8 days Chengdu Lijiang overland tour
Drive to Kangding via Ya'an. The ride is comfortable in the morning but will getting tougher in the afternoon. You'll pass Erlang mountain-the first pass of the countless high mountains on the Sichuan-Tibet highway. You will arrive at Kangding-the capital city of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. After free explore Kangding city, then continue driving to Xindu Qiao. Cross over the Mt. Zheduo at an elevation of 4300m, Xindu Qiao is known as the paradise for photographing, on the way to Xinduqiao, you will have plenty time to take photos. Overnight at Xinduqiao.B=breakfast
Today drive from Xinduqiao to our trip highlight- Daocheng via Litang, in the morning pass two 4300m high mountains-the Jianziwan & Kazila mountain. Lunch at Litang . With its 4010m altitude, the county is no doubt the highest city in the world. In addition to its beautiful scenery & spectacular local Tibetan customs, another tourist attraction is the Hose-racing Festival in every August. Therefore, if you are here at the very right time, you'll never miss the chance for the hose-racing & dressing show. Another 146km ride to Daocheng will be continued after the visit to a Tibetan monastery. Daocheng is a county that you will enjoy because of its rich soil & Tibetan culture, and a good place for recharging yourself before Yading. You may relax yourself by bathing at the hot spring & the Tibetan local dancing show.
Morning drive to Yading Nature Reserve, the countryside scenery en route is very charming and the road is perfect, it drives approximately 2 hours to Shangrila town, here you will buy the entrance tickes and take the local sightseeing bus to LongLong Ba (about 1.5-2hours), then hike or ride horse to Chonggu Temple(hike about 1 hour, horse ride about 20-30minutes, costs 40RMB up and 30RMB down) , see the scenery of Chonggu Temple and holy peak Xiannairi. From Chonggu Temple trekking up to Drolma-la tso ( Pearl Lake ) about 30-40minutes. Pearl Lake is the best place to view the holy peak Xiannairi. Afterwards walk back to Longlong ba, it takes about 1-1.5hours. Overnight at Yading village local guest house.
Morning hike up or take horse to Chonggu Temple. After that take the local storage battery bus to Luorong Pasture(about 15 minutes), which is the best place to pilgrim the three saint peaks of Xiannairi, Yangmaiyong and Xialuoduojie. After arriving at Luorong Pasture, you can choose to hike up to Milk lake (4500m high) and Multi color lake(hike at least 3.5 hours), normally we suggest our clients ride horse to visit Milk lake (about 2-3hours, costs 300RMB/45USD per person). Afterwards return to Luorong Pasture and then take the bus to Chonggu temple, here you need walk down or horse riding to Longtong Ba, then take the sightseeing bus to Shangrila Town. Overnight at Yading Shangrila Town.
Departs at Yading village early morning, pass Sangdui village to Xiangcheng along different plateau forest scenery and local Tibetan villages. Finally you will reach the Sunny valley Derong for overnight.
After crossing the Jinsha river, you will drive to Deqin by pass Snow mountains. Feilaisi is only a few km from Deqin, it is the best place to see holy Mt.Meili. Mt. Meili is one of the most sacred mountains of Tibetan Buddhism. 'Kang Karpo Peak' means the God of Snow Mountain in Tibetan, and is a holy land for worshiping. Pilgrims from Tibet, Qinghai, Sichuan,and Gansu travel to the mountain at the beginning of each winter to worship. Thousands of devout pilgrims worship together and encircle the holy mountain, adding even more mystery and loftiness to the mountain. Afternoon you may drive about one hour to Mingyong Glacier. Overnight at Feilaisi local hotel.
Early morning get up to see the sunrise at Mt.Meili, then start driving to Zhongdian by passing White horse mountains and Benzilan. Benzilan used to be one important town at tea horse road, here you will see the famous Jinsha River Bend. Afternoon visit the Grand Songzhanlin Monastery, which is belong to Yellow school of Tibetan Buddhism and is regarded the little Potala Palace. Overnight at Zhongdian.
After breakfast drive to Lijiang, the World-class Cultural Legacy by UNESCO for its historical remains of building and culture. En route have a chance to see the famous Tiger-leeping Gorges ( Only upper Gorge). The tour will be end once you check in at Lijiang.