16 days Chengdu to Lhasa via Daocheng Yading and Mount Meili overland tour

⇀ Danba
⇀ Tagong
⇀ Daocheng
⇀ Yading
⇀ Xiangcheng
⇀ Mount Meili
⇀ Markham
⇀ Pomi
⇀ Bayi
⇀ Lhasa
Travel along the G318 from Chengdu to Lhasa with some detour to Yading Nature Reserve and holy Mount Meili in Yunnan, discover the nature beauty of 'last Shangri-la' and the mysterious Kham culture.
16 days
Natural scenery, Overland, Photography
Trip code
From CN¥ 18,150 per person
CN¥ 16,500
you save CN¥ 1,650 (10%)

The overland drive from Chengdu to Lhasa via Yading Nature Reserve and Yunnan Mount Meili is a really adventure trip with stunning scenery! High Plateau mountain ranges, grasslands, nomad herders, snow-capped holy mountains, alpine forests, holy lakes, local Tibetan villages,etc will make you have a memorable trip!

Day 01 :
Arrival at Chengdu

Chengdu airport picking up, Check-in and have a good rest. Overnight at Chengdu.

Day 02 :
Chengdu / Rilong / Danba Zhonglu village (310KM, 6-7 hours)

Morning drive from Chengdu to Danba by using the new tunnel at Balang mountain, it shortens the driving time to 6 hours, on the way you may stop at Rilong to visit one of the valleys at Mount Siguniang National park which are famous for the four snow-capped peaks and the three beautiful valleys stretching from Rilong with the landscapes of alpine forest, grasslands, lakes, etc. 

Danba sits in a deep valley at the confluence of two rivers, with another three river valleys joining the first two nearby. Each of these five valleys is equally stunning, with rugged Tibetan villages clinging to steep, fertile mountainsides above a brown river streaked with white in places where swift currents collide. 

Today you will be driven to Zhonglu village for overnight. The rest of the day is to explore Zhonglu village, crops fields and wait for the sunset. Overnight at Zhonglu local farmer's guest house. 


Day 03 :
Hiking from Zhonglu to Suopo / Tagong / Xinduqiao (160KM, 4 hours)

After the sunrise at Danba Zhonglu village, then you will hike from Zhonglu to Suopo Tibetan village to see the splendid watchtowers, it is a nice 3 hours moderate hiking by crossing one pass where you will have nice views of villages and the river at the foot of the mountain. 

Meet your driver at Suopo and drive to Tagong for 3 hours, the landscapes on the way is good. Upon arrival, you will be arranged to visit Tagong monastery, a nice example of a typical Tibetan monastery, with its statues, painted walls, thangkas, incents smells and plenty of monks dressed in their carmine robes. After enjoys the sunset over Yala holy mountain, another 40 minutes drive to Xinduqiao, the heaven for photography. Overnight at Xinduqiao.

Day 04 :
Xinduqiao / Litang / Daocheng (350KM, 6-7 hours)

Morning cross over the Gao'ersi pass (about 4,410m high) to Daocheng, from where follows another two high passes (about 4,700m high) - the Jianziwan & Kazila, the landscape on the way is very good including deep valleys, snow-capped mountains, pastures dotted with sheep and yaks. With its 4010m altitude, Litang county is no doubt the highest city in the world. In addition to its beautiful scenery & spectacular local Tibetan customs, another tourist attraction is the Horse-racing Festival every August. Therefore, if you are here at the very right time, you'll never miss the chance for the hose-racing & dressing show. Another 146km ride to Daocheng will be continued after the visit to a Tibetan monastery. Daocheng is a county that you will enjoy because of its rich soil & Tibetan culture and a good place for recharging yourself before Yading. You may relax by bathing at the hot spring & the Tibetan local dancing show.

Day 05 :
Daocheng / Yading Nature Reserve (Pearl Lake) / Yading Village (110KM, 2.5 hours)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Riwa (Shangrila town), where you need to take local sightseeing bus heading to Yading village, from Yading village you can choose to walk or take a horse-riding to Chonggu Temple, enjoy the scenery of Chonggu Temple and the holy peak of Xiannairi. From Chonggu Temple trekking up or ride a horse to Drolma-la Tso ( Pearl Lake), the best place to view the holy peak Xiannairi. Later afternoon return to Yading village for overnight. 

Day 06 :
Yading Nature Reserve (Luorong Pasture + Five Color Lake & Milk Lake) / Daocheng (110KM, 2.5 hours)

Enjoy the sunrise at Chonggu Temple, then take the local battery cart to Luorong Pasture. It is the best location to worship the three saint peaks of Xiannairi, Yangmaiyong, and Xialuoduojie. You may also continue your trip up to Milk Lake and Five color lake by foot (roughly 4-5 hours round trip) or horse trekking (about 3-4 hours, fees on your own). Late afternoon get back to Yading village and take the local sightseeing bus to Riwa where you will meet your driver and head to Daocheng. Overnight at Daocheng.

Day 07 :
Daocheng / Derong / Benzilan (350KM, 8-9 hours)

Departs at Daocheng early morning, pass Sangdui village to Xiangcheng along with different plateau forest scenery and local Tibetan villages. From Xiangcheng continue the way to Derong and then Benzilan where you will see the First Bend of Jinsha River. Overnight at Beizilan.

Day 08 :
Benzilan / Deqin / Feilaisi - Mount Meili (97KM, 3 hours)

Walk to visit the famous Jinsha River bend, then start driving to Deqin Feilai Temple by passing Snow mountains.  Feilai Si is the best place to see holy Mount Meili, which is one of the most sacred mountains of Tibetan Buddhism. 'Kang Karpo Peak' means the God of Snow Mountain in Tibetan, and is a holy land for worshiping. Pilgrims from Tibet, Qinghai, Sichuan, and Gansu travel to the mountain at the beginning of each winter to worship. Thousands of devout pilgrims worship together and encircle the holy mountain, adding even more mystery and loftiness to the mountain. In the afternoon drive to visit the Mingyong Glacier at the foot of Mount Meili. Overnight at Feilaisi. 


Day 09 :
Mount Meili / Yanjing (Salt Pans) / Markham (210KM, 6-7 hours)

Go on northwards along the Lang Cang river valley, the upper reaches of Mekong River. Pass the border between Tibet and Yunnan at Yanjing, arrive at Markham after another 111km and meet with the Sichuan-Tibet Southern route. When at Yanjing, visit the salt pans along the Lancang Jiang River. Overnight at Markham.

Day 10 :
Markham / Pomda / Pasho (360KM, 8 hours)

Cross Lancang river, pass over the highest pass- Dongda which is 5,008m. Markham offers spectacular scenery, with two riotous rivers 'Lancang River and Jinsha River'. The road running up and down through mountains and gorges makes the 265 km driving full of surprise and excitement. After getting to Pomda, the landscape changes to stretching grassland. Anther 94 km's driving, you get to Pasho. Overnight in Pasho.

Day 11 :
Pasho / Rawu-tso (Ranwu Lake) / Pomi (219KM, 6-7 hours)

The scenery east of Pomi is particularly beautiful. The road heads up the Parlung Tsangpo valley, passing a gorge and several stunning side valleys before you get your first magical views of the blue waters and sandy beaches of Rawoktso (Ranwu Lake), then visit Midui Glacier. After days of driving on the dusty roads, you'll feel so refreshed once get to Pomi, a town embraced by snow mountains and deep forest with pleasant views. Overnight in Pomi.

Day 12 :
Pomi / Lulang / Bayi (240KM, 6-7hrs)

This part of the road continually surprises you with incredible scenery. One saying describes it best: four seasons a day, the diverse climate in ten miles. Stop at Lulang to view the grand peak of Mt.Namche Barwa (7,756m). Overnight in Bayi.

Day 13 :
Bayi / Draksum Tso (Basum tso) / Lhasa (490KM, 8-9 hours drive)

Morning visit Bayi Cypresses Park, afterward continue the way to Lhasa along the beautiful Niyang River, one the way to make a detour to Draksumtso (Basumtso). The lake and its surrounding views are beautiful and the site is also connected to the semi-mythical ruler of the Kham region and Guru Rinpoche. The joint board floating bridge is the only way to the Tsodzong island and visit the Tsodzong Monastery amid of the trees, most probably the highest attraction of this site. Then keep driving along the Niyang River, cross over Mila pass (5100m) to Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 14 :
Lhasa city sightseeing, visit Potola Palace & Jokhang Temple

Today you will be arranged to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most sacred shrine in Tibet which was built in the 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from the Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 15 :
Lhasa city sightseeing, visit Drepung & Sera monasteries, Norbulingka palace

Today you will visit Drepung, Sera monasteries and Summer Palace Norbulingka. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 7,700 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see. Norbulingka is the summer palace of Dalai Lama, you can visit the residences of different lineages of the Dalai Lama. The park is crowded with picnickers and traditional activities during the Shoton (Yogurt festival) in August. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 16 :
Lhasa airport /train station send-off

Your guide and driver will see you off at the airport or train station, end of the trip.

Tour notes:

Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

All required government taxes and fees.
Please contact one of our Tour Advisors to get a custom quotation made to your requirements.
All required Tibet permits and domestic travel documents.
Necessary oxygen and medicine for the acute high altitude sickness.
Your selection of 3, 4 or 5 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Local Tibetan guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Flight and/or railway ticket(s) to the first city of the tour and departure from the last city of the tour.
Flight tickets or train tickets in and out of Lhasa (Please note: We can offer you train and/or plane tickets in and out Lhasa from all cities within China. Please check the latest price with us via email.)

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Wed, 08/08/2018

Is it possible to visit Yading and Tibet within 9 days?

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Tagong grassland by July Yuki
Yuki Yi
Wed, 08/08/2018

In reply to by Woon (not verified)

Hello Woon,
Thanks for contacting us.
Yes, we can arrange you guys to visit Yading and Tibet within 9 days, however, you need to take the flight to Lhasa from Kangding, not an overland trip - it's not available this year though.
I have sent the tour proposal via email, please kind have a look and feel free to share your comments and thoughts.
Best regards,

Thu, 04/18/2013

Hi there, please can you send me a quote on this trip for two travellers? Also if it woulf be possible to do in reverse (Lhasa-Chengdu). We would be looking at around 20-24 May. We would be happ for others to join the trip to keep costs down.

Kind regards,

Replied by
Murphy Feng
Thu, 04/18/2013

In reply to by Simone (not verified)

Hi Simone,

Thank you for your comment! I've sent you an email with some suggestions about this tour, please check it and let me know how you think about it. 

I'm looking forward to hearing from you again!

Kind Regards,


Tan Boon Wah
Tan Boon Wah
Tue, 04/02/2013

Dear Sir,
We are a group of 4/5 from Singapore (1 Vietnamese and 3/4 Singaporean) interested in the above package. Kindly quote us your above package. What is the cost for air ticket from Lhasa to Chengdu? We may extend and additional day to the following in Lhasa 1) Lhasa to Namso-tso. 2) Lhasa to Gyantse.

We look forward to your response. Our tentative travel date will be from 14 Sep 2013

Replied by
Murphy Feng
Wed, 04/03/2013

In reply to by Tan Boon Wah (not verified)

Dear Tan,

Thanks for contacting us! Based on your requirements I've sent you an email with some advice for your reference, please check it and I'm looking forward to hearing your comments on it!

Best Regards,



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Tan Boon Wah
Tan Boon Wah
Tue, 04/09/2013

In reply to by Murphy Feng

Sorry, I may hv missed your email or deleted them without reading because to too many spam mail. Kindly forward again with the subject Tibet so that I can be watchful for them.

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Murphy Feng
Tue, 04/09/2013

In reply to by Tan Boon Wah (not verified)

Hi Tan,

No problem, I've re-sent my previous email to you in subject - Tibet Tour Inquiry. Hope you can get it this time :)

Kind Regards,