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14 Days Private Tour Chengdu – Dujiangyan – Panda in Wolong – Siguniang Shan Town – Danba – Bamei – Tagong – Xinduqiao – Yajiang – Litang – Trekking at holy mountain Genyen – Litang – Xinduqiao - Kangding – Luding – Yaan – Shangli – Dayi - Chengdu
Highlights
Trekking at Genyen Mountain in Kham
DAY
1

Arrive in Chengdu

Enjoy Chengdu leisurely daily life, Kuanzhai Xiangzi, drink tea in People’s Park

In the morning arrival in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, home town of giant panda. Picked up by the local guide at airport and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon stroll in the beautiful old block of Chengdu - Wide Alley and Narrow Alley (Kuan Xiangzi and Zhai Xiangzi), you are the relics of the Manchurian garrison since 1718 and consist of 3 parallel lanes with the old classical houses, which are unique in southern China just like the northern Chinese architectural style presented by Hutong. After a careful renovation in June 2008, the pubs, teahouses, restaurants and guesthouses concentrate here, and in no time at all, it becomes the "lobby of leisure capital Chengdu". A walk here gives you a first impression of the "city of loafers". Then visit the People’s Park in the city center, have a seat in an old teahouse, enjoy your covered-bowl tea in a comfortable environment with bamboo chair and bamboo table, the tea culture of Chengdu is well known throughout China.

Overnight at 4*Xinliang Hotel
Tea House in People’s Park
Tea House in People’s Park
DAY
2

Chengdu - Dujiangyang - Wolong - Siguniang Shan Town

Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Wolong National Nature Reserve, Shenshuping Panda Base, Sunset of Mt. Siguniangshan

In the morning drive to Dujiangyan to visit the Irrigation System, which was built around 250 BC by Li Bin, a governor of Shu Prefecture in Qin State. The great project still works well today after more than two thousand year’s function, which not only puts an end of the water disaster to the local people but also makes Chengdu Plain “the land of abundance”. While visiting the water conservation work, you may find that the methods of harnessing the river the ancient people used are so simple but useful. In 2000, Dujiangyan became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After that drive to Wolong National Nature Reserve. 52 km long from east to west and 62 km wide from south to north, the whole area is 200,000 hm². It is one of the China earliest natural reverses, which is rated the preservation zones network of “mankind and living beings” by the Organization of Education, Science and Culture of United Nations (UNESCO). The virgin forest, second bush forest and bamboo groves are very green. There are over 4,000 kinds of high-level plants, 24 kinds of them are valuable plants, such as Gongtong (Chinese dove tree), red China fir, Lianxiang and so on. There are more than 450 kinds of vertebras, 45 kinds of them are rated national focal preserved animals, such as giant panda, golden monkeys, antelopes, white-mouth deer etc. The natural beautiful scene is quiet and secluded. Visit Shenshuping Panda Base in Wolong, about 50 pandas live here, it is the largest breeding center for giant pandas, integrating scientific research, feeding, breeding, reproduction, wildness training, etc. Then drive to Siguniang Shan Town (former Rilong) through the Balang Tunnel, if the weather is good, enjoy the beautiful landscape of sunset of Siguniang Shan Mountain at the Maobiliang.

221 km
4 hours 10 minutes
Overnight at Yunshang Hotel
Breakfast
Sunset of Mt. Siguniangshan
Sunset of Mt. Siguniangshan
DAY
3

Siguniang Shan Town – Danba

Sunrise of Mt. Siguniang, Shuangqiao Valley, Wori Tusi Manor, Tibetan village Jiaju

If the weather is good, you’ll get early to enjoy the great panoramic view of Mt. Siguniang Shan at Maobiliang at sunrise. The Siguniang Shan Mountain (also Four Sisters Mountain, Four Girls Mountain, Four Maidens Mountain) has four over 5000 m peaks, legend has it that each peak represents a girl of the 4 sisters. The highest peak, Yaomei Feng, the youngest girl and at 6250 m, is also known as the “queen of Sichuan's peaks”. Soft hiking in the Shuangqiao Valley (Double-bridge Valley) of the Siguniang Shan Mountain, the scenery is concentrated and charming. Afterwards drive to visit Wori Tusi Manor, the former official residence of the local Tusi, a kind of imperial kingship leader. After that drive to visit Tibetan village Jiaju, the most beautiful village of China. In Danba, the local people are called Jiarong (Gyarong) Tibetans. Walking and visit in the Jiaju village. There are more than one hundred buildings with the same architectural style, a complete and unique character of Jiarong Tibetan residences. Under the blue sky, the Tibetan residences decorated in red, white and black are strewed at random but also in school from the bottom to the middle slope of the valley.

110 km
2 hours 26 minutes
Overnight at Mantuoluo Hotel
Breakfast
Tibetan Village Jiaju
Tibetan Village Jiaju
DAY
4

Danba - Bamei – Tagong

Block towers in Suopo, Huiyuan Temple, Lhagang Monastery, Gyergo Nunnery and the grand mani wall of Hepingfahui, sunset of Yala Mountain

Danba has long been acclaimed as the Kingdom of Thousands of Ancient Blockhouses. In the morning visit the ancient block towers in Suopo. They were made of clay and block and look fine from outside with solid thick walls. Then drive along the Yak valley to Bamei, on the way visit the Huiyuan Temple and the beautiful villages. Upon arrival at Tagong, visit the Lhagang Monastery (Tagong Si) of Sayka Sect that is surrounded by three hills symbolizing three Budhisattvas. It is said that the blessing of a reserved Jowo Shakyamuni image left by Wencheng Princess in this monastery to the pilgrims, which resembles that of seeing the Lhasa Jowo Shakyamuni image itself. And then visit the impressive Gyergo Nunnery and the grand mani wall of Hepingfahui. From the hillside next to the Muya Golden Pagoda, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Zhara Lhatse (5.820 m, also Jara or Yala), when the weather is good, the scenery at sunset is especially spectacular.

117 km
2 hours 43 minutes
Overnight at Duwang Hotel
Breakfast
Nunnery of Hepingfahui in Tagong
Nunnery of Hepingfahui in Tagong
DAY
5

Tagong - Xinduqiao – Yajiang - Litang

Sunset of Yala Mountain, Litang Si monastery

If the weather is good, enjoy the beautiful landscape of sunset of Yala Mountain. You’ll drive on the zigzag road up to the mountain chain of Hengduanshan (Mt. Blocks), which extends from the north to the south. Short photo break at Xinduqiao, the “Paradise of Photographers”, a small town on the road juncture where the northern route of Sichuan-Tibet Highway (Chengdu - Lhasa) and the southern route of Sichuan-Tibet Highway (Chengdu - Lhasa) meet. When the weather is good, you can see the main peak of Gongga Mountain (7556 m, Minya Konka, “the King Peak of Sichuan”) from Xinduqiao. Keep driving southwards to Yajiang and enter the Yalong river ravine. In the afternoon arrival in the “world highland city" Litang (4014 m) which is the homeland 7th Dalai Lama. Upon arrival, visit Changqingchunke'er Monastery (also admits as Litang Si monastery) in the western suburb. The Litang Monastery, developed by the 3.th Dalai Lama in the year 1580, today, become the largest monastery of the Gelukpa Sect in south Kham.

224 km
4 hours 10 minutes
Overnight at Tsangyang Gyatso Hotel
Breakfast
Litang Si Monastery
Litang Si Monastery
DAY
6

Litang - Blacksmith Pass – New Lenggu Monastery

Genyen Mountain, New Lenggu Monastery, Old Lenggu Monastery

Drive to Genyen Mountain, on the way watch the Genyen Mountain in the the Blacksmith Pass, and enjoy the beautiful boulders, rocks, and the sea which is considered as "Genyen's Eye". Genyen's Eye is the best place to watch the Genyenhshan Peak. The seven peaks are lined up, four of which on the left are Genyen Mountain, Xiaozha Mountain, Zhizhan Mountain, Kemalong Mountain. The mountain is huge and the rock is bare, which is very steep and precipitous. Arrive at the New Lenggu Monastery, meet the escort team – the local Khampa Tibetan with their horses. Tourists can take a walk around the New Lenggu Monastery or walk to the Old Lenggu Monastery in a beautiful valley and return. Today, you camp next to the New Lenggu Monastery.

100 km
3 hours
Camping
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
New Lenggu Monastery
New Lenggu Monastery
DAY
7

Trekking New Lenggu Monastery – Xiao Ji Long Zhang Valley

Trekking starts, virgin forest, vast meadows

Trekking starts from the New Lenggu Monastery, through the virgin forest, to the vast meadows. Today, the campsite is the closest one to the Genyen Mountain. Here, you can have a close look at the snow-capped glacier that is more beautiful in the sunglow. Finally, have a camp in Xiao Ji Long Zhang Valley.

Trekking is about 14 km, 6 hours
Camping
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Trekking at Genyen Mountain
Trekking at Genyen Mountain
DAY
8

Trekking Xiao Ji Long Zhang Valley – Daodao Valley - Reti campsite

West slope of Gongga, Hot ladder campsite

Trekking is around the west slope of Gongga. Today's journey, tourists can enjoy not only the majestic appearance of the Genyenshan, but also the rolling meadow under their feet that is very charming. Here is surrounded by the dense meadows and sparse forests. Finally, have a camp at Reti campsite.

Trekking is about 18 km, 7 hours
Camping
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Trekking at Genyen Mountain
Trekking at Genyen Mountain
DAY
9

Trekking Reti – Yele Valley – Lazai Pass – Gemu Village

Gemugou, Lazai Pass, Three magnificent mountains

Gemugou is known as the most beautiful mountain landscape in Hengduan Mountains. Its unique vegetation belt and climatic zone bring out the magical landscape features. When tourists walk through the vast grassland and then stand at the Lazai Pass with altitude of 4,980 meters, the three magnificent mountains: Mount Genyen, Mount Xiaozha and Camailong Peak seem to float in the air and say goodbye to you. Finally, you can enjoy the Gumu Village camping or residential wide bed with Tibetan style.

Trekking is about 20 km, 9 hours
Camping
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Trekking at Genyen Mountain
Trekking at Genyen Mountain
DAY
10

Trekking Gemu Village - Haga Campsite

A whole day trek, meadows and forests

Today, although you trek in the valley whole day, the road is always in meadows and forests. So tourists not only trek with refreshed, but also enjoy the beautiful scenery. Arriving at the Haga campsite in the afternoon, tourists can take pictures of the stars at night.

Trekking is about 20 km, 7 hours
Camping
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Trekking at Genyen Mountain
Trekking at Genyen Mountain
DAY
11

Trekking Haga Campsite - Hagala Pass - Hari Campsite

The last canyon, hot spring

Today, trekking over the last canyon, you may wade into the water on the way. In the vicinity of the Hari camp, there is a natural hot spring, where you can have a comfortable hot spring bath, so you can set up your tents near the hot spring.

Trekking about 21 km, 7 hours
Camping
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Trekking at Genyen Mountain
Trekking at Genyen Mountain
DAY
12

Trekking Hari Campsite – Anjiu Village, driving Anjiu – Litang – Yajiang

Maoya Prairie, Anjiu Village, trekking ends

Today is the last day for the trekking tour. Starting from the Hari campsite, you go along the Hari Valley to the Anjiu village of the local prairie nomads. At the foot of the Genyen Mountains, there is a grassland with an average elevation of more than 3,600 meters, which maintains a complete grassland wetland ecosystem. Maoya Prairie has been rated as one of the six most beautiful grasslands in China by the National Geographic Magazine! After arriving at Anjiu Village, the end point of the great trek, you return to Litang by car, 67 km, 1 hour and 2 minutes, then continue to drive to Yajiang.

Trekking about 11 km, 3 hours
Driving 132 km, 2 hours 22 minutes
Overnight at Yidu Hotel
Breakfast Lunch
Trekking at Genyen Mountain
Trekking at Genyen Mountain
DAY
13

Yajiang – Xinduqiao – Zheduo Shan - Kangding - Luding – Yaan

Zheduo Shan Pass (4298 m), Luding Bridge

Drive back to Xinduqiao and cross over Zheduo Shan Pass (4298 m) to Kangding, the capital of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the important juncture of Tibetan and Han People in history. Keep driving to Luding and crossing through the 4.1 km long tunnel of Mt. Erlang Shan to Yaan, the famous rainy city. In Luding visit the Luding Chain Bridge (Iron Chain bridge) on the Dadu River, which is a treasure of Chinese ancient architecture. The bridge was built in the 44th years of Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty (1705) in order to enhance the connection of Tibetan culture. On May 29th, 1935, the Chinese Red Army reached Luding Bridge during the Long March. Facing a hail of bullets, the Chinese Red Army, with 22 warriors as the pioneers of the commando, destroyed the bridge’s guards in one fell swoop, which is an important historical monument of the Communist Party of China.

316 km
6 hours 27 minutes
Overnight at Holiday Inn Express Ya'an City Center
Breakfast
View of Holy Mt. Gongga from Xinduqiao
View of Holy Mt. Gongga from Xinduqiao
DAY
14

Yaan – Dayi - Chengdu

Shangli Ancient Town. Travel to next destination

In the morning visit the Shangli Ancient Town. Old Town Shangli is called an “Ink and Wash Landscape” painting. Situated in the Western Sichuan Basin, the town was once the important post on the Silk Road of the South and the Ancient Tea-Horse Trail in history. In the afternoon drive via Dayi back to Chengdu, transfer to airport or railway station, leave Chengdu.

178 km
2 hours 59 minutes
Breakfast
Shangli Ancient Town
Shangli Ancient Town
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We must point out that you counter a basic tourism infrastructure in this region. You stay overnight mostly at simple hotel/guesthouse and tent. Long journeys on bad roads and trekking on high altitude and delays require good physical fitness, resilience and flexibility of the participants. Program and route changes due to unforeseen events are expressly reserved. If you desire the unknown and have an understanding of contingency, this is the right trip for you.