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Longing for an epic overland journey to Tibet? Well, you can grab the opportunity by joining in a Chengdu to Lhasa overland tour now. Following one of the world’s most splendid and dangerous road, namely Sichuan-Tibet Highway, the road trip from Chengdu to Lhasa can endow you a heart-touching lifetime experience, with splendid scenery and unique Tibetan culture.

A road in the sky, the Sichuan Tibet Highway is a haunting route that extends more than 2000 kilometers from Chengdu to Lhasa. It can actually split into two, allowing travelers to take the northern or southern route into Tibet. For many, the route has become a pilgrimage passage that they will are looking forward to ride, drive, or even walk wall the way to the roof of the world.

While taking this epic route to travel overland from Chengdu to Lhasa, you will expect to traverse rugged mountains, torrential rivers, lush subtropical rain forests, massive pastures and so on. From the picturesque Xinduqiao to tranquil Ranwu Lake, spectacular Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon to glamourous Nyingchi peach blossom, there are a great more jewel you will discover as long as you hit the road.

So why do you still wait? Pack your bags now and ready to go! Good news is that you can book your Chengdu to Lhasa overland tour with us by choosing from our well-designed itineraries, which cover the essence that you should not miss. Backed by our professional travel gurus, we will ensure you a hassle-free journey with guaranteed Tibet permit, accommodation and dinning, excellent local guide and driver services that you deserve.

Our Best-selling Chengdu to Lhasa Overland Small Group Tours

If there is only one chance to take a dream overland tour from Chengdu to Lhasa, you should not miss this 11-day classic itinerary via the G318 National Highway. Particularly designed to cover all the highlights of the epic scenic road, the tour offers you breathtaking landscapes from plains to plateau. Accompanied by our informative guide and seasoned driver, you can enjoy a pleasant Chengdu to Lhasa road trip adventure with our best one-package services. Check below to view more details.

Most Recommended Chengdu to Lhasa Overland Private Tours

For tourists who want to explore more beyond the classic Chengdu to Lhasa overland tour, we have also designed customized tours for your choice. With our 15 days Chengdu Lhasa EBC overland tour, you can extend your road trip to the holy Mount Everest region via the 318 Highway. The Kham tour of 16 days will be an excellent chance for you to discover the ancient Tibet Kham region along a different cultural route of 317 Highway. Also, adventurous tourists can challenge yourself by joining in the thrilling cycling trip from Chengdu to Lhasa. Pick your favorite one below to start a lifetime journey now!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Chengdu to Lhasa Overland Tour

How long is the distance from Chengdu to Lhasa by overland?

Well, one can take a road trip from Chengdu to Lhasa via two different ways, namely the northern route and southern route of Sichuan Tibet Highway. The northern route, as a part of G317 National Highway, extends around 2320 kilometer from Chengdu to Lhasa, and passes major cities as Garze, Dege and Qamdo. The road basically stretches northwards along the Yalong River, and then traverses grasslands, canyons, agricultural areas and a few temples.

The southern route, more reputed and well-known to travelers, is a part of the famous G318 National Highway. It covers about 2146 km and traverses quite a number of high mountains, larger rivers and deep gorges along the way. The main midway cities along the route include Litang, Batang, Mangkang, Bomi, Nyingchi. Compared to the northern route, the southern route is more dangerous yet boasts more unique natural beauty.

When is the best time to travel overland from Chengdu to Lhasa via G318 Highway?

The best time to drive from Chengdu to Lhasa is spring and autumn, though the world-class G318 Highway presents different landscapes in each season. In spring from March to April, it is the flowering season to appreciate the gorgeous peach blossom in Nyingchi region. It is also the time when temperature warms up and icy roads become unfrozen.

When it comes to autumn, mountain flowers are in full bloom and red leaves decorates in almost everywhere. It is the best time to drive on the road, owing to the pleasant weather and brilliant scenery. When it comes to late October, the temperature gets obviously cold, and some passes will become blocked when it snows a lot.

July and August are the two months when most sections of the road will suffer from heavy rainfalls. It is recommended to avoid this period of reason seasons despite the scenery of this time is beautiful as well.

Do I need a permit to drive from Chengdu to Lhasa?

As most people know, it is required to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit for foreign travelers before you enter to Lhasa, whether you choose to take a flight or train. Well, the rule is the same with travelling overland from Chengdu to Lhasa. Throughout the road from Chengdu to Lhasa, there are many checking points of permits, especially after you drive to the region of Tibet. Besides the Tibet travel permit, the Aliens’ Travel Permit is also required once you drive to Nyingchi region.

Since all travel permits to Tibet can only be obtained as a part of an organized tour, it is recommended to contact an authorized local tour agency like us in advance, to help arrange the itinerary and apply for the permits on behalf of you.

Is it possible to cycle from Chengdu to Lhasa? How is the road condition from Chengdu to Lhasa?

Cycling from Chengdu to Lhasa is doubtlessly a test of perseverance and strength. The 2200km bike trip will last around 21 to 26 days, and riders will need to overcome a dozen mountains, rivers, with numerous climbs and descends. So, it does require you to have a good level of physical fitness to take this epic adventure.

However, the entire line of G318 Road is basically tarmac, and many mountains have opened tunnels. Even the precipitous Nujiang 72 Curves is totally asphalt, and a new Tongmai Bridge is built to replace the old steel cable bridge to cross the dangerous Tongmai Natural Barrier. For most riders, you will not have much difficulty in riding this route, and can also enjoy the scenery all the way.

Compared to the southern route, the 317 Road is relatively arduous and the road condition are even worse. There are several sections of dirt roads and gravel roads, which will turn to mud roads when it rains. Parts of the road will also be blocked sometimes. It is recommended to avoid this route unless you are quite skilled and experienced in riding and willing to challenge yourself. Besides, no matter which way you take, make sure you have some basic fitness exercises in advance is important.

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