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Itinerary (2010) Overland YunNan Shangri-la to Tibet

Physical Grading: 1/5 (easy) Synopsis: This overland journey starts from Shangri-la, YunNan. You will travel on the scenic DianZang route into Nyingchi Prefecture and continue on the ChuanZang route to Lhasa, capital of Tibet. This route goes through the mountainous region of Northeastern Yunnan where 3 great rivers run parallel to one another; they are JinSha (Upper Yangtze) River, LanCang (Upper Mekong) River and Nu (or Salween) River. Experience the thrill of navigating treacherous roads with plunging cliffs by the side and be charmed by the serenity of little Tibetan villages along the way. At Nyingchi, a verdant forest region where Yarlung Tsangpo River flows, you will see many beautiful grasslands and lakes. Here, you may trek, have picnics or camp outdoor. Explore Lhasa, the centre of the Tibetan world. Complete your journey westward to see another side of Tibet. Visit Tashilungpo monastery in Shigatse, home of the Tibetan PanChen Lama, and stand in awe before the highest mountain on earth at the Everest Base Camp. Visit the sacred Namtso Lake, one of the most beautiful places of the Nyenchen Tanglha mountain ranges. This overland jeep route is 70-80% paved. There are good accommodation and food along the way. For those visiting Tibet for the first time, the gradual ascent of this route minimizes the effects of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and is a good warm-up for wilder and harsher adventures! ____________________________________________________________________ Copyright ©2009 SHANGRILA ADVENTURE. All rights reserved SHANGRILA ADVENTURE

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Itinerary Overview:

PART 1: YunNan Shangri-la to Tibet Lhasa

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Start your overland journey in 4x4 jeep from Shangri-la today! You will see the magnificent Kawagebo peak (6740m) of MeiLi Snow Mountain, the highest & most sacred peak in YunNan, before crossing the border of YunNan & Tibet into NyingChi Prefecture. Just over 400km away from the capital city of Lhasa, NyingChi is reputed to be home to some of the most beautiful sights in southeastern Tibet Day 01 Arrive KunMing · Free and easy. Do try the Kunming "GuoQiaoMiXian" (bridge-crossing rice noodle)! · Overnight in KunMing (hotel) KunMing / Shangri-la · Take the morning 50-minute flight to Shangri-la. Rest and acclimatize · Overnight in Shangri-la (hotel) Shangri-la / FeiLaiSi · Visit SongZanLing in the morning, one of the key monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism · Drive along the scenic JinSha (Upper Yangtze), stopping at BenZiLan for lunch. Arrive the view point of the magnificent MeiLi Snow Mountain and MingYong Glacier in the evening · Overnight in FeiLaiSi (hotel) (drive 166km) FeiLaiSi / ZhuKa · Rise early in the dark and be rewarded with the sublime sight of day breaking over MeiLi Snow Mountain 6740m KawaKarpo peak · View of the LanCang (Mekong) river · Cross the border of YunNan-Tibet · Lunch at the salt production town of YanJing · Overnight in ZhuKa Hotsprings (guesthouse) (drive 254km) ZhuKa / BaSu · Cross a high-pass of DongDaLa at 5008m · Lunch at ZuoGong

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· Take a stroll at the grasslands of BangDa · View of the Nu (Salween) river · Overnight in BaSu (hotel) (drive 387km) 06 BaSu / BoMi · Picnic lunch at RaWok (RanWu) lake & stroll along the lake · Free and easy at the lake · Overnight in BoMi (hotel) (drive 167km) BoMi / BaYi · Visit ChuLing monastery near BoMi · Lunch at LuLang grassland; take short hike to a Tibetan village for home visit · Cross a highpass at SeJiLa 4515m to see Namche Barwa Peak (if weather permits) · Drive along the YarLung TsangPo river · Overnight in BaYi (hotel) (drive 324km) BaYi / Basum Lake · Picnic lunch at Basum Lake, a sacred turquoise-lake; visit the island monastery · Free & easy in the afternoon · Overnight in Basum Lake (hotel) (drive 90km) Basum Lake / Lhasa · Drive along the valley from GongBuJiangDa up to MiLa high-pass at 5020m · Lunch at the village of SongDuo; visit the primary school; free and easy · Overnight in Lhasa (twin-sharing, 2-star) (drive 320km)

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(Distance covered in Part 1: Shangri-la to Lhasa ~ 1700km) PART 2: Namtso Lake

Namtso Lake

Sunset at Namtso

NakChu county is home to the sacred Namtso Lake, the highest saltwater lake in the world at 4718m.

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Every year during the first 2 weeks in August, there is a WuTang Grassland Horse-Racing Festival. During this season, you will see white tents sprouting up in the grasslands, and Tibetans dressed in their colourful traditional costumes - a fantastic picture for the avid photographer! Day 10 Lhasa / Namtso Lake · Lunch at Damzhung, the last town before the fork-road to Namtso · Free & easy at the lake · Magnificent sunset over the Nyenchen Tanglha mountains Overnight in Namtso lake (tents, no shower) (drive 320km) Namtso Lake / Lhasa · Overnight in Lhasa (twin-sharing, 2-star) (drive 320km)

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(Distance covered in Part 2: ~ 640km) PART 3: Shigatse and Mount Everest Base Camp

Everest base camp, Tibet

Palchoi monastery, Gyantse

This is the last part of the journey, where we continue our drive into Shigatse prefecture. Highlights for this last part of the journey include: - Yamdro-tso Lake - Tashilungpo Monastery in Shigatse - Rongbuk Monastery (5154m) for the magnificent view of the north face of Everest and Rongbuk Glacier - Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp - Palchoi Monastery & Old Fort in Gyantse Day 12 Lhasa / Gyantse · Cross Khampa La high-pass at 4766m to see Yamdro-tso Lake · After lunch, visit the Old Fort and Palchoi Monastery · Overnight in Gyantse (hotel) (drive 250km) Gyantse / Lhatse · Stopover at Shigatse for early lunch and Visit Tashilungpo Monastery, seat of Panchen Lama · After lunch, continue drive to Lhatse. · Overnight in Lhatse (hotel) (drive 248km)

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Day 14 Lhatse / Everest Base Camp · Lunch at Tingri, the last town before base camp · View of 4 famous mountains Makalu, Lhotse, Everest and Cho Oyu · Spectacular sunset over Everest and RongBuk monastery · Overnight in Everest Base Camp (tents, no shower) (195km, 6-hr drive) Everest Base Camp / Shigatse · Watch sunrise at Everest & take a 2-hr hike back to Rongbuk monastery · Overnight at Lhatse (2/3-star hotel with attached shower) (195km, 6-hr drive) Shigatse / Lhasa · Visit the Old Fort before departing back to Lhasa · Overnight in Lhasa (twin-sharing, 2-star) (360km, 5-hr drive)

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Lhasa · Visit Potala Palace in the morning; Free & easy in the afternoon · Overnight at Lhasa (twin-sharing, 2-star) · Lhasa / KunMing / Singapore Take a 2-hr internal flight from Lhasa back to KunMing for your connection back home

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NOTE: above itinerary is our standard program. Please contact us to customize it!

Trip Cost (2010): SGD2850/pax (3pax) 2790/pax (4pax) 2850 (5-6pax) 2730 (>7pax) Group Size: min 3pax, max 20pax

* cost is subjected to final changes without notice

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The cost includes: 1. 2 domestic airfares KunMing-Shangri-la and Lhasa-KunMing + taxes 2. All accommodation (hotels, guesthouses and tents) 3. All land transfer; 14D chartered 4x4 Landcruiser4500 or Pajero; airport transfers 4. Oxygen bottles (during emergencies) 5. Services of experienced local Tibetan driver/guide 6. Entrance fees to SongZanLing, Potala Palace, Basum Lake, Namtso Lake & Everest Base Camp 7. Vehicle insurance & repair 8. Tibet Permit fee & other necessary travel permits for foreigners 9. Welcome dinner at Shangri-la The cost does NOT include: 1. International flights to/from KunMing 2. Meals 3. Personal expenditures (such as alcohol, tips, gifts etc) 4. Visa/permit into China (if required)

Payment A deposit 50% of trip cost is required 5 business days after booking for confirmation of trip. Please make the remaining balance payment within the next 7 business days. A confirmation email with receipt will be sent to you upon receiving your deposit. Mode of Payment: Cheque/Bank Transfer/Telegraphic Transfer to: Bank Name: OVERSEA-CHINESE BANKING CORPORATION LIMITED (OCBC, Singapore) BIC/SWIFT Code: OCBCSGSGXXX Address: OCBC CENTRE FLOOR 9, 65 CHULIA STREET, SINGAPORE 049513 Account Name : Account No. : SHANGRILA ADVENTURE 569-010812-001

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