Sichuan Trekking and National Parks will take you to the most beautiful places in the region. We will climb mountains, spend several days on horseback, meet and spend time with a nomad family, sleep in their yurt, and share a dinner outdoors and under the stars. This trip will leave us full of memories, as much by the encounters as by the landscapes we will see. Mystic mountains, crystalline lakes, pastures of Yaks … 13 days trekking through the mountains and national parks, discovering undiscovered Sichuan.
|Highlights / Route:||Chengdu – Wolong – Siguniang National Reserve – Danba – Tagong –|
Hailuogou Forest Park – Moxi – Kangding – Chengdu
|Duration :||13 days|
|Style / Character:||Adventure/ Trekking Tour|
|Vehicles:||4×4, SUV, Van, Bus|
Daily itinerary Sichuan Trekking and National Parks
Chengdu – Wolong:
Arrival in Chengdu (500m). From Chengdu to Wolong. In Wolong the Nature Reserve can be visited; there is the Panda Station. Close to that, the pandas will be released into the wilderness. Visit the park, eat, and hike.
140 km, 2 hours
Wolong – Xiaojin – Siguniang:
Ride to Xiaojin. From here we can visit the mountain Siguniang/Four Sisters Mountain. The Siguniang is called “the Alps of the Orient” and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
150 km, 3 hours
In the park are three beautiful valleys (Changping Valley, Haizi Valley, and Shuangqiao Valley). There you can try out different hiking routes. They have the same start and finish location. The distances are variable (3-7 hours). The longest route is through Changping Valley (7 hours). There you can go to the base of Mt. Siguniang at the west site and we will see breathtaking rock faces. A day hike through Haizi Valley to Laoniuyuanzi is also recommended. The shortest way would be a hike through the Haizi or Shuangqiao Valley (2-3 h).
Siguniang – Suopo – Danba:
Ride to Danba to the shore of the Dadu River, where you can find many watchtowers. They were built to fight off river pirates years ago. Today, tourists can visit them. Visit Suopo.
112 km, 2,5 hours
Danba – Tagong:
Ride to Tagong. Visit of the temple in the middle of the village. There is a short hike to the viewpoint for a sky burial.
Stay overnight in Tagong in an excellent ecolodge with a sauna on the grasslands (only four rooms available), which is run by an American woman. Visit Tagong and the small monastery that is 110 km, two hours away.
Ride with the horses (with an additional pack horse) or hike into the grasslands, accompanied by a guide and a nomad who knows the way. Visit the temple and have a picnic on the grassland when the weather is good. Stay overnight with a nomad family on the grassland.
Hiking time/ riding time: 6 hours
In the morning there is the chance of milking yaks. After breakfast, we will go to the Gyergo Nunnery. Here, the monastery, the monk’s college, and the Mani Stone Wall can be visited. Transfer to the ecolodge.
Hiking time/ riding time: 6 hours
Tagong – Hailuogou National park:
Before we come to Hailuogou National Park, there’s the opportunity to visit Yanzigou Park. Here, we will have a spectacular view of the east side of Mt. Gonga. At 7,556 meters high, it is the tallest mountain in Sichuan. The Hailuogou Park is divided in Base Camp 1-4. In Camp 2, the resorts with the hot springs are highly recommended. At Base Camp 3, we can take the park bus or the cable car. Alternatively we can also hike. We will stay in the park for one night.
182 km, 5 hours
Hailuogou – Moxi Old Town – Kangding:
In the park we can enjoy the hot springs or can visit the glaciers. Or we can use the cable cars and visit all of the camps. In Camp 4 you’ll have a nice view of Mt. Gonga’s peak.
On the way back from Hailuguo National Park, we will visit the Old Town of Moxi. Some attractions are a gothic and Catholic church, a former residence of the Red Army, the Luding Bridge, and different temples. This is only 109 km, 2.5 hours away. In Kangding, we will visit the Anjue Temple and other monasteries. It is a short hike on top of one of the three hills for a nice view. 80 km, 3 hours away.
Drive back to Chengdu. End of the journey.
Chengdu – Jiuzhaigo. We will take the fast train line that was just opened to reach JiuZhaiGou Park in only two hours! We are staying for two days trekking to the beautiful ZhuiZhaiGou Nature Reserve. We will hike all along the beautiful paths, leading us along rivers and lakes. Meadows with water a color like you’ve never seen before! The views that we will have will be breathtaking and will remind you of amazing souvenirs. A lot of hiking opportunities are offered in this reserve and we will adapt to your expectations and abilities.
The second and last day is spent in Jiuzhaigou Park, and its nature combining blue lakes, waterfalls, green forests, and snow-capped mountains is stunning. We will spend the night very close to this area.
Jiuzhaigou – Chengdu:
Today is the end of this circuit. We will take the train back to Chengdu. From there you can take the return flight home.
Vehicle (Van) with driver
English speaking tour guide
Overnight stays in upper class- and middle class hotels
Meals: breakfast and lunch
Trekking-Tour in Tagong with 2 horses for riding and an additional pack horse, local nomad guide and the overnight stays in the Ecolodge & nomad family
All entrance fees
With almost 500,000 square kilometers, Sichuan is one of the largest provinces in China. We will find plains, hills, mountains, and plateaus here. Located in the southwest portion of the country, this province serves as a gateway to Tibet.
Sichuan offers a variety of very rich landscapes with rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, lakes, ponds, and caves. Some sites have been made for tourists, such as Jiuzhaigou National Park. Several sites have been classified as World Heritage sites by UNESCO. There are about 50 species of rare animals. In Sichuan, there are 85% of giant pandas in China. Many reserves have been created for endangered species, including Chengdu and Bifengxia.