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4 Days Mount Emei In-depth Hiking Tour including Leshan Giant Buddha

Enjoy Diversity of Mount Emei

Mount Emei is famous for its diversity. It is famous for its exceptional existence of Buddhism, also notable for exceptionally diverse natural landscape. Our Mount Emei in-depth hiking take you to trace how Mount Emei link the tangible with intangible, the natural with the cultural. It is a challenging but rewarding hiking of 2 full days, starting from the lower to the very top of the mountain in which you will encounter with many interesting temples, meet wild monkeys, see beautiful waterfalls and rivers, witness magnificent sunrise and sunset... If you are energetic or wanting to sweat and unwind from crowdedness or expecting to encounter closer with this world heritage site of both culture and nature, this is the hike for you. You even have a chance to stay a night in a temple on the mountain. Also visit Leshan Giant Buddha before hiking. What an experience it is!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-EHT-04
  • Price : from $579
    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 : Hiking / Nature / Photography
  • Physical Demands :


  • Encounter interesting temples, loquacious waterfalls, beautiful lakes and valleys in Qingyin Pavilion area;
  • Experience an interesting hike through the Kingdom of Monkeys (Ecological monkey area) near Qingyin Pavilion;
  • Spend a night in Xixiangchi Temple which is one of the oldest temple on the mountain to enjoy the tranquility of Mount Emei;
  • Bigger chance to witness magnificent sunrise and sunset of Mount Emei with staying two nights on the mountain;
  • Go to enjoy a closer contact with the cute pandas including most lovely panda babies in Chengdu;/div>
  • Take a side trip to see world's tallest and largest stone Buddha - Leshan Giant Buddha which is also a World Heritage Site.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Chengdu - Leshan Giant Buddha - Mount Emei (L)

Today's highlights: Chengdu Panda Base, Leshan Giant Buddha

This morning you will make a stirring visit to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding which is not only the most important panda scientific research center, but also dwelling home for more than 100 Giant Pandas. Walk at leisure through the bamboo framed paths, and closely observe giant pandas of different ages eating bamboos, playing with each other, tumbling, climbing trees, etc. Don't miss the chance to visit the most adorable panda cubs in the panda kindergartens. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the precious panda babies in the nursery rooms.

Leaving the panda center, you will drive about 2 hours from Chengdu to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Leshan Giant Buddha which is the largest and tallest stone-carved statue of Buddha in the world. It was carved during AD713~803 on a mountain rock cliff by the river, with its head reaching to the mountain top and its feet standing next to the river. The total height is 71m; while the head is 14.7m high and 10m wide, ear is 7meters high, 28 meters between knees and insteps. Its insteps can hold over a hundred people. You may be wondering why such a giant Buddha was built? It is said to have been built to calm the turbulent waters that plagued passing boats and killed many people each year in ancient time. On the right cliff of the Giant Buddha, there is a plank road built along with the Giant Buddha. From the top to foot, the plank road has nine turns, thus it is called Nine Bends Plank Road. The widest part of the road is 1.45m and the narrowest part is only 0.6m, and there are 217 stone steps in total. You will walk down to the feet of the Giant Buddha for a closer view.

After the Giant Buddha visit, drive about 45mins to Emeishan City to check in your hotel. Have a good rest for tomorrow’s Mount Emei hiking.

Optional night activity: watch a fantastic performance show which is a combo of Emei Kung Fu, acrobatics, Sichuan opera, mask-changing, etc.during 19:30~21:00.

  • Look up at Leshan Giant Buddha from its foot stage Look up at Leshan Giant Buddha from its foot stage
  • Cute Pandas Living in Their Natural Environment Cute Pandas Living in Their Natural Environment

Day 2 Mount Emei Hiking (B)

Highlights of today: hiking from Qinying Pavilion to Xixiangchi Temple

After breakfast, take an eco-bus (about 0.5hr)to Wuxiangang Park Lot first from the tourist center, then take the old stone steps to head to Qingyin Pavilion. There are many small old temples and stone carvings along the away as good chances to stop and look around. From Qingyin Pavilion, remember not to take the right path which is heading to Wannian Temple. You should take the left path going along the valley. Walking a short while, you will reach Ecological Monkey Zone which is the biggest kingdom of the wild monkeys in Mount Emei. It is interesting to meet these lovely monkeys in freedom, but you should know beforehand that they may be very aggressive to rob foods from tourists if they find someone having foods in hands or hanging on bags.

Keeping walking from the monkey zone, you will find the paths starting to directing to higher elevations, which make the walking harder and harder, until you reach Xianfeng Temple which is the halfway of today’s hiking. Take a rest there to have a vegetarian lunch. Continue hiking from Xianfeng Temple to Yuxian Temple. This section of hiking is ups-and-downs, wriggling along small hills. After Yuxian Temple, the path is very steep, some sections of which are nearly vertical. Take a rest at Jiuling Hill where the path from Wannian Temple joins your path. Then comes the hardest hiking of today – Zuantian Slope (Slope Drilling into Skye) which rises vertically 300m with 32 turns and more than 1500 steps. Today's’ final destination is Xixiangchi Temple, also known as Elephant Bathing Pool (2070m). Legend says the white elephant of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva used to bathe in the pool in front of the temple. The temple also offers you magnificent far-reaching views of surrounding hills and valleys.

Accommodate at Xixiangchi Temple. The room amenities are quite basic. Vegetarian food and hot water are provided. Toilets and showering are outside your room.

  • Beautiful waterfall near Qingyin Pavilion Beautiful waterfall near Qingyin Pavilion
  • Xixiangchi Monastery (Elephant Bathing Pool) Xixiangchi Monastery (Elephant Bathing Pool)
  • Play with wild monkey in Mount Emei (Be careful, they may be aggressive) Play with wild monkey in Mount Emei (Be careful, they may be aggressive)

Day 3 Mount Emei Hiking

Today's highlights: Sunrise, hiking from Xixiangchi Temple to Golden Summit

Hiking  Sections of today: Xixiangchi - Golden Summit (about 6~7 hours)

Get up early to see the beautiful sunrise, and have breakfast provided in the monastery, then start to hike to Leidongping(2400m). This section is relatively relaxing which is also a great experience to enjoy the clean fresh air, explore some aged wild huge trees, and see the beautiful azaleas. Vegetation in the upper area of the mountain is quite different from those in the middle and lower mountain. They are mainly old fir trees. After about 7.5 km's walking, you will reach Leidongping. Leidongping has some better restaurants for you to have a feast meal.

After lunch at Leidongping, keep on the last part of hiking towards Golden Summit(3077m), the second highest location on the mountain. It usually takes about 1.5~2 hours to finish. After arriving at the Golden Summit, enjoy the breathtaking sunset if weather permits. In clear days, you can even see Mount Gongga (7500m) afar, the highest mountain in Sichuan.

Stay overnight in a local hotel / guesthouse at the Golden Summit.

  • Fantastic sunset view from Golden Summit on Mount Emei Fantastic sunset view from Golden Summit on Mount Emei
  • Emei Mountain Golden Summit View Emei Mountain Golden Summit View

Day 4 Mount Emei - Chengdu (B)

Today's highlights: Sunrise, Golden Summit

If weather permits, you can get up early to witness the unforgettable sunrise at the top of Mount Emei which usually starts around 6am.

After breakfast, take some leisure time to explore the 48meters high golden Buddha statue, bronze temples and other tourist spots on the Golden Summit. On some days, you may have luck to enjoy its magnificent wonder Cloud Sea

Sightsee around 1.5 hours on the Golden Summit area, then take a cable car down to Jieyin Pavilion, then walk about 1.5km (20 mins) to Leidongping to catch an eco-bus to the tourist center. The rest time is to transfer back to Chengdu or to catch your flight/train to next destination. Tour ends.

  • Magnificent Mount Emei Sunrise Magnificent Mount Emei Sunrise

Recommended Add-on Options

+3 days to explore the fairytale land - Jiuzhaigou

There is an old saying that "once you visited Jiuzhaigou, there is no need for you to see any other waterscape". Jiuzhaigou and its neighbor Huanglong grant you a memorable experience of nature wonder of wondrous water world, as the words say.

You will take a 45-minute flight from Chengdu directly to Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport in the early morning. In the afternoon, you’ll go to Huanglong National Park, where densely scatters thousands of travertine color-ponds and flow streams. You’ll marvel at Huanglong Temple and fabulous Five-Color Ponds. In the second day, you will visit three beautiful valleys in Jiuzhaigou National Park. The third day is for you to depart from Jiuzhaigou to Chengdu or other destinations.

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The quotation for this trip is from $579 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, 2022.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. 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;
  • 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.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Vivien,

We really enjoyed the river cruise and all of the help you were able to provide us. The trips were very good. We thought that breakfast was too early every morning and if you do not attend breakfast we should have the option to get some food somewhere else on board.

Hannah - 2021.04.20‚ UK, April 20, 2021

Hi Lyn,

I had a good time once I upgraded my room. The room I had was a futon like bed that I would’ve had difficulty getting up from, barely any outlets and a too small shower. Also, the food in the main dining room was just okay. We ate in the VIP room the last night which the food was much better but it should be served as the regular food. The excursions were good. The staff was amazing. They checked in on us regularly and made sure we had English guides when leaving the boat. They took great care of us.

Sylvetta - 2021.04.19‚ USA, April 19, 2021

Hello Rita 

I'm doing well! How are you?  Just cleaning my house now .

I can't thank you enough for everything! I really had an amazing holiday and I appreciate all the extra efforts you helped me with. I felt like a superstar sometimes .

I'm so excited for Patra as she will get to experience a vacation where she can to do minimal because everything is taken care of.

Thank you for the kind gesture I appreciate it! The lunch was definitely delicious and it was good to get to know Sandy and Mr. Li. during both lunches.

Ashton - 2021.04.19‚ South Africa, April 19, 2021

Hi Vivien

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything. The cruise was amazing the staff were very welcoming and the birthday surprise was so special. Thank you!!!!!!

Most Appreciatively,

Tracy Edwards


Tracy - 2021.04.18‚ USA, April 18, 2021

Thank you so much for a wonderful trip Wonder.

Alex was fantastic!!!

Andy - 2021.04.15‚ UK, April 15, 2021
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Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Look up at Leshan Giant Buddha from its foot stage Look up at Leshan Giant Buddha from its foot stage
  • Cute Pandas Living in Their Natural Environment Cute Pandas Living in Their Natural Environment
  • Beautiful waterfall near Qingyin Pavilion Beautiful waterfall near Qingyin Pavilion
  • Xixiangchi Monastery (Elephant Bathing Pool) Xixiangchi Monastery (Elephant Bathing Pool)
  • Play with wild monkey in Mount Emei (Be careful, they may be aggressive) Play with wild monkey in Mount Emei (Be careful, they may be aggressive)
  • Fantastic sunset view from Golden Summit on Mount Emei Fantastic sunset view from Golden Summit on Mount Emei
  • Emei Mountain Golden Summit View Emei Mountain Golden Summit View
  • Magnificent Mount Emei Sunrise Magnificent Mount Emei Sunrise

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