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 (Gelukpa sect), Palpung monastery (Kamar kargyu sect), Zhechen monastery (Nyingmapa sect) and Yixi gonpa (Bon sect).
|Arrive||Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China|
|Departure||Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China|
|Activity||Walking, Sightseeing, photography|
|Single Supplement||US$ 276.00|
|Group Size||Minimum 3 people, Maximum 12 people|
|Group departure||“Group departure” is available, please Contact Us for Group departure price|
|Vehicle||For group 3-5 people, one 7 seats vehicle, View vehicle image
Arrive in Chengdu
Meet your guide at airport or train station and go to your hotel to check in. In the afternoon a relaxing sightseeing visit to the traditional Chinese teahouse at People’s park.
Chengdu to Xin Du Qiao
Today, we begin our journey of exploring the mysterious Yarchen Gar. 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
Xin Du Qiao to Luhuo
In the morning, we will begin our journey by visiting Tagong (Lhagang) Monastery after driving 30 km, then we will continue our tour heading west to Luhuo, en route we will stop by Tawu (Dao Fu) 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
Luhuo to Kanze
The distance from Luhuo to Kanze (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
Kanze to Pelyul, detour Yarchen Gar
The overall distance 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 paved. En route, we will make one detour of Yarchen Gar, one meditation and Buddhist Accedemy especially for Nyingma pa.
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 4150m. After visiting this site, we will return to the main road, and drive to Derge county.
Derge 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 Padamasambawar. 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.
Derge to 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
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 for 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, which is the Kingdom of 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 t is hidden deep in the high mountains and dense forests, thousands 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
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
Today, your trip ends. We will drive you to the airport or train station for your departure