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4 Days Private Tour Daocheng Yading Airport – Bangpu Monastery - Shangri La Town - Hiking in Yading – Shangri La Town - Daocheng Yading Airport
After arrival at Daocheng Yading Airport we drive to Yading National Nature Reserve. It is located in Shangri La Town, Daocheng County in the southern part of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. Lying in the eastern part of the Qinghai Tibet Plateau, in the middle of Hengduan Mountains, the reserve is adjacent to Shangri La County in Yunnan Province in the south and Lugu Lake and Lijiang in the southeast. The forest cover of the reserve is 560 square kilometers, where many wild animals and plants thrive. There are more than 10 peaks with an altitude of more than 5000 meters, more than 30 peaks above 4500 meters, and 62 ancient alpine glaciers and lakes in this area.

Along the famous Rock Line, we walk through snow capped mountains, sacred lakes and high mountain valleys in Yading. In March 1928, American Explorer Joseph Rock set out from Muli, crossed Yading, Daocheng and other places, and went deep into Gongga (Minya Konka) mountain area. After two trips through Yading Daocheng, he published his travel notes and photos in the magazine “National Geographic”. In April 1933, British writer James Hilton wrote the famous novel "Lost Horizon" based on these travel notes and photos, especially Rock's exploration experience at the three sacred mountains (Xiannairi, Yangmaiyong and Xianuodoji) in Gongga Ling area. People called the "Xanadu" described in the novel as "Shangri-La". And since then, there was an upsurge of searching for Shangri La in the world.

We have two and a half days to explore the Yading Nature Reserve, trekking to the three magnificent sacred snow mountains (Xiannairi, Yangmaiyong and Xianuodoji), closing to the beautiful Milk Lake, Five-color Lake and Pearl Lake, walking in the colorful streams, flower sea, meadow, grassland and virgin forest, and visiting the Bangpu Monastery and the Chonggu Monastery of Tibetan Buddhismus with a long history.
Highlights
4-Day Tour of Daocheng Yading
DAY
1

Daocheng Yading Airport – Shangri-La Town

Bangpu Monastery

Picked up at airport (4411 m) and transfer to Shangri-La Town (2900 m). On the way visit the Bangpu Monastery which is the oldest monastery in Daocheng, located 30 km away from the county city and 3940 meters above sea level. The monastery was built by the first generation Gyalwa Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa in 1144.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Express Daocheng Yading
Bangpu Monastery
Bangpu Monastery
DAY
2

Shangri La Town - Yading - Shangri La Town

Chonggu Monastery, Chonggu Meadow, Pearl Lake, Xiannairi Mountain

Full day explore the natural beauty of Yading National Nature Reserve, home of three sacred Tibetan mountains - Chenresig (Xiannairi, Avalokitesvara, 6032 m), Jambeyang (Yangmaiyong, Manjusri, 5958 m), and Chanadorje (Xianuoduoji, Vajrapani, 5958 m). The scenery here easily rivals that of national parks of the west such as Yellowstone and Yosemite in terms of spectacular, pristine mountain scenery. Drive by local shuttle bus to the entrance of Yading Nature Reserve. Start trekking tour to Chonggu Monastery (3900 m) and proceed via Chonggu Meadow to Xiannairi Mountain with a mystery Pearl Lake (4100 m, Dumu Hu, Zhenzhu Hai) at its mountain foot.

Overnight at Holiday Inn Express Daocheng Yading
Breakfast
Xiannairi Mountain in Yading
Xiannairi Mountain in Yading
DAY
3

Shangri La town - Yading - Shangri La town

Luorong Cattle Farm, Xianuoduoji Mountain, Yangmaiyong Mountain, Milk Lake and Five-color Lake

Full day hiking in the fantastic Yading National Nature Reserve. Drive by local shuttle bus to the entrance of Yading Nature Reserve. Then trek to Luorong Cattle Farm (4150 m), which is located among the magnificent holy mountains Yangmaiyong, Xianuoduoji and Xiannairi. If you have interest, you can challenge the trekking to the amazing Milk Lake (4500 m, Niunai Hai) and Five-color Lake (4600 m, Wuse Hai)!

Overnight at Holiday Inn Express Daocheng Yading
Breakfast
Yangmaiyong Mountain in Yading
Yangmaiyong Mountain in Yading
DAY
4

Shangri La town - Daocheng Yading Airport

Tranfer to the airport

After breakfast transfer to the airport, tour ends.
Breakfast
Landscape of Daocheng
Landscape of Daocheng
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Hotel, program and itinerary are subjected to change with prior notice.
We must point out that you counter a basic tourism infrastructure in this region. You stay overnight mostly at simple hotel/guesthouse. Long journeys on bad roads and hiking on high altitude and delays require good physical fitness, resilience and flexibility of the participants. Program and route changes due to unforeseen events are expressly reserved. If you desire the unknown and have an understanding of contingency, this is the right trip for you.


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More Impressions
Red Grassland in Daocheng
Lake and Mountain in Yading
Milk Lake in Yading
Xiannairi Mountain in Yading
Xiannairi Mountain in Yading
Yangmaiyong Mountain in Yading
Xialuoduoji Mountain and Yaks in Yading | Photo by Wang Lei
Yangmaiyong Mountain in Yading | Photo by Wang Lei
Yangmaiyong Mountain in Yading | Photo by Wang Lei
Yangmaiyong Mountain in Yading | Photo by Wang Lei
Xiannairi Mountain in Yading | Photo by Wang Lei
Xialuoduoji Mountain in Yading | Photo by Wang Lei
Xialuoduoji Mountain in Yading | Photo by Wang Lei
Xialuoduoji Mountain in Yading | Photo by Wang Lei
Five-color Lake in Yading | Photo by Wang Lei