For centuries, Qinghai and Tibet have been regarded as some of the most inaccessible areas for tourists. In the past this remote inhospitable highland was only by accessible by air travel or over rough highways which prevented many lovers of Tibet from experiencing this area. The opening of the Qinghai-Tibet ends this situation. Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world's highest railway, extends 1956 kilometers from Xining to Lhasa. Scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet railway is stunningly beautiful, with vast grasslands, crystal clear alpine lakes, deep gorges, snow-capped mountains and much more.
Located in the western region of Tibet, with an average altitude above 4,500 meters, Ngari or A-Li prefecture is known as the "the roof of the world's roof" and the most “Tibetan” part of Tibet. Dragon Expeditions specially customized this unique itinerary to cater to those who have already been to the more common and commercial areas & sights in Tibet, but still eager to see the much lesser-travelled areas of Tibet. If you want to explore the wildest nature, the rugged, unearthly beauty of the world's highest plateau and its rich Buddhist culture, this 4x4 overland trip will truly surpass your wildest imagination!
Shangri-la, the very name is an incantation that evokes images of a mythical mountain paradise where peace reigns and life approaches perfection. Take to the road and discover some of China's most sublime landscapes! Starting from Chengdu, we drive southwest through spectacular countryside with thoroughly traditional Tibetan villages, concluding in delightful Lijiang. For those who enjoy mild adventure, a bit of 'roughing it' and the real feel of their travel destinations, choose this great tour and start your exploration.
The Friendship Highway in Tibet runs from Lhasa to the Tibet/Nepal border. Part of our tour was to drive down from Lhasa to the Nepal border, through Shigatse and Tingri before arriving at the border-town Zhangmu. It's an amazingly scenic route taking you up into the clouds, mountains, and dry cool air, down to the lush greens of the edge of Nepal.