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4 Days Best Daocheng Yading Hiking Tour

Tour Overview

A mysterious resort located in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Daocheng Yading is widely considered as the “soul of Shangri-La” and “the last pure land on Earth”. A hiking vacation here will find you immersing yourself in the stunning alpine views of holy ice-capped mountains, fabulous cold lakes, historical temples, chanting rivers, striking forests, vast grasslands…
Do you want a nature trip of a lifetime? Are you hoping to hike, sightsee, and experience Tibetan-style scenes and life all on the same trip? You can do all this in an energy-saving way if you sign onto JoyTravel’s 4 days Daocheng Yading Hiking Tour.

Highlights of this tour:

*Enjoy leisure and happiness along the classic hiking routes in Yading Nature Reserve and observe various original natural landscapes.
*Visit the hundreds of years old monasteries treasured with precious architectures, relics, and legendary landscapes, and feel the devout religious faith in the holy Daocheng Yading.
*Immerse into the stunning lakes and chanting rivers with their crystal-clear waters surrounded by vast grasslands, emerald forests, snow-capped peaks, and quintessential plateau scenery.
*Visit some charming sites providing great angles to admire the holy snowy mountains.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon arrival at Daocheng Yading Airport, your driver will transfer you to the hotel in Shangri-La Town (in Sichuan Province, not the Shangri-La in Yunnan).

    On the way to your hotel, make a visit to Benbo Monastery. The most time-honored temple in the Yading area, Benbo Monastery is a branch of Tibetan Buddhism which has stood for over 900 years.

    Follow your guide to uncover the stories of its founder and establishment.

    The rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore on your own.

    Tips: Most of the Daocheng Yading area is over 3000 meters above sea level, strenuous exercises are not recommended to avoid altitude sickness.

  2. After breakfast, start your hiking and exploration in Yading Nature Reserve.

    Boasting well-preserved natural scenes, it is the place you can see verdant valleys, clear rivers, crystal lakes, stunning plateau scenery, vast grasslands, and colorful forests in their natural, uncultivated state.

    A 1-1.5 hours sightseeing bus ride will take you to the Zhaguanbeng, then hike 2-2.5 hours to Luorong Cattle Ranch (aka Luorong Pasture) where you will see grazing cattle and sheep, humble Tibetan-style houses, and an amazing view of three holy mountains (Xiannairi, Yangmaiyong, and Xianuoduoji).

    Continue hiking 5 km (about 3-3.5 hours) to holy Milk Lake to marvel at its crystal-clear water. If you like, you can pay on your own to experience the horse ride around the lake.

    Hike more 0.3 km to the Five Color Lake - one of the four Tibetan holy lakes that sit 4600 meters above sea level. The pure lake water, snow-capped mountains, blue sky, and plateau forest will surely catch your eyes.

    After the sightseeing, take the bus and then a car back to your hotel.

  3. Continue your hiking and exploration in Yading Nature Reserve today.

    Reach the 800 years old Chonggu Monastery, though an old incomplete temple, it offers precious religious relics and an ideal position to take some excellent photos of the three holy mountains.

    A short walk will take you to the Chonggu Meadow - a fairyland composed of grassland, forest, and stream where you can have a great angle to admire the Xianuoduoji snow mountain.

    Then, trek 30 minutes to Pearl Lake, surrounded by holy mountains, prayer flags, and lush forest, it is the best spot to admire the holy Xiannairi Snow Mountain.

    Before heading back to your hotel, you will be transferred to the Bang River to admire the striking ten thousand acres of poplar forest. It is the best area for leaf-peeping, the poplar trees change color seasonally from green to crimson, amber, and gold.

    At the end of the day, the guide and driver will escort you to the hotel in Daocheng County.

  4. After breakfast, your driver will send you to Daocheng Yading Airport. This is the end of the tour.

Booking Method

Step 1: You can directly book online or please feel free to share your tour plans or thoughts at [email protected] , our travel consultant will contact you within 12 hours. Step 2: A small amount deposit will be required to book a tour. After deposit received, a detailed service voucher will be sent to you to confirm the booking. Step 3: Balance due will be required 7-15 days ahead of your travel date. If you have any further question, please feel free to contact us! Email: [email protected] Cellphone number: +86 18792910029 WhatsApp / Wechat ID: 008618792910029 Facebook: @xianholidaystravelagency

Our Hotels

In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location!

The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices.

If you have already got an ideal hotel, please feel free to tell our travel consultants and they’ll book the hotel for you.

Our Tour Guide

The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.


Our Driver and Vehicle

The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.

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Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!

Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.

For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.

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