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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 Trek Tour Name:         Kawa Karpo Trek
Tour Code:          M69D317
Duration:            11 Days & 10 Nights
Destination:        Lijiang, Weixi, Kawa Karpo Inner Pilgrimage circuit , Feilaisi, Shangri-la (Gyalthang)
Features:            Rising between the Salween and the Mekong, in the extreme edge of Northwest Yunnan, Kawa Karpo (6740m), is one of the most sacred mountains for Tibetans. For many of such devotee Tibetans, a pilgrimage at Kawa Karpo is extremely important. This tour takes you to the inner pilgrimage circuit at Kawa Karpo, less strenuous in shorter time. 
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Arrive in Lijiang, be met and transferred to hotel. N/A  Wangfu Hotel


 Lijiang - Weixi 

Transferred to Weixi County. B, L, D  Local Hotel


Weixi - Ninong

Drive to visit Cathedral in Cizhong Village, trek to Ninong from Jiabi Village. B, L, D  Local Hotel


 Ninong - Yubeng 

Trek 6hrs to Yubeng Village. B, L, D  Local lodge



Trekking to the sacred waterfall. B, L, D  Local lodge

 Yubeng - Kawa Karpo B.C.

Trek 6hrs to the Base Camp of Kawa Karpo, pass through woodland and enjoy ice lake. B, L, D  Local lodge

Yubeng  - Mingyong

Trek to Xidang Hot Spring, drive to Mingyong Village. B, L, D  Local lodge

 Mingyong - Feilaisi

Hiking on the Mingyong Glacier, transferred to Feilaisi to view Kawa Karpo and the Mekong Valley. B, L, D  Local Hotel

 Feilaisi - Shangri-la

Enjoy sunrise over Mt.Kawa Karpo, leave for Shangri-la and visit Dondrup Ling Monastery en route. B, L Gyalthang Dzong Hotel


Visit Suntsenling Monastery, then take a hiking to Ringha Monastery. B, L Gyalthang Dzong Hotel


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

Day01 Arrival Lijiang
Today you arrive in Lijiang in northwest 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 Lijiang - Weixi (B, L, D)
Cizhong Catholic Church,Yunnan
This morning you will meet with your guide and driver who will transfer you to Weixi County. It is 6.5 hours drive along part of the Golden Sand River. On arrival, check in local hotel. Lunch and dinner will be arranged by your guide at local restaurants.

Day03 Trek Cizhong to Ninong (B, L, D)Cizhong in Northwestern Yunnan
This morning you will head out for Cizhong and Visit local Catholic Church in Cizhong village. After that you will be transferred to JiaBi village from where you start the light walking for approx. 4 hours to Ninong Tibetan village. Overnight stay in a village lodge

Day04 Trek Ninong to Yubeng (B, L, D)Kawa Karpo Trekking,Yunnan
Today you will trek 6 hours to YuBeng, on the way alone the beautiful Yubeng River. You will make some ascending up to the Village. Overnight at local Tibet guest house

Day05 Trek Yubeng Sacred Waterfall (B, L, D)Yubeng Sacred Waterfall,Kawa Karpo Trek
Today's trekking is 6.5hours. After breakfast you will walk to the sacred waterfall, from that Yubeng's name originated. Buddhists on a pilgrimage to the area for 13 times circuits (Kora) around the waterfall is believed to have the effect of erasing all sins from this life. In the early afternoon you will get back to the village lodge and visiting sacred sites along the way. Overnight at local Tibet guest house

Day06 Trek Yubeng Iced Lake (B, L, D)Kawa Karpo Trek,Yunnan
Today you will have 6 hours trekking. This morning you start the walking towards the mountaineering base camp. You will tramp crossing the primeval woodland and seeing the stunning ice-cape and ice-lake etc. You will trek back Yubeng Village for the night. Overnight at local Tibet guest house

Day07 Trek to Xidang, then Drive to Mingyong village (B, L, D)Trek at Kawa Karpo Inner Circuit
This morning you will trek towards XiDang, on the way you will cross a pass that is 3620m above sea level, then you will make a descending down to the XiDang village from where you will meet with driver who will escort you to Mingyong village. Overnight stay in a village lodge

Day08 Trek to Mingyong, overnight Feilaisi (B, L, D)Mingyong Glacier,Kawa Karpo,NW Yunnan
In the morning visit the Mingyong Glacier. The trails to Mingyong Glacier lead up from Mingyong's central square marked by a new chorten. After 45 minutes a path splits off down to the scruffy toe of the glacier. Continuing going on, after another 45 minutes you get to Tibetan style Taizi Temple and keeping on a further half an hour you will reach the Lotus Temple which offers a fantastic view of the glacier in the backdrop of beautiful prayer flags and chortens. After the excursion you will get back to the village and driven to Feilaisi through the deeply cut Mekong gorge. Enjoy some free relaxed at your hotel that facing the snowy peak of the mighty Kawa Karpo.

Day09 Feilaisi - Shangri La (B, L)Local Bridge in NW Yunnan
Today you will drive around 6.5hour or 186km to Shangri La. On the way, we will 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. Overnight in the hotel

Day10 Shangri La (B, L)Suntsenling Monastery,Zhongdian,Yunnan
In the morning trek 4 hours to Ringha monastery, on the way cross the Tibetan village and meadows. Drive to visit Suntsenling Monastery, the biggest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan is also known by the name of "Small Potala Palace". Time allows, have a walk in the Old Town of Gyalthang.

Day11 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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