18 Days Yading to Lugu Lake Trekking Tour
Tour Type: Private
Destinations: Chengdu, Danba, Tagong, Yading, Xialuoduoji, Luhu Lake, Lijiang
Highlight:Located between Ninglang of Yunnan and Yanyuan of Sichuan, 280km north Lijiang, the Lugu Lake is known for its spectacular natural scenery and the unique, mysterious culture of the Mosuo people. The place has become a legend because of the matriarchal system that it still upholds even today.
Yading is located in southwest corner of Sichuan province, it is well-known for the 3 holy peaks named by the 5th Dalai Lama, Shiannairi Peak (6032 m high), Xianuoduoji Peak (5898 m high), Yangmaiyong Peak (5898 m high). Every year, there are many people trek around the 3 holy peaks for increasing their merits and virtues. This trekking journey is considered one of the best trekking routes in China.
Day by day itinerary
Day1: Arrival of Chengdu (D)
Arrive in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, the home town of Panda. Picked up by the local guide at airport and transferred to Cinliang Hotel (3*)
In the morning, drive to Dujiangyan Irrigation System. The Dam was first built for irrigation on Chengdu plain in the year of 250 BC. Then we drive to Wolong Giant Panda Natural Reserve, where about 50 giant pandas are bred in a semi-natural environment. After lunch at Wolong, cross the foggy Balang Mountain and pass by the Siguniang Shan (4–girls mountain, highest peak 6250m). It enjoys not only abundant precious trees but also many kinds of animals and up to 2300 kinds of birds. Today trekking in Shuangqiaogou (Double Bridge Gully) to visit the valley, Sangozhuang (Three hot stoves), Renshanguo Meadow (Ginseng fruit Meadow), Sun and Moon Mirror, which are surrounded by 5 mountains. Over night in Abi Mountain Hotel (2*).
Day3: Drive to Danba area 150 km (B, L, D)
In the morning via Xiaojin County, head for Danba County (1900 m). Danba has long been acclaimed as the kingdom of Thousands of ancient town. Visit will be made to the ancient block towers in Suopo. They were made of clay and block and look fine from outside. In addition, visit the Jiaju Tibetan Hamlet, 10 km away from the county city, is one of the rare buildings that has preserved complete Tibetan style residences. More than one hundred buildings keep the same area with a complete and unique character of Jiarong Tibetan residences. Under the blue sky, the Tibetan resident in red, white and black are strewed at random but also in order from the bottom to the middle slope of the mountain. Over night in Danba Hotel (2*).
Day4: Drive to Tagong area and visits 130 km (B, L, D)
The village of Lhagong (Tagong) lies between Kangding and Daofu in Kham in the shadow of the great Shadah (Yallah) Mountain. Lhagong sits at around 3700 m, so take it easy your first couple of days. The village has always been small and surrounded by Nomads. Recently with improvements in the roads and facilities, much more tourists are making Lhagong a place to relax for a few days and breathe in the Khampa way of life. Lhagong Gompa Monastery means "Favourite place of the Bodhisattva" in Tibetan language. In the Gompa, there is an enormous golden statue of a 1000-armed Chenresig, the Bodhissatva of Compassion, and another of Jowo Rinpoche. There are many beautiful murals depicting various Tibetan Deities and a great statue of Jampa in the small room at the front if the Gompa (just inside the gate). The monks in Lhagong are from the Sakya order (red hats). In laymen's terms Buddhism is taught wihin the Sakva order is slightly different from the Gelupa (yellow hats) order. The Gelupa monks have to learn the Sutra (philosophy and the theory of Buddhism) before they can learn Tantra whereas the Sakya monks learn it all together. Most agree that the differences are not important and that the same teachings are used in both. At the back of the Gompa behind a high stone wall are Chortens (Stupa). Chortens are built to house the bodies of very high lama's or holy relics. There is also a Sakya collage not far from Lhagong (an easy walk) with its own Gompa.
It is pleasant to walk a Kora of the Gompa (walking clockwise around the building). You will encounter many of the villagers, all saying their mantras and spinning their own small prayer wheels. Close to the Gompa there is also a giant pile of Mani stones - each one carved with mantra and prayers for the wellbeing and happiness of all living things. Night in Tagong Hotel (2*)
Day5: Trekking near Zhang Lhatse Holy Mountain (B, L, D)
Today, trekking will be made from Tagong to Bamei (29 km) in Zhara Lhatse Holy Mountain, including a serious pass of about 4200 metres elevation, ascended lovely forested hills, a river running wide and fast below, crossed mile after mile of flower-bedecked pasture. At last come to the pass, marked in Tibetan fashion by a cairn of stones and strings of lungta prayer flags. It would be optional: if kids cannot finish the whole trip, clients can ask the guide to make call to the driver to take them back to the hotel.
Day6: Drive to Lithang 210 km (B, L, D)
The road from Tagong to Lithang is quite bumping but the scenery on the road is magnificent. Crossing over Mt. Gaoershi. Have lunch at Yajiang, a small county at the foot of the mountain. Upon arrival at the High City - Litang (4014 m), visit monastery lying in the western suburbs of the city. The monastery, meaning Maitreya Holy Wheel Temple in Chinese. As the most important temple of Kham region, it was originally under the control of the Bon religion but converted into a Gelug Sect monastery. Over night Gaocheng Hotel (2*).
Day7: Drive to Yading area and starting point of trekking 3 hours (B, L, D)
Road to Daochen (150 km) on driving uphill on the zigzag road to Daocheng which lies in an open valley, then to Yading - last Shangri-la (80 km). Natural Reserve and ascend to Yading town which is about 1 hour driving away from Daocheng. We will walk up to Chonggu monastery (3 km). Once get up to the valley of Chonggu Monastery (3700m), the bending clear stream with the background of the snow-mountains are just like a painting. Keep on walking 3 kilometers more to Chonggu guest house and overnight there.
Day8: Trekking in Yading 6 hours (B, L, D)
Trekking on the trail between Chanadorje and Jambeyang (Manjusri, 5958m) to Luorong yak-shed (4100m) for the Five-colored alpine lake, which has fabulous reflection of Jambeyang and the Milky Lake (4800m) on distance. Two and a half hours later, you will be standing on the top of Risa Mountain Pass. From Rosa Mountain Pass, we ascend along the stream originates from the glaciers and snow. One hour later, getting to Bayou yak-shed. Noght in the guest house.
(You will meet cook, stablemen and horses who will escort us on the entire trek till getting to Lugu Lake right from today)
Day9: Trekking Luogong pasture - Xialuoduoji - Geluo village 6 hours (B, L, D)
Luorong Pasture (4100 m) - Xialuoduoji Snow Mountain Pass (4735 m) - Galu Mountain Pass (4300 m) - Geluo Pasture (2950 m). Right over the Galu pass, we can see mountain Chanadorje (Vajrapanl, 5958 m) standing tall and upright in front of us. Upon the green grassland, the rocky mountain with snow and ice raise up into clouds with the background of the blue sky. Today is the hardest day for the whole trip. Over night in the village home stay.
Day10: Trekking Geluo - Jinkuan - Sijiancun - Ludu village - Dongla 7 hours (B, L, D)
Trekking Gelou (2950 m) - Jinkuan - Sijiancun - Ludu village - Dongl village. From Jinkuang (Golden Mine) Mountain (4450 m), we go further into the valley followed White Water River. One hour later, we walk by a local family and start the three hours descending. The trail is all straight down. If weather permits, we could see a snow capped mountain shows up behind the near mountains. About two and a half hour later, a large Tibetan village presents itself on a mountain slope. You cannot imagine how such a large village settles down in the big mountains. It is just like a Shangri-la. Dogs barking, yaks lowing, kids laughing and it is so spry and isolated there. We will settle down on a meadow above the village and come to visit the locals in the rest time of the day. This evening, we’ll join the locals for a bonfire party with singing and dancing after our dinner in a local family. Night in the village home stay.
Day11: Trekking Dongla - Tongtianhe 7 hours (B, L, D)
Trekking Dongba - Nongsha pasture (3800 m) - Ludu village - Tongtian River (2250 m) - Tongtianhe village, entering the Yi and Naxi area. Today, most of the walking is on flat road and trail.
Trekking hours ascending over the pasture, one hour downhill to Tongtianhe Village qhich located right in Luoshui River Valley and we can walk on flat road and 2 hours later, we'll pass by a primary school. After a soft slope up, we get to a local family where we'll be invited to the house by the host with hospitality. We can have our lunch made on a stove instead of bonfire. The host also offers us Zhanba, the cooked highland barley powder, butter tea and Sulima, a tasty local wine. Overnight at Tongtianhe Village where a stream named White Water River joins. Night in the village home stay.
Day12: Trekking Tongtianhe - Dujia - Qiongyi 8 hours (B, L, D)
Trekking Tongtianhe Village - Nongsha pasture - Ka'er Pasture land (3900 m) - Qiongyi. Today it is on the trail again, go descending right from Dujia village. Then three hours going uphill to Ka'er pasture land. The yaks are quite alert on us when we pass by while the nomad hugged the Tibetan Mastiff to keep it away from us. After cross a stream on a solo tree trunk bridge, we take the trail apart from the valley and go downhill in the afternoon, a snow-capped peak shows up in distance. From the bend, we began to go downhill in dense forest. The 2-3 hours ascending is exhausting dues to the steep trail. We'll take a break on a meadow in the forest before we get to Qiongyi Village. Night in the village home stay.
Day13: Trekking Qiongyi - Wujue village 8 hours (B, L, D)
Trekking Qiongyi - Que'er Mountain (3950 m) - Dakegu Pass - Wujue village (2825 m). Ascending to Que'er Mountain is breath-taking but pays us back with the stunning view of the lush valley and cloud-capped mountains. On the southern slope of Quer Mountain, you can never describe the colors of the trees and bushes in the fall. It is just like an exquisite carpet spread from the top of Quer Mountain down to the valley, with bright yellow, deep red, dark green, and all colors between the three. In the spring, it is a world of wild flowers. From Que'er Mountain, we start our 5 hours downhill trekking. From Lido village, the sandy and steep trail is a hard part to cover till we get to Wujue village. Night in the village home stay.
Day14: Trekking Wujue village - Yongnin - Lugu Lake 6 hours (B, L, D)
Trekking: Wujue village (2825 m) - Mountain Pass (3040 m) - Mosha village (Yi minority people) - Lijiazhui village - Hot spring village - Yongnin (2635 m). The dogs' barking and yaks' lowing will wake us up in the old Rongeland. After breakfast, we depart for Mountain Pass. After a big turn of the track, a stunning view gives us a big hug to our right, a valley goes further down eastward with a steep white cliff standing by. The rough road is leading southwest and we keep on walking two more hours into the valley where we reenter the area of Yi minority people. We'll depart the road in the village named Shuiluoga and restart descending on a track till to Yongning.
Yongnin Town is the last spot for supplement of stuff on trek, met by te bus and unloaded trekking equipment and gears up to the vehicle and drive about 1 hour to Luoshui village (2685 m), a small village nestles to Lugu Lake, night in Mosuo family hotel (2*)
Day15: Lugu Lake (B, L, D)
Lugu Lake (2635 m) is a wonder of nature dues to a sink of earth surface. In the morning, it will be leisure after 7 days trekking. In the afternoon, a visit will be made to the Mosuo museum in Luoshui village, followed with a short cruise on the local sampan on the lake. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant singing by the host. Overnight at Mosuo Hotel (2*).
Day16: Lugu Lake - Lijiang (B, L, D)
Today, we drive 260 km, about 6 hours on the country road to Lijiang. On the way to Lijiang, Jinsha River valley will be on your eyes many times. Jinsha River is the upper stream of Yangtze River. Lijiang is the capital of a large areas inhabited by Naxi minority. Before conquered by Mongolian Kublai Khan in the 12th century, it used to be a prosperous kingdom with very high culture, specially their unique writing character's style. Night in garden like hotel Sanhe (3*) in the Lijiang old town.
Today you will visit a traditional Naxi village - Baisha, where life has gone relatively unchanged for hundreds of years. Visit Doctor He, who is alive to learn the knowledge of Naxi herb; Black Dragon Pool, where the snow-capped mountains seemingly shimmer as they are reflected in the waters of the lake and a Tibetan Lamasery Yufeng are also on the agenda. Enjoy the Naxi Ancient concert in the evening. The rest of time will be left for Old Town of Lijiang: called Dayan town which was built in the late Song Dynasty and early Yuan Dynasty (nearly 800 years ago). The old part of the town has wonderful old cobbles streets, meandering streams and views that will take your breathe away. Over night in the garden-liked hotel Sanhe (3*) in the old town.
Day18: Lijiang - Kunming and departure
Take the early flight to Kunming (50 minutes). Visit the silk factory and lunch there. Transfer to the airport and departure from Kunming.
Get the price: This tour is a private tour and departure date will be based on your request. Prices depend on travel seasons and will be quoted upon request.
China Trekking tour in Yunnan
1. Since you will go across plateaus of Sichuan & Yunnan where many roads and mountain passes are over 4,000 meters above sea level, PTT strongly recommends that you would like to purchase some anti mountain sickness medicines such as aspirin, oral-taken Jigan liquid, and Tibetan medicine godal. Jigan and godal can be taken one day before travel.
2. High exponent sunproof cream, sun glasses and topee are necessary for preventing ultraviolet in high altitude places.
3. You will be immediately transferred to nearest hospital or lower altitude city if you suffer AMS(Acute Mountain Sickness) and can not overcome it by yourself .
4. Please read carefully about the High-altitude-place Travel Notice before you book the tour.
5. You can save money by choosing standard hotels in cities and giving up guide service. You can choose standard hotels, but not the 4-star-hotels as provided in the existing price, your cost will come down a lot. You should also have preparation in mind that hotels in China are not that high quality as hotels in developed travel countries, we will try to recommend you standard hotels with good sanitary conditions when you decide to book.
6. Heavy snow falls on many mountain passes will make driving dangerously every January to March. It is not a recommendable route during this time.
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