Lhasa – Bayi – Lulang – Ranwu 4 Wheel Drive Trip
(Total 768km one way drive)
Are you in the process of arranging your Lhasa tour or Tibet tour? Tibet is difficult to explore on a short trip since it is quite huge in size, the second largest provincial-level region in China, just after Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Basically Tibet is officially classified into 6 tourism zones: 1) Lhasa Historical and Cultural Center Tourism Area; 2) Mt. Everest Eco Tourism Area;3) Linzhi (Nyingchi) Forest Eco Tourism; 4) Shannan Yalong River Cultural Scenic Area; 5) Ali Holy Mountains and Lakes Area; 6) Nanqu Grassland Eco Tourism Area.
Just a few words about these officially claimed six tourism zones;
Lhasa Historical and Cultural Center Tourism Area
This area is simply called Lhasa Area. Lhasa Area is the most visited place in Tibet. First time visitors coming to Tibet cannot afford to miss the capital city of Tibet. A general Lhasa tour normally takes you approx. 4-5 days, visiting a handful of impressive attractions such as Potala Palace, Bahkhor Street, Sea Temple…
Mt. Everest Eco Tourism Area
Called Mt.Everest Area for short. Glimpsing the EBC, the Mount Everest Base, is a dream of many tourists. Make an extended tour to Mounta Everest either from Shigatse or from Zhangmu fort bordering Nepal. 2 days are necessary to drive up to the base of Mr.Everest mountain area and back.
We made a 4-wheel drive trip from Lhasa to Ranwu last October and the amazing driving experience still lingers in my mind. Well, follow me to drive cross the dreamland again!
We drive eastwards along the Chuanzang Highway (Sichuan Tibet Highway). Completed in 1958, the Chuanzang Highway is 2115km long starting from Chengdu, which is also part of the 5476km National Highway No.318 starting from Shanghai to Zhangmu Town.
Lhasa River, the mother river of Lhasa, accompanies us on our left side running down from the south side of Nyainqêntanglha range. Lhasa River is one of te five major tributaries of Yalong Tsangpo River with a total length of 551 km. Lhasa River passes the south area of Lhasa City from east to west, then runs south and meets Tsangpo River at Qushui.
The autumn view of the crystal waters of Lhasa River with the bald and dark mountains reflected on the river.
Nyingchi, which literally means “throne of the sun” in Tibetan has a relatively lower altitude bestowed with the green mountain slopes, snow-capped peaks and crystal-clear rivers. Nyingchi is dubbed as “Switzerland of Tibet”. The county boasts the Namjiagbarwa Peak, and the Yarlung Zangbo Great Canyon, and the abundant nature resources.
At the distance of 457km in the late afternoon, we reach the Serjila Pass (the Seche La Pass) at the elevation of 5020m where we are lucky to see the golden summit of Namcha Barwa Mountain (or Namchabarwa and the Namjiagbarwa Peak). Namchabarwa (7787m) is selected as the most beautiful mountain in China.
The Serjila Pass, or the Seche La Pass (5020m)
The landscape along the roadside is particularly beautiful. The scenic highway boasts the far snow mountains, glaciers, primitive forest, pristine villages and crystal rivers.