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13 Days Private Tour Chengdu – Xichang – Muli – Trekking from Dulu to Yading – Shangri-La Town – Daocheng - Litang – Yajiang - Xinduqiao – Tagong - Kangding – Luding - Yaan – Bifengxia – Shangli – Bifengxia - Dayi - Chengdu
Highlights
Trekking from Muli to Yading in Kham
DAY
1

Air Chengdu – Xichang

Welcome to China

Arrive in Chengdu, capital of province Sichuan, the home town of Panda. Picked up by the local guide at airport and take connection flight (CA4592 1505/1625) to Xichang, the city of satellite. Transfer to hotel.

Overnight at 4*Minshan Hotel
Qionghai Lake
Qionghai Lake
DAY
2

Xichang – Muli – Changhai Lake – Grand Muli Monastery

Muli Grand Monastery

After breakfast drive via Yanyuan and Muli to Changhai (Long Lake). The barrier lake surrounded with natural pasture was made of volcanism. In June and July, here is a world of flowers. Walk northward for 2 kilometers, the three peaks of Xianuoduoji (5958 m), Yangmaiyong (5958 m)and Xiannairi(6032 m)appear before you. The Kangwu Monastery nearby Changhai is the third one of the three big monasteries of Muli. The large pictures taken by Rock preserved in this temple are worthy of watching. The three monasteries of Muli built in the 17th century were praised as “real jewel box” by Rock. Among them, “the Muli Grand Monastery is composed of 340 rooms and halls; there are 700 monks in the temple. The secondly important monastery is Waerzhai 18 kilometers to the north of Muli with 270 monks. The third monastery is Kangwu 25 kilometers to the southeast of Muli with 300 monks. Muli King with his government lived one year in turn in the three monasteries.” Afterwards go to Muli Grand Monastery. The original Muli Grand Monastery had been completely destroyed. Now what you see was rebuilt in 1986, and there are 50 monks in the temple. Behind the splendid hall are the broken walls and ruins, telling you its past glory. By then Rock presented one riffle, 250 bullets and 3 soaps to Muli King, and the king presented Rock some special local products in return. Some pictures taken by Rock are treasured up in the monastery.

353 km
8 hours 24 minutes
Overnight at the guesthouse of Muli Grand Monastery
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Muli Grand Monastery
Muli Grand Monastery
DAY
3

Muli Grand Monastery – Dulu

Drive to Dulu village, prepare for trekking

Pass by the old Muli County; drive up along the Litang River; Cross Longsha Pasture (4,090 m); enter the Xolo valley and reach Daluodou village. The sand of the Xolo River contains gold, and the famous gold mine is just located by the river. The remains of the block tower on the hill are left by Mutiangwang (Heave King Mu) of Naxi minority, who arranged his men to come over here for gold. Take a break at a high school of Dongla village on the hill. Many piles of giant mani stones at the entrance of the village are impressive. Reach Dulu village (2700 m) and prepare for the trekking such as hiring horses.

112 km
3 hours 53 minutes
Overnight in the local people’s house
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Dulu Village
Dulu Village
DAY
4

Dulu – Baishuihe (White-Water River) – Mancuo

Trekking starts at Shuiluo gold mine

After breakfast, the big backpack will be hanged on horses, then you can hike into the mountain. This is the first day of the trek. From Dulu Village to Shuiluo Gold Mine you need to drive over a 10 km mountain path. From the Shuiluo gold mine, you will enter the virgin forest on foot. Trekking starts. The elevation will gradually increase. And you can see the lush vegetation and different shape of rocks, which is really impressive. In the evening, you will arrive at the Baishui River Manchu Campsite.

Trekking about 17 km, 7 hours
Camping (3700 m)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Trekking from Muli to Yading
Trekking from Muli to Yading
DAY
5

Mancuo – Zangbie pasture – Wakece pasture

Zangbie pasture, watch Shanuo Duoji peak

You departure in the morning, continuing through the virgin forest. There is a single way, and a beautiful meadow is at the end of the road . Then you get to the Zangbie pasture that also is called Jiari pasture. Here you can see the first peak of three main peaks: Shanuo Duoji. You continue to trek 2 hours and arrive at the campsite Wakece pasture below the Zabara Pass.

Trekking about 13 km, 5 hours
Camping (4600 m)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Trekking from Muli to Yading
Trekking from Muli to Yading
DAY
6

Wakece – Zhabala Pass – Xinguo Pasture

Zhabala Pass, tough trek

Today, the scenery is quite beautiful, but it will take you much physical strength and energy for today's trekking. After the departure, you climb up from the south slope of Xanuoduoji and climb over the 5,000-meter-high Zhabala Pass. The slope of the mountain is steep. After crossing the mouth, you go all the way down to the Xinguo Pasture under the south slope of Yang Maiyong.

Trekking about 19 km, 7 to 9 hours
Camping (4200 m)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Trekking from Muli to Yading
Trekking from Muli to Yading
DAY
7

Xinguo Pasture – Black Sea – Shehu

Black Sea, tough trek, Jiadu pasture, Locke Stone (Butterfly Stone)

Basically, today’s trek is at a height of more than 4,000 meters. It will take you much energy, but the scenery is very beautiful. When you trek over many nameless passes, you can see a Black Sea with ink color on the way. After that, passing through Jiadu pasture at the southwest slope of Yangmaiyong, and then you take photos at Rock Stone (Butterfly Stone). Finally, you come to the Shehu (Snake Lake) Campsite at an altitude of 4,400 meters. Above the Snake Lake, you can see two mountains - Yangmaiyong and Xiannairi, the scenery of the campsite is quite beautiful.

Trekking about 15 km, 6 hours
Camping (4400 m)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Shehu (Snake Lake)
Shehu (Snake Lake)
DAY
8

Shehu – Lourong pasture –Chonggusi – Yading Village Pass), Yading scenic spot

You depart in the morning and continue up to Xiannai Yangmaiyong Pass (Songduo Pass) at about 4,900 meters above sea level. After crossing the pass, you will enter the Yading nature reserve, home of three sacred Tibetan mountains - Chenresig (Xiannairi, Avalokitesvara, 6032m), Jambeyang (Yangmaiyong, Manjusri, 5958m), and Chanadorje (Xianuoduoji, Vajrapani, 5958m). The scenery here easily rivals that of national parks of the west such as Yellowstone and Yosemite in terms of spectacular, pristine mountain scenery. After passing the Niunai Hai (Milk Sea), the five-color sea, you go down to the Lourong pasture. You visit the pasture, then take the battery car to Chonggu Temple, finally transfer to the scenic eco-car to Yading Village.

Trekking about 15 km, 6 hours
Overnight at Yading Village Inn (3900 m)
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Five Colors Lake
Five Colors Lake
DAY
9

Yading Village – Chonggusi – Zuomalacuo – Xiannairi – Chonggusi – Shangri-La Town – Litang

Chonggu Temple, Zuomalacuo, Xiannairi, Litang Si monastery

In the morning, you return to the Chonggu Temple by eco-car in the Yading scenic spot and visit the Chonggu Temple. You visit lake Zhuoma Lhatso (Dumu Hu) and mountain Xiannairi by walk. After that, you return to Chonggu Temple and take the eco-car to Shangri-La town. In the afternoon you drive to the “world highland city" Litang (4014 m) which is the homeland 7th Dalai Lama. If the time is enough, you can 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, it becomes the largest monastery of the Gelukpa Sect in south Kham.

225 km
3 hours 50 minutes
Overnight at Tsangyang Gyatso Hotel
Breakfast
Mt. Xiannairi
Mt. Xiannairi
DAY
10

Litang – Yajiang - Xinduqiao – Tagong

Lhagang Monastery, Gyergo Nunnery and the grand mani wall of Hepingfahui, sunset of Yala Mountain

Today you drive to Tagong town and 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.

224 km
4 hours 10 minutes
Overnight at Duwang Hotel
Breakfast
Nunnery of Hepingfahui in Tagong
Nunnery of Hepingfahui in Tagong
DAY
11

Tagong - Xinduqiao - Kangding - Luding – Yaan

Sunrise of Yala Mountain, Zheduo Shan Pass (4298 m), Luding Bridge

If the weather is good, enjoy the beautiful landscape of sunrise of Yala Mountain. Then drive to Xinduqiao, 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. 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, here visit Luding Chain Bridge. Luding Chain Bridge (Iron Chain bridge) on the Dadu River 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. Afterwards drive to Yaan, the famous rainy city.

293 km
6 hours 3 minutes
Overnight at Holiday Inn Express Ya'an City Center
Breakfast
Sunrise of Yala Mountain
Sunrise of Yala Mountain
DAY
12

Yaan – Bifengxia - Shangli - Dayi - Chengdu

Bifengxia Panda Base, Shangli Ancient Town. Travel to next destination

In the morning visit the Bifengxia Panda Base, it was established at the end of 2003, and has become a paradise for giant pandas, a national treasure, with the function of raising, breeding and rescuing giant pandas. It has over 20 giant pandas. Afterwards 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.

186 km
3 hours 46 minutes
Breakfast
Pandas in Bifengxia
Pandas in Bifengxia
DAY
13

Leave Chengdu

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

In the morning stroll in the beautiful old block of Chengdu - Wide Alley and Narrow Alley (Kuan Xiangzi and Zhai Xiangzi), they 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. In the afternoon transfer to the airport, fly back home or travel to next destination. Service ends.
Breakfast
Tea House in People’s Park
Tea House in People’s Park
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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.