7 days Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve & Danba tour

Chengdu
⇀ Danba
⇀ Tagong
⇀ Xinduqiao
⇀ Daocheng
⇀ Yading
⇀ Kangding
⇀ Chengdu
One of the most popular overland travel to Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve from Chengdu, discover the most incredible beauty of the land including majestic snow mountains, expansive meadows, glacier lakes and forested valleys.
Type
Private
Duration
7 days
Theme
Natural scenery, Overland, Photography
Trip code
WS-503
Price
From ¥ 6,820 per person
¥ 6,200
you save ¥ 620 (10%)
Yading Nature Reserve in Daocheng is one of the most beautiful places on the Tibetan plateau in western Sichuan, famous for its wonderful sceneries including three holy snow capped mountains, forested valleys, clear rivers, glcaier-fed lakes and abundant wildlife.  This 7 day overland tour will take you to the real Shangri-La in the world - Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve. The landscapes along the drive and Yading Nature Reserve itself will make the whole journey worthwhile. Additional you will also be arranged to visit the Buddhist monastery in Tagong grassland and the Zhonglu Tibetan village in Danba to learn the Tibetan religion and culture.  The travel season we recommend for Yading Nature Reserve is from late April to early Nov. . April to June is the best time to see the flourishing flowers blooming and the majestic snow peaks in the clear weather. July to August is the rainy season, the forest is at its best green, but however the trails up to the milk lake and five color lake may be get destroyed by the water sometimes and there is a big chance that you may not see the peaks due to the foggy weather. September to October is considered as another best time to visit Yading Nature Reserve, the scenery along the overland journey and at Yading Nature Reserve is at its most brilliantly colorful in Autumn season and the snow capped peaks will be often seen due to the clear sky. 

 

Day 01 :
Chengdu / Siguniangshan Town / Danba (330KM, 6-7 hours' drive)

Morning drive from Chengdu to Danba (altitude 1,800m) by using the new tunnel at Balang mountain, it shortens the driving time to 6 hours, on the way you may stop at Siguniangshan town to visit Shuangqiao Valley, one of the valleys at Mount Siguniang National park which are famous for the four snow-capped peaks and the three beautiful valleys stretching from Rilong town with the landscapes of alpine forest, grasslands, and lakes etc. 
 

Danba sits in a deep valley at the confluence of two rivers, with another three river valleys joining the first two nearby. Each of these five valleys is equally stunning, with rugged Tibetan villages clinging to steep, fertile mountainsides above a brown river streaked with white in places where swift currents collide. 

Late afternoon, you will be driven to Danba for overnight. Overnight at Danba Zhonglu Tibetan Village. 

Day 02 :
Hiking from Zhonglu to Suopo / Tagong / Xinduqiao (180KM, 4 hours' drive)

Early morning, drive to enjoy the sunrise at Danba Zhonglu village, then you will be transferred to Suopo Tibetan village to see the splendid watchtowers (or if  you like hiking, you can also hike to Suopo from Zhonglu, it is a nice 3 hours moderate hiking by crossing one pass where you will have nice views of villages and the river at the foot of the mountain). 
 

Meet your driver at Suopo and drive to Tagong (altitude 3,730m) with 3 hours in the car, the landscapes on the way is good. Upon arrival, you will be arranged to visit Tagong monastery, a nice example of a typical Tibetan monastery, with its statues, painted walls, thangkas, incents smells and plenty of monks dressed in their carmine robes. After enjoys the sunset over Yala holy mountain, another 40 minutes drive to Xinduqiao (altitude 3,300m), the heaven for photography. Overnight at Xinduqiao.

Day 03 :
Xinduqiao / Litang / Daocheng (350KM, 6-7 hours' drive)

Today drive from Xinduqiao to Daocheng (altitude 3,700m) via Litang (altitude 4,010m), it is a quite long journey taking roughly 7-8 hours on the car.
 

Morning cross over the Gao'ersi pass (about 4,410m high) to Yading courty, from where follows another two high passes (about 4,700m high) - the Jianziwan & Kazila, the landscape on the way is very good including deep valleys, snow capped mountains, pastures dotted with sheep and yaks. Lunch at Litang. With its 4010m altitude, Litang 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 afterwards. 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. Overnight at Daocheng. 

 

Day 04 :
Daocheng / Yading Nature Reserve (Pearl Lake) / Yading Village (110KM, about 2.5 hours drive)

After breakfast at the hotel, drive about 2 hours to Shangrila town, enjoy the beautiful landscapes on the way.

Upon arrival at Shangri-la town, you need to take the local sightseeing bus to Yading village, the start point for your next one and half days exploration at Yading Nature Reserve.

From Yading village (altitude 3,800m), enjoy the scenery of Chonggu Temple and the holy peak of Xiannairi. From Chonggu Temple trekking up to Drolma-la tso (Pearl Lake), the best place to view the holy peak Xiannairi. Later afternoon return to Yading village for overnight. 

Day 05 :
Yading Nature Reserve (Luorong Pasture + Milk Lake & Five Color Lake) / Daocheng (110KM, about 2.5 hours drive)

Try to get up early in the morning and go to Chonggu Temple for the stunning sunrise, then take the local battery cart to Luorong Pasture, it is nestled on a high and flat valley encircled by the three sacred mountains with expansive meadows and surrounding forests.
 

The pasture is dotted with brooks, lakes and the Gongga River cuts through the grassland posting a majestic view.

Then hike up to Milk Lake and Five color lake (altitude 4,700m) (roughly 6 hours round trip by hiking) or you can take the horseback riding to Sheshengya first, then trek up to Milk Lake & Five Color Lake (about 4-5 hours, the horse riding fee is on your own). It is a challenging trekking, but its all worth for the spectacular scenery.

Later afternoon get back to Yading village and take the local sightseeing bus back to Shangri-la town where you will meet the driver and head to Daocheng for overnight.

Day 06 :
Daocheng / Litang / Xinduqiao / Kangding (430KM, 7-8 hours' drive)

After breakfast at the hotel, start driving back to Xinduqiao. On the way, you may choose to have a stop at Litang, an important transit town along the ancient trade business route between Tibetans from Tibet and the local Hans at Kangding and Ya’an city. At Litang, you can choose to visit Litang monastery, one of the larger Gelupa monasteries in Sichuan Kham area, this monastery has close and tight relations with the 7th, 10th, and 11th Dalai Lhama. Then continue the driving to Kangding via Xinduqiao and Zheduo mountain, enjoy the nice views along the way. Overnight at Kangding.

Day 07 :
Kangding / Bifengxia / Chengdu (310KM, about 4.5 hours' drive).

Today continue our drive back to Chengdu via Bifengxia where you can choose to hike around beautiful gorge or visit the cute pandas. In the afternoon, drive back to Chengdu and drop you off at your hotel. The tour ends in Chengdu.

Tour notes:

Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

All required government taxes and fees.
3 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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Comments

Alan law team leader
Alan law team leader
Sun, 10/27/2019

Hi
Can u quote me 24pax
Daocheng yading

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Anita Fan
Fri, 11/01/2019

In reply to by Alan law team leader (not verified)

Hi Alan,

Glad to hear from you! This is Anita Fan from WindhorseTour.

We can definitely make your trip to Daocheng Yading happen. However, before I can worked out a quote for your group, could you kindly advise when/which month you prefer to travel to Daocheng Yading? As you may know the quote can be varied in different month.

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,

Anita

diong
diong
Mon, 02/11/2019

we would like to just rent a car with driver. the rest of accommodation and food will be settled by ourselves. can you provide a quote for this?

Paratta Kerdsiri
Paratta Kerdsiri
Thu, 11/15/2018

I want to know can I have a private tour for 6 persons
Only 3 days from Chengdu - Danba -Xinduqiao - Yading trip and after that we can travel by ourself because we want to flight back to Chengdu??
Looking forward to your reply
Thank you

Replied by
MurphyF
Murphy Feng
Fri, 11/16/2018

In reply to by Paratta Kerdsiri (not verified)

Hi Paratta,
Thanks for contacting us. This is Murphy. We'd love to help you organize this trip and I have sent you an email with a suggested itinerary, please take a look!
Kindly let me know for any further questions and I'm looking forward to hearing from you again.
Cheers,
Murphy

Kunnapat Kitichai
Kunnapat Kitichai
Sun, 07/01/2018

Hi there
My name is mook. Me and 3 of my friends are going to chengdu in oft and looking for a private tour for 4 people from chengdu to Yading from 21 - 28 oct (8days)
Can you pls recommend me the travel plan and cost.

Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Best regards

Replied by
Victoria Zhu
Victoria Zhu
Mon, 07/02/2018

In reply to by Kunnapat Kitichai

Dear Mook,

Thank you for your inquiry! This is Victoria, one of trip advisers of WindhorseTour, responding to you. I am more than happy to assist you on you Western Sichuan tour planning. And sorry for my late reply as I just came back to me office for the weekend!

Yes, we definitely can make your trip happen to you and a detailed tour proposal with quotation has been sent to you by email, please kindly go through the details and share me your thoughts. With you replies, we adjust the proposal to meet your needs best.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,
Victoria

Gade
Gade
Mon, 01/29/2018

Hi, I'm interested your trip. Could you please send a quote for car rental and experience driver. I'm a group of 2-5people going during end of Apr18.

Replied by
MurphyF
Murphy Feng
Tue, 01/30/2018

In reply to by Gade (not verified)

Hello Gade,
Thanks for contacting us, this is Murphy from WindhorseTour.
We'd love to help you organize this trip, I have sent you an Email with some comments, please have a look and let me know your opinions on it.
I'm look forward to hearing from you soon.
Cheers,
Murphy

Jacqueline Nyan
Jacqueline Nyan
Mon, 03/06/2017

Hi, I am a female Malaysian Chinese and I am interested in you 8days tour as mentioned above. I would like to travel on 28/9/2017 to 12/10/2017. Could you please let me know the cost and the date of departure? Thank you

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Tagong grassland by July Yuki
Yuki Yi
Tue, 03/07/2017

In reply to by Jacqueline Nyan (not verified)

Hello Jacqueline,

Thanks for your comments. This is Yuki from WindhorseTour. The mentioned travel date is a good time for this trip, however, it's also the travel peak season as Chinese National Holidays fall from October 1st to 8th this year. I have sent you the details via Email, please have a look and update me your comments and thoughts on it.
Look forward to your reply soon.
Kind Regards,
Yuki

helen
helen
Sat, 01/17/2015

Hi - could you send two quotes for this trip
-quote for one person
-quote for one person to rent car and driver only, no tour guide.
Thanks

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Tagong grassland by July Yuki
Yuki Yi
Mon, 01/19/2015

In reply to by helen (not verified)

Hi Helen,
Nice to hear from you! This is Yuki. I have sent you the email based on your requirements, please take a look!
Kindly let me know for any further questions!
Best Regards,
Yuki

michelle
michelle
Wed, 05/22/2013

we would like to just rent a car with driver. the rest of accommodation and food will be settled by ourselves. can you provide a quote for this?

michelle
michelle
Wed, 05/22/2013

hi there

could you please provide me a quote for 6 days trip to daocheng yading for 6 persons on 23 oct?

my highlights of the trip is Tagong, Daocheng & Yading.

looking forward to hearing from you
thanks