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Tour Overview

This is a cultural and natural journey through Gannan, a region in the Tibetan Plateau, offering a perfect blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, and spiritual exploration. Explore the charming town of Langmusi, with its traditional Tibetan architecture and vibrant streets. Visit Labrang Monastery, delve into Buddhist dialogues, and indulge in local markets filled with Tibetan handicrafts. Experience thrilling horse riding adventures and embark on scenic treks amidst picturesque landscapes. Customized tours along the Huanghe River ensure a personalized and unforgettable exploration of Gannan’s treasures.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Visit Labrang Monastery, a prominent Tibetan Buddhist institution showcasing stunning architecture, intricate murals, and a serene ambiance that will captivate your senses.
2. Embark on a scenic trek to explore the breathtaking landscapes surrounding Langmusi, with views of rolling hills, crystal-clear lakes, and charming Tibetan villages.
3. Saddle up for an exhilarating horse riding adventure, galloping through the pristine grasslands and immersing yourself in the majestic beauty of the Tibetan plateau.
4. Marvel at the ancient Buddhist grottoes of Bingling Temple, nestled along the cliffs of the Yellow River. Admire the intricate sculptures, stunning murals, and the serene ambiance of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
5. Embark on a unique and personalized journey along the Huanghe River, exploring its scenic beauty, cultural sites, and local customs while enjoying a customized itinerary tailored to your preferences.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival in Lanzhou, your guide and driver will be waiting for you at the airport or train station. They will warmly welcome you and assist with your luggage. From there, you will be transferred to your hotel in Lanzhou, where you can check in and take some time to freshen up and relax.

    For the remainder of the day, you have the freedom to explore Lanzhou at your own pace. One highly recommended option is to visit the Zhengning Road Night Market. This bustling night market is known for its vibrant atmosphere and wide array of local street food. Stroll through the lively stalls, sampling delicious snacks such as Lanzhou beef noodles, lamb skewers, and various traditional desserts. Immerse yourself in the local culture and savor the flavors of Lanzhou's culinary delights.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Lanzhou

    Zhengning Road Night Market Lanzhou
    Zhengning Road Night Market

  2. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you will embark on a picturesque 5.5-hour drive to Langmusi Town. As you leave Lanzhou behind, the landscape gradually transforms into a breathtaking vista of mountains, valleys, and grasslands.

    During the journey, you will make a stop at Gahai Lake, a stunning highland lake surrounded by rolling grasslands and snow-capped mountains. Take in the serene beauty of the lake, snap some photos, and enjoy the fresh air before continuing your drive.

    Gahai Lake Gannan
    Gahai Lake

    Upon arriving in Langmusi, you will find it is a charming lovely town nestled amidst picturesque mountains and valleys. Known for its rich Tibetan culture, stunning monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes, Langmusi offers a unique and immersive experience for travelers. Your guide will provide insights into the local Tibetan Buddhist culture and rituals, allowing you to deepen your understanding of this spiritual tradition.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Langmusi Town

  3. On this day, you will have the opportunity to witness the enchanting beauty of Langmusi Town in the early morning. Wake up before sunrise to catch the mystical sight of the entire town covered in delicate morning fog. As the rising sun casts its golden rays upon the misty landscape, you will be treated to a truly mesmerizing scene.

    Langmusi Town Gannan
    Langmusi Town in the Morning

    After breakfast, set out to explore Langmusi Town in more detail. Accompanied by your guide, you will visit the local Tibetan temples, standing at the border between Gansu and Sichuan provinces, each with its own unique history and significance. Marvel at the intricate architectural details, colorful prayer flags, and serene atmosphere that envelops the temple complex.

    Langmusi Town
    Visit the Tibetan Temples

    In addition to the Tibetan temples, you will also have the opportunity to visit an Islamic mosque, highlighting the religious diversity and harmonious coexistence of different faiths in the region.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Langmusi Town

  4. Today, you will continue your journey northward from Langmusi Town to Xiahe County. Along the way, you will traverse awe-inspiring landscapes, including verdant valleys, rolling hills, and vast grasslands.

    One of the highlights of the day is a visit to the Sangke Grassland. This vast expanse of natural beauty offers panoramic views of meadows, grazing yaks, and snow-capped mountains in the distance. Take a leisurely stroll, breathe in the fresh mountain air, and capture unforgettable photos of this picturesque scenery.

    After approximately 3 hours of driving, you will arrive at Labrang Monastery, one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries outside of Tibet. Cross the bridge and ascend the hill to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the monastery and its surroundings. Marvel at the intricate architecture, explore the prayer halls adorned with colorful murals and witness the daily rituals and prayers of the resident monks.

    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Xiahe County

    Labrang Monastery
    Walk the World’s Longest Prayer Wheel Circuit

  5. After breakfast, bid farewell to Xiahe County as you make your way back to Lanzhou. Along the journey, you will visit Bingling Temple, a hidden gem nestled in the cliffs along the Yellow River.

    To reach Bingling Temple, you will board a speed boat at the dock, embarking on a scenic cruise along the river. As you sail through the majestic landscape, admire the towering cliffs and the turquoise waters of the Yellow River. Arriving at Bingling Temple, you will be greeted by a treasure trove of Buddhist art, including countless statues, carvings, and vibrant murals that adorn the caves and grottoes.

    Bingling Temple Grottoes
    Bingling Temple Grottoes

    After your visit to Bingling Temple, you will continue driving for approximately 2.5 hours, returning to Lanzhou. Upon arrival in Lanzhou, you can rest and relax at your hotel or take the opportunity to explore the city further at your own leisure.

    Meals: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Lanzhou

  6. On your final day in Lanzhou, you will embark on a tour of the city's iconic landmarks. Your first stop is White Pagoda Mountain, a renowned landmark that offers panoramic views of Lanzhou. Ascend to the pagoda's summit and take in the sweeping vistas of the city, the Yellow River, and the surrounding mountains.

    Continuing along the Huanghe River Custom Tourist Line, you will visit various attractions that showcase the cultural and historical significance of Lanzhou. Walk across Zhongshan Bridge, an architectural marvel that spans the Yellow River, and appreciates its intricate design. Marvel at the Yellow River Mother Statue, a monumental sculpture representing the motherly spirit of the river and its vital importance to the region. Finally, visit Waterwheel Park, where you can witness the traditional waterwheel irrigation system that has been in use for centuries.

    Zhongshan Bridge Huanghe River Custom Tourist Line
    Zhongshan Bridge

    After the tour, your guide will accompany you to the airport, where you can catch your onward flight or continue your journey to your next destination, bidding farewell to Lanzhou with memories of its rich history, natural beauty, and cultural treasures.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $999 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.


Price Includes

  • 5 nights' accommodation in hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight tickets to/off Lanzhou;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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