Daocheng Yading Hiking Tour

4 Days Daocheng Yading Hiking Tour by Flight

Hiking at Real Shangri-La

A fantastic hiking is not just about walking all the time, but also about getting closer touch with a destination, immersing you into off-the-beaten-track landscape. Here in Daocheng Yading, you will get them all!

Located in southwestern Sichuan where the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and the Hengduan Mountains joint together, Daocheng Yading is featured in a spectacular high mountainous eco system created by snow mountains, glaciers, wild forests, plateau meadows, waterfalls and lakes, which is the ideal environment for having an enjoyable and sightseeing hiking.

This 4 day Daocheng Yading hiking adventure starts from Chengdu. In the Day 1, you will take the early flight around 6:30 to Daocheng, and arrive around 8 AM, then transfer to Riwa Town. Many exciting activities will be arranged during the transfer including some short hiking; In the Day 2 and 3, you will use Riwa as base, and go to hike deep into Yading area mostly above 4,000 meters at altitude. Day 4 is free for you to transfer to Chengdu, Chongqing or Xian by flight.

Basic Trip Information

  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Chengdu / Daocheng / Yading
Travel Length:
4 Days and 3 Nights
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Chengdu - Flight to Daocheng Yading

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Today, you will take an early flight from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to Daocheng Yading Airport. After the arrival, you will be welcomed by the local guide and be escorted to Riwa Town.

There are many things to do along the road – leisurely walking to Haizi Mountain to see the incredible world of rocks and stones arraying on rivers, lakes and mountains; visit the 900 years old Tibetan monastery Bangpu; watching Red Grassland leaning close to winding rivers; watching vast forests of birch forest stretching to far distance… Stop for rest or take a walk whenever you want.

After arrival at Riwa, check in your hotel and the rest time is free for you to explore surrounding and acclimate the air and high altitude here.

Red Grassland
Day 2 Yading Hiking (B,L)

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Today, you will get up early to have breakfast, and then take park bus to Zhaguanbeng. Get off bus and start the 1-hour hiking to Chonggusi Monastery(3,880m) as a warm-up. Go on your trip from Chongu Monastery to Luorong Pasture(4,150m), which can be done by a 1.5~3 hours’ hiking on plank path or a electro mobile car riding of aobut 20 minutes on a well-paved road. We suggest you take the car riding to save energy and time for coming serious hiking. Stop at the pasture to enjoy the breathtaking landscape - herds of sheep and cows are scattered over the grassland and enjoy the great sunshine and pure lake water. Snow peak, forest, pasture, rivulet, lake, waterfall and wooden house compose a most beautiful picture. Then, hike about 3 hours to Milk Lake, which is located at the foot of Jambeyang Snow Peak, about 7km from Luorong Pasture. The lake surface is bright with many colors, and the mountain’s reflection in the river looks more holy and pure. Keep hiking a half hour from Milk Lake upwards, you will reach the Five-color Lake (4,600m). Under the refraction of strong sunlight, five glaring colors shine on the lake. Looking over the lake, you will see glacier tongue lazily nuzzling to the lake. According to legend, the lake can divine one’s future. From here, you can also have closer magnificent views of three holy snow mountains - Chenresig (Xiannairi), Jambeyang (Yangmaiyong) and Chanadorje (Xianuoduoji). They respectively represent the Bodhisattva of Mercy, Wisdom and Wrath. They are regarded as the sacred mountain which can protect the Tibetan people in Yading.

In the afternoon, you will return back the same way coming. If you feel a little bit tired, you can ride the horse back to Luorong Pasture, then transfer back to the tourist center by taking a electro mobile car. Lastly, transfer back to Riwa for accommodation and having dinner.

Luorong PastureYading Milk LakeYading Luorong Pasture
Day 3 Yading Hiking - Daocheng (B,L)

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Today’s hiking is leisure at your own preferred pace and interest. You will firstly go to Chonggusi Monastery as the same way you taken in Day 2, but will spend some time visit the monastery and learn about its story. Here is also the best location to take photos of Chenresig Peak(Xianuoduoji 6,032m). Continue your hiking to next station – famous Pearl Lake, which usually takes about 1 hour to get to. Pearl Lake shocks your eyes with its fabulous scenery – ancient trees towering to the sky, green lake reflecting surrounding colors like a gem, giant snow peak within walking distance… Many tourists take this lake as the base to watch the breathtaking sunrise and sunset. 

Finishing your hiking and transfer back to Riwa, then keep driving to Daocheng County for accommodation and dinner.

Yading Pearl LakeYading Chonggusi Monastery
Day 4 Daocheng Departure (B)

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Today, after breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel to the Daocheng Yading Airport to take flight back to Chengdu or other destination. Enjoy amazing peaceful landscape along the road. (So far, you can take flight to Chengdu, Chongqing and Xian from Daocheng Yading)

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