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Grand Sichuan Odyssey Tour

Tour Route: Chengdu - Danba - Luhuo - Ganzi - Manigange - Xinlong - Litang - Daocheng - Riwa - Xiangcheng - Shangri-la

Discover an array of distinct attractions with our expert tour guides in Sichuan Tibetan areas, where you will see extraordinary scenery, meet with Tibetan Buddhist monks, nuns, artists and locals who have spent their lives combing all these strands of Tibetan history and experience into words. A WONDERFUL SPIRITUAL JOURNEY !!

15-day Grand Sichuan Odyssey Tour
Tour Code: JZG-J-11
Departure:Any day you want
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Our Advantages & Promise

  • One-on-one Travel Consultant Service.
  • Flexible time schedule to suit your pace.
  • Selected and trained guides.
  • Meals are in quality local restaurants.
  • Western style service standard
  • DAY 1 Chengdu Arrival

    Transfer via: flight - your arrangement

    Activities for today: Airport to hotel transfer (Chengdu)

    Welcome to Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province and hometown of giant pandas. Upon arrival at the airport, the professional guide will accompany you and transfer you to the hotel.

  • DAY 2 Chengdu/Rilong

    Activities for today: Shangli Old Town

    After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Ya'an via Shangli Old Town, an important post on the ancient Tea and Horse Road. Continue to pass the Fengtongzhai Natural Reserve, home to the giant pandas. After crossing the over 4,100 m Mount Jiajinshan Pass, descending down to Dawei and head eastwards to Rilong, a small town located in the heart of the Mount Siguniang. Mount Siguniang consists of four pyramid-like granite peaks standing side-by-side. The peaks look from afar like four beautiful girls, and Siguniang means "four girls" in Chinese, hence the name.

  • DAY 3 Rilong

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Changping Valley

    Today, a full day hiking on the wooden trail in the beautiful Changping Valley (15km round trip, easy) where Mount Siguniang situated. The four peaks of the Mount Siguniang rise at 6,250m, 5,355m, 5,276m and 5,025m above sea level respectively. And if weather permits, we can see the four peaks from the mouth of Changping Valley.

  • DAY 4 Rilong/Danba

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Tibetan villages

    After rich breakfest, we'll drive westwards along the Xiaojinchuan River and the Dadu River Danba County. Danba is named as "the Treasure House for Thousands of Stone Towers" and mainly inhabited by Gyarong Tibetans. The Gyarong's territory includes the upper and middle reach of the Mingjiang River and the upper reach of Dadu River in the Jinchuan Region of Sichuan Province. The houses of Gyarong Tibetans are flat stockade rock houses with moon and sun patterns painted in white on the walls. The stone towers were used both as castles for defeating enemies and residences.

    The Gyrongs once practiced the Tibetan Bon religion. In the middle of 18th century, the Qing Dynasty's Emperor Qianlong led a military campaigns against Gyarongs during the Jinchuan War, after which he forced the local people to abandon Bon religion in favor of the Yellow sect of Buddhism. We will visit some Tibetan villages with it's typical stone towers in Danba.

  • DAY 5 Danba/Tawu/Luhuo

    Activities for today: Mount Haizi, Huiyuan Temple

    In the morning, we'll enjoy a spectacular drive through the beautiful Donggu River Valley. When leaving the valley, we'll rise up into the Tibetan high plateau and have a view of the Mt. Zhara Lhatse (Mount Haizi) with the height of 5,580 m. Before driving into Bamei Town, we will visit the Huiyuan Temple (Garthar Chorte Monastery) of the Yellow Sect, which is associated with three Dalai Lamas, the 7th Dalai Lama should stay at one chamber of the monastery over 7 years in the 18th century, the 11th Dalai Lama was born here, and the present 14th Dalai Lama had been staying here for 3 days in 1954. After that, drive along the Zhequ River to get Luhuo County.

  • DAY 6 Luhuo/Ganzi

    Activities for today: Shouling Temple

    In this morning, pay a visit to the Shouling Temple (Drango Gompa in Tibetan), it is a temple founded in 1650. Proceed with driving to Ganzi (Garzê) County via the 3,950m high Pass Latseka (Luo-guo Liang Zi). If it is summer, we'll enjoy a lovely view of grazing yaks and nomad's tent on the grassland. Then, in the afternoon, we will arrive in Ganzi.

  • DAY 7 Ganzi/Manigange

    Activities for today: Garzê Monastery, Kabulung Gomba Monastery

    After breakfest, pay visit to the Garzê Monastery (Garzê Temple) of the Yellow Sec of Tibetan Buddhism, which was built in 1642. On the roof of the monastery you will measure noses a breathtaking view of the Yalong River Valley and the Chola Mountain Ranges as the backdrop. Continue is a visit to the Nyingmapa's famous monastery Kabulung Gomba on the way to Manigange (Manigango). In the afternoon we will come to Manigange, a beautiful small Tibetan town located at the junction of two major highways.

  • DAY 8 Manigange/Ganzi

    Activities for today: Chola Mountains and glaciers, Yilhun Lhatso Lake

    After breakfest in the morning, we are ready to head northwestwards to a 4,500-meter-high mountain pass, where we will enjoy a spectacular view of the Chola Mountains and glaciers. You will see the Tibetan women milk their yaks near their black yak-hair tents in the morning pasture. In the afternoon, continued to Yilhun Lhatso Lake (Xinluhai Lake), which is one of the most famous and beautiful lakes in the Kham region. It situated just west of the Manigange. The lake sits next to the Chola Mountains which rise to over 6,100 m. The lake itself sits at about 4,100 m. Yilhun Lhatso Lake is an excellent place to enjoy hiking. Unlike most lakes on the plateau, there are actually a few trees around Yilhun Lhatso. We will take a short hiking along this beautiful lake.

  • DAY 9 Ganzi/Xinlong/Litang

    Activities for today: Yalong River Valley, Riba Nunnery

    Enjoy breakfast and freshen up, we will embark on a new journey. Drive along the Yalong River to Xinlong (Nyarong) County, once a military stronghold led by Gongbulangji, nicknamed Buluman ("The One-Eyed") who conquered most of part of Kham in 19th Century, today we still find some ruined watchtowers in the Yalong Valley. On route we visit a small Buddhist Riba Nunnery. After leaving the valley, we will climb up to the high elevation grassland again and head to Litang, which is boasted as the highest town in the world (around 4,000 m).

  • DAY 10 Litang

    Activities for today: Local market in Litang, Gandan Tubchen Chokhorling Monastery

    Today, our scope of activities is in Litang. We will first explore the traditional Tibetan town by visiting the bustling market and then Gandan Tubchen Chokhorling Monastery (Litang Temple) of the Yellow Sect, founded in 1580 by the 3rd Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyamtso. Litang is also the birthplace of several famous Tibetans including the 7th and 10th Dalai Lamas.

  • DAY 11 Litang/Daocheng/Riwa

    Activities for today: Gongalangjiling Monastery

    In the morning, transfer to Riwa Township (Shangri-la Township) of Daocheng County. On the way, you will see the grandiose view of the high plateau with many beautiful alpine lakes and the moraines that were created in the ancient glacial movements. Along the route, we will visit the Gongalangjiling Monastery, which houses a golden Maitreya statue bestowed by the 5th Dalai Lama. After that, we will arriva in Riwa, where is 35 km north of Yading.

  • DAY 12 Riwa/Yading/Riwa

    Activities for today: Yading Nature Reserve

    Today will be a beautiful day for exploring Yading Nature Reserve. The reserve covers an area of 1,344 square kilometers and has an average elevation of well over 4,000 meters.Inside the Yading Nature Reserve are the 3 holy mountains of Chenresig, rising to 6,032 meters, Chana Dorje, rising to 6000 and Jampelyang rising to 5,958 meters. These 3 snowcapped peaks sit in a triangle formation with forested valleys, clear rivers, glacier-fed lakes and abundant wildlife between them. The Tibetan name for Yading is "Nyiden", which means "facing the sun". The local Tibetan name for the area around the 3 holy mountains is "Rigsum Gonpo". In Tibetan, the names of the mountains mean "Wisdom" (Jampelyang), "Power" (Chana Dorje) and "Compassion" (Chenresig). This region was designated as a nature reserve in the late 1990's. We will take some trekking inside the Park. (Longlongba-Chonggu Monastery 3,770 m-4,000 m,3 km; Chonggu Monastery-Luorongba,4,000 m-4,180 m,6 km). After enjoying the beauty of Aden, we will return back to Riwa.

  • DAY 13 Riwa/Xiangcheng

    Transfer via: private vehicle

    Activities for today: Bangpu Temple

    In the morning we will go on a spectacular drive through the Chitu River Valley, which is filled with colorful Azalea in bloom in the summer. Then, we will visit the old Bangpu Temple(or Benpo Monastery)of the Kagypa built in the 11th century in the nearby of Sumdui . Afterwords cross over a 4,500 m-high mountain pass and arrival in Xiangcheng County in the afternoon.

  • DAY 14 Xiangcheng/Shangri-la

    Activities for today: Drive to Shangri-la.

    In the morning, we drive along the Suoqu River to Shangri-la (once called as Zhongdian) County of Yunnan Province. We'll pass two snow mountain passes, one is over 4,100 m in height, and the other is 3,900 m.

  • DAY 15 Shangri-la/Exit

    Transfer via: flight - our arrangement

    Activities for today: Hotel to airport transfer (Shangri-la)

    Today, the last attraction of this 15-day Grand Sichuan Expedition Tour. Aftter that, your private car, driver and guide will get you to the Shangri-la Airport on time or continue your China trip from Shangri-la to next destination.

Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip

Price Includes

Private Transfers:
Between airports / railway station, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the cities specified in the itinerary by the private air conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking guide. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.
Entrance fees:
All entrance fees to scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by local tour guides based on the local circumstances which are beyond the control of TourJiuZhaiGou. TourJiuZhaigou will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.
Meals:
All meals as specified in the itinerary. “B” stands for western breakfast “L” for Chinese Lunch in local Chinese restaurant. “D” for Chinese dinner in local Chinese restaurant. The quotation is basic on the above normal meals. If you have any special request about meals, like vegetarian, or Indian food etc, please inform us in advance.
Private tour escort for Sightseeing:
Normal sightseeing activities as outlined in the Itinerary will be escorted with English-speaking guide.
The English-speaking guide and driver of each city accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
Accommodation (if include Yangtze Cruiser):
Service based on two adults sharing on one standard twin/double-bed room (cabin); solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin/double-bed room/cabin of their own are required to pay additional charge of single supplement rate. A single room (cabin) is subject to availability based on prior request at an additional cost; if the recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted by a similar class one.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
Transportation:
All the domestic airfare of economy class with airport tax/ or train ticket(s) as specified in the itinerary.
Service Charge & Government Taxes
Arrangements:
The tour cost includes the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Excludes

Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets, unless other wise noted.
Visa Fees, passport application or renewal fee.
Excess Baggage Charges.
Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as excess luggage fees, laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities (shows) and meals, beverages...
Meals:
Any meals which are not specified in the itinerary with “B”, “L” or “D”.
Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of TourJiuZhaiGou and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.
Gratuities:
Tips to guides, escort, drivers bellman, etc.

Destinations

Chengdu

Chengdu is the provincial capital of Sichuan Province in Southwest China. It is located on the edge of the Chengdu Plain which is known as the “Country of Heaven” (Tian Fu Zhi Guo). The agriculture in Chengdu really develop well, as a result, it is also called the “Land of Milk and Honey” due to this. One thing you must do in Chengdu is visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. 

Chengdu is famed as “the home Town of Giant Panda” which attracts millions of tourists from inland and abroad. Moreover, Chengdu has a history of more than 2,000 years with numerous historical places of interests and relics. 

You can experience the history of Chengdu can go to the Jinsha Site Museum, Sanxingdui Museum, Wuhou Memorial Temple and Wenshu Temple, or you can stroll in the Jinli Ancient Street and the Wide and Narrow Alley to relax yourself. Additionally, you’d better not miss the Sichuan Cuisine.

Danba

Danba is a county of the eastern Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in western Sichuan Province. 

Danba has ancient and mysterious national history and culture, owns charming ethnic customs as well as encompasses magic and beauty natural scenery. 

There is China's most beautiful countryside – Jiaju Tibetan Village, Beauty Valley, the Ancient Capital of East Female Country, Mosca Gesar Stone Inscriptions and some other tourist sites. 

Luhuo

Luhuo County is under the administration of the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan. Sichuan-Tibet 317 line goes through the whole county territory from southeast to northwest. 

In the ancient times, Luhuo County was an important town on the Ancient Tea Horse Road. 

In Luhuo, the quiet beauty Casa Lake is like a mirror, reflecting the mountains and clouds; the three sacred mountains guarding the quiet holy land. 

Manigange

Manigange, a mysterious and poignant western town, situated in halfway between Ganzi and Dege. 

It is a tiny little settlement out in the middle of a highland, where the 3 main roads which cross here make it an important transportation hub. 

This town is a pit stop for truckers headed for Tibet or coming from there. Back in ancient times, it was a commercial center. There are typical Kamba people and honest folk. 

Xinlong

Xinlong County is a county of Sichuan Province, China. It is under the administration of the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

 Xinlong has a long history, named “Zhan Dui” in ancient times. 

Before the Spring and Autumn Period, Tibetan ancestors had been living here in harmony. 

Yalong River is the main river in Xinlong County; it flows through and forms the famous Yalong River Grand Canyon. 

Zituoxi Nature Reserve grows a variety of national protected animals. In Kawaluori, there are also original ancient nomads’ small houses.  

Litang

Litang is a county of the traditional Kham Region of Eastern Tibet, located in the southwest of Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan province. It is a holy place, several famous Buddhist figures were born here, including the Kelzang Gyatso, the 7th Dalai Lama, Tsultrim Gyatso, the 10th Dalai Lama, the 11th Tai Situpa and so on. Litang Town itself is located at an altitude of 4,014 meters. It is on open grassland and surrounded by snow-capped mountains and is about 400 meters higher than Lhasa, making it one of the highest towns in the world. 

Daocheng

Daocheng County is located in the southwestern Sichuan Province, China,which is the eastern Hengduan Mountains. 

It is under the administration of the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture with an overwhelmingly Tibetan population. 

Daocheng is a beautiful place; there is the famous Daocheng Yading Shangri - La Eco-tourism Area, known as "China Shangri - La Soul," "the last piece of pure land on the blue planet". 

Daocheng's main attractions are: Yading (Aden) Nature Reserve, Xingyicuo Lake, Mengzi Grand Canyon, Colored Sea, etc.

Riwa

Riwa Town, also known as Shangari-La now, belongs to Daocheng County; it is the site where the world-wide known “the Last Shangari-La Yading Nature Reserve” is located. Riwa is on the way from Daocheng County to Yading Nature Reserve. It is the nearest township to Yading Nature Reserve with beautiful nature.  

Xiangcheng

Xiangcheng County, named after its topography, meaning prayer beads in the hands in Tibetan. 

It is under the administration of the Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan. Bam Mountain is a sign of Xiangcheng. Every summer, Xiangcheng will hold a grand Bam Kamiyama Festival. Meanwhile, Bam Seven Lake Scenic Spot is very beautiful. 

There are lakes, waterfalls, streams, springs, forests, meadows, mountains, pastures, Tea-Horse Road, Temple, Tibetan villages and other landscape. 

Shangri-la

Shangri-la County is a primarily Tibetan county in Yunnan Province. 

A heaven just in the dream, or a mythical utopia that isolates from the outside, that is Shangri-la. In 1939, it first appeared in British novelist James Hilton's Lost Horizon, Shangri-la then has been associated with the mystique of a place which could not possibly exist here on Earth. 

Visitors are all impressed by the endless grasslands, steep and grand gorges, azure lakes, and the bucolic villages always leave a deep impression on visitors in Shangri-la. 

Besides the Old Town, the Songzanlin Monastery, Meili Snow Mountain and Baishui Tableland (White Water Terraces) are all worth your visiting.

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