Our trip will start from Chengdu to Danba, a romantic place famous for its unique Jiarong Tibetan culture and beautiful woman. And then we will enter wide Tibetan plateau to enjoy the pure snow mountain and scared monastery, also experience Kham Tibetan culture. Besides it, we will also have chance to encounter with giant Panda in Fengtongzhai panda nature reserve, learn about the glorious history of Red Army in the Long March.
Because of the long distance and road condition, long time’s driving is required. So we may sit in the car for about 8 to 10 hours in order to cover the road, but we will be paid by the beautiful nature! Not worry too much about the plateau sickness, because the long time’s overland tour may bring us enough time to be acclimated. The normal health condition is acceptible for this trip.
Day 1: Arrive in Chengdu. Arrive in Chengdu, meet with your guide and then transfer to hotel by privae car.
Day 2: Chengdu - Baoxing - Danba. Meet your English speaking guide and private driver at hotel in Chengdu, drive to Ya’an via the express way in 2 hours, enjoy the wide Chengdu plain en route, and then drive about 3 hours to Baoxing, where the Giant Panda was discovered firstly by David in the early of 20th century. And we will pass by the famous Fengtongzhai Panda Nature Reserve, also cross over Mt Jiajinshan in the afternoon and arrive in Danba county in 4 hours. In the great Long March, The Red army used to climb over this famous mountain. Arrive in Danba in the late afternoon. The sea level of Danba is about 1500 meters, and it is just located at the canyon of Dadu river, river brings warm climate to it. Night in local hotel.
Day 3: Danba Tibetan Villages and Beauty valley exploration. After breakfast, drive to Jiajv Tibetan Village in 30 minutes. The beautiful Tibetan village is located in the half mountain, and collorful houses and forest piled down from the mountain, made is a good place for taking picture. You can learn about the unique culture of Jiarong Tibetan. Enjoy a local favor meal at local Tibetan house. In the afternoon we will drive to Qiongshan village, most of the Champion of Beauty contest were from this village. If we are lucky, we can encounter some beauty here! In the late afternoon we will head for Sopo village, which is known for its Tower of Tibetan castle. It is still a mystery how the ancient people built such a tower with poor tool.
Day 4: Danba - Bamei - Tagong - Xinduqiao. After breakfast we will set off to Bamei Huiyuan Monastery in 2 hours’ driving. Firstly we will pass by famous Bonsai Garden, Donggu canyon, which is full of beautiful peaks. After we cross the Yala Mountain pass, we will enter wide and flat Tibetan plateau of 3000 meters altitude in average. Not far from the mountain pass is Huiyuan monastery. Huiyuan Monastery is known because it used to be heritage of 5th Dalai Lama when he went to Beijing.
After our visit of Huiyuan Monastery, we will continue our driving to Tagong in 1 hour’ driving. Enjoy the Tibetan pagoda and villages en route. We may have lunch in Bamei village. Tagong is a beautiful Tibetan town, where we will enjoy huge Tagong monastery, the wide Tagong grassland and beautiful Yala Peak. In the late afternoon we will arrive in Xinduqiao town in 30 minutes’ driving. Xinduqiao possess the reputation of Paradise of Photo due to the harmony of Tibetan villages with nature. Night in local hotel. The sea level of Xinduqiao is 3000 meter.
Day 5: Xinduqiao - Kangding - Luding - Chengdu. Get up in the early morning to enjoy the quietness of Xinduqiao. Tibetan stone houses, bridge, forest, hills, all made Xinduqiao a good place for photo. When the sky is clear, you can even see the snow peak of Mt Gongka in the mid sky! Just enjoy it! After breakfast we will drive to Kangding via Mt. Zheduoshan (4200 meter in sea level) in about 2 hours. From Zheduo mountain pass we will descend Tibetan plateau of 3000 meter to lower place of 2000 meter.
As capital of Gantze Tibetan prefecture, Kangding is also a beautiful Tibetan town. And we will continue 1 hour’s driving to Luding. We will visit Luding Bridge here, the Red Army used to had a fierce battle here in their Long March expedition. From Luding to Chengdu, we will take about 5 hours.In this road, we will cross Erlangshan Tunnel later, which is 4700 meters long. Arrive in Chengdu in the early evening.
Day 6: Chengdu departure. Your guide and driver will pick-up you at hotel and send you to airport. End of the tour.
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