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. And then we will start a long expedition to heart of East Tibet, Yading national park is world know for its beautiful snow peak, it is said to be the last quiet land in the earth.
And the Litang Monastery will tell us how Tibetan devote to their religion. 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 - bBamei - Tagong - Xinduqiao. 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. And then 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.
After lunch 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. 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 4: Xinduqiao - Litang - Daocheng. All the day we will drive in the waving Tibetan plateau. We will drive cross more and more mountain over 4000 meters in sea level, such as Jianzhiwan, Haizishan, Gaorshi Shan. The highest mountain pass reached 4600 meters! But don’t worry, it does not affect us too much if we don’t get off and drive cross it quickly. About 2 hours driving we will arrive in Yajiang town, we may have lunch here. And we will arrive in the high town of the world, Litang (4100 meters) in the afternoon after 2 hours’ driving.
The Litang Monastery is the largest in South Kham area, we will learn about the mysterious culture of Gelupa here. And we will continue our driving to Daocheng in about 2 hours. Enjoy the wide plateau and Tibetan village en route. Sangdui monastery of Red School looked great from the mountain. And close to Daocheng, many ice lakes scattered in the wide land, thus local called it Haizi mountain. If we come in October, we can see the red grass here. Arrive in Daocheng in the late afternoon. Night in local hotel.
Day 5: Daocheng - Yading National Park. In the morning we will drive about 1 hour to Yading national park. We will enjoy the Tibetan villages en route. Cross the virgin forest, in the mid of the mountain, we will see the beautiful snow peak of Yonpyyong, which stand in the mid sky like an armored god. Arrive in Longlongba, we will begin our hiking to Lorong Yak Farm. If you like, you can also rent a horse for riding. The trail is just in the beautiful valley of virgin forest. We will visit the 3 peaks of Yading one by one. Charlodojie, Xianlairi, and Yangmyyong. And we will also walk to the milk lake. Descend the mountain in the late afternoon, and then we will stay one night in local hotel.
Day 6: Daocheng - Xinduqiao. Enjoy the beautiful norming of Daocheng, and then we will bid farewell to Daocheng. All the day we will drive back Xinduqiao. It is the same road of our coming, but the beautiful mountain and pateau en route deserves. Arrive in Xinduqiao after 6 hour’s driving. Night in hotel of Xinduqiao.
Day 7: 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 8: Chengdu departure. Your guide and driver will pick-up you at hotel and send you to airport. End of the tour.
Also see tour packages in:
Asia China Tibet Local Culture Cultural Journey Photography and Videography