Mt. Siguniang-Yilhun Lhatso lake-Litang Sichuan Tibetan Depth 12 days Tour
Day 1, Chengdu Arrival
Welcome to Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province and hometown of giant pandas. Upon arrival at the airport, the professional guide will accompany you and transfer you to the hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Ya'an via Shangli Old Town, an important post on the ancient Tea and Horse Road. Continue to pass the Fengtongzhai Natural Reserve, home to the giant pandas. After crossing the over 4,100 m Mount Jiajinshan Pass, descending down to Dawei and head eastwards to Rilong, a small town located in the heart of the Mount Siguniang. Mount Siguniang consists of four pyramid-like granite peaks standing side-by-side. T
Today, a full day hiking on the wooden trail in the beautiful Changping Valley (15km round trip, easy) where Mount Siguniang situated. The four peaks of the Mount Siguniang rise at 6,250m, 5,355m, 5,276m and 5,025m above sea level respectively. And if weather permits, we can see the four peaks from the mouth of Changping Valley.
After rich breakfest, we'll drive westwards along the Xiaojinchuan River and the Dadu River Danba County. Danba is named as "the Treasure House for Thousands of Stone Towers" and mainly inhabited by Gyarong Tibetans. The Gyarong's territory includes the upper and middle reach of the Mingjiang River and the upper reach of Dadu River in the Jinchuan Region of Sichuan Province. The houses of Gyarong Tibetans are flat stockade rock houses with moon and sun patterns painted in white on the walls.
In the morning, we'll enjoy a spectacular drive through the beautiful Donggu River Valley. When leaving the valley, we'll rise up into the Tibetan high plateau and have a view of the Mt. Zhara Lhatse (Mount Haizi) with the height of 5,580 m. Before driving into Bamei Town, we will visit the Huiyuan Temple (Garthar Chorte Monastery) of the Yellow Sect. After that, drive along the Zhequ River to get Luhuo County.
In this morning, pay a visit to the Shouling Temple (Drango Gompa in Tibetan), it is a temple founded in 1650. Proceed with driving to Ganzi County via the 3,950m high Pass Latseka (Luo-guo Liang Zi). If it is summer, we'll enjoy a lovely view of grazing yaks and nomad's tent on the grassland. Then, in the afternoon, we will arrive in Ganzi.
After breakfest, pay visit to the Garzê Monastery of the Yellow Sec of Tibetan Buddhism, which was built in 1642. On the roof of the monastery you will measure noses a breathtaking view of the Yalong River Valley and the Chola Mountain Ranges as the backdrop. Continue is a visit to the Nyingmapa's famous monastery Kabulung Gomba on the way to Manigange. In the afternoon we will come to Manigange, a beautiful small Tibetan town located at the junction of two major highways.
After breakfest in the morning, we are ready to head northwestwards to a 4,500-meter-high mountain pass, where we will enjoy a spectacular view of the Chola Mountains and glaciers. You will see the Tibetan women milk their yaks near their black yak-hair tents in the morning pasture. In the afternoon, continued to Yilhun Lhatso Lake (Xinluhai Lake), which is one of the most famous and beautiful lakes in the Kham region. It situated just west of the Manigange. The lake sits next to the Chola Mountains which rise to over 6,100 m. The lake itself sits at about 4,100 m. Yilhun Lhatso Lake is an excellent place to enjoy hiking.
Enjoy breakfast and freshen up, we will embark on a new journey. Drive along the Yalong River to Xinlong (Nyarong) County, once a military stronghold led by Gongbulangji, nicknamed Buluman who conquered most of part of Kham in 19th Century, today we still find some ruined watchtowers in the Yalong Valley. On route we visit a small Buddhist Riba Nunnery. After leaving the valley, we will climb up to the high elevation grassland again and head to Litang, which is boasted as the highest town in the world.
Today, our scope of activities is in Litang. We will first explore the traditional Tibetan town by visiting the bustling market and then Gandan Tubchen Chokhorling Monastery (Litang Temple) of the Yellow Sect, founded in 1580 by the 3rd Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyamtso. Litang is also the birthplace of several famous Tibetans including the 7th and 10th Dalai Lamas.
Activities for today: Gongalangjiling Monastery
In the morning, drive to Tagong.visit to Tagong temple.Yala Snow Mountain (5820 m),visit the local villages within the Tagong Grasslands. overnight in Xinduqiao.
In the morning, Photography in the village.Then,go to Chengdu,about 8 hours.arrive in hotel,end the tour.