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Kunming Chengdu Overland (16 days)




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Kunming Chengdu Overland (16 days)




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Kunming Chengdu Overland (16 days)

This overland trip starts in Kunming and takes you to the northwest of Yunnan to visit Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La, you can meet up with the friendly ethnic people of Bai, Naxi and Yi. And travel into Eastern Tibet known as Kham to visit the Tibetan highlands with snow mountains, lakes and grasslands, here you can meet the Tibetan nomads. At the end of the trip, you will see the pandas in Chengdu and experience this Chinese city.

Arrival in Kunming

Pick up at Airport upon your arrival and transfer to hotel in Kunming. Kunming, also known as the Spring City, is the capital of Yunnan province, with mild weather throughout the year. It is nice to walk around the birds and flowers market in the old part of the downtown of Kunming. 100ms away from the market is the commercial center of Kunming, which is full of the modern buildings. Here you can see the different faces of Kunming. Read more

Kunming 1 night

Temple and Stone Forest

Morning visit to the Bamboo Temple which famous for 500 life size arhats, where you possibly someone looks like you in some ways. Drive to visit the Stone Forest in the later afternoon when most tourists left.

Stone Forest 1 night

Drive to Dali

Six hours drive to Dali via Kunming and Chuxiong. Dali is an autonomous prefecture of the Bai ethnic group, with Cangshan Mountain on the west and Erhai Lake on the east. People just live on the fertile land between the Mt.Cangshan and Lake Erhai. The area of Dali used to be an independent country called Nanzhao Kingdom or Dali Kingdom. The Bai people created the own culture and live here for thousands of years. Read more

Dali 2 nights

Pagodas and Mt. Cangshan

Visit the thousand-year-old Three Pagodas and the Chongsheng Temple behind them. This is the big Buddhist Temple in the are with hundreds of Buddhist images, it takes two more hours to visit it on foot. Take a chairlift up to the Cangshan Mountain at 2550m where you can visit waterfalls and take a walk on the Clouds Road having a bird’s eye view of Dali and Lake Erhai. Read more

Dali 2 nights

Xizhou and Lijiang Old Town

Visit Xizhou morning market where people sell food, vegetables and daily uses. Walk into the village to visit some traditional old houses of Bai people and meet up with locals. Two and half hours drive to Lijiang. Visit the old town of Lijiang, which was built in the traditional wooden houses, with small rivers running through the town. We will walk through the old town to see the Naxi houses, and follow up the river to Black Dragon Pool where the water of the old town comes from. Here you can see the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain if the weather is fine. Most people in Lijiang are Naxi. A woman is the boss of the family, and she makes the decision. She does most of the work at home, while the man just have a very leisure life, planting flowers in the gardens and playing the music. Read more

Lijiang 2 nights

Naxi village and Monastery

Drive to Puji village where we start to walk through the villages and climb up the hill. Through the pine forest for an hour, then reach Puji Monastery hidden in the mountain, which is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery built three hundred years ago, with copper roofs. No tourists come here but we can meet up with a few lamas and locals who take care of the Monastery. After visiting the Monastery, we drive to Baisha village to visit this traditional Naxi village, and then carry on to Yuhu village where the explorer Dr. Rock used to live for his research. These are very beautiful Naxi villages in front of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Read more

Lijiang 2 nights

Tiger leaping Gorge

Drive to Shangri-La, with a visit to Tiger Leaping Gorge between Mountains Haba and Jade Dragon. The Gorge is 19km long with the drop of 3900m from the top of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the Yangtze River. There are three different parts of the Gorge and the narrowest part is only 30m wide. It’s said that someone saw a tiger jumped from one side to the other, hence the name. Both sides of the Gorge are very steep, with rocky mountains, but you will see the changes of the landscape as walking on. Drive up to Tibetan Tableland to see more mountains and grasslands and carry on to Shangri-La. Shangri-La is inhabited by Tibetans, and Tibetans live on the highest plateau on the earth and have a strong character and personality. From now on, we will travel through Tibetan region and meet up with them every day before arriving in Chengdu. We will learn more about them during the trip. Read more

Shangri-La 2 nights


Visit Ringsha Temple built on a hill in the area, is the first Tibetan yellow hat sect Buddhist temple, which is small and quiet. The tourists seldom come here but it is very popular among the local Tibetans. At the Chinese New Year, thousands of people will come to worship and express their good wishes for the coming year. In the temple, we can see how Tibetans make the praying flags, and you can also learn to make some praying flags by yourself and hang them over the mountain behind the temple to get your good luck. Visit Napa Lake and Tibetan villages in the area. Read more

Shangri-la 2 nights

Drive to Xiacheng

Eight hours drive from Yunnan to Sichuan, driving through the zigzag mountain roads via a couple of valleys and pass by some local Tibetan villages along the way, and see the big forests along the road. The Big Snow Mountain Pass at 4380m in the border of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, here you can see many flowers and beautiful mountains near the pass, the road today is not as good as other days during the trip but the views are rewarding, worthwhile for the efforts to travel the rough road, and you will see the different style of Tibetan houses on Sichuan side. Read more

Xiacheng 1 night

Drive to Litang

Visit Sanpiling Monastery. It was first built in 1654, and it’s one of the most mportant yellow hat sect Tibetan Buddhist Temples in Kham. In 1811, one of the ninth Dalai Lama’s assistant worked here as the head monk of the monastery and made the monastery famous throughout the area. The Monastery nowadays is rebuilt and much bigger than it was, and some more construction work is still going on. After visiting the monastery, we will drive to Litang on a mountain at 4,580m where you can hike up to a hill top and see many snow mountains in the distance. Carry on to Litang via Mt. Haizhishan, with many huge rocks and lakes in the mountain. Read more

Litang 2 nights

Visit Nomads

Drive to the grasslands and visit the Tibetan nomads, with their yaks and goats there. We can see them milk from the yaks and make butter. Nomads move from one place to another during the different time of the year according to the temperatures. Visit the town and Litang Monastery which is the biggest Yellow Sect monastery in south part of Kham. The 7th, 10th and 11th Dalai Lamas were all born in Litang, which made the Monastery very famous. Read more

Litang 2 nights

Drive to Tagong

Drive to Tagong with visits to nomads along the way via the Yajiang valley and the mountain passes. We can see Minya Konka, the highest mountain in Sichuan(7556m). We will stop to visit a couple of local Tibetan villages after Yajiang. In the later afternoon we will witness the sun set of Yala Mountain on the grassland. Read more

Tagong 1 night

Visit Tagong Monastery

Visit hundreds years old Tagong Monastery and walk along the Monastery as locals do, take some walks up to the hill to view the area. Visit Zhaxi monastery on the grassland.

Tagong 2 nights

Drive to Chengdu

Drive on the grasslands and up to the Zheduo Mountain at 4,520m, and we will stop here to walk up to the hill top where you can see the mountains hidden in the clouds. Down the hill through the valley to Kangding, get on the express way and carry on to Chengdu via Luding and Ya,anChengdu is the capital of Sichuan. It is a modern city but still has some old streets, tea houses and temples in the town. Chengdu is very famous for its food such as the hot-pot and hundreds of local snacks. Read more

Chengdu 2 nights

Wenshu Temple and pandas

Visit Wenshu(Manjusri) Temple, and it’s one of the well protected Buddhist temples in Chengdu, which was built in 1697. It’s very popular among the locals and you can still see a lot of local people who come here every day to pray and worship. Most people who come to the temple are not really Buddhists. They just come for different reasons like praying for health, good luck, property and anything you can think about. Visit an old street with tea houses and local handicrafts shops and give you some ideas of how the old Chengdu looks like. In the afternoon, we will visit the Panda Research Center, here you can not only see the giant Pandas but also learn something about them through the Panda Museum and introductions. Read more

Chengdu 2 nights

Tour ends

Tour ends and we arrange the transfer to Chengdu Airport for your departure.


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Kunming
Hotel Green Land Hotel
Day 2
Location Stone Forest Hotel
Hotel Baosheng Hotel
Day 3
Location Dali
Hotel Landscape Hotel
Day 5
Location Lijiang
Hotel Azeroth Light Luxury Hotel
Day 7
Location Shangri-La
Hotel Lefu Boutique Hotel
Day 9
Location Xiacheng
Hotel Sanpiling Monastery Hotel
Day 10
Location Litang
Hotel Meidou Smart Hotel
Day 12
Location Tagong
Hotel Tianzhu Hotel
Day 14
Location Chengdu
Hotel Wenjun Mansion Hotel


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Meals
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

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  • The price is based on twin share, if you want to have a single room for the trip, you need to pay US$390.00 for the single supplement.


3 Reviews

Amy, United States

Our customized tour of Yunnan province for 16 days far exceeded our expectations. It was a fascinating journey through some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen. There is a lot of unique geography and interesting ethnic groups throughout the region. We traveled through many areas of relatively remote mountains and river gorges. Really off the beaten track! But even on somewhat treacherous roads, we were comfortable and felt secure. One reason we chose Edward Adventures was because they were able to provide us with one guide and driver that would be responsible for us the whole trip. The high level of service and consistency of this approach was really exceptional and very tailored to our preferences. We felt like a family friend was showing us around his home territory. The meals were really something special! Our guide knew all the local specialties in each place we visited and we tried them all. It seemed he handpicked our food for us and made sure of the best quality everywhere we went. Our hotels were very comfortable. The most impressive thing about our tour was probably the way our guide seemed to always know where to go to get away from the crowds, to see the most amazing scenery and interesting sites in a very personalized way. And the many Chinese people he introduced to us everywhere were so friendly and warm. We didn’t even feel much like tourists travelling with him! It was really a fabulous trip that we will always remember! Read more

Joan & Pat, Australia

Edward helped the two of us plan a two week trip to fascinating places and people in China. Edward took us on a cultural and scenic adventure. The scenery was wonderful. The people were so very hospitable, and the food great. We never felt that we were on a typical touristy tour but rather that we were with an old friend learning all about his country and having a trip of a lifetime. We still keep in contact with Edward and cherish our new friendship. Read more

Ian Noakes, United Kingdom

We did a 3 week tour from Lijiang to Chengdu ( 3 of us ) with Edward as our guide and driver. It was a most memorable experience with Edward intimate knowledge of the best scenery , the best cultural experience and local customs and events. Wherever we went we got an insight into the local way of life and tried all the local food specialties. We also did some trekking and were taken to some really special places such as Thousand Tortoise Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Yading Nature Reserve. The scenery is really spectacular and for us fortunately also were the wildflowers. We have previously toured in Western China and had a fantastic time but Edward Adventures provided us with a far superior experience from start to finish. Read more

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