On this trip, we will enjoy the leisure life in Chengdu firstly. Then we will departure to Tibetan Area Kham in west Sichuan, visiting the irrigation project in Dujiangyan and pandas in Wolong - the first panda reserve in China. Cross over Balang Mountain, visit Siguniang Mountain, and enter the most beautiful village in China – the Jiaju Tibetan Village in Danba, where Jiarong Tibetans live. We continue to the west along China Panda Road, via Daofu, Luhuo and Ganzi to Yilhun Lhatso (Xinlu Hai Lake), the hiking starting point.
We set out from Xinlu Hai Lake for our 9 days’ hiking tour. On the way, we will enjoy the original ecology of the mountains from Xinlu Hai Lake to Dege. We walk in the world of high mountains, are accompanied by blue sky, clean river, lake, snow mountain, meadow and forest all the way. The glacier of Chola Mountain (Que'er Shan) stretches from the five thousands elevation down to lakeside and grassland directly. We go through Maisu Region, the hometown of Tibetan crafts, and visit Dzongsa Monastery to know Dzongsa Tibetan incense and clay figurines. And we have the chance to observe the protected rare animal white-lipped deer. Our hiking destination is Pelpung Monastery (Babang Si), honored as “the little Potala Palace”.
And then we will visit the Dege Scripture Printing House, the head of the three major Tibetan cultural centers. Afterwards, we go to Baiyu along Jinsha River (the upstream of Yangtze River) to visit the magnificent Pelyul Monastery (Baiyu Si) of Nyingma Sect. The most attracting highlight is the Yarchen Gar that is the largest place for female meditation practice and where we can feel the pure religious atmosphere. Afterwards we go to Tagong, which is “the Buddha's favorite place” and is also reputed as “Little Lhasa”. Following Khampa Tibetan, we turn the prayer wheel of Tagong Monastery and listen to their sounds of reading in the Gyergo Nunnery. Walk onto the hillside by the Muya Golden Pagoda and wait for the sunrise and sunset of Holy Mountain Yala. On the way back to Chengdu, we will go through Xinduqiao and climb onto the observation platform to overlook the main peak of Gongga Mountain (Minya Konka, 7556 m). Finally, we visit Luding Iron Chain Bridge where the Chinese Red Army combated during the Long March.