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.
|Arrive||Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China|
|Departure||Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China|
Arrive in Chengdu
Meet your guide at the airport or train station, drive to your hotel to check in. In the afternoon feel free to take a relaxing sightseeing visit to the traditional Chinese teahouse at People’s park.
Chengdu to Kangding
We’ll drive 360 kilometers on a paved road, into hill country and cross through Mt. Erlang tunnel, where we will stop by to visit Luding Iron Bridge. Then, we’ll arrive at the gateway town of the Eastern Tibet of Kham – Kangding, which is cradled along the raging Dzetuo River. The river’s continual rumble can be heard in its alleyways where nomads from the West to sell Tibetan herbal medicine, Khampa knives, traditional Tibetan garments, and yak butter tea. For centuries the town has held the status of “Gateway to Tibet,” after arriving in Kangding take a walk to acclimate to the altitude and visit Anjue monastery.
Today we will visit the Pao-Ma Mountain to acclimate to the change in altitude. The day will be spent preparing for the trek.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trekking Day 7 -- Trekking and onward 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.
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.
Kangding to Chengdu
Today, we will drive back to Chengdu from Kangding. You will have free time to rest in the afternoon.
You’ll be transferred to the airport for your departure