Shangri La is a mythical kingdom in Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, hidden beyond snow covered peaks of the Himalayas, a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world. Today, Zhongdian, a small county in eastern Tibet of Kham has been renamed “Shangri-La.” This trip takes us up to the Tibetan Plateau to look for the happy land of “Shangri-La” either in the real world or in your mind.
|Arrive||Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China|
|Departure||Lijiang, Yunnan Province, China|
|Activity||Walking, Sightseeing, photography|
|Single Supplement||US$ 308.00|
|Group Size||Minimum 3 people, Maximum 12 people|
|Group departure||“Group departure” is available, please Contact Us for Group departure price|
|Vehicle||For group 3-4 people, one 7 seats vehicle, View vehicle image
Arrive in Chengdu
Meet your guide at airport or train station and go to your hotel to check in. In the afternoon a relaxing sightseeing visit to the traditional Chinese teahouse at People’s park.
Chengdu to Xin Du Qiao
Today, we begin our journey of exploring the mysterious Yarchen Gar. 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,” We will continue drive to Xinduqiao, a quiet small Tibetan town, it is getting well-know for its picturesque view
Xin Du Qiao to Daocheng
The road that to connect Litang from Xin Du Qiao has been rebuilt, tunnels are completed, it helps to travel much faster than ever to get to Litang, where we turn to south onto Dzagar mountain, descending along the river-valley to a vast grassland, one Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan religion monastery is located by the eastern side of the road, a walking tour to this monastery. Then after we will arrive at Daocheng county for overnight
Daocheng to Riwa village
Yading, in Tibetan is translated as a place facing the Sun. Today we will get to the Riva village where the Yading is located and hiking through the valley, en route enjoy the sutnnng view of three major holy peaks, of which are Chenerezig (Avalokitesvara, 6,032 meters), Jampeyang (Manjusri, 5,958 meters), and Chakna Dorje (Vajrapani, 5,958 meters).
This three holiest mountains represent compassion, wisdom and energy, which are attributes that cultivate the path to enlightenment, and Tibetan Buddhists believe that a Pilgrimage-kora around these mountains bring merit. We will traverse a beautiful wooden pathway leading to the valley where the three holy mountains can be viewed after about 3 hours hiking from Luorong Grazing Land (4,100 meters). If a hike is too difficult for some clients, riding on a horse back is one alternative.
Get to Derong
We will depart from Yading return to Daocheng first, the road curves in the mountains, we will arrive in Derong in the late afternoon.
Derong to Shangri La
It takes about 3 – 4 hours to get to Zhongdian, which is known as “Gyltang” at an altitude of 3,300 meters. It is now with official name of “Shangri La”. Once we arrive in this bright town highland we are going to visit the Suntsamling monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist complex in the area currently housing 700 monks. It has an appearance of a small monastic town, and was originally constructed in the 17th century under the order of the Dalai Lama V.
Shangri La to Lijiang
On the way to Lijiang, we are going to detour to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, and then to Lijiang, which is the center of the Naxi people, a small, ethnic group with a rich culture. The “Old” Lijiang was an intimate mountain town built of stone and tile, filled with swift canals and has been put on the list of the world monument protected by UNESCO recently.
Visit the Baisha village, the ancient capital town of the Naxi Kingdom. In the afternoon, a walking tour of the Black Dragon Pond will be taken to look at the renowned Moon Embracing Pavilion. Then, after a visit will be arranged for you to explore this ancient town.
Your tour ends today, you will be driven to the airport for your departure