Chengdu to Lijiang (Lost in Shangri-La)
start:Chengdu or Lijiang finsh :Lijiang or Chengdu
Altitude maximun 5200 average 2600
Group normally 1 to 4 Min age 16yrs
Experience an excellent picturesque trip travelling from Chengdu to the real Shangri-la and ending in Lijiang.
Experience the magic ,mystery,and culture
One of the beautiful things about this trip is the remote regions that it visits, allowing travellers to get a real insight into daily Tibetan life
Journey across these incredible landscapes
Day1 Chengdu /Danba(330km,7hrs)
our tour starts in this morning ,get to danba in the afternoon,we gonna make a homestay tonight--the tradtional Tibetan castle
walk up early watch the sunrise ,walk around the village ,drive to xinduqiao in the late afternoon
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.
Day4 Daocheng/Yading village
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.
Day5 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.
Day6 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.
Day7 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.
Day8 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.
Day9 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.