8 days Chengdu Lijiang overland tour

⇀ Kangding
⇀ Litang
⇀ Daocheng
⇀ Yading
⇀ Xiangcheng
⇀ Deqin
⇀ Zhongdian
⇀ Lijiang
Experience an excellent picturesque trip travelling from Chengdu to the real Shangri-la and ending in Lijiang. A tour that passes through the wonderful virgin forest and snow-capped mountains of Daocheng and Yading. So much more awaits.
8 days
Natural scenery, Overland
Trip code
From ¥ 8,100 per person
This one week plus overland tour takes you to see the real Shangri-la! Spend time hiking up to Chonggu Temple, which is an excellent path for pilgrims heading toward the three saint peaks in Luorong Pasture. Impressive scenery and more awaits.
Day 01 :
Chengdu / Kangding (336km) / Xinduqiao (402Km, 7 hours)

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

Day 02 :
Xinduqiao / Yajiang / Litang / Daocheng (353km, 7-8hours)

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.

Day 03 :
Daocheng / Yading village ( 111km, 3-4hours )

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.

Day 04 :
Yading Nature Reserve ( Luorong Pasture / Milk lake) / Daocheng, (111km, 3-4hours )

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.

Day 05 :
Daocheng / Xiangcheng / Derong, 275Km, 7-8hours

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.

Day 06 :
Derong / Deqin, 110Km, 4hours

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.

Day 07 :
Deqin / Zhongdian, 184km, 6hours

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.

Day 08 :
Zhongdian / Lijiang

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.

Tour notes:

Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

Please contact one of our Tour Advisors to get a custom quotation made to your requirements.
All required government taxes and fees.
Your selection of 3, 4 or 5 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build and from the local community. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Flight and/or railway ticket(s) to the first city of the tour and departure from the last city of the tour.

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Sat, 06/02/2018


We are 2 adults looking to travel the Kham region late Nov 2018. Could you please send more detailed information and price for this trip. Would we be able to extend to add one further night in Zongdian?

Thank you, Donna

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Victoria Zhu
Victoria Zhu
Mon, 06/04/2018

In reply to by Donna (not verified)

Hi Donna,

Thank you for your inquiry. This is Victoria, one of the travel advisers in WindhorseTour, responding to you. And sorry for my late reply as we were out of office for the weekend.

Based on your information above, I have drafted out a detailed proposal with quotation and shared to you by email, please kindly go through it and share me your thoughts. With your replies, we can adjust the proposal to meet your needs best.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,

Howard Schulman
Howard Schulman
Sun, 04/23/2017

i have been to beijing shanghai xian and yangtze. am looking to see other parts of china. i recently started studying mandarin. am only one person, but just let me know what payment is needed. i would pay more for covering more sites and having a good guide than having a luxury hotel, though hotel location is important. i am looking for a 10-14 day trip. i am also interested in staying on my own in shanghai again by myself for 4 days to do some walking around, shopping and visiting a water village/west lake from there. thank you.

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Anita Fan
Mon, 04/24/2017

In reply to by Howard Schulman (not verified)

Hi Howard,
Thanks for your inquiry. This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
We can definitely make your trip happen, and I just sent an email with more details. Please kindly go through it and let me know if you have any further questions on it.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best Regards,

Sun, 05/15/2016

I'm interested in this trip, to start in July (the 23rd or 24th). I would be traveling by myself. Is this possible? Can you give me a quote?

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Yuki Yi
Tue, 05/17/2016

In reply to by Claire (not verified)

Hello Claire,

Thanks for your comments! Please kindly note that we only organize private tours for this travel route. So we can certainly arrange the trip for you even you are traveling alone. I've sent you the email with some information, please check it. Please feel free to contact for any comments or thoughts you may have for the tour.
Look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best Regards,

Wed, 03/02/2016

I am very interested in this tour and should be grateful if you could email me with further details. I would be looking to travel solo at the end of July, later this year.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks and kind regards,

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Tagong grassland by July Yuki
Yuki Yi
Thu, 03/03/2016

In reply to by Connie (not verified)

Hi Connie,

Thanks for your comments! I've sent you the details via E-mail, please check it and let me know if you have any further questions / information on it.

Best Regards,

Amanda Kim
Amanda Kim
Wed, 09/30/2015

We are 2 people arriving Chengdu 23/12/15 is it possible to tailor this trip to visit Mt Gongga and Hailuogou glacier as well? We're really more interest ends in kangding and yading.
We are happy to end in Lijiang.
Thank you!

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Lycoris Yang
Lycoris Yang
Wed, 09/30/2015

In reply to by Amanda Kim (not verified)

Hi Amanda,
Thanks for contacting us! Yes, we can certainly arrange this tour for you. I've just sent you an email with details, please kindly check it.
Looking forward to hearing from your thoughts soon!
Best Regards,

Lycoris Yang
Lycoris Yang
Tue, 06/10/2014

Hi Henry,
Thanks for contacting us! Yes, we can certainly arrange this tour for you. I've just sent you an email with details of tour proposal and price, please kindly check it and you are welcome to ask me if you have any question.

Henry Leong
Henry Leong
Wed, 06/04/2014

We are 2 person from Singapore and is interested in the above trip but can it be modified to start from Shangrila and end in Chengdu? Our dates available are on Sat 25Oct to 1Nov ; in Zhongdian on 25Oct morning and need to leavie chengdu on 2 Nov.
Can this be done? And do you have an estimate of the cost and an itinerary for it?

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