A Comprehensive Guide to Chamdo Tour

Chamdo, at the strategic river junction of the Dza-chu and the Ngon-chu, is a  pleasant town. Located over 1000km away from Lhasa and 1250km from Chengdu, Chamdo is the major transport, administrative and trade centre of the Kham region. As the third largest city of Tibet ( after Lhasa and Shigatse), Chamdo embraces a lot of brilliant historic sites and fabulous sights. Among which the most attractive one is the crystal green Ranwu Lake, which is the largest lake in southeast of Tibet. With blue sky and white clouds as background, Ranwu Lake looks like a mirror with snow-capped mountains reflected in the water. By the lake you can see herds of cattle and sheep eating the grass leisurely. What a picturesque scenery! Besides, many other sceneries are waiting for you to explore. Now, you can follow us to discover the beauty of Chamdo.

Chamdo Tour

Part 1. Chamdo Facts
Part 2. Chamdo Weather
Part 3. How to Get to Chamdo
Part 4. Attractions in Chamdo
Part 5. Chamdo Travel Tips

Part 1. Chamdo Facts

Chamdo Facts

Chinese Name : 昌都 Chāng Dū
Location : 1,114km away from Lhasa; third largest city in eastern Tibet, West China
Altitude : 3,240 m (10,630 ft)
Area : 108,600 square kilometers (41,930 square miles)
Administrative Division : 1 district, 10 counties ((Chamdo, Jomda, Gonjo, Riwoche, Tingchen, Dragyab, Baxoi, Zogang, Markham, Lhorong, Banbar) Seat of the Prefecture Government: Xi Lu, Chengguan Town, Chamdo County)
Highlights of Chamdo : Galden Jampaling Monastery, Rawok Lake, Riwoqe Monastery, Lhegu Glacier, Wara Monastery, Kamaduo Stupas
Best Time for Visiting : May, June and September.
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Part 2. Chamdo Weather

As a result being landlocked, Chamdo is characterized by a typically cold and arid continental plateau climate, which features in low rainfalls, and big difference in temperature between day and night. Due to the complex geography, its weather varies greatly from area to area and from time to time. Normally, its southeast areas are warmer and wetter than the north and northwest. And nighttime temperature is far lower than that in the daytime. The annual average temperature here hovers around 7.6℃ (45.7℉). It often snows from November to March, when the roads are usually blocked by heavy snow. And summer is the monsoon season when rain falls frequently, which often result in flooding and landslide. If you want to pay a visit to Chamdo, the best time is May, June and September.

Note: Chamdo enjoys strong sunshine and the day is long, you’d better bring some sunscreen while traveling in Chamdo.

Part 3. How to Get to Chamdo

1. By Air

Chamdo Bangda Airport, loctes in the Bangda Grassland, is the highest airport in the world. Built in 1994, Chamdo Bangda Airport is the first lateral airport in Tibet. At present, it operates flights to/from 7 domestic cities including Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lhasa, Tianjin, Xi'an, and Xining. Meanwhile, it also has air routes to/from Nepal. The distance between the airport and Chamdo County is about 136km (84.5 miles. Passengers can take airport shuttle bus to Chamdo County from the airport. It takes about 3 hours and costs you CNY 60 per person.

Airport in Chamdo

2. By Bus

Chamdo region is located over 1,200 kilometers (746 miles) from Chengdu and over 1,100 kilometers (684 miles) from Lhasa. Both of the two cities operate buses to Chamdo. Every week there are at least 3 buses travel between Chamdo and the two cities. Apart from regular bus, the tourist bureau also send bused to Lhasa. Generally, it takes traveler about 5-6 days to arrive at Chamdo from Chengdu. For independent travelers, they can hire a passing car, which can be found at the bus station in Chengguan Town in Chamdo County.

Note: Make sure you have your permits in order, otherwise the PSB here are likely track you down, fine you and kick you out.

Part 4. Attractions in Chamdo

Thanks to the complicated topography and landscapes, Chamdo embraces many great tourist sights like snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, thundering waterfalls, and dense forests. Apart from wonderful natural scenery, there are many historical relics like ancient monasteries, buildings, villages, and workshops. To help you plan a perfect Chamdo trip, budgettibettour have collected some of the best attractions in Chamdo for you to choose from.

Galden Jampaling Monastery : Built by a disciple of Tsongkhapa between 1436 and 1444, Galden Jampaling Monastery is the biggest monastery of Gelug Sect in Kham area. Well-preserved Buddhist figures, wonderful murals, and exquisite Thangkas make this temple an art treasury. Ever year, Holy Dance, a grand festival to memory and celebrate the victory of Sakyamuni against the heretics in a debate, will be held on Jan. 15th of Tibetan calendar. During this day, monks will wear masks and perform religious dance to exorcise the ghosts. It is a great chance for you to experience the culture of Chamdo.

Tips: This temple can be visited all day long, but most chapel will be closed after 16:00.

Rawok Lake : Surrounded by magnificent snow-capped mountains and forests, Rawok Lake is a tranquil and beautiful lake. It is well-known for its colorful water. It turns to different colors in accordance with seasonal changes. If you travel to this lake, you will be definitely stunned by this picturesque scenery.

Rawok Lake

Other Scenic Spots : Chamdo Town, Zezhol Monastery, Ranwu Lake, Kanuo Ruins, Baxoi (Basu) Gaxue Rock Painting, Chagyma Hall, Karma Monastery.

Part 5. Chamdo Travel Tips

  1. Best time for Chamdo tour is May, June and September. During these months the weather is neither too cold nor wet, which is pleasant for outside activities.
  2. Try to avoid to go to Chamdo in Chinese national holidays, or you will be enveloped by the crowd.
  3. Bring enough thick clothes whenever you go to Chamdo since the night can gets really cold all year round.
  4. Remember to prepare some medicines like drugs for cold, carsickness, sunburn and so on. Before traveling, you can consult your doctor for some health suggestions.

Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions please contract us, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

Ms. Ho*** from: When to get my Tibet permit
January 15, 2020 05:11

Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  


1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

Answered by Helen
January 15, 2020 07:54

Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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