Shangri-La One Day Tour
Hire a local minivan, and drive 20 minutes out of town, to Shika Snow Mt.. Shika Snow Mt. has got 2 levels of cable cars. First one takes you up to 3600 meter above sea level, where has a big wide grassland for yaks, and you can walk radomly, saying hi to yks, and listen to the sound of silence, feel the sun beam on your skin. Then continueing up by taking another cable car from here, you find yourself 4000 meters above sea level, from you see can see the whole plain of Shangri-La and Napa Lake, and can see 8 snow mountains in the very far distance, if it's a clear day. Then cable cars down again.
Then drive around Napa Lake (at the foot of the Shika Snow Mt.), where has beautiful Tibetan villages, and we can take an easy walk through the village, and even visit one or two Tibetan families if interested. These people on the highland are super friendly, with an open heart directly facing the sky and the nature. The drive around the lake is the lovely, that it is often the highlight of Shangri-La for many of my customers. Then you can also try a horse ride on the plain, through the wondering yaks, sheep, and even pigs.
After Napa Lake, drive 25 minutes back to downtown, lunch in lovely tasty Noa Cafe, then drive 10-15 minutes to visit Songzanlinsi Lamasery, where you can thoroughly learn about Tibetan culture and religion. About 1 hour here, then we drive further out to Dabaoji Temple area, where Banyan Tree Resort is along the river, and really lovely plain with animals and Tibetan houses around. You can walk a bit around the villages, then we can take a pleasant climbing through the spruce forest to the top of a hill, where the Dabaoji Temple is. It's a really simple quiet place, but nice to be.