7 Days: Chengdu-Pandas-Kangding-Tagong-Garzi-Palyul-Dege-Yilung-Chengdu
If you're in Chengdu and only have a week at your disposal, you can still experience the unique culture and natural beauty of Kham. This is a journey you will never forget!
We can meet you at the Chengdu airport and we can leave the nest day or if you’re spending a few days in Chengdu, we can arrange for your airport transfer to your hotel and then come to meet you in the morning of your departure for Kham.
Day 1: We will meet you at your hotel in Chengdu. You’ll be travelling in a SUV. We will drive to Kangding (aka Dartsedo), the capital of Kham, via Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve in Beifeng Xia where there are more 80 pandas. Hotel in Kangding. (4-star hotel available)
Day 2 Drive to Tagong (aka Lhagang), one of the holiest places in Kham where there is famous statue of Lord Buddha. Visit Tagong Monastery, explore the town and enjoy the nearby famous grasslands. Home-stay or hotel in Tagong.
Day 3: Drive to Garzi (aka Ganzi), the biggest city in Kham passing through several small towns and enjoying agricultural and nomadic landscapes. Home-stay or hotel in Garzi (4-star hotel possible).
Day 4: Drive to Palyul (aka Peyul) Monastery, founded in the 17th century and one of the six great monasteries of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. and visit you would see massive grassland. It may also be possible to visit Yachen Gar, the second largest Buddhist institute in Kham. Hotel.
Day 5: Drive to Dege (aka Derge), a foremost cultural treasure of Tibet and often regarded as the heart of Kham. Visit the Dege Parkhang (Printing House), built in 1729. Today, it is still a thriving center devoted to the printing and preservation of Tibetan literature. It houses the largest collection of Tibetan woodblocks in the world. The temple contains original frescoes. Hotel.
Day 6: Drive to Garzi via Yilung Lhatso, a sacred glacial lake (4,110 m) and one of the most beautiful in all Tibet. Yilung is also a natural reserve with 176 species of wild animals, including the snow leopard, various birds and much flora. Casual easy walking and picnics! Home-stay or hotel in Garzi (4-star hotel available).
Day 7: Drive back to Chengdu and we will bring you to your hotel of choice..