Trekking YilhunLhasto to Dege in Kham Sichuan 18 days tour
Day01 Arrival in Chengdu
Arrival in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, the home town of Pandas. Picked up by the local guide at airport and transferred to hotel.overnight in chengdu
Day02 Chengdu – Yaan – Baoxing – Danba
In the morning drive along Chengdu-Yaan Express Way to Yaan, the famous rainy city. and drive to Danba (1900 m). On the way visit the Dengchigou Catholic Church in the Baoxing Panda Reserve. It is the place where a catholic preacher and biologist David found the giant pandas and introduced them overseas in 1869 and thus it has become an important humanistic spot as well. Drive over the Jiajin Shan Mountain to Danba. The local people are called Jiarong (Gyarong) Tibetans. Visit the village Jiaju near Danba. More than one hundred buildings keep the same architectural style with a complete and unique character of Jiarong Tibetan residences. Under the blue sky, the Tibetan residences decorated in red, white and black are strewed at random but also in order from the bottom to the middle slope of the valley. overnight in danba
Day03 Danba – Bamei – Dawu – Luhuo
Danda is said to be the Kingdom of Thousands of Ancient Blockhouses. Visit of the ancient block towers in village Suopo. Then drive via Bamei and Dawu (2950 m) to Luhuo (3150 m).
Day04 Luhuo – Kasa Lake – Garze
In Luhuo visit of Trango Monastery (Shouling Si). Then drive to Garze, the real cultural and religious center for the Tibetans living in Sichuan. In Tibetan "Garze" means "white and beautiful". The town is named after the famous temple in the county. On the way have a rest by the Kasa Lake.
Day05 Garze – Yilhun Lhatso
In the morning visit of yellow sect Garze monastery (Gelug). The temple was built in 1552. Then, we will pass through Manigango to visit Xinlu Hai Lake (Yilhun Lhatso), located at the foot of Chola Mountain (Que’er Shan, 6168 m). It is 4040 meters over the sea level, with an average depth of 10 meters and a maximum depth of 15 meters. There are plateau spruces, firs, Chinese weeping cypresses, azalea trees and meadows around the lake. It is also a preserve for wild animals like white-lipped deers. Short walking by the lake Yilhun Lhatso. Camp
Day06 Trekking Yilhun Lhatso – DzenTso Lake
Today we say goodbye to the lake Yilhun Lhatso (XinluHai Lake). Trek on the grassland along the river for about one hour and then enter a narrow valley. While walking along the brook, the elevation rises gradually. On the way, we will see some nomads former camps, as they make their cattle graze in a different place according to the season. After simple lunch, keep on walking until come to Dzen Tso a beautiful small lake and set up our camp (4325 m). (Trekking about 6 hours). Camp
Day07 Trekking Dzen Tso – Dzen La – TingChu Valley
Walk upward along the loose, narrow road. About 30 minutes later, give a last look to the blue lake and to our campsite. Keep on walking upward and finally reach Dzen La pass, about 5000 meters above over sea level, the highest point of this route. The scenery is wonderful! Walk down the mountain slope and descend the Ting Chu valley. Set up our campsite on the grassland by the river (4250 m). (Trekking about 5 hours). Camp
Day08 Trekking through TingChu River
Walk along the clear Ting Chu River. You will see a monastery on the other bank of the river standing on a grand slope, but there is no way to get across the river. On the way, we will come over a hot spring. The water temperature is perfect to take a hot bath. At last, we settle our camp on grassland by the river (3980 m). (Trekking about 6 hours) Camp
Day09 Trekking Ting Chu – Redak La – Meshuo Valley
After walking for 20 minutes, we see two stupas and prayer flags just in the midst of the way. The road before merges into the river and we cross the river thanks to a simple wooden bridge. The bushes grow big, as tall as trees. We migh meet some Tibetan girls, looking for some medicinal herbs. When walking through the valley, the altitude falls and bushes change into pines. After crossing a Tibetan village, we turn right and start climbing again. Anyhow, the slope is not so long and we soon reach Redak La pass (4100) and enter Meshuo valley. Walking and get across another pass: Jungan La (4165 m). Finally, we walk through some farm fields and set up our camp on the grassland by the river (3770). (Trekking about 6 hours) Camp
Day10 Trekking Meshuo – Dama Village – Rongmei
Walk down through the small narrow valley and soon we see a village. Strangely, we see no people and the small temple lies lonely. Keep on walking and we see a highway the first time of the whole trip. Get across a bridge and walk along the highway for about 1 hour to reach Dama village, where we start walk up again toward Rongmei. The turbulent brook flowing through the valley is quite impressive. At last we set up camp in a small grassland by the brook (3850 m). (Trekking about 7 hours). Camp
Day11 Trekking Rongmei – Rongmei Kamo Pass (4680 m) – Dzongsa Monastery – Dama Village
Walk upward through forests, meadows and villages. About two hours later, we see the Rongmei Kamo, a secrete meditation center built on a steep hill. No visitors are allowed to enter. The colorful prayer flags at the foot of the hill flowing in the winds remind you of the ancient battlefield. It is said Padmasambhava, the founder of the Nyingma Sect from India, once practiced Buddhism in the meditative caves here. Keep on walking until you reach the end of the valley.Walk down and down to reach Dzongsa Monastery (3690) at the foot of the hill. The monastery of Sakya Sect was built in 1253 and well famed with its Buddhist institution around Tibetan area. Tonight’s accommodation is a guesthouse without private toilets. (Trekking about 9 hours) Camp
Day12 Trekking Dama – Campsite
Today’s journey is long and tiring, the scenery of the forest, valley, brook, snow-covered mountains and meadow on the way is beautiful and impressive. People might worry about the destruction of the natural environment when they see piles of timber by the river, workers transporting wood by water and wood processing factory. Cross through the tall bushes growing in the brook and the broad grassland dotted with cattle and nomads, finally set up our camp (3755 m) at the foot of a small hill. (Trekking about 8 hours). Camp
Day13 Trekking Campsite – Pelpung Monastery (3850 m)
Trek downhill for about one hour and reach Qietexi village located at the foot of the Pelpung Monastery (3850 m, Babang). Pelpung was built in 1717 and is the largest monastery of Kargyu Sect in Dege area. It is famous for its Buddhist meditation center. Set up camp nearby the temple. Have a break today. (Trekking about 2 hours). Camp
Day14 Trekking Pelpung – Go Ze La – Xiega Village, drive Xiega – Dege
We believe that you will remember today’s journey your whole life. You will often think that you have reached the summit, but soon find out that there is another pass to climb, and then another one... In the end, it will not seem that difficult. Say goodbye to the monastery and walk down and up the Go Ze La (4620). After getting over the pass, walk all the way down. Pass by the Xiega Village and see river again. Walk on the road along the river and meet drivers waiting for us. Transfer to Dege city, about 25 km away.
Day15 Dege – Baiyu
In the morning visit of Dege Printing House which has always been reputed as the “Cultural Treasury at the Foot of the Snow Mountain.” It is the biggest printing house in the Tibetan area. Another program is the visit of Dege Gonchen, meaning “big temple”, a monastery of Sakya sect. It was built in 1448, today about 300 monks live here. We’ll visit the hospital of Tibetan Traditional Medicine.Today drive along the Golden Sand River (Jinsha Jiang) the upper reaches of Yangtze to Pelyul (Baiyu). Pelyul is a small beautiful city by the river Ding Chu. Upon arrival visit Pelyul Monastery (BaiyuSi) nearby the county seat. This famous Nyingma Sect monastery had played a great role in history and held many subsidiary temples.
Day16 Baiyu – Garze – Luhuo
Leave for Luhuo via Haizi Shan Pass (4237 m) and Garze. On the way appreciate the Snow Mountains and vast grasslands.
Day17 Luhuo – Dawu – Bamei – Tagong – Xinduqiao – Kangding
Drive via Dawu (Daofu) and Bamei to Tagong, visit of Lhagang Monastery (Tagong Si) of Sayka Sect, which is surrounded by three hills symbolizing three Budhisattvas. It is said that the blessing of a reserved Jowo Shakyamuni image left by the Wencheng Princess in this monastery to the pilgrims looks a lot like the Lhasa Jowo Shakyamuni image. In the distance, we can see the mountain Zhara Lhatse (5.820 m, also Jara or Yala), if the weather is good. Keep drive to Xinduqiao, from Xinduqiao you can see the 7556 m high peak of Gongga Mountain (Minya Konka) if the weather is good. After Xinduqiao we cross over the Zheduo Pass (4298 m) to Kangding, the capital of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the important juncture of Tibetan and Han People in history. overinght in kangding
Day18 Kangding – Luding – Yaan -chengdu
Drive to Luding and crossing through the 4.1 km long tunnel of Mt. Erlang Shan to Yaan. Visit Shangli ancient town and the Panda Reserve in Bifengxia near Yaan. Drive along Chengdu-Yaan Express Way back to Chengdu. end the tour.