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Western Sichuan & Yading Hike

Much of western Sichuan was once part of the Tibetan Empire and still remains very much culturally Tibetan. This overland adventure will appeal to those who love all things Tibetan as the journey brings one through the southern part of Kham ( or East Tibet ).

This is a beautiful mountainous region with numerous snow-capped peaks, jade-green lakes, a strong Tibetan influence and great ethnic diversity. The western Sichuan hinterland’s thundering rapids, snowy peaks, and yaks signal the cultural as well as the geographical border with Tibet. Indeed, this region’s remarkable mix of culture, nature, and adventure is one of China’s best kept secrets.

On this adventure, we will travel from Chengdu through the heartands of the Tibetans on wheels & foot. For trekking lovers, you have the option of doing a challenging and exciting overnight kora walk at Yading over a high mountain pass surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural lands in western China.

This adventure is a tough journey as much of the travel are on high altitude grounds over high mountain passes and remote mountain areas. It's an overland taken by very few travellers to this part of China but a very exciting journey for the few who had.

We end our adventure back in Chengdu by flying back from Daocheng. This is an overlander that is packed with enough sights and adventure that you'll remember long after the journey is over.


  • Activities: Overland drive, nature sightseeing, trekking and / or horse-trekking, visit to alpine lakes, hotspring visits.
  • Hiking at Yading Nature Reserve - the 'Lost Shangri-la'
  • The vast high altitude Tibetan grasslands at Tagong Grasslands
  • Visits to some splendid Tibetan monasteries
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* All accommodation arrangement in 3-star hotels & guesthouses
* Private transport & airport transfers in either MPV or van with driver

Horse / porter fees for baggages ( not personal rides ) at Yading Nature Reserve

* Either Chinese or English speaking guide service
* International airfares between Singapore & Chengdu
* Domestic airfares between Chengdu & Daocheng
* All airport taxes
* All meals during tour

Horse / porter fees for personal rides at Yading Nature Reserve

* Tipping & gratuities to guide & local staff
* Personal travel insurance & pre-trip medical immunizations
* All expenses of a personal nature

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Duration: 12 days

Date : 8 - 19 Oct 2016

Group Size : minimum 2 persons

Maximum Altitude
4,600-m alpine lake ( trek )
4,900-m mountain pass ( drive )


Group Size Land Price
10 persons or more 2000
06 - 09 persons 2300
04 - 05 persons 2450
03 persons 2650
* Price above is land cost only and does not includes international & domestic return air fares/taxes

Day 1
Singapore - Chengdu
Day 2 - 11

From Chengdu, we drive to Kangding which historically was an important trading post between Tibet and China. Then we continue on to the high grasslands of Litang on the high Qinghai-Tibet plateau and passing several high mountains over 4000-m and visiting some famous monasteries along the way. Great views of high snow-capped peaks and interesting monastery visits along the way.

At the county of Daocheng, you'll find some of the most beautiful scenery in China. The next few days will be spent at the stunning Yading Nature Reserve ( the 'Lost Shangri-La' ). Here in Yading, the scenery rivals that of national parks of the west such as Yellowstone and Yosemite in terms of spectacular, pristine mountain scenery.

After Yading, we drive back to Chengdu.  Alternative, for additional cost, you can take a flight back to Chengdu from Daocheng airport and cut the long 2-day land journey to a half day. 

Day 12 Chengdu - Singapore

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Some parts of Sichuan we are travelling through are very remote and road conditions in the mountains can be bumpy which demand better quality vehicles and experienced drivers, all of which add to the cost. Many of the places ( such as Yading Nature Reserve ) we're passing through only see a handful of foreigners each year so the amenities in some of these places can be pretty basic. Accommodation for the most part will be in local Tibetan guesthouses with shared rooms taking 3-4 or more persons per room and built-in private washrooms. Most meals are included but on certain days, such as the hiking days, may be more bland in taste and in packed form due to the contraints of time.

Beware that this trip may be tough and cannot be done by unprepared people looking for a comfortable holiday. The drives will be long and over rugged mountain terrain and remote regions so all participants must travel with an open mind and positive attitude. For the trekking part of the trip, the Yading kora trek will be physically taxing as the hiking will be done at high altitude of 4000-m and above.

All participants are strongly advised to join our weekly GCS to tune up their fitness for this trip.

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