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Chengdu to Lhasa Overland Epic 11 Days Adventure via G318


From $1940
TOUR TYPE: Group,Family,Culture,Photography


G318 is one of the most famous routes in China. Each year, countless travelers will go to Tibet via this road by car, bicycle or even feet. During this route, we will experience treacherous mountain roads, pass grotesque gorges, vast grasslands and breathtaking lakes. The 2100 km road trip will be your lifetime experience visiting Tibet as apart from natural landscapes, Tibetan culture, friendly local people and their religion will be a highlight on your trip as well!


Day 1: Chengdu Arrival
Upon arrival, our colleague will pick you up at the airport/train station and transfer you back to your hotel. The rest day is for you to relax and hang around on your own. At about 19:00 in the afternoon, we will have a welcome dinner at a local Sichuan restaurant. Afterwards, our guide and driver will give a briefing about this tour.
Sichuan Opera Night View of Chengdu

Day 2: Chengdu-Ya'an-Luding-Kangding-Xinduqiao
Today we will drive about 410km and it takes around 10 hours. In the morning at about 7:00, we will depart from Chengdu and drive all the way to Xinduqiao via Zheduo Mountain. On the way, we will see lots of Tibetan villages, grasslands, and yaks. It's hard to move your eyes away from the windows. In the afternoon, we will finally reach , the paradise for photography.
Zheduo Mountain Xinduqiao

Day 3: Xinduqiao-Yajiang-Litang-Haishan Mountain-Batang
Today we will drive from Xinduqiao to Batang for about 400km. Known as the "paradise for photography", Xinduqiao is famous for its picturesque sceneries, peaceful villages and local Tibetan villages. After having breakfast, we will continue to head westwards and pass the Yalong River. On the way to Litang, we will see natural grasslands, grazing yaks and sheep, local nomad tents scattering around. Ke'er Monastery in Litang is also worth visiting. It is a prestigious Gelugpa Monastery built along the mountain. Afterwards we will head to Batang County via Haizishan Mountain (4700m).
Litang Batang

Day 4: Batang-Jinsha River-Maerkam-Lawu Mountain-Dongda Mountain-Zogong
Today we will drive about 260km and officially enter the Tibet Autonomous Region. As wide as 300 sq km, our tour vehicle will move in regions where Jinsha River, Lancang River and Nu River flow paralleled. The three renowned rivers share the same source originating from rivers of Tanggula Mountains on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Then we will proceed Zogong via Lawu Mountain (4358m) and Dongda Mountain (5008m).
Bird View of Lancang River  Nu River

Day 5: Zogong-Bangda Grassland-Yela Mountain-72 Bends-Ranwutso
Today we will drive from Zogong to Ranwutso for about 200 km. After having breakfast, we will start the trip to Bangda Grassland, the most important natural pasture in eastern Tibet. It's home to many wild animals like yaks, horses, birds, etc. thanks to it's rich grasslands and abundant water resources. Later we will cross the Yela Mountain (4839m) to the famous 72 Bends. Going deep west, we will reach Rawutso Lake, where you can feel significant temperature drop (up to 20℃) as the altitude drops to 2500m.
Bangda Grassland 72 Bends

Day 6: Ranwutso-Midui Glacier-Parlung Tsangpo-Bomi
Today we will drive about 250km. Serving as the source of Parlung Tsangpo Lake, Rakwutso is a typical seasonal glacial lake in Chamdo. The lake has an area of 22,000 square km, with an elevation of 3,850 meters. People always say that Ranwutso Lake, together with Lhegu Glacier is a perfect combination of Alps of Swiss and Jiuzaigou. After the arrival, the picturesque view will definitely drive away your fatigues, the upright high peaks, white glaciers, blue lake, green grassland, floating clouds and lush forests. Later on, we will proceed to Bomi via Midui Glacier, 1 of the most beautiful glaciers in China.
Rakwutso  Far View of Midui Glacier

Day 7:Bomi-Tongmai-Lulang Forest-Sejila Mountain-Nyingtri
Today we will drive about 230km. Following an open and wide valley (2km wide, 5km long), we move into the canyon of Parlung Tsangpo. You can see raging torrent, notorious rapids and gushing waterfalls one after another. It's the scenery you can never see at other places. Later on, we will proceed to Lulang Forest. Known as the "Switerland in East", this region is covered by shrubs, spruces and pine trees. On the way to Nyingtri, we will have a panorama of Mt. NamchaBarwa (7782m) at Sejila Mountain Pass (4728m), one of the most amazing mountains in China. Finally, we will reach Nyingtri, the biggest city in eastern Tibet.
Lulang Forest Mt. NamchaBarwa

Day 8: Nyingtri-Lhasa
Today we will drive about 420km to Lhasa city following the Nyang River, a tributary of Yarlung Tsangpo River. After pass Mila Pass (5013m), we finally reach Lhasa city, the capital of Tibet. We will transfer you back to hotel and take good rest. The rest time is for your to hang around on your own.
Nyang River Basumtso

Optional: If time is enough, pay a visit the Basumtso, which is a beautiful small holy lake of Tibetan Buddhism. Entrance fee around 30 USD is not included in price quotation. Please pay on site by tourists. 

Day 9: Lhasa City Tour
Today we will visit the famous Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.

Drepung Monastery is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries that housed for more than 10,000 monks. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. It was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet. And then you also can visit the biggest monastery kitchen in the monastery and enjoy Buddhist sculpture carving workshop near Drepung.
Drepung Monastery Drepung Monastery

Sera Monastery is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. We will watch the Monks Debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour  the Tibetan religious scripture printing house and see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside the Monastery.
Sera Monastery Sera Monastery

Optional: If you want to, we can arrange the Wencheng Princess Show at night. Price starting from 60 USD.

Day 10: Lhasa city tour
Today we will visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.

Potala Palace is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Potala Palace Potala Palace

Jokhang Temple is known as the center of the Tibetan Buddhism, features Buddhist prayer wheels, reclining deer, golden sutra streamers. Around the temple, you can see a great many of pilgrims praying in front of the temple. If you want to, we can do kora with local pilgrims.
Jokhang Temple Jokhang Temple

We will stroll in the old alleys of Barkhor Street where you can drink the sweet tea, chat with locals and even bargain with the street vendors to understand the real life in Lhasa.
Barkhor Street Barkhor Street

Day 11: Lhasa Departure
Our guide will drop you to the airport/train station based on your departure time. Tour ends.

Price Guide

Time April 1-June 25 June. 26-Aug. 25 Aug. 26-Oct. 15 Oct. 16-Nov. 15
Price 1940 USD 2140 USD 2140 USD 1940 USD

1. 3 pax booking together get 5% discount.
2. Booking 3 months in advance get 5% discount.
Notice: 2 discounts cannot be used together.

Price Includes
1.   Local Transfer: from 5-23 seat depending on the group tour size
2.   Accommodation
      Major city: 3-star sharing twin room
      Remote area: basic hotel/guesthouse
3.   Local English speaking guide
4.   Entrance tickets listed above
5.   Tibet Travel Permit 
6.   Daily Water
7.   Oxygen supply when needed
8.   Welcome dinner
9.   Service fee
10. Government tax
11. Travel Accident Insurance
12. Pick-up service and drop-off service at fixed time
13. Permit delivery fee inside China

Price Excludes
1. Tips to guide and driver
2. Meals 
3. Your own expenses
4. Single room supplement
5. Domestic/international train/flight to and leave Chengdu/Tibet


1. Because it's a group tour, when matching the roommate for you, we will try to find same-sex travelers for you as our priority. If there is no suitable roommate, we will inform you first to see if you are OK to share with a different-sex traveler. If no, we can consider to pay single room supplement to have a single room or get some refund to have a guesthouse (4-8 beds per room, no breakfast, no private bathroom).
2. We have free pick-up service for airport at 10:00 am; 13:30 pm; 17:00 pm and free drop-off service for airport at 06:30 am; 08:00 am; 12:00 pm. For train station pick-up and drop-off, we will arrange for you at any time.
3. We will only deliver the permit to your hotel/address in China. If you don't stay any night at China or if you prefer to get the permit in your home country/at the airport in Mainland China, there will be extra cost (about 50-75 USD dollars).
4.This tour itinerary is for your reference only. We may adjust the sequence based on the current situation (road condition, weather, reservation of Potala Palace, etc.). Our company will not be held responsible for uncontrollable forces like political policy, unrest, protest, natural disaster, weather, delay/cancel of train/flight.
5. We will need at least 4 pax booking to operate this trip.

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