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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Kawa Karpo Outer CircuitTour Name:         Kawa Karpo Outer Circuit
Tour Code:          M69D316
Duration:            18 Days & 17 Nights
Destination:        Kunming, Shangri-la (Zhongdian), Deqin, Kawa Parpo Trekking
Features:            Kawa Karpo (6740m), the highest mountain of Yunnan, is one of the most sacred mountains for Tibetans. They revere Kawa Karpo as the eastern most abode of Shri Chakrasamvara, the foremost tutelary deity, also known as Khorlo Demchog in Tibetan language. For many of such devotee Tibetans, a pilgrimage at Kawa Karpo at least once in their lifetime means a lot to them. A trekking along the footprints of the pilgrims is perhaps the most exciting moment for any Tibet journey. 
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Arrive in Kunming, be met and transferred to hotel. N/A  Kunming Jinjiang Hotel


 Kunming / Shangri-la

Transferred to airport for flight to Shangri-la (Zhongdian). Stroll in the Old Town of Gyalthang. Visit Suntsenling Monastery. B, L  Gyalthang Dzong Hotel


Shangri-la - Feilaisi

Depart for Feilaisi. On the way enjoy the views of the Golden Sand River and visit Dondrup Ling Monastery. B, L, D  Local Hotel


 Feilaisi - Lungdre

Enjoy sunrise. Drive to Yangzan and trek to Lungdre. B, L, D  Camping Tent


 Lungdre - Lungnak

Trekking to Lungnak Camp after crossing Dong La Pass. B, L, D  Camping Tent

 Lungnak - Manitong

Trek to Manitong today. B, L, D  Camping Tent

Manitong - Tsasok Thang

A strenuous trek to Tsasok Thang meadow through Dokhe La Pass (4470m). B, L, D  Camping Tent

 Tsasok Thang - Chunathang

Trekking to Chunathang and viewing Kawa Karpo. B, L, D  Camping Tent

 Chunathang - Aben

Walk to Aben Village and meet nice Tibetan villagers. B, L, D  Camping Tent

 Aben - Zinak village

Trek to Zinak Village and enjoy hot spring en route. B, L, D  Camping Tent

 Zinak village - Gebu

Trekking to Gebu Village along part of the Salween tributary. B, L, D  Camping Tent

 Gebu - Dagula

Walk to Dagula through the Thakor Chonyi Pass. B, L, D  Camping Tent

 Dagula - Ladho

Trek to Ladho Village and visit a little temple en route. B, L, D  Camping Tent

 Ladho - Mechok Pangang

A challenging trek towards Mechok Pangang. B, L, D  Camping Tent

 Mechok Pangang - Chuzom 

Trek to Chuzom pasture. B, L, D  Camping Tent

 Chuzom - Dechen

Walk approx.6hrs to Meilishi, end of trekking. Transferred to Dechen. B, L, D  Local Hotel

 Dechen - Shangri-la

Transferred back Shangri-la. Enjoy free night at Shangri-la.   B, L  Gyalthang Dzong Hotel


Transferred to airport for your departure flight (via Kunming). Trip ends.  B  N/A

Day01 Arrival Kunming
Today you arrive in Kunming, the Eternal Spring City and capital of Yunnan Province. Greeted and received by your local guide who will escort you to your hotel. The rest of day is at your own disposal.

Day02 Kunming / Shangri-la (B, L)Suntsenling Monastery,Gyalthang,Yunnan
Transferred to airport for flight to Shangri-la (Gyalthang). Stroll in the Old Town of Gyalthang. Visit Suntsenling Monastery, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan is also known by the name of "Small Potala Palace". The balance of the day is at your own leisure to acclimatize to the high altitude. Overnight at hotel in Shangri-la

Day03 Shangri-la - Feilaisi (B, L, D)Kawa Karpo,Yunnan
Depart for Feilaisi. On the way enjoy the views of the Golden Sand River and visit Dondrup Ling Monastery. 105km to Gyalthang, by the famous Yunnan - Tibet Highway, Dondrup Ling Monastery is one of the most influential monasteries of Gelupa Tradition housed over 700 Buddhist monks during its peak time by the end of the 19th century. Feilasi is a nice village only 15 minutes drive from Dechen Town. Check in hotel at Feilaisi and enjoy sunset at the Kawa Karpo.

Day04 Feilaisi  - Lungdre (B, L, D)Kawa Karpo Trekking
View the splendid sunrise over the Kawa Karpo. Then you will start the trekking. You will fist of all take a vehicle for approx.3hrs to Yangzan and start the trek to Yangzan (3hrs). Overnight camp at Lungdre (2470m)

Day05 Trek to Lungnak (B, L, D)Kawa Karpo Walking,Yunnan
Trek 7.5 hours to Lungnak Camp. Today we will cross the "Dongla pass" (3261m), and on the way you will visit the beautiful river valley. Overnight camp

Day06 Walk to Manitong (B, L, D)Kawa Karpo Pilgrimage Circuit
Today you will trek 5 hours to Manitong (3340m). On the way we will see the mythical Dokhe-La Pass. The famous French woman explorer Alexandra David Neel once took this route in the early 20th century. Camping

Day07 Trek to Tsasok Thang (B, L, D)Kawa Karpo Outer Circuit
Trek 7.5 hours to Tsasok-Thang (3750m). We start to climb DokheLa (4470m), then down to a high pasture. For the Tibetans, this pasture means "the stone step to the heaven". It is the most strenuous day. Camping

Day08 Trek towards Tsasok Thang (B, L, D)Kawa Karpo Outer Circuit
Trek 7 hours to Chunathang (2560m). We first pass through Trangche (3440m), then Lho Oesel where one can see the Mt. Kawa Karpo and Lho Du Be. Camping

Day09 Trekking to Aben village (B, L, D)Aben Tibetan village on the Kawa Karpo Trekking
Trek for 6 hours. We climb to the Shingkang-La pass (3690m), and then 4.5 hours trek down to the Aben Tibetan village (2,250m). One of the most beautiful villages on this Kora, Aben, we can meet the hospitable villagers. Camping

Day10 Walk to Zinak (B, L, D)Tibetan Village during the outer circuit at Kawa Karpo
Trek 6.5 hours to Zinak village (2650m). On the way we will cross the Chudrol hot spring in the Chawalong Tibetan village (1900m). The Zinak people are always welcoming towards you around the Mani (Tibetan stones) temple. Camping

Day11 Hiking to Gebu village (B, L, D)Walking through woods during the Kawa Karpo Pilgrimage
Trek 6.5 hours to Gebu village (2400m). Then we climb for 3 hours to Tangtoe-la pass (3360m), before trekking down to the Radha village beside the Tsayuqu River, tributary of the Nu-Jiang (Salween). We finally reach Gebu village, which is the half way stage towards the Kora. Camping

Day12 Trekking towards Dagula (B, L, D)Camp during the Kawa Karpo Trekking
Trek 7 hours to Dagula. We then climb the Thakor Chonyi pass (4100m), then head down to Dagula (3800m). Camping

Day13 Trekking to Ladho village (B, L, D)Local Crew resting during the Kawa Karpo Trekking
Trek 7.5 hours to Ladho village. In the morning we trek 1 hour to Gabtsa-La pass (4200m), heading south for long time before joining the hard road to Gabtsa Chuka. We will visit a small temple (2680m), then climb 1.5 hours to Ladho village. This is a beautiful and picturesque village, so we will rest here. Camping

Day14 Trek to Mechok Pangang (B, L, D)Trek ascending to Pass during Kawa Karpo Outer Circuit
Today's trek is 6 hours. This is one of the hardest treks of the trip as we ascend to highest pass of the trip, the Shola (4815m). We will then head towards the Mechok Panggang at 4200m. If the weather is idea, we can see the entire Kawa Karpo range there. Camping

Day15 Trek to Chuzom (B, L, D)Walking trail on the Kawa Karpo Outer Circuit
Trek 5 hours to Chuzom (3460m). In morning we trek 3 hours to the Shola pass (4815m), then down to the Chuzom pasture (3460m) by Duglun Thang (4250m). Camping

Day16 Trek to Meilishui, transferred to Dechen (B, L, D)Enjoy the last hours walking on the Kawa Karpo Pilgrimage Outer Circuit
Trek 6.5 hours. Last trekking day to Menroe Shoe (Meishi in Chinese) at 2200m. We meet again with the Mekong River at Sachu Ka then reaching Menri Shi, our car will be waiting for us. Drive 2.5 hours back to Dechen (3320m). Enjoy hot shower and good dinner to celebrate the trekking. Overnight at hotel in Dechen

Day17 Dechen - Shangri-la (B, L)First Bend of the Golden Sand River
After a leisure morning, you will bid farewell to Kawa Karpo and leave for Shangri-la (Gyalthang) and upon arrival Gyalthang, enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight hotel in Gyalthang

Day18 Depart Shangri-la (B)
Free and transfer to airport for departure flight (via Kunming). End of your journey.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01). All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room/tent (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a seasoned English speaking local trek guide during the walking and for culture visits in the itinerary (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Adequate packing animals such as horses/or yaks and porters for baggages/outdoor gears during the trekking;
08). Professional outdoor sleeping tents with mattress during the trekking (twin shared basis);
09). Kitchen tent, toilet tent and folding table and chairs during the camping days;
10). Three meals a day prepared by professional outdoor cook during the walking;
). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
12). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). Sleeping bags and other personal trekking gears;
07). International travel insurance;
08). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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