6 Days Daocheng-Yading Pure Land Tour

Kangding, Xinduqiao, Litang, Daocheng-Yading Nature Reserve

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Tour Code: TCT-Sichuan-06

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

You will be astonished by the amazing natural scenery, like the virgin forests, snow mountains, plateau lakes.

Get into the Tibetan villages and have chance to experience the culture and local custom.

This is a great choice for photographers or photography fans.

Ensure you the most comfortable and flexible tour experience with the private service for the whole trip.
 

Best Travel Time: The best time to Daocheng and Yading is from April to October, while Autumn (September & October) is more suitable for photography with more stable weather condition.

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Day 1Chengdu - Yaan - Kangding (270Km & 4hrs)
Drive to Kangding via Yaan, Mt. Erlangshan Tunnel, Mugecuo Scenic Area

Meals: Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Kangding Gesanghua Hotel ★★★★ or similar

Please get up early and check out from the hotel. At around 07:00am, our local tour guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby, and begin the tour to the pure land.

Leave Chengdu for Kangding. Today, we head westward, passing Ya'an city, through Mt. Erlangshan where we will drive through the longest tunnel in China, and arrive at Kangding city, known as the hometown of love song, the capital of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Region.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will take a tour to Mugecuo Scenic Area, which is also called Kangding Love Song Resort. Here you could see the one of largest plateau lakes in Sichuan. Walking beside the lake, listening to the sound of wind, you may know how the romantic name is from.

Get used to the altitude about 2,500 meters and get ready for the next day's driving on the high mountains. Stay overnight in Kangding.

Mugecuo Scenic Area
Mugecuo Scenic Area

Day 2Kangding - Xinduqiao - Litang - Daocheng (420Km & 8.5hrs)
Drive to Daocheng via Xinduqiao & Litang, Enjoy the natural view on the way

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Snow Area Hot Spring Garden Hotel★★★★ or similar

Today, we will head to Daocheng via Xinduqiao, Yajiang and Litang. With the altitude climbing higher and higher, we will conquer several mountains over 4000 meters, Mt. Gaoersi, Mt. Jianziwan, Mt. Kazila, etc.

The lunch would be served at a local restaurant on the way.

Arrive at Litang, the world high city, located at the plateau at around 4000 meters. Litang is the town with strong nomadic features and strong atmosphere of traditional Tibetan life; strolling in the streets, enjoy enough time to experience the local life. After a short refreshment, we will continue driving to Daocheng and arrive at the county at night. Check in hotel and have a good rest for tomorrow's tour.

Xinduqiao
Xinduqiao

Day 3Daocheng - Yading (80Km & 1.5hrs)
Drive to Yading, Daocheng-Yading Natural Reserve, Chonggu Temple, Pearl Lake

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Mofan Themed Hotel or similar

After breakfast, meet our guide and driver. Begin the pure land exploration to Daocheng- Yading Natural Reserve. When arriving at the scenic area, we will take the shuttle bus to Yading Village for check in.

Firstly, we will visit the Chonggu Temple (3900m) at the foot of Mt. Xiannairi (6032m). Solemn temple, chanting lamas and burning incense brings you with peace. There is a grassland around the temple where the scenery is beautiful. After that, walk along the plank road to the Pearl Lake (4080m), the best point to enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Xiannairi. After the tour, walk to Yading Village for hotel check-in and stay overnight there.

Details in the itinerary:
Drive from Daocheng to Yading Natural Reserve (80km & 1.5hrs) - Take shuttle bus to Yading Village (3800m) - Take shuttle bus to Zhaguanbeng (6.5km & 20mins) - Walk to Chonggu Temple (0.5km & 20mins) - Walk to Pearl Lake (1.5km & 1.5hrs)

Dacheng Yading Natural Reserve
Dacheng Yading Natural Reserve

Day 4Yading - Daocheng
Luorong Cattle Ranch, Niunai Lake (Milk Lake), Color Sea Scenic Area, Drive back to Daocheng

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Snow Area Hot Spring Garden Hotel★★★★ or similar

Get up early if you would like to enjoy the sunrise in the morning. Today, you will try the second route to enjoy the beauty of Yading.

Take the shuttle bus to Zhaguanbeng and walk to Chonggu Temple, then take the golf cart to Luorong Cattle Ranch (4180m), surrounded by three snow-capped mountains, where is the best place to take pictures of the three holy mountains. The Gongga River runs through the pastures, and the tall and low trees are in harmony with a wooden house.

Optional: Hiking from Chonggu Temple to Luorong Cattle Ranch is an option with 1.5hrs & 6.5km .

From the ranch, you could choose hiking through the small path or horse riding (extra cost on your own expense) to Milk Lake (4600m) and Color Sea Scenic Area (4700m). The lakes hide in the valley, just like the blue diamonds sparkling under the sunlight and reflecting the holy mountains.

In the late afternoon, we will say goodbye to the valley and take the shuttle bus out of the reserve. The driver is waiting and we will drive back to Daocheng for overnight-stay.

Details in the itinerary:
Take shuttle bus from Yading Village to Zhaguanbeng (6.5km & 20mins) - Walk to Chonggu Temple (0.5km & 20mins) - Change gulf car to Luorong Cattle Ranch (6.7km &30mins) or choose hiking (1.5hrs) - Hiking to Milk Lake (5km & 3hrs) - Hiking to Color Sea (1km & 30mins).

Milk Lake
Milk Lake

Day 5Dacheng - Xinduqiao (340Km & 6.5hrs)
Drive to Xinduqiao

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Recommended Hotel: Xinduqiao Gonggazong Manor Hotel ★★★★ or similar

Say goodbye to Daocheng. It is a long journey back to Chengdu, so we will have overnight at Xinduqiao where is recognized as the paradise for photography.

Xinduqiao
Xinduqiao

Day 6Xinduqiao - Chengdu (340Km & 5.5hrs)
Drive back to Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Enjoy the grassland view in the morning. Check out from hotel at noon time and drive back to Chengdu. On the way, we will visit the Luding Bridge above Dadu River which is famous for the history about Red Army and Long March.

Arrive at Chengdu in late afternoon.

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Notice:
Due to the uncertainties of this tour, such as special local conditions , the changes of accommodation rate, etc, the tour has to be tailor-made and its price is on request. Please tell us in advance your group information inclusive of departure date, number of pax, and other individual needs, which will be helpful to work out a fit program and the right price.

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