11 days
US$ 285.00
Single Supplement

Kham Sacred Sites

Tibetan Buddhism had a strong influence in the 11th century AD among the peoples of Central Asia, in Mongolia and Manchuria. It was adopted as an official state religion by the Mongol Yuan dynasty and the Manchu Qing dynasty that ruled China. On Kham Sacred Sites trip we are going to explore the monasteries of Tibetan religion in the eastern Tibet of Kham, such as Kanze monastery (Gelug pa ), Palpung monastery (kagyu pa), Shechen monastery (Nyingma pa) and Yixi gonpa (Bon sect).

Tour Prices Overview
3 People: US$ 1,585.00 Per Person
4-5 People: US$ 1,475.00 Per Person
6-7 People: US$ 1,355.00 Per Person

Departure Date Overview

MonthDeparture dateDeparture dateDeparture date
2018 February25th
2019 March10th
2019 April10th
2019 May10th
2019 June10th
2019 July10th
2019 August10th
2019 September10th
2019 October10th
2019 November10th
2019 December10th
Arrive Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Departure Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Activity Walking, Sightseeing, Photography
Group size Minimum 3 people, maximum 12 people
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 larger than 6 people, 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
Medical costs China visa fees
Personal expenses Lunch and Dinner
Single supplement

Arrive in Chengdu

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

Overnight: Yinhe Dynasty Hotel | Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner


Chengdu to Xin Du Qiao

Today, 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,” We will continue drive to Xinduqiao, a quiet small Tibetan town, it is getting well-know for its picturesque view

Overnight: Jin Qiu Mu Ma Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner


Xin Du Qiao to Luhuo

In the morning, we will begin our journey by visiting Tagong (Lhagang) Monastery ; then after driving 30 km, then we will continue our tour heading west to Luhuo , en route we will stop by Dawu to visit Nyingtro Gonpa. Luhuo is one warm Tibetan Town. It has been rebuilding since the earthquake in 1970’s , so it looks quite “new” comparing to the other towns in Kham
Overnight: Local hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

Luhuo to Garze (Kanze)

The distance from Luhuo to Garze is about 100 km, which takes only few hours, on the drive, we will stop and enjoy the view of Kasa lake, once we arrive in Kanze, check in, we will visit to Kanze monastery and Den Gonpa which is right next to Kanze monastery
Overnight: Tang Gu La Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

Garze to Pelyul, detour Yarchen Gar

The overall distance to Pelyul County is 228 kilometers on a paved road,; the watershed passes through the glacial Kawalingring range, which divides the Yangtze and Yarlung basins, the road is almost all paved. En route, we will make one detour of Yarchen Gar , one meditation and Buddhist Academy especially for Nyingma pa .

Overnight: Jin Ou Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner


Pelyul to Derge, Detour Katok monastery

Today, the journey will be started by driving along the Jinsha River to a valley junction that the trail leads onto Katok monastery
, which is one of the 6 Great Nyingma Pa sect monastery. It located on a spot almost the top of the mountain with altitude of 4150 m. After visiting this site, we will return to the main road, and drive to Derge County .

Overnight: Ying Jin Yuan Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner



Derge County is regarded as the cultural, heart of Kham. It was the capital of Derge kingdom in ancient time. Today we will visit Targyel Lhakhang, a small hall that was built in memory of Padmasambhava . Then we will explore Derge Printing House, which is still to use the traditional way to print Santra and Tantra, supplying the needs for all over Kham, as far as the east central Tibet of Chamdo and the north and south of Amdo.
Overnight: Ying Jin Yuan Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

Derge to Garze ( Kanze)

We’ll drive over the highest pass of this trip, Mt. Trola (5,050 meters), if the Tunnel would be open we will drive through the tunnel which will save a couple of hours that we could enjoy the view of beautiful Yilhun Lhatso (Xinlu) Lake. The road is well paved after Manigango, we will head east, en route stop by visit to Dargye monastery, a Geluk Pa sect monastery

Overnight: Tang Gu La Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner


Garze ( Kanze) to Danba

Today we will drive on the road we came through, at Bamei Town , we will turn northeast, after driving for about 10 km, we will stop by to visit a monastery of Gatar Shangbalin, which the 7th Dalai Lama used to cultivate himself according to a religious doctrine, then to the birth place of 11th Panchen Lama. Then we’ll drive about 30 minutes onto the range of Yarla yartso mountain where we can enjoy the stunning view of Mt. Yarla Yartso. Then after we will continue to follow the Donggu River crossing through the narrow and deep Donggu valley to Danba County , which is the Kingdom of the Ancient Watching Towers . we will drive to the Dzong-lu village to view from distance on the traditional building of Tibetan of “Pill box.” which is hidden deep in the high mountains and dense forests, hundreds of blockhouses are endowed with a sense of mystery. The Dadu River flows south through Danba. Towers were built hundreds of years ago, for defense purposes and passing messages between different villages. The height of these stone-built military structures are often above 30 meters with the tallest tower measuring 60 meters high. Looking from afar, the scenery of the groups of towers and castles standing in the gorgeous Danba valley is breathtaking. We will spend the night at local Tibetan Style hostel

Overnight: Tibetan Hostel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner


Danba to Chengdu

The road curves in the mountain, there is one last mountain we will cross over, then descending from the mountain to reach the fertile land of Chengdu Basin, after arrive in Chengdu, check in, rest

Overnight: Yinhe Dynasty Hotel | Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner


Chengdu departure

Today, your trip ends. We will drive you to the airport or train station for your departure

Overnight: | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

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Kham Sacred Sites
Gatar shangbaling monastery
luding bridge
prayer flag

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