CHINA to TIBET by 4x4

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1. Posted by travelbabs (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I've been travelling around Southern China for the last couple of weeks and would love to go to Tibet overland, by 4x4. It sounds like an absolutley amazing journey! I'm on my own so ideally there would be three or four of us to get a group together to fill the car. If anyone's at all interested or looking for an extra person to join their group, please let me know!!!

Hopefully hear from you soon!

Babs xxx

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

How long does the overland journay to Lhasa take? Any idea about how much it would cost? Without looking at a map, I'm wondering if the journey would involve seeing interesting places in Kham (I assume Amdo is fruther north of the route).

It's probably not feasable since I'm sitting here in PA, USA. BUT I'm facinated with all things Tibetan, my visit there in 2001 is my favorite trip ever. I don't return to work until Sept 5th & have enough FF miles to probably get into the neighboorhood for free.

3. Posted by travelbabs (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi! Come join!! I can't believe you have that many flying miles, that's amazing! I've attached an itinerary for the route, it's always pretty much the same so 7-8 days ( assuming all goes smoothly) and the cost is around RMB 5,500 per person if there are four people. As it stands it looks like there might be three of us ( 3 girls! :) ) ready to leave on the 14th/15th... can't really be done much earlier than that because we need to leave a full working week to get the permits ready. Nothing is defintite yet because we are all spread around China ( and the US!) and can only communicate online. But I have all my fingers and toes crossed. Come on, be spontaneous!


Day 01 Drive GYALTHANG TO DECHEN (180 km)

Accomodation - Guest houses or hotel

Highlights - Gonjo artisan village, Dhondupling monastery, Jol Gongsum pass (4295 m)

Day 02 Drive DECHEN TO DROKAR (MARKHAM 271 km)

Accomodation - guest houses

Day 03 Drive DROKAR TO PAKSHO (300 km)

Highlights - Zuogong Monastery and a Nyingma monastery just before Paksho

Accomodation - hotels or guest houses,

Day 04 Drive PAKSHO TO BOME (217 km)

Accomodation - Hotels or guest houses

Highlights - Rawu lake and village; Nyingma monastery in Bome town

Day 05 Drive BOME TO LUNANG (145 Km)

Accomodation - Homestays or guest houses

Highlights - Lake near Lunang village and beautiful tibetan villages

Day 06 Drive LUNANG TO KONGPO GYAMDA (242 km)

Accomodation - hotels or guest houses

Highlights - Bonpo monastery in Nyintri

Day 07 Drive to KONGPO GYAMDA TO LHASA (279 km)

Price -

Group size - 2 + driver + guide - $ 1050 (or Rmb 8,400) per person

Group size - 3 + driver + guide - $ 750 (or Rmb 6,000) per person

Group size - 4 + driver + guide- $ 650 (or Rmb 5,450) per person


All necessary permits
English-speaking Tibetan guide
All expenses including meals, lodging for guide/driver
Vehicle/gas - 4WD Mitsubishi Pajero or equivalent

Price excludes

Accommodation / meals / flights
Reservation and deposit