Daocheng Yading Trekking Adventure Tour
Daocheng Yading Trekking Adventure Tour

Daocheng Yading Trekking Adventure Tour

13 days

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Trek through “the last pure land on the blue planet”

Trek to breathtaking views on the 13-day Daocheng Yading Trekking Adventure Tour! This tour travels deep into “the last pure land on the blue planet.” Spend the first 5 days meandering notable cities in China and stopping at a montage of intoxicating attractions flanked by incredible scenery. In between sightseeing stops, meet some cuddly friends at Shenshuping Panda Base in Wolong. After immersing yourself in China’s hypnotic culture, you’ll lace up your boots and go on a 7-day trekking adventure!

You’ll follow in Joseph Rock’s footsteps, an Austrian-American explorer who ventured to and through hidden gems spanning the soaring snow-capped mountainscapes in Yading- bright blue lakes and incredible valleys. After Rock’s adventure, his notes and photos were published in National Geographic, which inspired James Hilton’s novel, “Lost Horizon.” While your photos likely won’t get published in National Geographic or inspire a book, they will look good on your social media, on your Christmas cards, or in your memory. Don’t miss the Daocheng Yading Trekking Adventure Tour!

Highlights of the Daocheng Yading Trekking Adventure Tour

Explore Yading Nature Reserve, hiking around three sacred mountains: Xiannairi, Yangmaiyong and Xialuoduoji.
Wind to a supercut of phenomenal lakes, such as the ever-so glimmering Milk Lake, Five-color Lake, and Pearl Lake.
Spend the first 5 days of this tour discovering monasteries, cultural highlights, and unique wildlife, including visiting giant pandas.
Enjoy basking in the fresh air and natural wonders cloaking China’s backcountry when you spend 6 nights camping under the stars.

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Daocheng Yading Trekking Adventure Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Chengdu

Arrive in Chengdu at the airport in the morning, where a local guide will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring Chengu- stroll along Wide Alley and Narrow Alley, admire the ancient relics dotting these roads, and enjoy sipping tea in an old teahouse.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Chengdu
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 Visit the Shenshuping Panda Base

Enjoy a tasty breakfast before driving to Dujiangyan to check out the ancient Irrigation System, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. After checking out this unreal site, which still functions today, you’ll travel to the Wolong National Nature Reserve. Admire the beautiful nature and exotic wildlife here, including giant pandas. Depending on the weather, you may get a chance to marvel at a 360 vista of Mt. Siguniang at Maobiliang during sunset.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Siguniang Shan Town (3,160m / 10,367ft)
Distance: 4 hours, 200km driving
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Go hiking in Shuangqiao Valley

If you didn’t have a chance to marvel at the sunset the night before, you might get an opportunity to view the sun rising above Mt. Siguniang at Maobiliang if the skies are clear. Later on, you’ll go on a light walk in the Shuangqiao Valley. After walking, and en route to Jiaju, where architectural beauty and charm awaits, you’ll stop at Wori Tusi Manor. Upon arrival in Jiaju, you’ll spend some time walking around and admiring the beautiful town.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Danba (2,200m / 7,217ft)
Distance: 2.5 hours, 110km driving
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Check out the Gyergo Nunnery

Get ready for another day of driving to impressive attractions dotting this area of China! First, you’ll stop at the Lhagang Monastery before visiting the Gyergo Nunnery, which will give you a more in-depth glimpse into Tibetan culture. You’ll also stop by the grand mani wall of Hepingfahui. During sunset, enjoy a magnificent view of Zhara Lhatse, a striking mountain.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Yajiang (2,900m / 9,514ft)
Distance: 4.5 hours, 210km driving
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Go to Shangri-La Town

Head to Litang, which sits at 4014m above sea level, after breakfast. Check out the home of the 7th Dalai Lama and visit the Litang Monastery. Continue driving until you reach Shangri-La Town, a mystical town with scenery that rivals the best views around the world. This is where the Yading nature reserve is, and you’ll see three soaring Tibetan peaks—Jambeyang (Yangmaiyong, Manjusri, 5958m), Chenresig (Xiannairi, Avalokitesvara, 6032m), and Chanadorje (Xialuoduoji, Vajrapani, 5958m)—upon arrival.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Shangri-La Town (3,260m / 10,695ft)
Distance: 6 hours, 355km driving
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 First day of trekking

Get ready to lace up your boots and immerse yourself in spectacular natural scenery. First, you’ll take a shuttle to Chonggu Monastery, where you’ll have the chance to wake up your legs and walk around for a bit. Then, you’ll start winding along the trail through the woods, until you reach a phenomenal view that gives you an image of Yading’s three sacred mountains from various angles. You’ll have lunch at a Boyong cattle farm. Then, embark on a 1-hour hike along an easy slope before arriving at your campsite for the night. You’ll set up your tent by the lake and spend the night relaxing and watching the stars light the black sky.
Overnight Location: Camping at Boyongcuo (4,750m / 15,583ft)
Distance: 7km, 760m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Hike to Gonggazaze

Enjoy a tasty breakfast before hitting the trail! Today’s journey winds to Cuogaida Pass. From here, you’ll head downhill, passing by the Cuogaida lakes to Niangcuo Platform before walking along a mild road leading to the Galuo cattle farm. After the cattle farm, the views will come in abundance: meander through a river valley, an old-growth forest, and go upstream. You’ll spend the night camping at Gonggazaze, where the views of Xialuoduoji (mountain) will amaze you, especially when the sun paints the sky with golden hues.
Overnight Location: Camping at Gonggazaze (4,100m / 13,451 ft)
Distance: 16km, 300m ascent, 900m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 Go to Zabala pass

Enjoy breakfast before winding to Xialuoduoji pass. Continue over the pass and catch views of the cattle farms dotting the land below and Dulu lake tucked into a mountain. The trail takes you to your campsite just below Zabala Pass. Bask in nature and enjoy a relaxing afternoon!
Overnight Location: Camp below Zabala Pass (4,400m / 14,435ft)
Distance: 7km, 400m ascent, 100m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 Hike to Xinguo Cattle Farm

Begin your hiking adventure of the day by ascending Zabala Pass. This is a steep section that can take between 1-2 hours. After you cross the pass, the path begins to gently wind downhill, taking you through Niangxi Cattle Farm, some landslide zones, and across Yangmaiyong horizontal pass. Eventually, you’ll reach Xinguo Cattle Farm, where you’ll set up camp for the night.
Overnight Location: Camping at Xinguo Cattle Farm (4,300m / 14,170ft)
Distance: 9km, 500m ascent, 600m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 Go to Shehu Lake

Prepare to hike by a montage of supernatural views today! Catch glimpses of the imposing Yangmaiyong and Xialuoduoji, marvel at Black Lake from the Heihu Pass. Continue through another cattle farm (Jiadu) and walk by another stunning lake, Jiaducuo. But the views don’t end there! The trail twists to Shehu Pass, which offers an unreal vista of Snake Lake, while Xiannairi and the west of Yangmaiyong paint the background. From here, you’ll descend to your campsite.
Overnight Location: Camping at Shehu Lake (4,500m / 14,763ft)
Distance: 11km, 550m ascent, 350m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 Revel in lake views

Expect to enjoy exceptional lake views today! First, you’ll cross the Songduo Pass and hike to the ever-so stunning Milk Lake (Niu Nai Hai) and Five-Colour Lake (Wu Se Hai). Ascend a little higher to view these lakes from above! Go back to Songduo Pass after snapping some photos and make your way to your campsite.
Overnight Location: Camping at Kassi Cattle Shed (4,400m / 14,435ft)
Distance: 12km, 270m ascent, 370m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 Last day of trekking

Just because today is the last of trekking doesn’t mean that you won’t have incredible views! When you walk along the hillside of the soaring Xiannairi mountain, you’ll get to see Kasi Hell Valley on your left. Continue hiking until you reach Songluo pass, where another view of Xiannairi awaits. After walking through a forest, you’ll reach a postcard-worthy image of Xiannairi reflecting in the shimmering Pearl Lake. Spend some time admiring the outstanding natural scenery before heading to Chonggu Monastery, where your shuttle will pick you up and take you to Daocheng.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Daocheng (3,750m / 12,303ft)
Distance: 11km, 250m ascent, 660m descent hiking; 1.5 hours, 81km driving
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 13 Depart Daocheng

Head to Daocheng Yading Airport for your flight back to Chengdu or another destination. The tour ends here.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Daocheng Yading Trekking Adventure Tour Price and Dates

This guided trekking tour to Tibet is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the prices depend on the number of people in your group as well as the time of the year.
Prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room.
Departures from April to June:

  • Guided Groups of 2: $3,575 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $2,875 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4: $2,595 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5: $2,325 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6: $2,125 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request

Departures from September to October:

  • Guided Groups of 2: $3,725 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $3,025 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4: $2,750 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5: $2,475 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6: $2,250 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on Daocheng Yading Trekking Adventure Tour

This trekking adventure will have you staying in basic hotels for 6 nights and backcountry campsites for 6 nights. Some hotels have modern necessities to keep you comfy and relaxed. Keep in mind that rooms are double occupancy, but you can often upgrade to single occupancy for an additional fee. Single travellers are also required to pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may be swapped for other similar accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $299 USD – $351 USD (depending on the season) to have a private room in a hotel. It is often also possible to match single travellers up.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Xinliang Hotel in Chengdu ★★★★

Enjoy the modern amenities offered at this upscale hotel: WiFi, restaurant, spa, sauna, and breakfast buffet.

Yunshang Inn in Siguniangshan Town

Bask in total relaxation at this charming hotel, and take advantage of the bar, coffee shop, WiFi, massage services during your stay.

Mantuoluo Hotel in Danba

Revel in relaxation at this simple, but cozy hotel.

Yidu Hotel in Yajiang

Spend one night relaxing in this hotel, backed by stunning mountain views.

Holiday Inn Express Daocheng Yading in Shangri La Town ★★★

This clean, sleek, and swanky hotel offers the necessary amenities to elevate comfort: restaurant, massage services, and air conditioning.

Night 6-11

Camping in Yading Nature Reserve

Bask in the sacred mountainscapes as you camp at lakefront spots and surreal wild locations under a blanket of stars.

Night 12

Lia Daocheng Resort in Daocheng ★★★★

Enjoy spending a night in a luxurious, upscale hotel after backpacking! Take advantage of the outdoor and indoor swimming pool and hot spring.

What’s included in the Daocheng Yading Trekking Adventure Tour?

Meals

13 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 13 nights is included with 6 nights being in a hotel and 6 nights backcountry camping.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation, such as shuttles, transfers from place to place, and pack horses when you’re trekking, are included on this tour.

Also Included

  • Tibetan English-speaking guide
  • Some camping supplies: tent, mattress, cook, cooking supplies
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing

Not included

  • Flights to get to Chengdu or out of Daocheng Yading
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tour guide gratuity
  • Personal expenses
  • Sleeping bags
  • Visas

Optional Extras

  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Additional nights before or after the tour

Frequently Asked Questions about Daocheng Yading Trekking Adventure Tour

Based in Chengdu (Sichuan province, China), with an affiliated agency in Lhasa (the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region), Greatway Tour organizes China tours since 1994. They specialize in adventure and trekking tours in Western China, covering Tibet and the eastern Tibetan area Kham - Amdo in provinces Sichuan, Yunnan, Qinghai, and Gansu. Since 1995, Greatway Tour began to organize self-driving tours across China for individuals and agencies abroad, whether they drive their own vehicles/motorcycles/bikes brought from their own country, or if they need help with renting the kind of vehicles they wish to start their China self-driving journey.

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Is this tour for me?

This tour is rated as a 5 / 5. The first five days of the tour are not difficult, but the remaining days will have you trekking moderate distances on rough terrain at very high altitudes.

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