Mt Gongga Trek

Mt Gongga Trek

The Active Times_Best Adventure Travel 2014 Award
A Trek in the highest mountain in the Southwest of China that is recommended as one of the Top Adventure Travel Trips 2014 by The Active Time

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Trip At-A-Glance

Tour Brief Mt. Gongga (also Mt Mingya Gangkar) is the highest mountain in Sichuan province, which was once known as the highest peak on the planet. Its elevation is 7,556 meters. This trek starts at Kangding and can be customized to fit a particular group’s interest, budget and schedule. The trip can be focused on trekking activities or the region’s cultural offerings depending on the groups interests.
Tour Cost Starting from US$ 1,385.00, see more prices
Tour Length 13 days, see detail program
Arrival Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Departure Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Activity Trekking Adventure

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Chengdu: After arriving in Chengdu airport, you’ll be taken to your hotel to check in. Relax for the rest of the day or visit the traditional Chinese teahouse at People’s park.
Day 2 Chengdu to Kangding: We’ll drive 360 kilometers on a paved road into hill country, crossing through the Mt. Erlang tunnel. En-route, we will visit the Luding Iron Bridge. Then, we’ll arrive at the gateway town of the Eastern Tibet of Kham, also known as Kangding. It is cradled in a narrow gorge along the roaring Dzetuo River. The rivers continuous rumble can be heard in its alleyways where nomads from the west sell Tibetan herbal medicine, Khampa knives, traditional Tibetan garments, and the yak butter tea. For centuries, the town was known as the “Gateway to Tibet.” After arriving in Kangding, we’ll take a walk to acclimate to the altitude and visit the Anjue monastery.
Day 3 Kangding: Today we will visit the Pao-Ma Mountain to acclimate to the change in altitude. The day will be spent preparing for the trek.
Day 4 Trekking Day 1 — Kangding to Da-Cao-Ba:
We’ll drive to Laoyuling, where we will load up baggages and supplies on horses. We will begin our first day trekking, which is about 2-3 hours on the first day, reach the camp, and spend the night at Camp 1.
Day 5 Trekking Day 2 — To Upper Riwoche:
Today we will get up early to watch the sunrise. Three hours after our departure, we will arrive at a road junction where we will take the left to the pass of Riwoche Pass, which is approximately 4 hours to Camp 2. En route we will be able to experience the natural scenerye of snow captured peaks, which are all above 6,000 meters.
Day 6 Trekking Day 3 — To Moxi Valley:
Today is a difficult trek due to the high altitude of the pass, which will take some time to reach and go over. After the pass we’ll reach Camp 3 at Moxi Valley.
Day 7 Trekking Day 4 — To Gangkar monastery:
The trekking trail to Camp 4 takes approximately all day to descend. The monastery of Gangkar is about 3,750 meters above sea level and was built in the 13th century by the 1st Repoche of Gangkar monastery. It is also one of the 3 most holy places of Karma Kargyu Sect of Tibetan Religion. There, you can choose to sleep in a tent or the guesthouse of the monastery.
Day 8 Trekking Day 5 — Gangkar monastery:
It is recommended to have a day break to explore this wonderful site, where you can see the east slope of Mt. Minya gangakr. It allows you to approach the highest peak in southwest China.
Day 9 Trekking Day 6 — To Tsemei Pass:
This area is one of the best places to watch the sunrise off Mt. Minyar Gangkar. We will spend one night in this trekking area.
Day 10 Trekking Day 7 — Trekking & To Xinduqiao:
Today we will continue to descend the Tsemei village, where our vehicle will be waiting. Then, we’ll load the baggages and drive to Xinduqiao, which is a small Tibetan tow well known nowadays for its beautiful natural scenery.
Day 11 Xinduqiao to Kangding via Lhagang: Today we will drive to Kangding where we’ll stop in Lhagang to visit the Temple of Rincess Wenchen. After, we’ll go on the new road to Kangding.
Day 12 Kangding to Chengdu: Today, we will drive back to Chengdu from Kangding. You will have free time to rest in the afternoon.
Day 13 Chengdu departure: You’ll be transferred to the airport for your departure.

Prices and Conditions

2015 – 2016 Spring Tour Costs

Departure Date Price per person Single supplement Tour Booking
2015 September 20th US$ 1,385.00 US$ 267 Closed
2015 October 16th US$ 1,385.00 US$ 267 Closed
2016 March 18th US$ 1,385.00 US$ 267
2016 April 20th US$ 1,550.00 US$ 307
2016 May 15th US$ 1,550.00 US$ 307

Tour Costs Include:

  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Entrance fees to all sites listed in the itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Tent and Mattresses
  • Every 4 participants will have 1 horse to carry large baggage
  • The carried large baggage must weigh no more than 10 kilograms per participant
  • Breakfast

Tour Costs Exclude:

  • Tips on local guides, drivers, and hotel/restaurant staff
  • Medical costs
  • China visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional cost for hiring more horse
  • Cookers
  • Lunch & Dinner

  • Tibet Folk Song – click to view video

    Tibet folk song
  • Tibetan Plateau – click to view map

  • Get to know Chengdu

    Kham Map