Chamdo, the center of Kham region, is the birthplace of Kang-pa culture. The 25 holy mountains in Kham area are mostly in the territory of Chamdo. Chamdo is located in the eastern part of Tibet, the middle and upper reaches of the Jinsha River, the Lancang River, and Salween River, and is known as the Three River Basin in eastern Tibet. Chamdo is bounded by the Jinsha River in the east and faces the Sichuan Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture across the river; in the southeast, it borders the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province. Chamdo Bamda Airport is the highest-level civil aviation airport in the world and currently has fixed flights to Lhasa and Chengdu.The Sichuan-Tibet Highway passes through Chamdo, 1,200 kilometers away from Chengdu and 1,000 kilometers away from Lhasa.The main attractions of Chamdo are: Galden Jampaling Monastery, the first monastery of the Gelug Sect in the Kham region; the ancestral temple of the Karma Kargyu Sect - Karma Temple, and the Banda Grassland that produces valuable plants such as cordyceps.
Best season: May, June, September.
Suggested travel length: 2-3 days