Day 1: Nine Village Gully. This journey begins in Chengdu. If you need advice or assistance getting to Chengdu then please contact us. We take the short flight from Chengdu to Jiuzhai Airport and then transfer to Jiuzhaigou, the small town that has grown up around the tourist attraction. Jiuzhaigou translates literally as "Nine Village Gully" and there is a cluster of villages within the park entrance. The Nature Reserve is renowned for its series of lakes and ponds with crystal clear waters. The surrounding forest and mountains add to the splendor ensuring that this remains one of the most popular destinations ex-Chengdu. Meals: lunch, dinner.
Day 2: Valley Trek. Today we meet our local guide at the visitor center for a safety and environmental briefing, and to collect the necessary food and equipment. We then take a bus up to the start-point and begin our hike. The hike is about 13 kilometers of moderately difficult mountain trail rising to an altitude of about 2500 meters above sea level. We overnight at a camp ground surrounded by mountains. Please note: You may change the itinerary for this day. You may either take it as another 3 or drop it from the itinerary altogether. The price quoted will change accordingly. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 3: Jiuzhai Valleys. After breakfast we hike just 3 kilometers to the road head and catch a bus back to the park entrance. From here we are free to catch other buses around the Jiuzhai Valleys for the rest of the day. The best plan is to be dropped off and hike down but the amount of walking is up to you. The Rize and Zechawa valleys join to make the Shuzheng valley lower down. The Rize Valley contains the most scenic spots and is therefore also the busiest. Most tour groups actually only visit the scenic spots and do not hike the sections between so it is possible to avoid these for a while at least. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 4: Yellow Dragon. Today we head off to Huanglong Scenic Area. The "Yellow Dragon" referred to here is in fact the sulphur-tainted calcium deposits at the edge of the hot-springs as they cascade in a series of pools down over the hillside. There are prepared trails up through the pools as far as a Buddhist Monastery at the top. Other trails are used for the descent. You can enjoy stunning views of the snow-capped mountains on the skyline and can keep an eye open for the rare animals that are supposed to be found here, including Giant Pandas. Later we return to Jiuzhai Airport for our flight back to Chengdu. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 5: Journey's end. This Journey ends after breakfast. Check-out is usually 12:00 (noon).
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