Chengdu, Danba & Daocheng Yading
Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve:
Located at an elevation of 3,800 meters, Daocheng is renowned for Yading’ s fascinating mountain and lake scenery, and the scenery around Daocheng is also deserve you to stop for the unique views. Prepare yourself to explore the alpine views of placid stream, crystal highland lakes, floppy blue sky and clouds, vast pasture and snow-capped mountains.
Xinduqiao is a picturesque small Tibetan town and famous for its plateau pasture scenery, with vivid green grassland, streams, mountains, and Tibetan counting houses surrounding it. It is called the paradise of photographers, due to the wonderful natural lights and stunning landscape here.
Danba Tibetan Village
Well-known as one of the most beautiful destinations in western Sichuan, Danba highlights the clusters of fascinating ancient watchtowers, a number of picturesque Tibetan villages, natural reserves untouched by modern tourism, traditional Jiarong Tibetan custom and more. A number of photographers come here for snow-white pear blossoms in spring and for red leaves (“Cailin” in Chinese) in autumn every year.
Day01: Arr Chengdu
You’ll be greeted on arrival at the modern Chengdu International Airport for your private transfer to Chengdu, if you have a morning arrival, we have arranged early check-in for you – relax and refresh.
Day02: Chengdu bus Danba(BLD,7H)
Set off to Danba after breakfast, will cross Mt. Balangshan of 5040 ms. In this way,we can enjoy the cloud sea and more snow peaks, at the mountain pass of Mt. Balang, you have chance to enjoy the beautiful peaks of Siguniangshan. Arrive in Danba in the late afternoon, can have a free walk after check in hotel.
Day03: Danba bus Xinduqiao (BLD, 3H)
Get up in the early morning to breathe the clean air of mountain, and walk around in the village. Tibetan in Danba care very much about the beauty of their houses, so their houses are normally built in good location, beautifully decorated outside and inside. Their composed a beautiful picture together with the mountain, fields and plants around them. After Jiaju Village will transfer to visit Suopo Tower house, today a lot of towers are well
reserved in Danba, and best place is Sopo village. In the afternoon you will continue your tour to Xinduqiao through Tagong grassland. Xinduqiao village has won its fame of Paradise Photograph for long time. Tibetan Herdsman, Stone Tibetan houses, villages, wooden bridge, white poplar forest, hills, clean brooks, all built a picture of harmony.
Day04: Xinduqiao bus Daocheng(BLD, 7H)
Today will drive about 8 hours to Daocheng via Yajiang and Litang. Litang boasts of “the Highest Town” for its 4014 meters over sea levels, and it is an important religious city in Tibetan plateau with strong nomadic features and atmosphere of traditional Tibetan life. We will visit Litang Monastery there, Litang Monastery is also known as Ganden Thubchen Choekhorling Monastery, meaning Happy Buddha Dharma, symbolizing the moral dharma
turning and the true essence holds forever. The monastery boasts a history of almost 500 years. it’s the oldest and largest Tibetan Buddhism monastery in the Kham Area. on the way to Daocheng, we will cross two high mountain passes at an elevation of over 4000m, view the Maoya Grassland, across the Rabbit Mountain which is the biggest
Tibetan Plateau glacier relic, and Haizi Mountain Natural Reserve (4500m).
Day05: Daocheng bus Yading(BLD, 2H)
Today will visit Yading Nature Reserve, be Nicknamed as “the Last Shangri-La” for its natural beauties, Yadinng possesss mysterious monasteries, forests, pastures, snow-capped peaks, lakes and Tibetan villages;
This morning drive about 2 hours to Yading,on the way, can enjoy very charming countryside scenery.
After arr the entrance of Yading Nature Park, take sightseeing bus to Yading Village, check in and have a short rest, then go on take sightseeing bus to the Longtongba Station, visit Chonggu Temple, Chonggu Meadow, and then hike to the Pearl Lake to view the holy peak – Mt. Xiannairi.
Day06: Yading bus Daocheng(BLD, 2H)
Go on visiting Yading Nature Park with sightseeing bus, take the local Battery Car to Luorong Pasture,It is 4,200 meters above sea level with the Gongga River running through. In the center of the pasture, there is a large area of marsh and wet land. Stand here, tourists can get a better view of the Yangmaiyong and Xianuoduoji Peak.
If your physical condition support, you can start a hiking tour to the two beautiful lakes, Milk Lake and Colorful Lake. They are two small lakes lying at the foot of snow peak, and they are seat to be tears of God.The up and down hiking tour will take you about 4-5 hours. Then return to Yading and transferred back to Daocheng for overnight.
Or if you donot want to hike to Milk Lake and Colorful Lake, can walk along the plank Road back to Chonggu Temple, the plank road was built along the stream, and scenery is quite and beautiful.
( From Luorong Pasture, you can choose to ride a horse up to Milk Lake (4600m) and Five-Color Lake (4700m) for sightseeing, and then back. The riding fee is yours. )
Day07: Daocheng bus Kangding(BLD, 7H)
It is a long tour overland today, but the beautiful landscape of Tibet remains endless charm to tourist. In the late afternoon arrive in Kangding, the capital city of Ganzi Tibetan prefecture, only 2560 meters in sea level.Free to walk around in this Tibetan town in the late afternoon. Kangding is also known for the folk song of Kangding Love Song.
Day08: Kangding bus Chengdu(BLD, 7H)
Transfer back to Chengdu, On the way over the Sichuan-Tibet line of the first mountain – Erlang mountain.Luding Bridge also known as the Chain Bridge. This bridge is a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture. Especially on both sides of the bridge castle is Han wooden structure of ancient buildings which is unique to China.
Day09: Chengdu City Tour, DEP(BLD)
After several day’s travel, the thought of breakfast in bed may appeal, or if you want to immerse yourself in the local vibe, join Tai Chi in the park or relax in a local teahouse that has served the same brew for generations.
We will pick you up by noon to have lunch.
In the afternoon we will transfer to the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in the suburb, just 10 kms north to Chengdu, where you can see the lovely pandas making various funny movement in eating and playing. It is a good chance to take picture of them when you walk in this wide garden of bamboo. What a pleasant experience. Then see off in the airport after dinner, end the forgetful tour.
Hotel for reference:
Chengdu: Holiday Inn Express Jinniu, 4star or similar
Danba: Local Boutique Hotel, local 4star or similar
Xinduqiao: Expression Yazhi hotel , local 4star or similar
Daocheng: DaochengHoly Land Image Hotel, local 4star or similar
Yading: Warm South hotel, or other Boutique Hotel, around 3star atandard
Kangding: Kangding Kangba hotel, 4star or similar
- Hotel: 4N hotel as list above, based on twin share;
- Transport: Private transportation through the whole journey, ranging from 4WD land
cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route; car gasoline, road toll and intransport
refreshments are included;
- Meals: Full board meal, mentioned as the itinerary. (BLD- Breakfast, Lunch, dinner)
- Guide: Private experienced English-speaking trip leader;
- Tickets: Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary;
- Insurance: A coverage of 300,000RMB Chartis travel insurance;
- Others: First aid kit, free bottle of mineral water
- No shopping tour.
- Tips and gratuities for the trip leader and driver;
- The expense of a personal nature like alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc;
- Optional activities and excursions not specified in the itinerary