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Journey Across the Wild Frontier: Western Sichuan to Yunnan

  • Chengdu Airport, China
  • Culture & Nature
China, Asia

from $4,000* per person12 DaysYear-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: WildChina 12 people max
With its endless horizons of white peaks and forests and its deep-rooted Tibetan culture, western Sichuan is one of China’s most dynamic wild west frontiers.

On this adventurous journey, we travel from Sichuan’s provincial capital, Chengdu, to the Tibetan town of Shangri-La (Zhongdian) in the northwestern corner of Yunnan province. We push deep into the remote mountains of Sichuan's western region to view some of its most inspiring natural scenery, from the sun rising above holy mountains to the alpine majesties of Yading nature reserve. Along the way, we meet with a living Buddha, trek with local Tibetans and visit many of the largest and most renowned Buddhist monasteries outside of Tibet.

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.


Day 1 - Arrive in Chengdu:
Arrive in Chengdu; explore city; overnight in Chengdu or fly directly to Kanding.

5-star International Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 2 – Chengdu – Kangding:

Visit Wang Anting's Mao Museum; drive to Luding; drive to and overnight in Kangding.

2-star Local Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Kangding – Tagong Grasslands:
Hike to Ngachu Monastery; visit Mugecuo holy lake; cross Tsedo Mountain Pass; explore Xinduquiao village; arrive and overnight in Tagong Grasslands.

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Tagong Grasslands - Yajiang:
Explore Tagong Monastery and local nunnery; drive to and overnight in Yajiang.

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Yajiang – Litang (4,014 meters / 13,169 feet):
Drive to Litang; Changqingchunker Temple; meet with living Buddha; overnight in Litang.

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Litang – Yading Nature Reserve:
Drive to Daocheng; visit Yading nature reserve; overnight nearby Yading.

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Yading Nature Reserve:
Hike to foot of Mount Chanadorje; visit Tshonggo Temple (nicknamed "Bandit Monastery" by famed Austrian-American explorer Joseph Rock); free time; camp.

Camping (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Yading Nature Reserve:
Watch sunrise; hike to Milk Lake, Five-Color Lake, and Pearl Lake; return to and overnight in Yading.

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Yading – Daocheng – Xiangcheng:
Drive to Daocheng for hot springs bath; visit Dagon and Gongpung Monasteries; overnight in Xiangcheng.

Local Guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Xiangchang – Shangri-La:
Drive scenic route to Shangri-La (Yunnan province); overnight in Shangri-La.

Tibetan-Style Boutique Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Shangri-La:
Visit Songzanlin Monastery; overnight in Shangri-La.

Tibetan-Style Boutique Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Depart Shangri-La:
Depart for airport, end of journey.

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