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.
English speaking tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance fee
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.
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.
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.
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.