12 days travel through western Sichuan on easy steps

 

Chengdu - Mt. Siguniang - Daofu - Ganzi - Derge - Baiyu - Litang - Kangding - Hailuogou glaciers - Chengdu

(only private tour)

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Day01 Chengdu to Rilong town
Early departure from Chengdu to Rilong, on the way, pass Shenshuping Giant Pandas research base at Gengda. Visit the Giant Pandas there. Going on and climb over the pass of Balangshan mountain. Arrive in Rilong town in the late afternoon.

 

Day02 Mt. Siguniang
Horse riding or hiking in Haizigou valley, where it is best place to have a grand look of the highest peak.

 

Day03 Rilong to Danba Jiaju Tibetan village
Leaving Rilong town after breakfast, on both side of roads before and after Danba county town, go and tour beautiful Jiaju Tibtean village, stay one night in local family hostel.

 

Day04 Danba to Bamei to Luhuo
Drive northwards to Ganzi, while at Bamei, visit Huiyuan monastery and enjoy the greens of the Longdeng prairie (between Daofu and Bamei).

 

Day05 Luhuo to Ganzi
In the morning, Visit Linque monastery, which is only about 1.5 kilometers to the north of the town, at Ganzi, pay homage to Ganzi monastery; in the rest of the day, stroll around the city to find out waht are behind the buildings and the newspapers.

 

Day06 Ganzi to Derge
Drive to Derge which is well known for its Buddhism printing house and its historical role in keeping the Buddhism going. On halfway, passing by Manigange where three roads meet (road to the north is to Yushu, road to west is to Derge and Chamdo, the third is to Ganzi) and climbing over the Chola pass (5050m). Visit Xinluhai (also named as Tsolha lake, elevation - 4040 meters).

 

Day07 Derge
Visit the famous Derge Printing house, inside which are piles of collection of wood carved boards for printing. Many of the collections are rare in the world. And then visit the Gengqing monastery, which is close to printing house and this monastery belongs to Sakyapa order.

 

Day08 Derge to Baiyu
Drive towards the west till the Jinshajiang river, the turn south to Baiyu. On the way, there are two famous and important visits, one is Palpun monastery (of Kagyulpa order), the other is Gatuo (Kotoic) monastery (of Nyingmapa order). Palpunn monastery is the biggest monastery of Kagyulpa in Kham area and also was thought to be one of its three Home monasteries in Tibetan area (the other two are Tsupu monastery in Lhasa and Kagyul monastery in Chamdo); Gatuo monastery is the most important monastery of Nyingmapa in Kham. Choose one to visit.

 

Day09 Baiyu
At Baiyu, visit the impressive Baiyu monastery (of Nyingmapa order), which is on the top of a mountain behind the nice town. The other charms of this town are her style of local houses.

 

Day10 Baiyu to to Litang
** early departure from Baiyu is required befcause of long distance drive **
On the way, visit Haizi mountain, which impresses people by its everywhere rocks and small lakes. Haizi mountains are the remnants of glacier movement in geohistory. At Litang, visit the most famous Litang monastery of Gelupa, in which the 7th Dalai Lama once lived for several years when Tibet was in wars.

 

Day11 Litang to Xinduqiao to Kangding
At Xinduqiao, enjoy the special local houses, watching snow capped Mt. Gonggha, which is the highest one in Sichuan (7556m), a chanllenge to mountaineers.
Kangding is an important town on Sichuan - Tibet highway, and was the starting point of the ancient Tea and Horse Trading road. and, it is the first city in Tibetan area after leaving Han people inhabited area.

 

Day12 Kangding to Chengdu
Drive back to Chengdu city today.
If you leave Kangding earlier, you have time to tour Shangli old town nearby Ya'an. Get back to Chengdu in late afternoon.

 

End of the tour

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