6 Days Shangri-La & Meili Snow Mountain Pilgrimage Tour

Deep Shangri-la Discovery


Extend your memorable Shangri-La tour to Deqin County! In the 6 days, you’ll see the best of Shangri-La, get to the sacred Meili Snow Mountain, catch the rare opportunity to watch the beautiful sunrise at Failai Temple, trek along the fantastic rails to view the Mingyong Glaciers…all are worthy your time!

Highlights of this tour

  • Visit the Little Potala Palace, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan;
  • Appreciate the beautiful sunrise of Meili Snow Mountain;
  • Do some trekking on the snow-capped mountain.

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:
Shangri-La / Deqin / Shangri-La
Travel Length:
6 Days and 5 Nights
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Shangri-La Arrival

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Welcome to Shangri-La (Zhongdian), the Garden of Eden! Clear the customs and retrieve your baggage by yourself upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the Arrival Hall who is holding a sign on which says your name. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of the day is on your own to discover this charming city.

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Day 2 Shangri-La (B, L)

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Today is a full day to explore the earthly paradise described in the famous novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton.

You’ll first visit Songzanlin Monastery, reputed as the Little Potala Palace. Established by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1679, the monastery belongs to Gelug sect of Buddhism, and it is also the largest Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. Walk 143 steps to get atop of the monastery and pay clockwise visit to the major lamasery buildings and get in-depth understanding about Tibetan Buddhism. If time permits, take some quiet time to walk around the peaceful Lamuyangcuo Lake and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this pure land.

Later, drive to the first national park in China - Pudacuo National Park. Throw yourselves into the lush green forest with diverse species of flora and fauna, walk along the plank road to catch the gorgeous scenery of Shudu Lake (hike 3.3 km, about 1 hr) and Bita Lake (hike 4.2 km, about 1.5hrs ) and seek for a real paradise in this natural wonderland. (Note: the altitude of Pudacuo is at 3500m-4150m and you should avoid strong activities. There’s no problem to hike in the park.) After the merry time in the park, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family and experience the highly-praised hospitality of Tibetan people.

In the late afternoon, visit Dukezong Old Town with 1300-year-old history. Climb up to the top of Guishan Hill (or Tortoise Hill) to have a panoramic view of the old town and Shangri-La County and join in the tourists to turn the largest Prayer Wheel in the world. (Please note: In Jan.2014, a huge fire broke out destroying most of the town. Now you could visit the area around Guishan Hill.)

Important Notice: Militang Pasture (弥里塘草场) and Bita Lake (碧塔海) in Pudacuo National Park are closed for tourists due to maintainance from 3th September, 2017. The administrative office of Pudacuo National Park hasn't confirmed when they will be open exactly. Shudu Lake Scenic Area (属都湖) is still open for tourists. Please contact your travel consultant to adjust your itinerary.

Songzanlin MonasteryDukezong Old Town
Day 3 Shangri-La - Deqin (B, L)

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In the morning, drive to Deqin County from Shangri-La. On this day, you’ll visit Dongzhulin Monastery, the First Bend of Jinsha River and Feilai Temple.

Dongzhulin Monastery: it is one of the 13 great Lama Monasteries in China. Built in 1667, Dongzhulin Monastery was originally named Chongchongcuogang, which in Tibetan means “temple beside lake with cranes”.

First Bend of Jinsha River: also called Moon Bend. It is the boundary between Sichuan and Yunnan. This is different from the First Bend of Yangtze River in Lijiang City. The bend in Shigu Town changes the flow direction of the Yangtze River but in Benzilan, the Moon Bend is just a grand bend between the mountains with impressive scenery.

Feilai Temple: Originally built in 1614, Feilai Temple has a history of about 400 years. Directly facing the Kawagebo Peak, it is famous for its viewing deck for amazing scenes of the magnificent Meili Snow Mountain.

Dongzhulin MonasteryFeilai Temple
Day 4 Deqin (B, L)

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Try to get up early in the morning, enjoy the magic sunrise of Meili Snow Mountain.

Then drive another 1.5-hour to Mingyong Village, where you will take sightseeing bus for about 4km to Mingyong Glaciers of Meili Snow Mountain, and continue your visit to Tibetan Taizi Monastery - another good spot to view the magnificent Mingyong Glaciers. (Optional: You can choose to walk along the trail to the glacier which would be challenging and tiring).

After Mingyong Glacier in Mingyong Village, you will enjoy some time along the Lancang River Grand Canyon as well as some Tibetan villages. This will be your most impressive part of your trip to Yunnan. Overnight at Feilai Temple.

Mingyong VillageSunrise of Meili Snow Mountain
Day 5 Deqin - Shangri-La (B, L)

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Visit Feilaisi Temple and enjoy the sunrise of Meili Snow Mountain in the early morning, then drive back to Shangri-La, have a nice experience of Yangtze River Grand Canyon, Baima Snow Mountain again on the way back.

Stay overnight in Shangri-La.

Tibetan life
Day 6 Shangri-La Departure (B)

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On this day you will be free until your tour guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

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