11 Days Sichuan Kham Kathok Monastery Tour
Known as the last pure land on the blue planet, Sichuan Kham is another sacred place similar to Tibet, while it’s a Tibetan town itself which is outside Tibet. Therefore, we highly recommend you take this 11-day Sichuan Kham Tour to discover the western Sichuan before you proceed into Lhasa.
Explore Tibetan Culture in Sichuan Kham
Welcome to Sichuan Kham! A wonderland that holds countless wonders including stunning natural view, world-famous historical sites, valuable cultural heritage, etc. As for its physical feature, Kham has a rugged terrain characterized by mountain ridges and gorges running from northwest to southeast. Thus, you can feast your eyes with splendid natural beauty along the journey. Basically, the highlight of the tour lies in the Kathok monastery.
In particular, as one of the ix principal (“mother”) monasteries of the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Historically, The original gompa fell into disrepair and was rebuilt on the same site in 1656 through the impetus of tertons Düddül Dorjé (1615–72) and Rigdzin Longsal Nyingba (1625-1682/92 or 1685–1752). Besides, Kathok Monastery held a reputation of fine scholarship. Honestly, a visit to Kathok Monastery will definitely enhance your travel experience in Sichuan Kham.
Hepo – Tibetan Township
There is a Tibetan township named Hepo in this remote mountainous area isolated from the world. It’s at the base of Trola (Ch Que’ershan) Mountain with an elevation of more than 6,000 meters. Although small, it is highly acclaimed in a region inhabited by Tibetans, because the famous Tibetan knife of Baiyul is produced here. In addition, Hepo Township belongs to Baiyul County. It is a well-known national handicrafts township in the Tibetan region. Besides, there’s a myth saying that it began to produce such ironware’s as spears and knives in the Tang Dynasty.
Day 01: Arrive at Chengdu.
Pick up from air port, transfer to your hotel, verify itinerary with guide and driver and check equipment.
Day 02: Chengdu – Markham.
View spot: Dujiangyan dam . Earthquake site.
Day 03: Barkham – Serda.
View spot: Serda Larung Gar, the largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in the world.
Day 04: Serda – Kangze.
View spot: Larung Gar.
Day 05: Kangze-Baiyul.
View spot: Local monastery.
Day 06: Baiyul-Kathok monastery.
View spot: Kathok monastery.
Day 07: Kathok monastery-Derge.
View spot: Derge Parkhang.
Day 08:Derge – Tawu.
View spot: Tawu traditional old houses street.
Day 09: Tawu- Darted.
View spot: Bamei stone forest, Lhagong grassland and Lhagong monastery.
Day 10: Dartsedo – Chengdu.
View spot: Jasamkha chain bridge or Tibetan Thangkha Art Center.
Day 11: End of the trip
Transfer to airport