10 days Eastern Tibet south route to Rawok - Tso tour

⇀ Bayi
⇀ Pomi
⇀ Midui
⇀ Ranwu
⇀ Bayi
⇀ Lhasa
An overland adventure to eastern Tibet starting and ending in Lhasa. Stopping along the way at less visited places such as Nyingchi, Draksum Tso and Rawu Lakes. See snow-capped peaks, virgin glaciers, all adding to the experience of this tour.
10 days
Natural scenery, Photography
Trip code
From ¥ 6,500 per person

This journey begin from the ancient holy city Lhasa and its historical and religious sightseeing, then drive through Sichuan-Tibet route towards east and northeast respectively, holy Lake Draksum Tso, Rawu Lake and natural sceneries is beautiful part of the trip. Nonetheless, snowcapped peaks of Namchabava and amazing glaciers are can be seen along the road. Rawu is the destination of the trip and then retrace back to Lhasa.

Day 01 :
Arrival at Lhasa [3,658m]

Upon arrival at Lhasa airport or train station, to be met and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa. Afternoon have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. Overnight at Lhasa.

Day 02 :
Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Potola Palace & Jokhang Temple (B)

Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most sacred shrine in Tibet and located at the heart of Lhasa old town, 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 03 :
Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Drepung monastery, Sera monastery & Norbulingka summer palace (B)

Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Sera monasteries and Summer Palace - Norbulingka palace. 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 10,000 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 04 :
Lhasa/ Draksum Tso / Bayi (486km, 8hrs) (B)

After breakfast, drive from Lhasa to Bayi, cross over Mila Pass (5,100m), enjoy the scenery along the Niyang River. Afternoon visit Draksum Tso, also known as Basum-Tso. The holy lake is beautified by its surrounding landscapes from green & forested mountains to snow capped peaks 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 Monatery amid of the trees, most probably the highest attraction of this site. Then retrace the way to the Highway that joins at Pahe village and continuous drive 79km further to Bayi. Overnight at Bayi.

Day 05 :
Bayi / Cypresses Park / Lunang Forest / Pomi(252km, 6-7hours) (B)

Drive to visit Cypresses Park, afterwards drive to Pomi. On the way you will pass the Serkhym-la over 4500m, have a good views of Namche Barwa(7756m) and Gyala Pelri. After the Serkhym-la the road descends past gorgeous alpine valleys lined with rhododendron bushes into the Rong-chu valley, that is the Lunang forest and more other snow capped peaks are part of the day's interest. Overnight at Pomi.

Day 06 :
Pomi / Midui Glacier / Rawu(147Km, 3-4 hours) (B)

Morning drive from Pomi to Midui Village, 10KM from Pomi, trek to visit Midui Glacier, the most beautiful Glacier in China(3-4hours trek). Afternoon drive from Pomi to Rawok, you will enter the most beautiful part of this tour, the landscape along the road varies from snow mountains, glacier to lakes and pasture. Overnight at Ranwu local guest house.

Day 07 :
Ranwu (Ranwu lake) / Pomi ( 147KM, 3-4 hours)

Morning drive to visit Ranwu lake near Rawu, which is surrounded by glaciers and snow mountains. Thawed snow makes the body, the water appears in different colors in different seasons. Walk around at the lake on your own. Late afternoon drive back to Pomi. Overnight at Pomi.

Day 08 :
Pomi / Bayi ( 232km)

Drive back from Pomi to Bayi, overnight at Bayi.

Day 09 :
Bayi / Lhasa ( 400km)

Drive back to Lhasa along Niyang river, overnight at Lhasa.

Day 10 :
Lhasa airport /train station send-off (B)

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.
Where possible 3 star hotels will always be provided, if the city or town does not have then the local guest house or monastery guest house will be provided (i.e. tent / dormitory bed, no private bathroom etc.)
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.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
Comfortable and clean 7/8 seats minivan for groups of 5 persons or less; for larger groups minibus and tourist coach are available.

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 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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Murphy Feng
Wed, 01/03/2018

Hi William,

Thanks for contacting us, this is Murphy from WindhorseTour.

I have just sent you an email with some suggestions about your inquiry, please check and feel free to let me know for any further assistance.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you again.



william boehm
william boehm
Sat, 12/30/2017

want to spend time filming nature and to get good views of forest, namcha barwa, wanted to go to paizhen, and the motuo highway ...is this possible as a US citizen foreigner..permits? thankyou bill