Hailuogou Glacier Park Tour from Chengdu
In Moxi County, western Sichuan Province, Hailuogou Glacier Park features the most eastern low-elevation modern glacier in Asia. Take this 6-day journey to Hailuogou Glacier Park from Chengdu, to experience the wonderful landscape, Tibetan folk customs and unspoiled wilderness. Hit the scenic roads, through Mt.Erlang Tunnel, Dadu River, explore Kangding Mugecuo Scenic Area (the Lesser Jiuzhaigou) with a cool horse riding, admire the glaciers and Ice Waterfall in Hailuogou, and view Mt. Gongga, the King of Sichuan Mountains.
Duration: 6 days & 5 nights
Destinations: Chengdu - Moxi - Kangding – Chengdu
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Start in the early morning, so that we can have even more time for the scenery along the way. Leave Chengdu, hit the road, and head for the wild western Sichuan. Drive through the beautiful West Sichuan Plain, Ya'an City, as well as the Mount Erlangshan Tunnel. With a length of 4,176m (13,700ft), it is the longest tunnel in China. Here we have a stop to view the precipitous Mount Erlangshan, known as the first key junction on Sichuan-Tibet Highway, and take incredible photos. Continue the drive, along Dadu River and Dadu River Valley, getting into Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. There is a chain bridge hanging over Dadu River, named Luding Bridge, which was built in 1705, and once vital to the Red Army for their Long March in 1935 during the China-Japanese War. Learn more about it from your local guide. After about 5.5-6 hours’ drive, we arrive at Moxi Town, Hailuogou (Hailuo Valley) Glacier Park is near at hand.
Meal: B, L, D
Before the trip to Hailuogou Glacier Park, we explore another beautiful place. After breakfast, drive to Kangding, capital city of Ganzi Tibetan Prefecture, rich in Tibetan culture and customs. The love song of Kangding is very famous. Visit Mugecuo Scenic Area (or named Kangding Love Song Scenic Area), part of Mount Gongga, the king of Sichuan Mountains. This area is reputed as the "the Lesser Jiuzhaigou". Take in the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, primeval forest, grasslands, valleys and alpine lakes. The Mugetso Lake is the most famous highland lake in Kham region. You may ride a horse to the far side of the lake.
Meal: B, L, D
Today it is time to explore Hailuogou Glacier Park (elevation 2850m/9350ft), located on the eastern slope of Gongga Mountain and on the eastern edge of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The glittering modern glaciers cascade down from lofty valleys, forming huge ice caves and steep ice bridges, looking like a mythical crystal palace. The unparalleled Ice Waterfall is espcially remarkable, which is more than 1,000 meters high and 1,100 meters wide.
Transfer to the entrance of Hailuogou Glacier Park, then take a local sightseeing bus through the serene virgin forests to No.3 Base Camp. If the weather permits, you will see the brilliant sunshine over the Gongga Mountain. Later hike in the virgin forest and watch the spectacular icefall. And take a cable car to No. 4 Base Camp, where you can obtain a panoramic view of the Glacier. In the afternoon, take the bus to No. 2 Base camp to enjoy the hot spring. In later afternoon drive back to Moxi town, overnight at Moxi town.
Meal: B, L, D
After breakfast, leave Moxi and drive back to Chengdu. Have a rest on the vehicle and enjoy the beautiful sceney along the road – you’ll never get tired and bired.
Meal: B, L
Your Sichuan trip will not be complete without seeing the giant pandas. Visit Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base this morning, where there area about 50 pandas. Learn the history and scientific knowledge of this cutest creature, knowing their evolutionary process & life habit. There’s also chance to visit the panda delivery room. Also see the pandas playing on the grass playground. Some of them are really naughty!
According to your flight/train departure time, your guide will then escort you to the airport or railway station to move to your next destination, time to say goodbye. End of your 6 days Hailuogou Glacier Park Tour from Chengdu.
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