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Arrival in Beijing. Transfer to hotel.
Morning drive along the Yarlung River, up stream to Kangding – the gateway town of the eastern Tibet of Kham Meal.
Kangding- Luhuo Along the Northern highway of Sichuan – Tibet, we head up the first pass of today Mt. Tseduo with altitude of 4238meters, Enroute we will enjoy spectacular nature views. We’ll also visit the white Ming Yak Chorten, and the first monastery of Lhagang monastery. According to the legend, when Princess Wengcheng traveled to Tibet, she stayed overnight here, and the Jowo Shakyamuni image which she brought as her dowry to Lhasa was said to have spoken out aloud, requesting to be left in that idyllic setting! Subsequently King Songtsen Gampo constructed 108 temples in the direction of China mainland.
Luhuo – Kanze – Manigango In the morning we will start early to Kanze. We will visit Kanze monastery which was originally constructed by the Qosot Monglos Cira 1642 on a hilltop. It once had a population of 1500 monks; currently it has an estimated population of 700 monks and 3 tulkus. We also visit Den Gompa, which, since the 17th century, has been maintained by the Gelukpa, an important protector temple that survived the events of 1960s. It contains a revered image of Mahakala in the form Panjaranatha. After lunch in Kanze we will head north to Manigango the Wild Wild WestÉ.
Manigango – Derge Today we will spend some time at Xinlu Lake, traditional name is Yulhun Latso, one of the most beautiful lakes in all Tibetan Cultural Areas. It’s shores arec overed with carved Mani Stones. The mountain and rocks surrounding the lake are said to assume the divine form of the Cakrasamvara Mandala to those who have pure vision to perceive them. In the afternoon we will driver over the highest pass of this whole trip Tro La – with altitude of 5050, but 2 year ago, the altitude was 4950meters.
Derge – Pelyul via Pelpung Monastery Today we will drive along the east bank of Jinsar River, heading south to Pelyul, en route we visit Pelpung monastery, which is the largest and main monastery of Karma Kagyu of Tibetan religion.
Pelyul – Kanze We drive along the side road, enjoy the stunning view of the middle of Kham.
Kanze – Nyarong In the morning, explore the region around the town. After lunch, drive along the Yarlung River downstream to the valley junction and then to the small town in the valley.
Nyarong – Litang Since we have spent days on the Tibetan plateau we can easily acclimatize to the high plateau of Litang, and are ready for the stunning festival of Litang horse – racing festival.
Litang We join the horse – racing festival, sharing the celebration with local nomads and monks. Enjoy the local Tibetan Dancing, Tibetan Traditional Fashion show, and the major program of this festival – Litang horse racing. The streets of Litang will be embodied with a mix of yellow hat Tibetan monks, Khampa men and women (cowboys and cowgirls) and smiley-faced Tibetan women decked in regional finery.
Litang – XinDuQiao XinDuQiao is wonderful site for landscape photographers; we will spend time here to record the beautiful view of Kham, Enroute if weather permits, the stunning view of the peak of Mt. Minyar Gangkar will be visible at the pass of Mt. Gaoershi.
XinDuQiao – Danbag We will pass Lhagang monastery again; visit to the vast mani stone pile & nunnery which is located beneath the holy mountain of Yarla Jartso. Afterwards we drive to Kangding following the Donggu River crossing through the narrow and deep Donggu Valley.
Danba – Wolong Morning we will drive about 40km north from Danba to Qiongshan village. This village is located in a beautiful valley and faces east with altitude of 3100m. In the afternoon, drive to Wolong.
Wolong-Chengdu Visit the national reserve of Giant Panda.
Chengdu Transfer to airport for flight home.
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