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Eastern Tibet

East of Lhasa is a lush green region where the great rivers carve incredible gorges through the mountains as they descend toward the lowlands of southeast Asia. Here the confluence of the Nyangchu and Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) rivers is a particularly sanctified area with numerous sites of importance to the Bon tradition, including the Bon sacred mountain.

Spring (late April, early May) is the time when the peach blossoms bloom. In September-October the autum colors turn the region gold.

After having been closed to tourism for many years interest in this region is reviving- all tours in this area are private trips customised for you. Here we are offering some suggestions to get you started. All are available as stand-alone trips or may be combined with other travels in central Tibet or to Everest for a longer journey.

Chendu-Lhasa Overland

We can pick you up in Chengdu and include stops in Kangding, Tagong, Litaang or you may explore Sichuan by yourselves and meet your Tibetan guide & driver in Batang.

Day 1: Batang - Markham (Gartok) - Pomda
Day 2: Pomda - Rawok Lake
Day 3: via Pomi - Lunang Forest - Serkyim-la to Nyingchi
Day 4: explore Nyingchi area
Day 5: to Basum Tso
Day 6: to Lhasa (or to Tidrom)

This is a minimalist outline - there are many options depending on your overall plans.

From Yunnan is also an option - 1 day from Zhongdian-Shangri-la to Gartok, then route is the same.



Sacred sites of Bon

Day 1: Arrive at Nyingchi Airport
Day 2: Nyingchi area - visits depending on your personal interests
Day 3: drive from Nyingchi to Pomi via the Cypress Reserve Area and Lunang Forest.
cross the Serkyim-La (4515m), skirt the great mountains of Namche Barwa (7782m) and Gyala Pelri (7294m) with the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) passing between them,
Day 4: to Rawok – visit Rawok Lake & Midui Glacier
Follow the Parlung Tsangpo river 130kms to Rawok. The lake is surrounded by lovely woods, hot springs and one of the most beautiful glaciers in China.
Day 5: After sunrise at Rawok Lake return to Bayi
Day 6: to Basum Tso, following the Nyang Chu - longest tributary of the Yarlung Tsangpo. Basum Tso is reputedly the abode of King Gesar’s spirit and is an important pilgrimage site.
Day 7: to Lhasa via Ganden
Day 8: Lhasa sightseeing - visiting Drepung, Nechung & Sera
Day 9: Lhasa sightseeing - visiting Potala Palace, Jokhang and the Barkhor.
Day 10: transfer to airport

East along the Brahmaputra

Day 1: Arrive Lhasa - transfer to hotel
Day 2: Lhasa sightseeing: Drepung & Sera monasteries (option to add Norbulinka summer palace or the temple of the Nechung State Oracle)
Day 3: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala, Jokhang, Barkhor Pilgrim Circuit (option to add Ramoche Temple)
Day 4: via Dorje Drak to Samye – visit Samye Gompa – overnight Tsetang
Day 5: Tradruk, Yumbulakhang – to Gyatsa
Day 6: Follow the Yarlung Tsangpo via Menling to Nyingchi
Many Lhopa people live in this area. They use Tibetan language and script, but generally follow ancient animist traditions.
Day 7: Nyingchi area - Depending on your personal interests visits in this area include visits to the Cypress Reserve Area with about 100 trees more than one thousand years old, the oldest 2,600 years. Lulang and the Sekyim La pass with views of Mt Namche Bawa, the temples of Sigyal Gonchen & Takste Yundrunling, Chu Jowo and Lamaling.
Day 8: flight to Chengdu from Nyingchi airport

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