The Last Shangri-la 9-day Overland Tour (yading Nature Reserve And Kham Tibet)

The Last Shangri-La 9-Day Overland Tour (Yading Nature Reserve and Kham Tibet)

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We are a team of adventurers that will help you discover the best places in the world. We'll guide you throughout the adventures so you can live unique and life changing experiences.

We are a team of adventurers that will help you discover the best places in the world. We'll guide you throughout the adventures so you can live unique and life changing experiences.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Chengdu

Stop At: Chengdu, Chengdu, Sichuan
We will welcome you at the airport and take you to your hotel. You are free to refresh and relax before we hold a briefing about the trip, later in the afternoon. With your guides, you will run through the itinerary and learn about local road safety and cultural considerations, as well having the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have. After being fully briefed, in the evening, we will hold a welcome dinner to celebrate the beginning of your journey. We will feast on some of the best food Chengdu has to offer and eagerly anticipate the coming journey that lies ahead.

Overnight: Buddha Zen Hotel, 4-star standard boutique hotel.
Duration: 18 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Buddha Zen Hotel, a 4-star boutique hotel.

Day 2: Chengdu-Ya'an-Kangding

Stop At: Bifengxia Panda Reserve, Bifeng Gorges Scenic Resort, Yucheng District, Ya'an 625000 China
After breakfast, your guide and driver from Sichuan Adventure will pick you up from your hotel in Chengdu. After that we’ll drive for about 2.5 hours to Bifengxia Park of Ya’an. It’s a beautiful park with a panda base and two valleys inside. We will take a close look at China’s national treasure-the giant panda at the panda base of Bifengxia. Then if you like, you may hike at one of the valleys scattered with lush trees and small waterfalls.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Shangli Ancient Town, Shangli Town, Yucheng District, Ya'an 625007 China
We will also take a visit of Shangli Ancient Town located about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Bifengxai. Shangli used to be an important town along the Ancient Tea and Horse Route. It’s a trading route along which the merchants used horses to transport tea and silk products from Chengdu to the Tibetan area in ancient times.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kangding County, Kangding County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
We will continue to drive to Kangding in the afternoon and stay over night there.

Driving Distance: 285 kilometers (177 miles)
Overnight: Kangding Kamba Hotel (4-star)
Altitude: 2,560 meters (8,399 feet)
Duration: 16 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Kangding Khamba Hotel, 4-star standard

Day 3: Kangding-Tagong-Litang

Stop At: Zheduo Mountain, Within Kangding County, Kangding County 626000 China
Today we will continue to drive on 318 National Road of China, which is also known as North Sichuan Tibet Route. We will first drive on the winding mountain road leading to Zheduo Mountain Pass, which is 4,298 meters (14,101 feet) above sea level. Kangding airport is situated just a few kilometers away. It is the third highest civil airport in the world, with an altitude of 4,200 meters (13,780 feet) above sea level.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tagong Grassland, Within Kangding County, Kangding County 626000 China
Then we will head for Tagong Grassland where you can ride a horse if you are interested. If the weather is good and clear, you could see Yala Holy Mountain, which is worshipped by local Tibetans and has an altitude of 5,800 meters (19,029 feet) above sea level. We will also explore Tagong Temple and learn about Sakya Sect of Tibetan Buddhism culture there.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Litang County, Litang County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
In the afternoon we will continue to drive westwards along Sichuan Tibet National Road. Our destination is Litang, the birthplace of the 7th and 10th Dalai Lamas.

Driving Distance: 272 kilometers (169 miles)
Overnight: Litang Caterpillar Hotel (4-star)
Altitude: 4,014 meters (13,169 feet)
Duration: 15 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Litang Caterpillar Hotel (4-star standard)

Day 4: Litang - Daocheng - Shangri-La Town

Stop At: Litang County, Litang County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
In the morning we will visit Litang Monastery and the birthplace of the 7th Dalai Lama. Litang Monastery was first built in 1580s by the 3rd Dalai Lama and it is the oldest and largest Buddhism monastery of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism in Kham Tibetan area. And Litang is also the birthplace of the 7th and 10th Dalai Lamas.

In the meanwhile, Litang is a place where the 6th Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyatso wanted to visit very much. He had been probably the most well-known Dalai Lama, because of his romantic love poems. Some experts believe that he once fell in love with a girl from Litang and then wrote the following poem:

“White cranes flying in the sky,
Please lend me your power to fly,
I won’t fly far,
But just go to Litang and come back.”
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Daocheng County, Daocheng County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
Drive to Shangri-La Town of Daocheng after the visit of Litang’s monastery.

Driving Distance: 228 kilometers (142 miles)
Overnight: Ramada Encore Hotel (4 star)
Altitude: 2,900 meters (9,514 feet)
Duration: 16 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Ramada Encore Hotel, 4-star.

Day 5: Whole day exploration of Yading Nature Reserve

Stop At: Daocheng Three Holy Mountain, In the Yading Natural Reserve, Daocheng County 627750 China
After breakfast, we will take a sightseeing bus for about 1.5 hours to arrive at the beautiful Yading Nature Reserve. On the way, we’ll see the spectacular views of snow-capped peaks. Then we’ll take a battery car to reach Luorong Pasture, which is about 4,100 meters (13,451 feet) above sea level and is also the beginning of the hiking trip to the Milk Lake (4,500 meters / 14,764 feet above sea level) and Five-Colored Lake (4,600 meters / 15,092 feet above sea level).

At Luorong Pasture you can see holy snow mountains worshipped by local Tibetans. Those who would like to take the challenges of alpine hiking will start the 6-kilometer (3.7 miles) hike from here. While those who prefer a relaxing visit might just do some hiking around, or maybe just sit down for a cup of coffee or tea while enjoying the scenery of the holy snow mountain called Yangmaiyong. In the late afternoon, we’ll take the sightseeing bus down the mountain to our hotel.

Overnight: Ramada Encore Hotel (4 star)
Altitude: 2,900 meters (9,514 feet)
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Ramada Encore Hotel.

Day 6: Continue to explore Yading Nature Reserve, drive to Daocheng

Stop At: Daocheng Three Holy Mountain, In the Yading Natural Reserve, Daocheng County 627750 China
We’ll take the sightseeing bus to the nature reserve again and do a short hiking to see the beautiful lake at the foot of Xiannairi, another holy snow mountain worshipped by locals.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Daocheng County, Daocheng County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
In the late afternoon we will drive to Daocheng and stay overnight there.

Driving Distance: 75 kilometers (47 miles)
Overnight: Daocheng Sunshine Hotel (4-star)
Altitude: 3,700 meters (12,139 feet)
Duration: 16 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Daocheng Sunshine Hotel, 4-star

Day 7: Daocheng-Xinduqiao

Stop At: Xinduqiao Town, Kangding County 626002 China
Today we will drive back to Xinduqiao along the same road as when we came. However, you won’t feel boring when seeing the same scenery, because the breathtaking views of the high plateau are quite unique and stunning. And the scenery might look different when the weather changes.

Xinduqiao has been known as Photographers’ Paradise in China. After arriving, you may walk around outside to see the grassland, yaks, river, and Tibetan style houses.

Driving Distance: 357 kilometers (222 miles)
Overnight: Minsha Muxin Hotel (4-star)
Altitude: 3,400 meters (11,155 feet)
Duration: 16 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Minshan Muxin Hotel, 4-star standard.

Day 8: Xinduqiao-Ya'an-Chengdu

Stop At: Chengdu, Chengdu, Sichuan
We will drive back to Chengdu today, and your guide and driver will send you back to your hotel in Chengdu. After that, you may relax and walk around to see the city at night.

Driving Distance: 348 kilometers (216 miles)
Overnight: Buddha Zen Hotel, 4-star.
Duration: 18 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Buddha Zen Hotel, 4-star standard boutique hotel

Day 9: Transfer to Chengdu airport

Pass By: Chengdu, Chengdu, Sichuan
Your guide and driver will send you to Chengdu airport and the you will fly back home with beautiful memories of the trip.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

$2,180.00 Per Person