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4 Days Daocheng Yading In-depth Hiking Tour

Worthy Hiking Exploration of “Soul of Shangri-La”

Daocheng Yading boasting the very primitive pleasant nature is a top favored trekking destination to please your eyes!

This 4 Days Daocheng Yading In-depth Hiking Tour will take you to explore the “Soul of Shangri-La” of the famous paradise on earth in an a bit challenging trekking way. We will arrange 2 days for you to hike in Yading Nature Reserve to appreciate the marvelous snow peaks, lakes, forests, grassland, lovely animals, etc. along the way up to 4,600 meters level, of course without missing of the close look at the three sacred mountains. To catch all the wonderful landscape of Daocheng Yading and know why it is respected so highly as the dream land by world people, take this in-depth tour to start your discovery!

Alternative Plan: This Daocheng Yading in-depth tour needs a very good physical condition to finish the 2 days’ hiking. If you want to visit Daocheng Yading in a relatively easier way, you can choose our 4 Days Daocheng Yading Classic Hiking Tour from Chengdu (by Flight) with less hiking but similar arrangement of attractions. If you have any ideas or help about your trip plan, please feel free to contact us for help!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-DYT-04
  • Price : from request
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : Nature / Hiking
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Have an in-depth discovery of Yading Nature Reserve to catch all its beautiful sceneries with memorable 2 days’ hiking experience;
  • Walk to the shimmering Pearl Lake to catch the most beautiful image of Mount Xiannairi and amazing landscape of surrounding forest;
  • Admire the wonderful crystal-clear Milk Lake and Five Color Lake to understand the beautiful view moving people to cry after a challenging but worthy 3 hours’ hiking;
  • Stroll at Luorong Pasture and Chonggu Meadow to admire the holy Xianuoduoji snow mountain from the best angle and enjoy the idyllic joy of grazing cattle.
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Day 1 Chengdu to Daocheng Yading (L)

Fly from Chengdu to Daocheng Yading - Benbo Monastery - Poplar Forest

Today, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and then escort you to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to catch the flight to Daocheng Yading, which needs only 1 hour. After your arrival, you will be welcomed by your local guide and driver at the arrival hall of Daocheng Yading Airport (4,411m).

You will be escorted to visit Benbo Monastery (3,940m) first to have a close look at the striking claret-red Kagyu Buddhist temple cluster of over 900 years old, learn the interesting story of its establishment and the creator, and feel the sincere Buddhist pursuit and persistence of local Lamas. Next, go to Bang River to appreciate the ten thousand acre of poplar forest (3,740m) from the best location. The wide spread of poplar trees are so charming in pure green in spring and summer and orange and golden in autumn under the frequent azure sky in Daocheng. You will also admire painting-like landscape at Sangdui Red Grassland with October fiery red grass in water against the typical Tibetan village houses on your way from Benbo Monastery to the poplar forest.

After the visiting, your guide and driver will send to your hotel at Shangri-La Town (2,950m) and help you check in. Have a good rest for the following hiking experience!

Tips: Since the altitude of Daocheng Yading area is mainly over 3,000 meters, you are highly suggested not do strenuous exercise to release or avoid altitude sickness.

  • Yading Poplar Forest Yading Poplar Forest

Day 2 Daocheng Yading (B)

Yading Nature Reserve (Luorong Pasture - Milk Lake - Five Color Lake)

After an early breakfast, start your exploration of Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve, the Last Pure Land on Earth first found by Joseph Rock in 1928 and then be widely treated as the “Soul of Shangri-La” with extremely dreaming wonderland.

Take the sightseeing bus from the tourist center to Zhaguanbeng for about 1-1.5 hours and enjoy the 2-2.5 hours’ hike to Luorong Pasture (4,150m) via Chonggu Monastery (3,900m) (you can also choose to walk 20 minute to Chonggu Monastery and take the 0.5 hour battery car to Luorong Pasture if you want to save energy). Enjoy your relaxing roam at the idyllic pasture with those carefree grazing cattle and goats, layers of multicolored dense alpine forest, clear winding stream, etc. backed by the three holy snow mountains, namely Xiannairi (Mount Chianrezig), Yangmaiyong (Mount Jambeyang) and Xianuoduoji (Mount Chanadorje). You will appreciate the most beautiful appearance of Xianuoduoji snow mountain like a powerful man!

Next, take the challenging 5 km’s hike for 3-3.5 hours up to the fabulous Milk Lake (4,600m) (horse riding is available to Milk Lake and needs extra payment) and marvel at the unbelievable charm of such a holy lake like a precious blue gem that even can move one to drop tears. Continue to walk another 0.5 hour to visit Five Color Lake (4,500m) 0.3 km away to savor the impressive sightseeing with beautiful snow rock mountain in white, grey, silver and chocolate, blue and green water, various alpine plantations, clear sky backdrop, etc. particularly like an world-class oil painting.

After the visiting, walk down and take the car and bus back to the entrance. And our guide and driver will send you back to your hotel at Shangri-La Town. Have a good rest!

  • Yading Milk Lake (4,600m) Yading Milk Lake (4,600m)
  • Yading Luorong Pasture Yading Luorong Pasture
  • Yading Five Color Lake (4,500m) Yading Five Color Lake (4,500m)

Day 3 Daocheng Yading (B)

Yading Nature Reserve (Chonggu Monastery - Chonggu Meadow - Pearl Lake)

Today after breakfast, go to Chonggu Monastery as the same way on Day 2 by sightseeing bus and hike. Have a stop at the temple to admire the sacred Gelug Buddhist temple architecture in white, red, yellow and black and learn the interesting story about the temple and Joseph Rock’s stop by. From such unbeatable location, you will easily take the excellent photo of the brilliant temple and the three pure white holy snow mountains. After some short walk, embrace the lovely Chonggu Meadow (4,020m) that can be paralleled with the fairyland on earth. Stroll on the vast grassland like a thick and soft carpet in yellow and green in each season. Play along the particularly appealing transparent chanting river with clearly visible little stones like countless grains of gold sank to the bottom. Do not miss the best angle to admire the Xianuoduoji snow mountain like a powerful man.

Then, continue to hike for 30 minutes to visit Pearl Lake (4,120m) that is super fascinating to admire the picturesque landscape of surrounding snow peaks, green and orange dense forest, iridescent prayer flags, and their dazzling reflection in the shimmering clear lake. Also, it is the best location to admire the holy Xiannairi snow mountain.

After the visiting, our guide and driver will send you to your hotel in Daocheng County (3,700m) and help you check in. Have a good rest!

  • Chonggu Meadow Chonggu Meadow
  • Yading Pearl Lake & Mount Chianrezig Yading Pearl Lake & Mount Chianrezig
  • Yading Chonggu Monastery Yading Chonggu Monastery

Day 4 Daocheng Yading Departure (B)

Fly off Daocheng Yading

After breakfast, your local guide and driver will send you to Daocheng Yading Airport for your flight to Chengdu or other destinations. Tour ends.

Departure Idea: Daocheng Yading Airport has direct flights to Chengdu, Chongqing and Xian, and very few connecting flights to Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Kunming.

The quotation for this trip is from request Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2025.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 7.00. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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Thank you Rita.

We are very sad that our trip is coming to an end. So far we have had a fantastic time and seen and done some amazing things.

I had a bit of spare time on the high-speed train so came up with this to help your customers. Up to you if you want to use it or make any adjustments (but I think it would be most helpful once people have booked) it reads as follows...

As part of your journey around fascinating and spectacular China, you will most likely take one or more of China Railways High Speed Trains.

These trains are both fast and efficient, enabling you to cover great distances quickly and in comfort.

You may be required to board the train without the assistance of a guide. This may occur depending on station regulations.

The following is suggested as information for travelers. Please note that this is not a definitive guide, as there may be differences depending on station and location, and may be subject to change.

First and most importantly, there are plenty of clean toilets at the stations, and the trains also have Western toilets in each carriage.

Whether you travel First or Second Class is up to you, but there is plenty of leg room in both classes. All trains are non smoking.

AT THE STATION.

Once at the station you will be required to go through security. You will need your passport for this. Your passport is linked to your ticket. We recommend wheeled suitcases or suchlike as luggage trolleys are not provided. Please note that your main bag will travel with you on the train. Unlike a plane where certain items can travel in the hold, prohibited items will be confiscated. Eg. Knives or souvenir swords.Check ahead for prohibited items to avoid disappointment.

You will need your passport, the train number, carriage number and seat allocation for your journey. This will be provided by your guide or on your itinerary. It will also pay to know your departure time.

There are departure boards in multiple places in the stations. These will link your train number with a boarding gate.

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Green: boarding stage

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In order to run efficiently the trains do not wait. Please be in the correct place ready to board. Depending on the number of train carriages, there may be 2 boarding gates. Eg. 4A and 4B. These will correspond to the carriage number. Don't panic if you get it wrong, but it may result in having to walk a little further on the platform to get to your carriage.

You will need your passport to leave the station to go to the platform. There are lines for self check-in and another for passports/ assisted check-in. This may be detailed overhead, or look for the person manning the assisted check-in line. Use this line to proceed to the platform.

PLATFORM / TRAIN

If no train in platform: There are markings on the ground showing the approximate carriage location. You should wait there. If in doubt you can ask for help.

If train is at platform: Check the train number on the side of carriage.(in case two trains either side of platform)

Find your carriage number and board. Seat numbers are clearly labeled. Place your big luggage overhead. Some trains have additional storage at carriage end. Do not store drink bottles overhead as they may leak, due to cabin pressure.

Depending on the length of your journey some basic food may be available (cashless transactions.) You can take your own food if you wish. Hot water is also available on board.

Enjoy your safe and comfortable journey. Be sure to take in the scenery as you travel.

ARRIVAL

Not all train services may terminate at your destination. The next station is shown on a display at both carriage ends (in English also) . Knowing your arrival time will further assist you in getting off at the correct station.

If you are being met at the station your previous guide should give you directions where to meet, as the stations are normally large with multiple exits. You can also have your next guides name and phone number if you wish. You will need your passport again to exit the station terminal, at the manned checkout line.

Depending on the station layout you will be met at the terminal exit, or the arranged location. Your happy, smiling guide will have your name on a signboard to welcome you, and be ready to assist as required.

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Dave ‚ New Zealand, April 30, 2024

Hi Ariel,

It was really great! Thank you for organising!

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Fritz‚ Germany, April 29, 2024

Hello Jack,

Good Morning!

Just a note to say thank you for organizing our Xinjiang tour from 9 April 24 to 24 April 24. We are now in Perth Australia.

Overall this was an amazing trip, we all enjoyed it so much. We are now working on a return visit to China and is looking forward to use your services again soon.

We will recommend you and your company to my family and friends.

Best regards

Alan and Lily

Alan and Lily‚ Australia, April 28, 2024

Dear Leo

I am writing this letter to express our thanks and gratitude to you for making our recent trip an unforgettable one.

The guides provided (David,Gila & Sally) were very professional and exhibited excellent attitude in providing a great service to us taking into consideration our needs and preferences. The group had a wonderful time thanks to your organisation and arrangement of the efficient team for us in this trip,

Overall this was an amazing trip, we all enjoyed it so much. We are now working on a return visit to China and is looking forward to use your services again soon.

On behalf of our group of 11 pax, we sincerely thank you for organising this wonderful trip for us.

Looking forward to more trips to China in the future with your company.

Best regards

Chan

Chan‚ Singapore, April 28, 2024

Hi Phoebe,

Jiuzhaigou just amazing and I am happy having had the opportunity to spend to days at the park The driver and tour guide are kind and told me a lot.

I took a lot of photos at Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou. Thank you so much for making this unforgettable experience possible.

Robert

Robert‚ Germany, April 28, 2024
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Photo gallery of this trip

  • Yading Poplar Forest Yading Poplar Forest
  • Yading Milk Lake (4,600m) Yading Milk Lake (4,600m)
  • Yading Luorong Pasture Yading Luorong Pasture
  • Yading Five Color Lake (4,500m) Yading Five Color Lake (4,500m)
  • Chonggu Meadow Chonggu Meadow
  • Yading Pearl Lake & Mount Chianrezig Yading Pearl Lake & Mount Chianrezig
  • Yading Chonggu Monastery Yading Chonggu Monastery

Most Important Daocheng Yading Travel Notes

1. Distinguish Daocheng Yading, Yading Nature Reserve and Daocheng County

Administratively, Daocheng is a county in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province. Yading is the Yading Nature Reserve in Daocheng County, which is the major tourist area with terrific landscape. Daocheng Yading is more widely known and usually refers to Yading Nature Reserve specifically in a narrow sense mostly or Daocheng County in a board sense. During your Daocheng Yading trip, we will take you to explore the core Yading Nature Reserve and discover other top highlights in whole Daocheng County!

2. Best Time to Visit Daocheng Yading

Visitors can go to Daocheng Yading all year round. Autumn (mid-September - mid-November) is the most popular season to see the fabulous colorful Yading Nature Reserve with white snow peaks, blue lakes, orange and yellow forests, clear blue sky, etc. with comfortable weather, and when is also the favorite time for photographers. September to October during when is also appealing to marvel at the Sangdui Red Grassland and ten thousand acre of golden yellow poplar forest, like a natural oil painting. Spring (late March - late June) is also great to see the mountains dressed with azaleas and other various flowers in different colors.

3. How to Avoid High Altitude Sickness

Most places in Daocheng Yading are more than 3,000 meters high above sea. To help you release or avoid altitude sickness, you are highly suggested drink some Rhodiola rosea at least one week before visiting Daocheng Yading and not do strenuous exercise during your whole trip. Besides, drink enough water and sleep well!

Daocheng County 3,700m Daocheng Yading Airport 4,411m
Shangri-La Town 2,950m Yading Nature Reserve 2,900m-6,032m
Mount Xiannairi 6,032m Mount Yangmaiyong 5,958m
Mount Xianuoduoji 5,958m Milk Lake 4,600m
Five Color Lake 4,500m Pearl Lake 4,120m
Luorong Pasture 4,150m Chonggu Monastery 3,900m
Chonggu Meadow 4,020m Yading Village Viewing Deck 4,060m
Blue Moon Valley 2,200m Benpo Temple 3,940m
Poplar Forest 3,740m Sangdui Red Grassland 3,940m
4. Where to Stay in Daocheng Yading

Visitors may not stay in only one place during you Daocheng Yading trip. For your discovery of Yading Nature Reserve, Shangri-La Town is the best place to stay with only several kilometers to the entrance and a better altitude lower than 3,000m. And for your enjoyment of other attractions and flight catching, you are more suggested to stay in Daocheng County that is 3700m high and offers more than 10 choices of 2-4 stars. Yading Village within Yading Nature Reserve is also chosen for a second hiking day, however, the altitude above 4,000 is not recommended for the first night in Daocheng, besides, the offer of facilities, hot water and electricity is not so good.

5. What to Wear during Your Trip in Daocheng Yading

As temperature in Daocheng Yading is usually lower than that in other destinations, it is necessary to take enough down jackets, mountaineering jackets, thick sweaters, waterproof clothes, scarves, gloves and antiskid hiking shoes in spring, autumn and winter season. Long-sleeves coats are also recommended in summer. Sun block, sunglasses, hats, lip balm, and so on are suggested for all seasons.

6. To Customize Your Daocheng Yading Tour

We China Discovery based in Chengdu, Sichuan have rich experience for providing Daocheng Yading tour arrangement and customization service for global visitors. Our professional travel expert will also help you sincerely to design your Daocheng Yading tour if you are interested in extending to more stunning destinations in Sichuan such as Chengdu, Leshan, Mount Emei, Jiuzhai Valley, Mount Siguniang, Danba, Kangding, Xinduqiao, or other domestic destinations like Yunnan, Tibet, Beijing, Shanghai, etc. We will show you the terrific sightseeing, culture, history and more highlights of the whole Sichuan and all places during your memorable trip!

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