Hiking Yala Mountain

West Sichuan area is paradise of mountain hikers with exotic Tibetan culture and breathtaking landscapes. This trekking tour highlights in 3 days hiking and camping around Yala Snow Mountain, one of the four great Tibetan holy mountains. You will also stop at Tagong and Xinduqiao, the highlights on the trip to Yading and Tibet. Leave everything behind and follow us to walk into Mount Yala!

Difficulty: ★ ★ ★ ☆ - Challenging

Suggested season: June - November

Duration: 5 days & 4 nights

Destinations: Chengdu - Mt. Yala - Xinduqiao  - Chengdu

Travel Type: Private guided tour - Flexible & Free to customize

• Hike around Mount Yala with two nights camping
• Enjoy stunning views of holy mountain and breathtaking sceneries of lakes
•  Hiking tour in Xinduqiao to view sacred Mount Gongga

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You will be met at train station or airport, or picked up from hotel and drive 5.5 hours to the starting point of this hiking trip. This area is in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, and this village is the first residential place out of the mountain. The altitude is at 3250m above sea level. Overnight in a cozy Tibetan charactor guesthouse.

Tips: Hot spring is famous in this area, which is great to relax yourself before 3 days hiking (on your own expenses).

Meal: L, D

Main luggage, camping and cooking sets carried by horse, we will leave Zhonggu Village for the Yala Valley. Today's hiking is around 13km and mostly uphill. Walk around 6 hours through jungles and cross streams, you will arrived at an open place in the valley, the first camping site.

Meal: B, L, D

Hiking Yala Mountain with camping

Enjoy simple but nutritious breakfast in the nature, and then continue the hike into the valley. As you hike through the forest and get to higher place, you can viewing more panoramic landscapes, such as the Penholder Mt. at 6000 meters. The highest point of the hike is the Yala Cross at 4216 meters, then you will descend to Yala Youcuo Lake at 3980 meters. En route, you will pass the Two Sisters Lake at 4200 meters. Today's hike is around 16km with an altitude ascending of 700m. It's a challenge, but you will be rewarded with amazing sceneries.

Meal: B, L, D

Yala Youcuo Lake

After breakfast at the bank of the fairy lake, you will descend the sacred mountain. Hike around 3km to get to the entrance of Taizhan Valley, where you will take sightseeing bus to the exit of the Scenic Area. Meet your driver and head to Xinduqiao via Tagong.

Meal: B, L, D

Sunset of Yala Mountain

Today, you will take a hike to the top of a mountain near Xinduqiao and view another sacred mountain, Mount Gongga (also know as Minya Konka). With an elevation of 7,556 m (24,790 ft) above sea level, it is also known to locals as "The King of Sichuan Mountains". After lunch, drive back to Chengdu for flight or train to your next destination.

Meal: B, L

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Mount Gongga

What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suit Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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