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Pristine Landscapes of China's West

Travel days:  14 days
 /  13 nights

  • All flights mentioned in the program are in economy class and include airport tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All transfers mentioned in the program are in air-conditioned vehicles
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in specified hotel with breakfast.
  • English speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing. Other languages are available on request.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B for breakfast, L for Lunch, D for Dinner).
  • 24 hours TUI China telephone hotline (German and English speaking): +86 13910187388
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Hotel          
    On request
  • Difficulty Level :**
  • Best time to visit: March – May, September – November
  • Drive on the stunning scenic road in the south west of China
  • Visit the most beautiful village in China and its unique blockhouse
  • Visit Significant Tibetan Monastery & Temple outside Tibet
  • Hike and Camp in Yangdi Nature Reserve
  • Meet Naxi minority people and cook meal together

Travel content

Panoramas that captivate and cultures that amaze, this is western Sichuan. Venture beyond the Sichuan of teahouses and paddy-fields and see a fresh new side to this amazing region. The small town of Danba, Daocheng and Yading National Park offer some of China's best hiking and photography opportunities. Stopping on the way to visit some of the best preserved Tibetan monasteries outside of Tibet, the trail heads down to Yunnan Province and the mountain paradise of Shangri-la.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Arrive (D)
    • Arrive in Chengdu, meet your guide at the airport
    • Have tea or play mahjong at Wangjiang Park for a local experience
    • Watch Sichuan Opera
    • Overnight in Chengdu
  • Day 2:
    Chengdu – Luding (B L D)
    • Drive towards Luding via Ya'an city (360km, 6 hours)
    • Visit ancient towns along the road
    • Overnight in Luding
  • Day 3:
    Luding – Danba (B L D)
    • Drive to Danba (150km, 6 hours), the kingdom of thousands of ancient blockhouses
    • Visit a local family. Converse with the family members to gain a more personal and grounded understanding of their daily life
    • Have dinner with the family and stay at their house overnight
    • Overnight in village Home Stay
  • Day 4:
    Danba (B L D)
    • Day hike in Danba Tibetan villages, from Zhonglu Tribe to Suopo Tribe (5-7 hours)
    • Transfer to Danba Town
    • Overnight in Danba
  • Day 5:
    Danba – Xinduqiao (B L D)
    • Drive to Xinduqiao, a small town that is recognized as the gateway to Tibet Highway
    • En route, stop at Jiaju and visit a Tibetan farmer's house
    • Tagong grassland, visit the Lhagang Monastery (Tagong Si) of Sayka Sect, which is surrounded by three hills symbolizing three Bodhisattvas
    • Overnight in Xinduqiao
  • Day 6:
    Xinduqiao – Litang (B L D)
    • Morning walk around Xinduqiao, a paradise for photographers
    • Drive to Litang via Yajiang
    • Visit the Litang Monastery, also named Changqingchunker Temple. If lucky, you’ll get the chance to meet with a living Buddha
    • Overnight in Litang
  • Day 7:
    Litang – Yading (B L D)
    • Drive to Yading via Daocheng (260km 6.5 hours)
    • Visit Bangpu Monastery, a Tibetan monastery built in 1169
    • Overnight in Yading
  • Day 8:
    Yading Nature Reserve (B L D)
    • Visit Yading Nature Reserve
    • Hike around the Mount Chanadorje; visit Tshonggo Temple (nicknamed "Bandit Monastery" by famed Austrian-American explorer Joseph Rock)
    • Hike around Milk Lake, Five-Color Lake and Pearl Lake
    • Overnight in Yading
  • Day 9:
    Yading –Xiangcheng (B L D)
    • Drive to Xiangcheng via Daocheng
    • Visit Dagon and Gongpung Monasteries
    • Overnight in Xiangcheng
  • Day 10:
    Xiangcheng – Shangri-la (B L D)
    • Drive along the scenic route to Shangri-La (6-7 hours)
    • Evening walk in Shangri-la ancient town
    • Overnight in Shangri-la
  • Day 11:
    Shangri-la (B L D)
    • Hike around Songzanlin Monastery following the local pilgrimage trail
    • Visit Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan Monastery outside Tibet
    • Visit Dabao temple and make your own prayer flag
    • Visit a local Tibetan family for some yak butter tea and snacks 
    • Overnight in Shangri-la
  • Day 12:
    Shangri-la – Lijiang (B L D)
    • Drive to Lijiang (3 hours)
    • En route, stop at Tiger Leaping Gorge for an easy hike
    • Explore Lijiang ancient town with your guide
    • Overnight in Lijiang
  • Day 13:
    Lijiang (B L D)
    • Visit Black Dragon Pool Park and Dongba Cultural Museum
    • Explore the local market and select materials for our lunch. We'll learn to cook authentic Naxi food at a Naxi family's courtyard.
    • Free time in the afternoon
    • Overnight in Lijiang
  • Day 14:
    Depart (B)
    • Transfer to airport for your flight back home
    • End of Service