Trekking at Yala and Dangling Nature Reserve
Trekking the Tibetan Plateau in West Sichuan Tour

Trekking the Tibetan Plateau in West Sichuan Tour

11 days

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Discover the vast and bountiful nature of West Sichuan on this 11-day guided trek

The West Sichuan region is an undiscovered dream destination for hikers. On this 11-day tour, astounding alpine landscapes, hidden villages, and hot springs will fill your days. At night, you’ll stay in comfortable hotels, modest mountain hostels, and you’ll also spend three nights camping under the stars. For an enriching experience in this wild part of China, check out the details of this tour.

Landing in Chengdu, your journey begins with a few cultural attractions before you venture into the mountains. Once you start trekking, your days will include long hikes through beautiful exposed nature, snow-capped peaks, alpine forests, glaciers, and lakes. Have the glorious experience to camp under the stars for three nights of this tour. When you’re not camping, you’ll visit small mountain villages that blend Tibetan and Chinese cultures. Meet the locals and learn about their unique traditions. End the tour with a visit to the UNESCO-protected Wolong Nature Reserve and get a glimpse of the iconic panda!

For trekkers looking to explore somewhere off-the-beaten-path, this adventure tour in West Sichuan is worth considering! Walk among the 5000-metre peaks that comprise the Tibetan Plateau in this wild region.

Highlights of the Trekking the Tibetan Plateau in West Sichuan Tour

Visit lost Tibetan and Sichuan villages, meet and cook with locals, and indulge in hearty traditional cuisine.
Trek among 5000-metre peaks, observing the power and might of these snow-capped mountains.
Relax and recharge your muscles in Sichuan’s stunning open-air hot springs.
Camp next to alpine lakes and glaciers, and wake up to the sunrise creating unique reflections on the water.

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From $1,875USD
11 days
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Guided
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Trekking the Tibetan Plateau in West Sichuan Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Chengdu

Welcome to Sichuan Province, China! Your tour begins with a pick-up from the airport and be transferred to a historic Manchurian site comprising lanes of traditional houses. You’ll get a sense of the palpable culture right off the bat! Walk around the area and see the People’s Park, where you’ll witness constant local activity, most commonly seniors partaking in dancing and singing classes, drinking tea, and playing Mahjong. Head to the hotel in the city to recover from your arrival journey.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Chengdu
Distance: None
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Luding Bridge + Transfer to Kangding

Have breakfast in Chengdu, then hop in your transfer to the historical site of Luding Bridge on the Dadu River, built during the Qing Dynasty to connect Tibetan and Chinese cultures. A controversial battle happened on this bridge in May 1935, making this bridge a monument to the Communist Party of China. Ask your guide to regale you with the story. After the bridge visit, continue along stunning mountain roads until reaching Kangding, a wonderful town built within an enormous valley known as the gateway to the Tibetan Plateau.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Kangding (2,560 m / 8,398’)
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Lhagang Monastery

After breakfast, get ready for an attraction-filled day as you wind your way along the Sichuan–Tibet Highway by private transport. The first portion of the drive takes you through several mountains, and you’ll stop at Xingduqiao on the way, an excellent location high in the mountains to snap a few photos. With any luck, you’ll have clear skies and be able to see some surrounding peaks like Gongga Mountain at 7556 m / 24,790 ft. Your next stops will be at the spiritual Lhagang Monastery and Gyergo Nunnery, from where you’ll be awarded panoramic views of Yala Mountain in the distance, your trekking destination over the next days. Continue to Zhonggu Village to enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural hot springs before settling into the guesthouse to sleep.
Overnight Location: Guesthouse in Zhonggu Village (3,213 m / 10,541’)
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Trek Yala Valley to Xindianzi

Time to start trekking! After breakfast in the guesthouse, have a little stretch, then begin the hike through the Yala Valley. The journey will take about 6 hours with a slow increase in altitude, but take your time if you start to feel lightheaded. The scenery will astound you with open meadows, pockets of green forests, and the majestic views of snow-capped peaks around you. You’ll arrive at camp in the afternoon and spend the evening revelling in the tranquility you earned by hiking there.
Overnight Location: Camping at Xindianzi (3,500 m / 11,485’)
Distance: 6 hours, 13 km
Meals: 6 hours, 13 kmBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Hike Yala Pass, Sister Lake & Yala Youcuo Lake

Rise early and pack up camp to prepare for a long day of trekking. First, you will climb over Yala Pass at 4200 m / 13,780 ft, with views that will take your breath away. The path continues past Sister Lake, where you’ll see gorgeous reflections of the abundant peaks within its water. In the afternoon, trek towards your camp at the base of Yala Mountain. You’ll be camping next to another lake, which enhances the already beautiful landscape with its vivid blue water in front of the giant, snowy peaks. Rest up in this pristine camp spot under a brilliant starry sky.
Overnight Location: Camping at Yala Youcou Lake (3,500 m / 11,485’)
Distance: 7 hours, 16 km
Meals: 6 hours, 13 kmBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Hike Ganlongke Valley

Wake up to a glorious sunrise next to Yala Youcou Lake, have breakfast, and pack up to trek towards civilization. Start by descending through the Ganlongke Valley made up of lush, fragrant forests, until reaching Zhongbanchang for a final view of the Yala Valley and sacred Yala Mountain behind you. You’ll take local transportation through the Tibetan Plateau to Danba Zhonglu Tibetan Village for the night. Note the ornate temples and ancient architecture around and perhaps take a stroll through the mystical streets before settling into the hostel for the night.
Overnight Location: Hostel in Zhonglu (626 m / 2,054’)
Distance: 7 hours, 16 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Rest Day + Transfer to Dangling Village

Assess your muscles as you eat breakfast this morning, and decide whether you want to rest or go for a short jaunt around Zhonglu Village. In the afternoon, take local transportation to reach Dangling Village, a stunning mountain town surrounded by idyllic scenery of lakes, lush forests, snowy peaks, streams, and hot springs. Enjoy a relaxing evening in this natural mountain escape.
Overnight Location: Hostel in Dangling Village (3,000 m / 9,842’)
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 Hike to Hulu Lake

After breakfast, leave straight from the hostel in Dangling Village to explore the idyllic scenery around. Hike through old-growth forests that open to astonishing scenery, including a panoramic look at Hulu Lake. Viewpoints on today’s route look towards incredible glaciers, lakes, peaks, and forests. Set up camp near Hulu Lake after exploring the area.
Overnight Location: Camping at Hulu Lake (4,110m / 13,485’)
Distance: 5 hours, 15 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Sunrise at Hulu Lake + Dangling Hot Springs

Rise with the sun and open your tent to look out at the glassy Hulu Lake this morning. Take a leisurely stroll around the lake, then pack up and descend to a relaxing break at Dangling Hot Springs. After this natural spa treatment, continue hiking to Dangling Village and meet your driver to reach Siguniangshan Town to spend the night. When you arrive, take a walk around the mountain town to admire the 5000-metre peaks surrounding you, four of which are thought to represent four sisters. Ask your guide about the local legend of the sisters.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Siguniangshan Town (3,160 m / 10,367’)
Distance: 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Wolong Nature Reserve

If you have the energy, get up early, catch the sunrise over the town, and watch it illuminate the surrounding peaks in beautiful pink and orange shades. You’ll head towards Chengdu after breakfast, making a couple of stops along the way. First, you will stop at the Wolong Nature Reserve, a UNESCO site and one of China’s oldest reserves. See several species of flora and fauna, including about 50 pandas. Next, visit an ancient irrigation system built in 250 BCE that still functions today using a very simple but efficient technique that you’ll learn about here. Continue to Chengdu to enjoy the last evening with your crew.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Chengdu
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Departure

Enjoy a final breakfast with your trekking group and bid everyone farewell. Receive a transfer to the airport or train station, depending on your next destination.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Trekking the Tibetan Plateau in West Sichuan Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in China is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price always depends on the number of people in your group.
Prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room.
Departures from April to June:

  • Guided Groups of 2: $2,850 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $2,325 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4: $1,975 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5: $1,925 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6: $1,750 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request

Departures from September to October:

  • Guided Groups of 2: $3,025 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $2,475 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4: $2,075 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 5: $2,050 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6: $1,875 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on Trekking Tibetan Plateau in West Sichuan Tour

This tour is based in 4-star hotels, simple mountain guesthouses, and high-quality camping tents. The hotels have modern amenities for a comfortable stay, and the guesthouses have basic amenities for guests. You will spend three nights camping in the mountains. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $275 USD to have a private room in a hotel while traveling with your group. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Xinliang Hotel in Chengdu ★★★★

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

Night 2

Love Song Hotel in Kangding

Be in the heart of the city but feel like you’re in the mountains with valley views from your window. Get a relaxing sleep on comfortable beds.

Shengdi Yingxiang Hostel in Zhonglu Village

This unique accommodation will pleasantly surprise you with its quirky themed details and epic mountain views. Enjoy the views from the terrace.

Night 4-5

Camping Sichuan

Spend the night in a high-quality two-person tent with comfy camping mats. Go to sleep and wake up amid pristine nature.

Shengdi Yingxiang Hostel in Zhonglu Village

This unique accommodation will pleasantly surprise you with its quirky themed details and epic mountain views. Enjoy the views from the terrace.

Night 7

Hostel in Dangling Village

Stay in simple, but convenient hostel in Dangling Village.

Night 8

Camping Sichuan

Spend the night in a high-quality two-person tent with comfy camping mats. Go to sleep and wake up amid pristine nature.

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.

Xinliang Hotel in Chengdu ★★★★

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

What’s included in the Trekking the Tibetan Plateau in West Sichuan Tour?

Meals

10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 10 nights is included in the tour.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for your luggage is included throughout the tour. Airport or railway station transfers are also included.

Also Included

  • Entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Two-person tent for camping nights
  • Camping mattress, cook, cooking equipment
  • Pack horses during trekking days

Not included

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in itinerary
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Visa for China
  • Anything not mentioned as “Included”
  • Tips + personal expenses

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights in Chengdu

Frequently Asked Questions about Trekking the Tibetan Plateau in West Sichuan 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?

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. You should be comfortable trekking for up to 7 hours on moderate terrain. Some of this tour is at high elevation, which makes it more challenging, even if the distances aren’t extreme.

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