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Sichuan-Tibet Highway is well-known worldwide for its time-honored beautiful views for self-driving and cycling. It lies along the enigmatic north latitude 30° and goes west from Chengdu, the Land of Abundance, all the way up to Lhasa, the sacred pilgrimage destination, through a distance of 2142km, across the west section of the 5,000 km G318 National Road. Sichuan-Tibet Highway is best for cycling challenges and sight-seeing. You will enjoy breathtaking, unfathomable highland scenery as you cycle, and experience a variety of views from an altitude of 1,000 m to 5,000 m - high mountains, deep canyons, glaciers, lakes, forests, the sea of flowers and Tibetan houses. You will climb over 12 peaks of more than 4,000 m, and two peaks of more than 5,000 m. It feels like you are sometimes moving on top of high mountains or through clouds, sometimes in deep valleys. 3rd Pole Tour presents a unique travel itinerary combining cycling and driving, with our professional logistic arrangement to guarantee your safety and efficiency. All you have to do is enjoy a happy, hassle-free 14-day cycling trip to Lhasa.
Best Time to Visit
All year round
Strenuous tour; strong physical condition for the high altitude;
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Chengdu - Qionglai - Ya’an - Tianquan - Xin'gou - Erlang Mountain Pass - Luding - Wasi Gou - Kangding - Zheduotang
Mount Erlang Tunnel
You will leave Chengdu, the Land of Abundance, and drive fast to Ya’an City, embracing beautiful landscape and breathing fresh air like in an oxygen bar along the way. The road turns a little bumpy as you go from Ya’an to Xin'gou up the stream of Qingyi River. Before too long you will go through the longest tunnel of Sichuan Province, Mount Erlang Tunnel. Views are surprisingly different when you drive out. After the peak from Mount Erlang, you get into the Tibetan area. The day ends when you pass Kangding and reach Zhetuo Dyke.
Stay overnight at Zhetuo Dyke
Day 2: Zhetuo Dyke - Zhetuo Pass - Xindu Bridge - Gore Temple Mountain - Yajiang - Xiangkezong Village
Pasture of Xinduqiao
You will cycle from Zhetuo Dyke, climb the Zhetuo Pass and reach Xindu Bridge. After the exciting scenery at Xindu Bridge, you will move on over the Gore Temple Mountain Pass (4412 m), where you have the best view of snow mountains. If weather permits, you will see beautiful natural views of mountains, rivers, highland clouds and fogs and prairies. From the Gore pass, you cycle 37 km along the Yalong River and pass Yajiang to reach a Tibetan village, Xiangkezong.
Stay overnight at Xiangkezong
Day 3: 24 km Cycling Trip: Xiangkezong - Jianziwan - 119 Highway Maintenance Squad - Kazila Mountain Pass - Honglong - Litang
You will feel like cycling in the cloud as you go from Xiangkezong Village to Jianziwan. Through the 2200 m Jianziwan Tunnel and the 119 Highway Maintenance Squad, you are getting close to the Kalazi Mountain Pass. You will see a much more spacious world - high mountains changing to plains, forests becoming desolate natural plateau pastures. The road becomes flat all the way to Honglong. Tibetan villages scatter on both sides of the road. You ride on through Litang Tunnel and reach the Litang county seat, where high-rise buildings stand.
Stay overnight at Litang
Day 4: Litang - Foot of the Haizishan - Haizishan Mountain Pass - Batang
Haizishan Mountain Pass
You will leave the world’s highest town - Litang County, and ride ahead on the vast grassland. If in summer, the whole grassland is dyed with colorful flowers. The cycling should stop at the Haizishan Mountain Pass. You will transfer to your vehicle. Before you reach Batang, you will see two turquoise highland lakes named Sister Lake. They lie close to each other, like two emeralds.
Stay overnight in Batang
Day 5: Batang - Jingsha River - Zongbala - Mangkang - Lawushan - Rumei - Juebashan - Dengba Town - Dongdashan - Zuogong - Bangda
Jinsha River Bridge
You drive from Batang and will soon enter Tibet when you reach the Jinsha River Bridge. You will see yaks and sheep grazing on green pastures after you climb over Zongbala and Lawushan Passes. As you descend, beautiful views of Tibetan villages welcome you all the way to Rumei Village. From there the G318 National Road winds its way to Lancang River. You will need to ascend to Juebashan and drive on to Dengba Township. After you climb over the Dongdashan Peak (5000 m), you go down the road for 30 km before reaching Zuogong County, which lies in a long, deep valley, with low altitude, abundand produces, flat river beds. The last stop of Day 5 is Bangda.
Stay overnight in Bangda
Day 6: Bangda - Yelashan Pass - Nujiang Checkpoint - Basu - Jida - Anjiulashan - Ranwu Lake
Nujiang 72 Curves
You leave Bangda early in the morning, drive through the tranquility of Bangda Prairies, and get ready for your riding challenge today. You drive over Yelashan Pass for a bird’s-eye view of mountains below, then you will descend from 4650 m to 3100 m and arrive at the most famous curve on the Sichuan-Tibet Highway - Nujiang 72 Curves. After the Nujiang checkpoint, you drive to Basu and start to cycle for today. The first challenge is Anjiulashan Pass (4475 m), a direct ascent of 1200 m. Then you will ride down to Ranwugou, where you need to pay attention to landslides. The day ends when you get to Ranwu Lake.
Stay overnight at Ranwu Lake
Day 7: Ranwu Lake - Zhongba - Songzong - Bome
You will say good-bye to the serene Ranwu Lake and enter the territory of Nyingchi County. The views will change from bare mountains into lush forests. River water will no long be cloudy, but turning emerald. You will cycle through two brooks. Be careful. Rest a little in Zhongba before riding on to Songzong County. You will enjoy views of highland barley fields, Tibetan houses, deep-blue sky and white clouds, before you realize that you have reached Bome the County seat.
Stay overnight in Bome
Day 8: Bome - Guxiang - Tongmai - Dongjiu - Lulang
You will cycle through Nyingchi hinterland. You can feel the enchanting Nyingchi known as the “Little Jiangnan of Tibet” - warm climate, dense forests, blossoming spring flowers, oxygen-rich summer, and nomads harvesting scene in autumn. You can also enjoy the "Tongmai Danger", which is known as the most dangerous road section in China. It is both exciting and fulfilling.
Saty overnight in Lulang
Day 9: Lulang - Sejilashan Pass - Nyingchi - Bayi
As you cycle over Sejilashan Pass, you will feel like going through four seasons of the year. If weather permits, you can have a good view of sunrise, sea of clouds, dense forests at the pass. You may also have a distant view of the majestic Mount Namjagbrawa. In April-July each year, Azaleas bloom all over the mountains, forming a spectacular view of flowers. After the Sejilashan Pass, along the Niyang River, you cycle down to Nyingchi Town, where you have a feast of modern agricultural greenhouses lining on both sides of the road. The day ends as you move forward to reach Bayi Town.
Saty overnight in Bayi Town
Day 10: Gengzhang - Baiba - Gongbo'gyamda - Jinda - Jiaxing - Songduo
You will start your cycling today from Bayi town. You will pass Gengzhang, Baiba and then finish cycling at Gongbo'gyamda. You will have to drive from Gongbo'gyamda, through Jinda, Jiaxing and then get to Songduo.
Stay overnight in Songduo
Day 11: Songduo - Milashan Pass - Riduo - Meldrogongkar - Dazhi - Lhasa
This is the last day before you reach your destination - Lhasa. You can cycle from Songduo to Milashan Pass, the last peak of 5000 m. Then you drive past Riduo, Meldrogongkar and Dazhi , and finally get to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 12: Sightseeing in Lhasa
The Potala Palace is a majestic and the landmark of Tibet. It is a prominent icon and a structure of massive portions. After three hours’ visiting inside the palace, drive to a restaurant for lunch. Later this afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple the spiritual center of Tibetans, the house of Tibetan culture and the destination of all the pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek great distances to this place. Next to the temple is Barkhor the oldest street and still a traditional scene of old Lhasa.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day 13: Sightseeing in Lhasa
In the morning drive to Drepung Monastery once the world's largest monastery with about 10,000 attending monks. From the hillside enjoy expansive views of the entire Lhasa City against the backdrop of the rugged mountain peaks. After visiting Drepung, drive to Sera Monastery, the second largest monastery in Lhasa and stop for a simple lunch on the way. The main attractions in Sera are the monks’ debating on Buddhist Philosophy, sand mandalas and printing room where monks publish Buddhist scriptures, so you can spend more time on those three sites instead of revisiting the chapels which are 90 percent similar to Drepung.
Overnight in Lhasa
Day 14: Lhasa Departure
Your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport or train station and say goodbye to Tibet. Your trip ends successfully.
- Tibet Travel Permit and all the other travel documents needed in Tibet;
- Personal transportation to the destinations and sites listed in the itinerary; ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on the group size;
- Lodging: Comfortable Hotel Accommodations (not include single room supplement. If you are a solo traveler, you need to share one room with another tourist (same sex in most cases); if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement. And the exact price depends on market fluctuation in high and off season of Tibet tour. For the exact price, please refer to your travel consultant.)
- Experienced English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary;
- Welcome Dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa. Meals as specified in the itinerary;
- First aid kit;
- Service Charge & Government Taxes;
- Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges;
- A coverage of 300,000RMB Chartis travel insurance
- International and domestic flight/train to Lhasa (Note: we accept the domestic flight/train tickets booking to Lhasa from other cities in advance, check the updated ticket availability and cost with your travel consultant);
- Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in the 3rdpole region cost 3~15USD per person in Tibet Autonomous Region);
- Tips and gratuities for the trip leader and driver;
- The expense of a personal nature like alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc;
- Optional activities and excursions not specified in the itinerary;
- China Entry visa fees;
- Tips to tour guide and driver, you are suggested to tip them 7 USD/day in total;
Once we receive your tour deposit, which is followed by signing the contract, your reservation is secured with legitimacy. Our staff will reserve the accommodation, vehicle, site tickets, meals and more, and pay the deposit for our suppliers. So if you want to alter to another itinerary, you need to cover the deposit we've paid, while no service charge is needed if you make some changes on the itinerary you booked.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel the tour beacuse of your personal issues, you will be liable to pay cancellation charges that are bounded by 3rdpoletour.com cancellation policy as follows:
1.) If you cancel the tour more than 30 days before the trip starts, you will forfeit 10% of the total land cost per person;
2.) If you cancel the tour 15-30 days prior to your trip start date, 20% of your total land tour cost will be forfeited as a cancellation fee.
3.) If you cancel the tour 7-15 days before the trip starts, you will forfeit 30% of land cost.
4.) If you cancel the tour 7 days prior to your tour start date, you will forfeit 50% of land cost.
5.) If you fail to show up or cancel at your scheduled arrival time without prior notice or later than that, you will forfeit 100% of the land cost.
If the tour has to be cancelled because of the natural disaster or the government restrictions that is beyond both parties control, we will charge only USD50 per person, this is just the service fee and larbor fee during the preparation. This is a rare occurrence!
The cancellation fee charged by 3rdpoletour.com will be kept under your name (person who contacted us) for a usable period of 2 years. Within the applicable period you can use it for next time or you can kindly pass your authority to any of your family, friends or colleagues to use by booking a tour with 3rdpoletour.com. A certifying email from you is necessary to pass the cancellation fee to others, but it is only applicable for private group.
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