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Cawarong Travel Tips

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Insider advice for your Cawarong vacation


Alpinist1979
The way to Lazong 5 stars
Next morning we said farewell to the couple, who continued their trek around Kawa karpo. This day was even more tiring with long ups and downs on the way to Lazong. Refreshing shower in the waterfall on the way helped us a lot. In Lazong we stayed in the house of our guideā€™s friend, sleeping on the floor just over pigs and cows. The dinner was not much better, than a day before. That time it was a big bowl of fried chillies with rice and yak butter tea


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Alpinist1979
Over Tondula Pass on the way to Gebu 5 stars
We wanted to do the same, but woke up too late. Nevertheless we did not have any problems when we left the village. It was however not so good idea to start late, because we had to traverse Tondula Pass under burning sun. Descending into the shadow side of the mountains was then much easier. The day was very long and arrived Gebu, where we stayed for the night, hungry and tired. We did not want to eat instant noodles anymore, so we asked locals if they can prepare some normal food for us. So we got some rice with fried oily potatoes and went to sleep in our hut, where we met the German couple again

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Alpinist1979
Organizing the mountain crossing 5 stars
Upon arrival we went to the local school and looked for the English teacher. Janny, friendly Tibetan women, helped us to organize the guide and horses for 90 kilometers long trip over the mountains to the village of Bitu, from where it should be possible to hitch a ride to Sichuan-Tibet Highway. After short bargaining we agreed for the total price of 750 Yuan (around 75 Euro) for the guide and his two horses. Same evening we met German couple (the only westerners, we met on our way), who were doing the trek around the sacred mountain of Kawa Karpo. They told us, they had troubles with local police in the morning, when they were on their way to leave the town. They were told, that they stay in the village illegally and that they have to go to Binzhongluo. Otherwise they would face fine and their guide would go into the jail. The guide was very scared and they left the village next day before sunrise.

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Alpinist1979
Getting to Cawarong 5 stars
Next day was very long and tough. It was not only going up; approximately 20 kilometers before Cawarong we entered very dry and hot area, where the cactuses were growing. While stopping in the small village for the lunch, we noticed the cloud of dust on the road, which slowly moved to our direction. That was a small truck, full of Tibetan pilgrims, but we could still find the place inside. With dust everywhere, but happy that we did not need to walk the rest of the day under the burning sun, we arrived Cawarong. Cawarong is small Tibetan town, which is located literally at the end of the road. From there only two possibilities exist: to walk or to ride the horse


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Alpinist1979
The road to Cawarong- second day 5 stars
Next day we woke up very early and after approximately one hour of walking, we managed to hitch a ride with the road workers for about 10 kilometers to the place, where landslides blocked the road. Late afternoon we crossed the border into Tibet without any problems. The only soldier there was too busy with doing his laundry and let us pass without saying a word. Several hours later we got to Songta, the first village on Tibetan side. In contrast to Quinatong, where locals from time to time get to see some tourists, the people of Songta were more than astonished to see us. They escorted us to the chief of the village, which told us that we can sleep in the roadside shelter for free. As the shelter had only three walls we could hardly sleep that night because of the freezing cold


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Alpinist1979
The road to Cawarong- first day 5 stars
Without thinking twice we left Binzhingluo and started to walk through the corn fields. While passing through small village one hour away, we were attacked by stray dogs and had to use our walking sticks to protect us. With the sunset we arrived Quinatong, small village on the top of the hill about 15 kilometers from Binzhongluo. There we stayed overnight with the local family, paying 10 Yuan each(around one Euro) for the bed and food


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Alpinist1979
That's how it all begun 5 stars
Once, searching the Chinese forums, I found, that it was the way to cross from the very northern part of Yunnan province to Tibet without obtaining a special permit, which is usually needed for such purposes. I told about that to my friend and he was excited about the idea, not less than me. The trip is involving the crossing of high mountain passes and only doable in the time frame from September to October, after the snow was melt and the monsoon season is over. So we had to wait, and then in the beginning of September we were on our way to China

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