Located in southwestern Sichuan where the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and the Hengduan Mountains joint together, Daocheng Yading is featured in a spectacular high mountainous eco system created by snow mountains, glaciers, wild forests, plateau meadows, waterfalls and lakes, which is the ideal environment for having an enjoyable and sightseeing hiking.
This 9 day Daocheng Yading hiking adventure starts from Chengdu will bring you unforgetable adventure experience!
D1 :Chengdu-Xichang(510km,7 hours)
D4:Dulu - Baishui Camp(17km)
D5:Baishui Camp - Zambie Ranch(18km)
D6 :Zambie - Xinguo Ranch(19km)
D7: Xinguo Ranch - Xado Ranch(24km)
D8:Xado Ranch–Luorong Posture–Yading-Daocheng(5km hike,88km by car)
D9: Daocheng to Kangding
D10: Kangding to Chengdu
Legend of the Tibetan Plateau snow-capped mountains in the depths of a beautiful place, there is a mysterious kingdom surrounded by snow-capped mountains, where snow-capped mountains, glaciers, valleys, forests, meadows, lakes, gold and pure air, she is paradise Shambhala. Shambhala may be a common dream of the world, in 1920, American explorer Joseph Rock came to China.
March 1928, Locke departure from Muli, crossing Inagi, Aden (Yading and Daocheng) and other places, deep Ru Gongga Mountain Region. He twice through Inagi Aden, in the United States, "National Geographic Magazine" published his written articles and photographs. April 1933, James Hilton (JamesHilton) as Joseph Locke goes through the articles and photos for the material, especially Locke Gongga three mountain ridge (Xian Nairi, Yang Maiyong, Xianuoduoji) adventures trip, the creation of the famous novel - "Lost Horizon" "(Lost Horizon). People will "Xanadu" as described in the novel as "Shangri-La", but also the rise of the world looking for the Shangri-La of the boom, Joseph Locke expedition across from Muli to this route Gongga Mountain region, is later he said, "Locke line."
When Locke to China, first attracted him was never seen scenery, "Locke line" can be said to Locke's dream trip, beautiful scenery more on this route, crossing the area is mainly his "La"of the land, Locke do this twice through. Because these places since vehicles are impassable, so that only on foot to cross.
D1 :ChengduXichang(510km,7 hours)
Accommodation:Economy Hotel in Xichang
Drive from Chengdu to Xichang by highway. In the afternoon, you will arrive Qionghai to see the beautiful lake. In the evening, you can taste the famous food in Xichang: Local barbecue and the warm Race Yi people will greet you.
Accommodation:Economy Hotel in Muli
One day ride from Xichang to Muli. Along the trip are beautiful highland views of the rolling mountain landscape. Arrive in Muli in late afternoon.
Accommodation:Simple Room in Dulu
Another day car riding to the start of our trekking location: the small village of Dulu. It is only 200km from Muli to Dulu, but the road condition is not good. There are possible landslides along the basic road during the rainy season. In this region, landslide is easy-triggered by the rain but most of them are in a small scale and usually get quickly fixed. The mountain landscape becomes obvious in Muli. Along the winding road to Dulu we cross bridges and climb up and down. Dulu is a community at the bank of the Shuiluo River at an elevation of around 2700 meters. It is generally Tibetan community but also some mixed other groups like Mongolians and Pumi Peolple.
Accommodation:Camping in Baishui
On the first day of our Trek, we follow the dirt track along the Tongtian River valley until we reach the conjunction with Baishui River, a small raging stream originated from the Yading snow mountains. From here we walk into the dense forest and our trail starts to rise in altitude. The farm terrace patches disappear when we are in the wilderness in the Baishui valley. Waterfalls and cave as we ascend. Today's acclimatization walk ends at Baishui Camp in the afternoon.
D5:Baishui CampZambie Ranch(18km)
Accommodation:Camping in Zambie
Continue ascending in the primitive forest by following the winding trail in the mist. Old trees remind us the wilderness of this valley. Landscapes change into rocky faces as we walk out of the forest and get our sight of the snow mountains in Yading. The valley becomes wider and plants shorter. Zambie Ranch is yak pasturing meadow used by local herders in summer. We may possibly run into the local Tibetan herdsman in their dark stone-made hut. At Zambie, we can have direct views of the holy peak Chenadorje, an ice cream like peak and one of the three major mountains in Yading.
D6 :ZambieXinguo Ranch(19km)
Accommodation:Camping in Xinguo
Leave the flower blooming Zambie Ranch we set out for anther day's trekking. It is a long day. The views accelerate into another level today. We have views of two of the three Holy Mountains of Yading: Chenadorje and Jampayang. White glaciers at the top, dark rocky mountains in the middle and the green forest at the bottom. Rhododendron will be blooming all over the mountain in June and July(While in September and October, the mountain is covered by saffron plants). Climb up the steep Zambala Pass(elevation 4700 meters) where we find ourselves in a total arid, wind-blowing rocky ridge. Over the pass we shower in the open views of the stunning valley stretching southwestward. Pass the mani stone pile and a giant old landslide we camp at Xinguo Ranch at altitude of 4200 meters right behind the peak of Jampayang. Xinguo Ranch is also a yak ranch of local Tibetans temporal residence when herding. At Xinguo, we can witness the very old glaciers and beautiful mountain rocks.
D7: Xinguo RanchXado Ranch(24km)
Accommodation:Camping in Xado
A climbing-up day again. Leave Xinguo Ranch after breakfast and pack more dring water for yourself as when we traversing the long range of landslide "huashipo" it may be difficult to find water. Looking back we catch the great views of the valley as well as the Xinguo Ranch we have trod by foot. The giant peak of Jampayang looks like a giant peach with a cuspate peak. Elevation reaches over 4500 meters for most of the day. It is always misty at such high altitude. Mani piles and prayer flags become more and more at the side of the path. Looking southward down is the deep valley in a great distance. Elevation difference between the bottoms of the valley below to where we trek is almost 1000 meters. If expect to see one deep gorge in the Eastern Himalaya region, this maybe one. Over the zigzags we reach the rocky land of Black Lake. Edgy rocks and mountains are everywhere. Tibetan Buddhists regard the odd-shaped rocks and stones as divine Buddhist bibles and Buddha. Another ascent before we reach Xado Ranch when the views become greater. Jampayang is witnessed from another angle. Glowing peaks of the mountains provide stunning mountain views in a sunny day. We camp at Xado at 4445 meters where yaks pasturing pleasantly.
D8:Xado RanchLuorong PostureYading-Daocheng(5km hike,88km by car)
Accommodation:Economy Class Hotel In Daocheng
We will spend the whole day on visiting for Chonggu Temple, Luorong Pastureland, Five Colour Lake (4800M), enter into Nature Preserves by riding horse, appreciate the 3 Sacred Mounts: Xiannaiyi, Yangwanyong, Xianuoduoji and enjoy the landscape of plateau with 5,000 meters above the sea level,Back to Daocheng. Overnight in Daocheng.
Accommodation:Economy Class Hotel in Kangding
Ride from Daocheng to Xinduqiao or Kangding depend on the traffic conditin or schedule. It is a two-day trip from Daocheng to Chengdu. Great Kham views along the trip: Haiz Mountains, Kazla Pass and Jianzwan Pass. Take pictures of what you may have not seen about Tibetan Kham on your previous days. Overnight in hotel.
Elevation drops when we ride eastward into the plains. Arrive in Chengdu in the afternoon and transfer to your hotel. Your Yading Trekking trip ends.