9-10 Days: Chengdu-Panda-Kangding-Lhagang Monastery-Garzi Monastery-Yachen Gar-Palyul Monastery-Dzongsar Monastery-Dege Monastery-Yilhun Lake-Larung Gar-Chengdu
Chengdu-Panda Reserve-Kangding-Lhagang Monastery-Garzi Monastery-Yachen Gar-Palyul Monastery-Yangtse River-Dzongsar Monastery-Dege Monastery-Yilhun Lake-Larung Gar-Chengdu
This popular itinerary begins and ends in Chengdu, making it very convenient for international travelers. This tour visits the heart of Kham or Eastern Tibet. Kham is the most geographically diverse region of the country and culturally very distinct from Amdo and TAR. You will never forget Kham!
After beginning with the world famous panda reserve just outside Chengdu, you will continue your adventure in landscapes of exceptional and rare beauty, interspersed with many opportunities for interacting with people and experiencing Tibet's cultural specialties such as riding yaks and horses. If you are interested, home-stays can be easily arranged in Kham.
Unlike other parts of the country, the people of Kham are tall—it is not uncommon for the men to be 6 ft or taller. The women of Kham still adhere to traditional attire, wearing extravagant jewelry of turquoise or coral.
Kham has many important and thriving monasteries and cultural institutions. Historically, it has held steadfastly to its sovereignty. Today, it is well known for its "lively" culture.