Sichuan Getaway to Mt. Siguniang, Danba & Xinduqiao
8-day Sichuan gataway tour to Mt. Siguniang & Xinduqiao brings you an in-depth cultural journey. Travel from Chengdu to breathtaking Mount Siguniang, remote quaint Danba Tibetan County, and heavenly Xinduqiao Town and Tagong Town. Take in the magnificent natural scenery of Tagong Grassland and Mt. Zheduo, and discover exotic Tibetan dwellings and religious culture at Jiaju Tibetan Village, Changqing Tagong Monastery, etc. Moreover, you’ll witness and even experience yourself the unique local way of living in the wild mountainous area of West Sichuan.
Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
Destinations: Chengdu - Mt. Siguniang - Danba - Tagong- Xinduqiao - Chengdu
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Upon your arrival at Chengdu rail station or airport, you will be met by your tour guide, and transfer to hotel, check in. The rest of day is free for your own exploration. If time is sufficient, you can take taxi or other public transportation to visit Kuanzhai Alleys or Jinli Ancient Street which are popular pedestrian streets in Chengdu with old China style architectures.
After breakfast at hotel, you will be met by your guide and driver, and then transferred to Dujiangyan Panda Breeding Center. Dujiangyan Panda Base covers an area of about 13 square kilometers, and enjoys a favorable climate and natural environment with vast bamboo forest coverage and lovely scenic surroundings. So it is considered a best place for the panda’s rehabilitation, where they can have plenty of food, comfortable villas, panda hospital, and can ramble about. Plenty of pandas live a happy life here. Then drive to Mt. Siguniang in the later afternoon, where is 220km away. Stay overnight at Mt. Siguniang.
Meal: B, L, D
A full day trip to visit Mt. Siguniang, which is also called Four Girls Mountain or Four Sisters Mountain. It is the highest mountain of Qionglai Mountains in western China where it is preferred by a multitude of climbers. The mountains are covered with snow all year round and contain glaciers. Surrounded by forests, the four mountains of Mt. Siguniang are colorful and beautiful in different seasons. With these similar outline and surroundings, Mount Siguniang got another title “Chinese Alps” or “Eastward Alps”. Located in the bordering area of Xiaojin County and Wenchuan County in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture; you can not only enjoy the beauty of the peaceful place, but also get a first impression of Tibetan culture and foods around. The Mt. Siguniang is divided into 3 scenic parts, Shuangqiao valley, Changping valley and Haizi valley. For one day tour, we will recommend the main parts Shuangqiao valley and Changping valley for you, while Haizi valley requires more professional hiking gear and higher level fitness. The elevation varies for today’s visiting, from 2,900m (9,514ft) to 3,800m (1,2467ft). Please make sure your physical condition is good enough for trip. Also, please avoid fast walking, smoking and drink extra water.
Meal: B, L, D
After breakfast, take a private drive to Danba for about 3hrs. We will continue to explore more amazing natural scenery and immerse ourselves in Tibetan cultural customs by visiting Tibetan villages. Jiaju, Zhonglu are the two representatives of the Tibetan villages in Danba. You will first visit the Jiaju Tibetan Village - a perfect place for photography. Tucked under a mountain top, the village is spread across a large slope, which eventually ends in the river valley below. In Jiaju, the homes are almost fortress like, but different from those in Zhonglu village. Walking through the orchards is truly a pleasant way of visiting here. And then head for Zhonglu Tibetan Fortress Village, which is famous for its towers and boxy stone houses. They have been keeping a unique farming life style, quite different from the other Tibetans. Zhonglu is less touristy than Jiaju yet its beauty is no less than Jiaju.
Meal: B, L, D
Today we leave Danba for Tagong. The drive takes around 3hrs. On the halfway, we take a stop for a visit to Huiyuan Monastery (3,500m) in Bamei. Dating back to Qing Dynasty, Huiyuan Temple was built in the year of 1792. It is the birthplace of the 11th Dalai Lama, temporal residence of the 7th Dalai Lama, and was a hotel of the present Dalai Lama. Later we will reach Tagong. Tagong is a small town at 3800 meters in altitude. It is known for scenic grasslands and local Tibetan Buddhist culture. Though Tagong officially lies in Sichuan Province, it cradles Buddhist monks for the vast Kham or even the whole Tibet. Later this afternoon, you will be guided to visit the Tagong Grassland, which is a vast expanse of meadow lying beneath the sacred Yala Mountain, forming a nice picture with the Tagong Monastery.
Meal: B, L, D
This morning, have a visit to the Tagong Monastery (Lhagang Gompa in Tibetan), known as "the small Lhasa Jokhang Monastery". Tagong monastery is thought to be the 1st Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Kham area, with a history of more than 1,000 years. Later, continue your tour to visit Muya Golden Pagoda. Muya Golden Pagoda was donated by Living Buddha Dorje Tashi of Dzogchen Monastery, one of the six great Nyingma Sect. monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built in 1997 to commemorate the 10th Panchen Lama for his holding a Kalachakra empowerment on this spot. After the tour in Tagong, leave for Xinduqiao by a drive for about 40mins.
Meal: B, L, D
After breakfast, departs Xinduqiao for a visit to Mt. Zheduo before heading to Chengdu along the Sichuan-Tibet Road. Mt. Zheduo is around 45km away from Xinduqiao. Known as the first pass into Tibet, the mountain is at an elevation of 4,298 meters / 14,101 feet. Zheduo Mountain is an important geographical boundary. The east side of the mountain is the mountainous area while the west side is Tibetan Plateau. Due to the high altitude, the climbing up to the view platform may cause altitude sickness. Please make sure your physical condition is fine for the climb. Also, please avoid fast walking, smoking and drink extra water. Proper climbing gear is necessary, such as mountaineering boots, alpenstock, sunglass, sunscreen, sunhat, long sleeve cloth depending on conditions etc. After the visit of Mt. Zheduo, continue the drive to Chengdu, through Ya’an city, for around 5hrs. Check in hotel, for a good rest.
Meal: B, L
At an appropriate time, you will be met at hotel in Chengdu, and transfer to airport/rail station for your flight/train to next destination. End of your 8 days Sichuan Getaway to Mt. Siguniang & Xinduqiao.