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Overland Journey of the Grand Shangri-La
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Overview:Danba,Xinduqiao,Yading,Deqin,Shangri-La,Lijiang,Lugu Lake,Xichang
Tour Duration:17days

  • DAY 1Chengdu
    Arrive in Chengdu; explore city; overnight in Chengdu
  • DAY 2Chengdu/Danba
    Drive to Danba Town by passing through WenchuanThe most important transportation and trade post between the Sichuan Basin and the Tibetan Plateau. It has been totally reconstructed after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake devastated this area.,Miyaluo,Tunnel of Zhegu (Patridge)Mountain and BarkamAn important trade and culture centre in Jiaren Tibet..Today,we will focus on taking photos of the ancient watch towers standing in Suopo116 watchtowers in this village makes it the most concentrated area for watchtowers in Jiaren Tibet 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 XinduqiaoThe town itself is nothing more than a stopover but the area between Zheduoshan and Xinduqiao features plateau pasture scenery of rolling chain of mountains, river valleys dotted with poplars, grassland, Tibetan villages.It's renowned as "the paradise of photographers", offering seasonal stunning views, especially in the autumn.(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-LaWhat is still locally known as Zhongdian (or, in Tibetan, Gyeltang) was officially changed to Shangri-La in 2001. At nearly 10,000ft in elevation, Zhongdian swirls with the smell of wood and coal smoke permeating its cold, dry air. Here, ruddy-faced Tibetans stand out from the Han Chinese, as does their architecture: square, three-storey homes with bright scrollwork trimming them. Tea is mixed with yak butter for a high-calorie drink in this shivery climate.
  • DAY 11Shangri-La/Tiger Leaping Gorge
    Visit the SumtselingBuilt in 1679, the monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province and is sometimes referred to as the Little Potala Palace. It is also the most important monastery in southwest China. Monastery;Drive to Tiger Leaping GorgeLocated in upper reaches of Yangtze River,the most popular trekking route in the world. via White Water Terrace;overnight in Tiger Leaping GorgeLocated in upper reaches of Yangtze River,the most popular trekking route in the world..
  • 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.
Service included
  • 1.Private airport/station transfers.
  • 2.Private English-speaking guide service .
  • 3.Entrance tickets and meals indicated above.
  • 4.Twin-share room including service charges and government tax.
  • 5.China travel insurance during the trip .
Service excluded
  • 1.Visa and travel insurance you purchase before arrival.
  • 2.Tips for the guide and the driver.
  • 3.Personal expenses, such as shopping, laundry, phone calls, entertainment, meals not mentioned above, etc.
  • Q:How do I get to the starting city? How do I return home?
    A:Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the fifth biggest airport in Mainland China with direct flights to most Chinese cities and to several international cities as well, e.g. Amsterdam, Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Melbourne,San Fransisco, etc.
  • Q:How strenuous is this trip?
    A:This journey is considered rigorous touring that passes through Tibetan Plateau, however, the highest place is over 4000 meters above sea level which may cause some sickness. People respond to an increase in altitude differently, with responses including general discomfort, breathlessness, poor sleeping patterns or limited capacity for physical exertion. Please consult with your local travel clinic or physician for specifics about altitude sickness and your personal health. We drive gradually from plain area to high mountains which allows some time to acclimatise to the increase in altitude. Most of our past passengers therefore have felt ok to adjust to plateau area.
  • Q:Do I need a Tibet Travel Permit for this trip?
    A:No.But sometimes we are not allowed to get into Kham because of the regional tension or some other political reasons.
  • Q:What kind of hotels are we staying in?
    A:We selects comfortable and well located hotels in each place, which makes your stay pleasant and easy. A few lodgings in remote area are basic, but hot showers and cold beer are always available.
  • Q:What kind of guide service do you offer?
    A:We believes that the local guides understand their culture and nature best. These passionate guides are pleased and proud to share their information with our travelers. In this trip, one guide serves you throughout the whole way.
  • Q:What do we need to carry ourselves?
    A:During the day, we recommend guests bring a small daypack to carry one bottle of water, some snacks and personal items, especially sun cream, a hat and sunglasses as the sun is strong in this region. It is recommended to bring some over-the-counter medicine for altitude sickness. This is especially necessary if you have never traveled to high-altitude areas before.
  • Q:What’s the guide line for tipping?
    A:If you are happy with the services provided, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many our destinations. As a guideline, at least 5 USD per day per person would be usual for the guide and 3USD to a driver, given separately to each person is preferable. Remember tipping is at your discretion.
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