Tibet is divided into three provinces namely Utsang, Kham and Amdo. Kham is located in the eastern and southeastern parts of Tibet. Kham is widely know as Chushi Gangdruk which means 4 rivers and 6 ranges. Kampas are known as bravest and giantest people in Tibet. There are only few big towns in Kham and each of these towns are bearing airports with aim for better transportation facilities. Different regions of Kham speaks differents dialogues and Dege dialogue is known as their standard dialogue. Kham is the most authentic place to explore surreal nature with beautiful sceneries. Mt. Minyak Gonggar (7,556m) is the tallest holy mountain in Kham regions. Average elevation of Kham is around 4,200m-4,800m.
Top 10 Places of Kham
Conscious Journeys has identified 10 Top Places of TAR are ranked by popularity among travellers and Tibet travel companies. We recommend you to include them in your Tibet tour as well. However, there are many unique places and people including some of our staff’s home villages, it will greatly benefit you to request a customized tour for a truly an authentic Tibet travel experienced led by the best Tibetan guide. After all, visiting Tibet is a once a lifetime trip opportunity for most people and you want to research and prepare ahead of time so you know what to ask to include in your itinerary with a Tibet travel agency.
1. Kangding County
Kangding is the gateway to the Kham region of Tibetan Plateau. An essential border and a trading central between two communities since long time back then. In Tibetan it’s called as “Dartsedo or Dardo” The village is dwelling between the junction of Dar chu (Zheduo) and Tse Chu (Yala) rivers. The busy small valley is with around 100,000 inhabitants and 4 Tibetan monasteries namely Ngachu Monastery, Lhamo Tse Monastery, Dordrak Monastery and Dentok Monastery.
Danba is located in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China and is one of the most beautiful village in China. Elevation of Danba is 6,211ft. Zhonglu is known as “the place which gods and people yearn for” in Tibetan language and has over a long history over thousand years. The Tibetan-style houses are reserved for generations. Danba is renowned for their watch tower, the watchtowers were used by the villages as both defensive structures and for communication purposes. Inside the towers there are peep holes they used to shoot arrows out of. On the roof, there is an area to light a signal fire. These tower’s height ranging from 100 to 200 feet (30 to 60 meters)
Tagong is a small town with charming wide meadow expanding at the foot of scared Yala snowed capped Mountain. It will take around two hours driving from north west of the Kangding. A prominent Sakya monastery is located at the central of the Tagong which give you a sense of Tibetan taste. The town itself is quite pleasant and is built in traditional Tibetan style.Tagong is literally known for scenic grasslands and local Tibetan Buddhist culture. We will take you to our orphanage in Tagong for a Tea.
4. Mt. Gonggar
Mt. Gongga is the highest mountain in the Sichuan region with 7,590m from the sea level. Mt.Gongga is one of the most popular site to visit if you are planning your trip to the Kham regions of Tibet. Yolonshi being the last and final stop to the Gongga mountain, you will experience the real authentic Tibetan nomadic life in Yolonshi. Trekking around the Gongga mountain is very popular among the travelers and will instal a remarkable memory in you for a lifetime.
Yading is one of the most beautiful place to visit in Ganzi and is located in southern Daocheng county. Surreal natural combinations of snow capped mountains, river,grassland and wild lifes. Yading is renowned recognized by the three holy mountains which is known as Rigsum Gonpo in Tibetan. Yading Nature Reserve is a popular spot for Chinese tourist.
6. Derge Parkhang
Derge is known as the Khampa cultural center and Derge parkhang is one the oldest printing center in Tibet and the one of the foremost cultural treasures of Tibet. The Derge Parkhang is a living institution devoted to the printing and preservation of Tibetan literature, a printing temple that holds the greatest number of Tibetan. Palpung Monastery is worth paying a visit since it was established in the year 1729 and known for teaching Tibetan medicine.
Yushu :Jyeku (Ch: Yushu) is home to Tibet’s three major rivers (the Yellow River, the Yangtze River, and the Mekong River) in the Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve, which is a major source of water for the Asian continent. Jyeku also has several important holy places including Trangu Monastery, Jyeku monastery and the largest mani stone (stones inscribed with the Buddhist prayer “om mani padme hum”). This area is rich in minerals and forest resources and has vast grasslands that cover the high mountains and deep valleys.
Surmang Valley refers to a vast alpine nomadic and farming region, historically a duchy under the King of Nagchen with vast land holdings spreading over what is today the Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province. Traditionally, Surmang valley had about ten Kagyu monasteries and these include: Surmang Namgyal Tse, Surmang Dutsi Til, Surmang Do Gompa, Surmang Doka Gompa, Surmang Kyere Gompa.
Serta is inhabiting world’s largest Buddhist institute Larung Gar. Serta Larung Gar Buddhist Institute was founded by Kenpo Jigme Phuntsok in 1980 with more than thousands of disciples. Kenpo Jigme Phuntsok is renowned for his teaching and wisdom on TIbetan Buddhism. Exploring Serta monastery and eye witnessing Tibetan traditional ritual “ Sky Burial” would be your life time experience.
10. Shangri La
Shangri-la was a fictional place described in a novel by a British author called James Hilton which means Heavenly paradise. Any places are named as Shangri-la to attract more tourist from the west and Tibet is not different. Shangri-La was formerly called Gyalthang, located in Yunnan and was renamed in 2001. Might snow capped mountains, picturised lake and old towns of Shangri-la made this site very attractive for the tourist. Chinese tourist are heavily streamed in Shangri-la during peak seasons.