Overland Journey of the Grand Shangri-La

  • DAY 1Chengdu
    Arrive in Chengdu; explore city; overnight in Chengdu
  • DAY 2Chengdu/Danba
    Drive to Danba Town by passing through Wenchuan,Miyaluo,Tunnel of Zhegu (Patridge)Mountain and Barkam.Today,we will focus on taking photos of the ancient watch towers standing in Suopo Village,approximately 4 km away from Danba.
  • DAY 3Danba/Xinduqiao
    Visit Ancient Jiaju Tibetan Stockades,which is regarded as the most beautiful village in China.Drive through Donggu Bonsai Scenic Spots and Tagong Grassland before arriving into Xinduqiao(3470m),the photographers’ paradise.
  • DAY 4Tagong Grassland/Litang
    Today,all the way is over 3000 meters above the sea level,and the breathtaking snow mountains are within your sight if the weather is fine.We will drive through Mt Gao’ersi (4412m),Mt Jianziwan (4659m),Mt Kalazi (4718m),Litang (4300m) the world’s highest town.
  • DAY 5Litang/Yading
    Drive to Daocheng; visit Yading nature reserve; overnight nearby Yading.
  • DAY 6Yading Nature Reserve
    Hike to foot of Mount Chanadorje; visit Tshonggo Temple (nicknamed "Bandit Monastery" by famed Austrian-American explorer Joseph Rock); free time; camp.
  • DAY 7Yading Nature Reserve
    Watch sunrise; hike to Milk Lake, Five-Color Lake, and Pearl Lake; return to and overnight in Yading.
  • DAY 8Yading/Xiangcheng(320km)
    Drive to Daocheng for hot springs bath; visit Dagon and Gongpung Monasteries; overnight in Xiangcheng.
  • DAY 9Xiangcheng/Deqen(240km)
    Enjoy the White Tibetans’Houses;Sangpi Monastery;Sunsetin Mt Kawakarpo;overnight in Deqen
  • DAY 10Deqen/Shangri-La (200km)
    Sunrise in Mt Kawakarpo;Napa Lake;Shangri-La
  • DAY 11Shangri-La/Tiger Leaping Gorge
    Visit the Sumtseling Monastery;Drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge via White Water Terrace;overnight in Tiger Leaping Gorge.
  • DAY 12Tiger Leaping Gorge/Lijiang
    Visit mural-paintings in Baisha Grotto, enjoy the performance of Naxi Ancient Orchestra.
  • DAY 13Lijiang/Lugu Lake (220km)
    Free time in the morning for photos while the entire town is quiet.Depart for Lugu Lake in this afternoon,and enjoy the beautiful sunset.
  • DAY 14Lugu Lake
    Explore Mosuo Minorities,the last matriarch society in the world;try Piggy Boat;visit Geli Peninsula
  • DAY 15Lugu Lake/Xichang (280km)
    Enjoy the typical custom of Yi minority;overnight in Xichang
  • DAY 16Xichang/Chengdu (510km)
    Back to Chengdu,and enjoy your free time in the rest of the day.
  • DAY 17Chengdu
    Depart for airport, end of journey.