Chengdu-Kangding Minya Konka Mountain Pilgrimage Trekking 9 days tour
Day 1: Chengdu - Ya'an - Luding - Kangding
After breakfast,pick up at your hotel in Chengdu, we will start your journey in western Sichuan. Drive on the Chengdu-Ya'an Expressway to the so-called "Rain City" - Ya'an; turn to G318, you will enjoy the beautiful natural sceneries. After driving through Erlangshan Tunnel, a sunshine day with blue sky will turn out, and then you reach to the Dadu River Grand Canyon which is the largest one in western Sichuan. Along the way, you will enjoy the views and landscape changing from plain to mountains.
Day 2: Kangding - Laoyulin, trek Minya Konka Trekking
After breakfast, we drive about 20km to Laoyulin, south to Kangding, to meet our porter team and then start our trekking tour on the bumpy road in the Gyazela Valley. Beside there is the visible Wuse Mountains among which the highest named Tianhaizi peak with an altitude of of 6070 meters. Along the river, we witness the incredible alpine landscape from rugged horse trail into pristine wildness until we reach our campsite at a meadow by the foot of rough rocky mountains at Gyazela.
Day 3: Gyazela - Upper Riuchi
Weather is rather unpredictable as the terrain rises dramatically. We may wake up in dense fog or bright sunlight or sometimes a brash this morning. Today we have views not only the ice-capped mountains but also a variety of unknown flora as we ascent. Melted water flushing down the rocky streambed where many rocks have been polished edgeless. Jiazi peak, Melcyr Schan, Reddomaine peak and peak of little Konka are visible today but the floating mist may possibly veil the snow peaks in drizzling seasons. Camp after rocky terraces at another spacious yak-pasturing meadow. We have streams rustling through our campsite, with old huge mountain on the other side.
Day 4: Upper Riuchi - Reddomaine Camp
Today is more physically demanding to cross over the Riuchi Pass which has an elevation of around 4900 meters. More Reddomaine views when we ascent to the pass. More peaks become visible as we reach the top. Glaciers and snow show a light blue color in distance offering honorific pictures. Camera break at the pass where mountains rolling further and further into faintness. Resume our discovery trip down in the Moxi Valley, a valley of plenty rhododendron and dense bushes and properly-shaped pastures. Snow peaks after snow peaks behind green mountains along our trail. We camp at a temporal settlement used by local herdsmen in the valley.
Day 5: Reddomaine Camp - Winter Pasture
One whole day trek in the Moxi Valley. Millions of flowers bloom in this alpine valley in spring and summer time. There are two chilly rivers crossing before more flowers and greenery. Rhododendron bushes scatter on both sides of the trail when we reach today's campsite. It is also a herdsmen settlement.
Day 6: Winter Pasture - Gongga Gompa
Today trek through primitive rhododendron forest on the trail of gradual ups and downs. Muddy underfoot until trail becomes wider where it is decorated by hundreds of prayer flags. These Tibetan Buddhists prayer flags waft the trail leading us to Gongga Gompa.Read the bilingual "Notice" before step towards the Gompa at the prayer-flag doorway. Gongga Gompa is a Kargyupa monastery that has long been a campsite for Minya Konka expedition teams and a good place for Meditation. Gonga Gompa offers excellent views of Mount Minya Konka, one of the killer mountain in eastern Tibet for climbers, the highest in Hengduan Mountains: 7556 meters. Visit the Gompa temple when available.
Day 7: Gongga Gompa - Shangmuju Village
A little walks around the Gompa, waiting the Minya Konka shows itself in the morning light. Leave late in the morning and retrace the track we traveled the previous day. Trek ends in Zimeiyakou Camp when we have our lunch and a possible family visit if available. Transfer to Shanmuju Village by local vehicle en route catch the last splendid view of Minya Konka at Zimeiyakou Pass. Overnight camping or at the guesthouse in the village of Shanmuju.
Day 8: Shangmuju Village - Kangding
From Zimeiyakou Pass Zimeiyakou Pass back to Kangding. Constructions and many traditions are of a distinctive character in Shangmuju. Have a walk in the village.Rest in the hotel.
Day 9: Kangding - Chengdu
After breakfast in your hotel, we will drive back to Chengdu. On the way, you will continue to enjoy the appalling landscapes changing from plain to mountains. Then be transferred to your hotel in Chengdu, end the tour.