5 days
US$ 234.00
Single Supplement

Yarchen Gar pilgrimage

Yarchen Gar pilgrimage trip is to drive for about 850 km west from Chengdu to visit this Nyingma Pa sect monastery. Even if this is a newly found monastery, however, it has rapidly grown to be the largest Buddhist study, and meditation compound across Tibetan plateau. Due to its remote location and the harsh traffic condition, this place is kind of self-isolated, and being very seldom visited by tourists. This trip will drive you onto the West Sichuan of Kham to explore the hidden Nyingma Pa monastery Yarchen Gar

Yarchen Gar Monastery is also known as Ya Qing Temple in chinese. It is located an isolated valley with altitude of 3,900 meters above sea level in Pelyul County. Currently, it houses more than 10,000 Sangha, which makes it the largest concentration of nuns and monks in the Tibetan plateau after Larung Gar monastery. Most of the Sanghas are nuns. Among of those, about 7,000 nuns live in self constructed shacks on a 25 hectare flood plain near a river, and another 3000 around monks live on East side of the river in their own shanty town. Males are forbidden to enter

Departure Date Overview

MonthDeparture dateDeparture dateDeparture date
2019 June15th
2019 July15th
2019 August15th
2019 September15th
2019 October15th
2019 November15th
2019 December15th
Arrive Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Departure Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
Activity Walking, Sightseeing, Photography
Group size

Minimum 8 people, maximum 16 people

Licensed English-speaking guide
Accommodation based on double occupancy
Entrance fees to all sites listed in the itinerary
Walking and driving tour per itinerary
Medical costs China visa fees
Personal expenses Lunch and Dinner
Single supplement

Chengdu to Xinduqiao

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

Overnight: Jin Qiu Mu Ma Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner


Xinduqiao to Kanze

After having breakfast, we will depart to Tagong, where we are going to visit the Lhagang monastery. According to a legend, when Princess Wengcheng (Tang dynasty) traveled to Tibet, she stayed overnight there, and the Jowo Shakyamuni image which she brought as her dowry to Lhasa requesting to be left in that idyllic setting. Subsequently, King Songtsen Gampo constructed 108 temples in the direction of China mainland, after visiting to Lhagang monastery heading to the holy mountain of Yarla Jartso and, visit the great Mani pile. Then after, we will drive to Luhuo, a small Tibetan town that connects Larung Gar in its up-north, and from which we will continually drive another 100 kilometers westward to Garze (Kanze) County for overnight

Overnight: Tang Gu La Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner


Kanze to Yarchen Gar and return to Kanze

The drive from Garze (Kanze) County toYarchen Garis about 95 km (one way), The road is well paved except the part near the Mt Dzoda pass (4850 m), it takes approximately 3 hours drive to get to this site. Once you get there you will spend more than 4 hours to explore this Buddhism site, overnight in the local guesthouse, please be prepare for this night, the condition of local guesthouse is quite basic

Overnight: Tang Gu La Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner


Garze (Kanze) to Kangding

Today, we will be on our journey back, we will drive back to Kangding , The drive may take a full day, once we will arrive in Kangding, check in and rest

Overnight: YUJING Saussurea Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner


Kangding to Chengdu

In the morning we’ll be on our way to Chengdu, the drive takes about 3 hours, when we arrive in Chengdu, we will drive you to visit Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base

Overnight: Minshan Lhasa Grand Hotel | Breakfast | Lunch and Dinner

Click the landmarks to enlarge for a detail view

Yarchen Gar pilgrimage

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