By flights – Yunnan is a province adjacent to Tibet. Travelers can take flights to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, from 3 cities in Yunnan, which are Kunming, Diqing (Shangri-La) and Lijiang. It respectively takes 4 hours, 2 hours and 2 hours and costs 2800 RMB, 1700 RMB and 1700 RMB to fly from Kunming, Diqing and Lijiang to Lhasa.
By train – There is no direct trains from Yunnan to Tibet. If you want to take a train ride to Lhasa, you need to fly from Kunming to Chengdu, Xian or Xining to board on a train. Xining is perhaps the best option, because it takes only 22 hours for a Xining to Lhasa train ride, and the most beautiful sceneries along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway start from Xining Station.
Although your final destination is Tibet, Yunnan is also worth to stay for a few days. Most our customers will visit Kunming, Yunnan and Diqing (Shangri-La) in Yunnan before traveling to Tibet. Like Tibet, Yunnan is also an area renowned for its minority cultures. There are 24 minority ethnic groups in Yunnan. Normally, 5 days is enough to learn about the highlights of these minority ethnic groups. Besides the minority highlights, the Kunming Stone Forest, Lijiang Ancient Town and Tiger Leaping Gorge are also worth a visit.
The most popular itinerary from Yunnan to Tibet is Kunming – Lijiang – Diqing – Tibet. There are flights to Tibet from all the 3 cities in Yunnan, so it is ok to change the order of the itinerary.
It is a good idea. The Tiger Leaping Gorge is the most popular trekking site in Yunnan. Normally, it takes two days for this trek.
Day 1 – Take a bus from Lijiang to the Tiger Leaping Gorge Town, the start point of the trek. After around 30 minutes’ trekking, you can choose to ride a horse or continue trekking. 40% of our customers choose to ride horse, because they need to climb a mountain. After lunch, you will arrive at the Twenty-Eight Turn to start the steepest trekking section. It is dangerous to ride a horse here, because the cliff path is narrow. Todays trek ends around 6:00 pm.
Day 2 – Start trekking from your guesthouse to Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, where you can admire the most spectacular gorge view. After arriving at the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, you can backtrack or continue the trekking to see more beautiful sceneries. No matter you decide backtrack or continue the trekking, at last, you will arrive at your guesthouse to take a bus to your next destination.
We worked with Shirley to build an itinerary of cycling through Tibet to EBC. She was incredibly helpful and responsive. She designed a trip that met our requests and exceeded our expectations. She worked with our tour members who would be traveling from North America and China to make sure we were all set with plenty of time to get visas and permits.
Our trip was 10 days in Tibet, with a rest and sightseeing day in Lhasa (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple). Our amazing guide Phuntsok handled travel, permit, and hotel logistics with expertise and flexibility. He was a 5-star guide in every way- making sure we had everything we wanted and needed, giving cultural + historical context to the sights we saw, and having lots of fun with us.
We had 2 drivers (the van and a truck for our bikes) who were both very helpful, friendly, and good company.
We were worried it would get into rain season while we were there - instead we had beautiful, sunny days 9.5 out of our 10 days.
Thank you to all at Tibet Odyssey Tours for a trip we will remember for a lifetime.
Initially our tour consultant AMY did a fantastic job of coordinating our tour. This included arranging our small group to meet up in Lhasa despite us arriving there on different days. The accommodation was great and AMY followed up during the tour to ensure everything was going smoothly. Great Job AMY !!
On the tour itself we were accompanied by JESSICA for whom I cannot speak highly enough. Her explanations in all the various locations proved she was very knowledgeable. Her English was clear and she was always willing and able to answer any queries. Best of all, there was not a single day when she did not greet us with a happy and friendly smile. Participated in countless photos with us. The tour was unforgettable thanks to AMY, JESSICA and Asia Odyssey Travel.
My best friend and I were looking forward to taking the train ride from Xining to Lhasa. Unfortunately, until the day we landed in Chengdu, our tour operator (different from Asia Odyssey) was unable to purchase the tickets for us. I contacted Danny after Googling and he was extremely helpful. Within 3 hours of contact, he had our train tickets. They were delivered to our hotel the next day before we left for Xining, and until we boarded the train, he was in contact with us to ensure that everything went smoothly. Thanks to Danny, we got to experience this once in a lifetime journey! Highly recommended for excellent and fast response! Thanks, Danny!
Thanks for Tibet odyssey. Me and my friend had an unforgettable and amazing 9 days tour in Tibet in June 2019. During those 9days, our tour guide Ms Gao hong were really responsible, helpful and reliable, he arranged all of the schedule and help us to go through every single day smoothly, safely and comfortable, even when we in the highest place where is altitude 5200m, we didn’t feel any afraid and fearful. He explained and shared lots of history, knowledges and culture of Tibet with us, odyssey not only helped us to experience the amazing views but also delivered lots of knowledges to us.
Ms Kay helped us to deal with lots of problems and offered the kindest advice and service. Giving us flexible arrangements and respond our question effectively.
Fully recommend Asia odyssey!!!!
Wonderful moments in Tibet thanks to Odyssey Travel. It was all so well organized thanks to Amy who had been so professional and supportive.
The beauty of landscapes and people in Tibet were simply mesmerizing. Our guide and driver were amazing companions for this travel. The Kora of Mount Khalash was the highlight of this wonderful journey. I learned a lot about the culture of Tibet.
Thank you Odissey!
We had a unique travel experience in Tibet specailly the landscapes we saw and local people we met.
Both of our tour guide and driver were excellent, our guide had a vast knowledge about the areas that we visited and also had extensive knowledge with the culture and history of Tibet. All the way, he made sure that we were comfortable with all aspects of the day. The place that he set for each day was appropriate for our abilities, because the tour schedule allowed for a slower start and initial days in Lhasa to adjust to the altitude. Also, the schedule did not put too much into one day. Once we departed from Lhasa and went to the higher altitudes, we did not have any problems with the heights because we were acclimated already, so a good schedule arrangment is very crucial for first-time tourists to Tibet. Our driver was very polite and accommodating person too, he always picked up us from the hotel on time every day and drove in a very safe manner and made us feel comfortable during the trip, he was a very nice man.
Additionally, I never forget the blue sky and white cloud in Tibet, everywhere is so gorgeous that could rarely see in big cities, we love it so much and hoped to stay there longer time. But only one point I want to tell here, the 3 star standard hotel in Tibet actaully is not really equal to 3 star standard hotel I ever stayed in domestic big cities of China, so choose 4 star hotel is suggested, I think it would be much more comfortable stay in the trip. Overall, the Tibet tour was excellent, here I much thanks to our travel agency Odyseey and consultant Amy for everything you did for us for the trip, thank you!!