) and heading towards Pelyul, there are spectacular upland lakes and grasslands of gentian and edelweiss, among others.

Pelyul to Dzongsar valley

Today, we will go along the eastern bank of Jinsha River to a valley junction, which is narrow and about 40 kilometers away. The valley is wide, Dzongsar, a rich and beautiful monastery is located on the top of the small mountain at the end of the valley where a vast Barley field is. It is similar to Shangri-la where Tibetan live peacefully and quietly. Dzongsar Monastery was founded in 1275. It had been a Nyingmapa and a Karma Karygu sect temple, and was the site of a Bonpo shrine. Dzongsar monastery, the now Sakyapa monastery was the home 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 non-sectarian approach to the study and practice of Buddhism, and great lamas of all four Tibetan traditions studied there. The Monastery has been rebuilt in recent years following its destruction under Communist rule. The present Dzongsar Khyentse, Thubten Chokyi Gyamtso, supervises the Institute where 250 monks are being educated.

Trek Day 1 -- Dzongsar valley to Valley junction (6.5 hours walk)

In the morning pack your luggage onto the animal carrying the baggages. Then, along Mesho-chu Southward, which is about 2 kilometers before reaching Yuba village we’ll cross a wooden bridge on Mesho-chu. We’ll reach a small hill, leave the main trail to the first unknown pass, then descend to the valley. This lush, green valley is about 8 kilometers long where you’ll turn north to Redakla pass that leads you to the valley junction where you’ll camp.

Trek Day 2 -- To Nenang Gonpa (6 – 7 hours walk)

After having breakfast you’ll load your gear, then ascend to the Redakla pass, then descend to the valley to Tingchu for about 8 kilometers., Over 3 passes en route you’ll head north to Nenang gonpa.

Trek Day 3 -- Nenang Gonpa to Medow camp

The trail today is flat where there are several rivers to crossing through. The walk is pleasant, and along the road we may see wildlife including, deer. The camp is located at one meadow by a small stream beneath the highest pass of this trek, also known as Dzen.

Trek Day 4 -- Complete this trek

You’ll depart early in the morning where the altitude goes up to 5,000 meters to the pass of Den-La from the Meadow camp at 4,100 meters. You should put aside 3 hours to cover this distance. We’ll have a picnic at the pass, where the snow covered mountains are visible including, Mt. Tro La, Mt. Rongme Peza, Mt. Gongri Neto. Descending along the rocky trail, to the first stage, a a lake that resembles a blue-diamond descends to the bottom of the valley. Along Dzen-chu to the entrance of the valley, crossing a wooden bridge, our vehicle will be waiting next to the wooden bridge. Later, we’ll drive to Manigango for overnight

Manigango to Tawu

We’ll head east via Dargye monastery to Kanze, where we’ll visit Kanze monastery and Den Gonpa. Then we’ll continue eastward driving over the Luoguo Pass with an altitude of 4,100 meters to Luhuo county. Then, after reaching at another town of Tawu we’ll visit the Nyingtso monastery that once housed 400 monks.

Tawu to Danba

You’ll depart from Tawu heading toward Bamei town. We’ll visit a monastery of Gatar Shangbalin, which the 7th Dalai Lama used to live in due to a religious doctrine. Then, we’ll drive to visit the birth place of 11th Dalai Lama. In the afternoon we’ll head to the range of Yarla Yartso mountain, for about a 30 minute drive to get to the valley where we can enjoy the scenery of Mt. Yarla Yartso. Afer, we’ll continue following the Donggu River crossing through the narrow and deep valley to Danba, which is the Kingdom of Ancient Blockhouses. A group of ancient stone blockhouses that were built during the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-589) are located in the county’s Suopo Township. Due to its superb architecture, the blockhouses have survived wars, wind and rain, and earthquakes throughout the area’s more than 1,000 years of existence. As a result, 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 various shapes as follows: square, pentagon, hexagon, octagon, or a do-decagon. With its solid angles as sharp as blades, the blockhouse stands upright resembling a sword pointing toward the sky. These ancient houses are divided, according to their functions, into four categories as follows: fort blockhouses, beacon blockhouses, village blockhouses, and dwelling blockhouses. The dwelling blockhouse is usually about 10 meters high. The structure is a combination of blockhouse and residential home. When entering the blockhouse, a ladder is necessary. After entering, the ladder is taken away so enemies couldn’t enter the house

Danba to Mt Siguniang

We will take the newly repaved road from Danba to Mt Siguniang, where we will spend one day to explore the valleys, it is one of the Nature level Nature Reserve;

Mt Siguniang to Chengdu

Today, we will drive back to Chengdu, the newly completed Mt Balang Tunnel has tremendously shorten the driving distnace and time between Mt Siguniang and Chengdu, the drive takes about 5 hours around, after arrive back in Chengdu, check in, you will have your time free to relax

Chengdu Departure

Your journey ends today, you will be transported to the airport for your departure

To find out the driving rout of this journey, please enlarge and view this map

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Dege Trek
dege trek camp site
Zen la pass
dege trek lake
dege trek camp

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