TIBET – EAST AND BEYOND

“The journey brings you to Eastern Tibet, one of the least explored corners on the planet. East Tibet, or more commonly known as “Kham”, is a major cultural province of traditional Tibet. The Hengduan Mountain Range spans across the whole region, that creates some of the world’s most deep cut gorges, high-raised snowy peaks, dense forests of mixed broad-leaf and conifers, amazingly rich in unique flowers and plants, big wild waters rushing through mountain canyons and the broad and endless grassland, home to wild and brave Tibetan nomads who lead their life for thousands of years. Follow the footprints of Western Plant hunter Ernest Henry “Chinese” Wilson, our journey is nature and culture focused, truly, an epic journey for lifetime experience.”

East Tibet and Beyond

14-day Tour Route:

Europe – Chengdu – Leshan – Emei Shan – Moxi (Hailuogou Glacier Park)- Kangding – Lhagong – Danba – Rilong (Mt.Four Girls) – Dujiangyan – Chengdu – Europe

 

Itinerary Day By Day (14 days):

 Day 01   Welcome to Chengdu, China (Dinner)

Today you arrive in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in downtown Chengdu. Enjoy some free leisure time the balance of day. Your local Tour Leader shall brief the tours with Dos and Don’ts in the next two weeks during dinner time.

Overnight at hotel in Chengdu

Day 02   Chengdu (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

You will have some leisure time in the morning until you meet your guide and driver. You will be transferred to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding that is situated in the north suburbs of Chengdu. About 50 pandas live in the semi-natural environment in this base. Then get back town to enjoy a leisure tea time at a lovely local teahouse at the Wenshu Temple. Don’t miss the night ritual ceremony by the Buddhist monks at the Temple. Your local Tour Leader shall help you arranging your lunch and dinner today.

Overnight at hotel in Chengdu

Day 03   Chengdu – Leshan – Emei Shan (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Photo By Ken Marshall from Absecon, New Jersey, USA – IMG_2455, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7575111

Depart in the morning for Leshan to visit its famous Leshan Giant Buddha Statue. Leshan Giant Buddha is the largest Buddha in the world, about 71 meters high. It is a statue of Maitreya in sitting posture. It started to be carved in 713 A.D and finished 90 years later. Take a boat cruise on the Min River to view the mighty Grand Buddha from a floating perspective. Drive to the foot of Mount and check in hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Emei Shan

Day 04   Emei Shan (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Being one of China’s Four Buddhist Holy Mountains, Emei Shan is noted for its profound history, secluded Buddhist Temples, dense forests and amazing landscape on the Golden Summit. In the morning we wake up and transfer by shuttle bus and cable car up to the Summit. Hike on zigzagging mountain trails descending to Jieying Hall and further on-wards to Elephant Bathing Pool. Along the way, we shall photograph many species of Rhodendentrons, Primula, Acer, Berberis, Sorbus, Rosa, Clematis and many more. Later of the day, take a shuttle bus and get back to our hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Emei Shan

Day 05   Emei Shan – Moxi (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

This morning we take a trip to the Crouching Tiger Monastery to explore the mighty 500 Arhats Hall. Walk along the brook and find plants of broad-leaved such as Ficus and Quercus and some flowering species e.g. Senecio and Impatiens etc. After that drive to Moxi, a lovely town at the East Slope of the mighty Minya Konka (Mt.Gongga). We will make several stops along the way for views and photography. We drive into the hilly Ya’an Area and gradually enter the Hengduan Mountains at the East Edge of the Tibet Plateau.

Overnight at hotel in Moxi

Day 06   Hailuogou Glacier Park (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

One day tour at Hailuogou Glacier Park. Located on the eastern side of Gonggar Mountain, 319km southwest of Chengdu and 105km south of Kangding, the regional capital, Hailuogou is the biggest glacier park in China, noted for its low altitude modern glaciers, which are rarely found either in low-latitude places or at low altitude. You will take a tour bus to Camp2 and from where you shall take a walking through dense woods dotted with some alpine flowers to Camp3 to admire the glaciers, ice caves, ice waterfalls and amazing flowers.

Overnight at hotel in Moxi

Day 07   Moxi – Kangding (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Travel to Kangding, once a thriving trading town between Tibet and Sichuan. We will pass by a beautiful river valley with unique red rocks. Early in the afternoon we get to Ya Jia Geng in the northern part of the East Slope of Minya Konka. At the area of 3,500m- 4,000m ASL, we can find a mixture forests of firs, dragon spruce and rhododendrons. More wild flowers will be spotted by your Tour Leader including Meconopsis integrifolia and Rhus etc. Check in hotel and take a walk in Kangding in the late afternoon.

Overnight at hotel in Kangding

Day 08   Kangding – Lhagong (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

This morning we shall proceed to Muge Tso, an alpine Lake called by local Tibetans as the “wild man lake”. The lake is famous for its amazing fusion of snowy peaks, alpine lake, hotspring, forests and meadows. Walk through a nice forest and get onto a grassy land to spot many flowering plants such as Primula, Meconopsis henrici, Corydalis and Iris etc. In the afternoon, drive to Lhagong and visit a Tibetan nomad family in their black hair tent.

Overnight at local 2-star plus hotel in Tagong

Day 09   Lhagong – Danba (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

This morning you will visit Lhagang Monastery, a Tibetan Sakyapa Monastery built in the reign of Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. It is said that the gilded Statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the monastery was left by Chinese princess Wencheng during her way to Lhasa to marry the Tibetan King in the 7th Century. In addition, walk in the mighty Golden Stupa to learn some more Buddhist philosophy. Standing outside on the Tagong Grassland, you might find the beautiful snowy peak of holy Mount.Yala when weather is fine. In the afternoon photograph Huiyuan Monastery and drive to Danba along the Yak River.

Overnight at Tibetan household guesthouse (clean twin room with private bath)

Day 10   Danba – Rilong (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

This morning walk a bit in the Tibetan Village and photograph an old White Stupa. After that travel to Suopo Village for the ancient Fortress and Towers made of Clay and Rock. They were made of clay and block and look fine from outside with solid thick walls. In the afternoon, proceed to Rilong where the notable Mt.Four Girls (Siguniang Shan) located.

Overnight at local 3-star plus hotel in Rilong

Day 11   Rilong (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

We spend full day at the Haizi Valley of Mount.Four Girls for in-depth botanical trips. We shall hike in the valley and roam at different mountain slopes, through bushes, forests and meadows to discover as much flowers and plants as we can. Flowers what can be found such as Gentiana, Pedicularis, Rhododendrons and many other beautiful woods such as Larix, Picea and Abies etc.

Overnight at local 3-star plus hotel in Rilong

Day 12   Balang Shan – Dujiangyan (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

This morning drive up to the Balang Shan (mountain pass at 5,040m ASL) to find more flowers and other herb plants. The most beautiful ones, to name a few, are Clematis montana, Pinus wilsonii, Cypripedium tibeticum, and C. luteum, Primula sikkimensis and Fritillaria etc.

Transferred to Dujiangyan City and explore the ancient Langqiao Bridge area by the river.

Overnight at hotel in Dujiangyan

Day 13   Dujiangyan – Chengdu (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Visit Dujiangyan Irrigation System that represents ancient China’s superb science and technology and is a milestone in the world’s water harnessing and irrigation history. Explore the Great Dam, the Spillway, and the Water Inlet that form the water project. In the afternoon transferred back Chengdu to enjoy some relaxed time (you may opt to do some shopping in town or enjoy a nice dinner at a Western restaurant).

Overnight at hotel in Chengdu

Day 14   Chengdu departure (Breakfast)

Free in the morning till check out at noon and transferred to Chengdu Airport for your departure flight home.

Journey ends.

14-day Private China Journey Inclusions:

1).           Overnights at well-selected hotels as mentioned (twin shared basis, single room is subject to     supplement);

2).           Daily meal service when on tour as indicated in the itinerary:

B-breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner (B served at hotel/or outside, L/D at local restaurants);

03).        Private ground transfers by good conditioned tour vehicle with A/C for the transfers and             guided tours/excursions throughout the journey;

04).        Informed English-speaking local tour leader throughout the trip;

05).        All guided tours, daily activities, excursions and overland trips and botanical and                photography journeys with sightseeing tickets/admission fees/cable transfers/boating/in-     park shuttle bus etc. when applicable;

06). Tips to local tour leader and tour vehicle drivers;

07). All Chinese governmental taxes and administrative fees.

Package does not include:

1).           Chinese Tourist Visa Fee;

2).           International/Internal flights to/from Chengdu, China;

03).        Personal expenses and individual issues;

4).           International travel insurance;

5).           Tours and extensions before and after the travel;

6).           All services that are not mention

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