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6 Days Jiuzhaigou & Langmusi Exploration

6 Days Jiuzhaigou & Langmusi Exploration

Chengdu--Songpan--Langmusi--Jiuzhaigou--Chengdu
Duration: 6 days Departure: April to November
Highlights:
Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong equal China’s best plateau scenery, and its neighbor Langmusi is the nicest plateau small town that harmoniously integrates Buddhist monasteries, Muslim mosque, amazing valleys, grand mountains, and rambling nomads in one exploration.
DAY BY DAY
D1: Chengdu--Songpan
D2: Songpan--Langmusi
D3: Langmusi --Chuanzhusi
D4: Chuanzhusi --Jiuzhaigou
D5: Jiuzhaigou Valley Exploration
D6: Jiuzhaigou--Chengdu
$430 per person

Day1: Chengdu— Taoping Qiang Village—Songpan(320km)

Highlights: Taoping Qiang Village, Songpan Ancient Town 
Schedule today: After breakfast, leave hotel in Chengdu at about 8 AM, drive 150 km (2.5 hours) mainly along express way to reach Taoping Qiang Village which is called the “mysterious oriental castles”, the village consists of the most well preserved rock-piled dwellings and watch-towers that still have dwellers of the Qiang minority people today. Afterwards, drive 195 km (4 hours) to Songpan County and stay overnight there. The ancient county has a history of nearly 2300 years, now you can still see the ancient city-wall built nearly 700 years ago. In front of the main gate of the city-wall stands the statue of Princess Wencheng and Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, it is recorded that the Tibetan marriage-proposal caravan sent by the King passed here.  

Taoping Qiang Village Songpan County

Taoping Qiang Village

Songpan County

Day2: Songpan—Ruoergai Grassland—Langmusi (244km)

Highlights: Ruoergai Grassland, Langmusi Gorge
Schedule today: After breakfast, leave hotel at about 8 AM, it takes about 4 hours to reach Langmusi Town, on the way, we will pass Ruoergai Grassland that is one of three largest grasslands in China. From April to October, thousands of nomad tents set up there with countless of yaks, sheep and horses spread all over the grassland. We can reach Langmusi Town at about 1 PM, after lunch, have a hiking into the gorge back of the monastery. The gorge is about 3 km long with steep cliff on both sides, serene creek flows all the way along the trail, at end of the gorge you can see large open grassland with nomad and monks there, setting up a tent or big umbrella for their picnic. Occasionally, you could meet locals in and out of the gorge on horseback.  

Ruoergai Grassland Langmusi Gorge

Ruoergai Grassland

Langmusi Gorge

Day3: Langmusi—Ruoergai Grassland—Chuanzhusi (228 km)

Highlights: Langmusi  
Schedule today: After breakfast, hang around the Langmusi Town, we can visit the monasteries, the mosque and even the sky burial site on the mountain. The town is not big but very quiet even more and more backpackers come here and make it busy in recent years. On the way to sky burial site, you can find very good places to take panoramic picture view of the town. The sky burial ceremony in Tibet is holy and secret, if there is a ceremony going on and you are interested to watch, you can only approach after the families’ agreement, otherwise, you have to stay really far from the site. If not, it will be very offensive to the family and bring you trouble. By the way, the site and ceremony look bloody and brutal; if you cannot accept it, do not visit the site when the ceremony is going on. Drive the same way back to Chuanzhusi in the afternoon after lunch.

Langmusi Langmusi

Langmusi

Langmusi

Day4: Chuanzhusi—Huanglong—Jiuzhaigou Valley (170 km)

Highlights: Huanglong Valley
Schedule today: After breakfast, leave hotel at about 9 AM, it takes one and half hour to reach the famous Huanglong scenic valley that is reputed as the Pool of Immortals, it takes up 4 to 5 hours to go through all places inside. We advise you to take cable car upwards and walk down leisurely to appreciate scenery because of the high altitude here. Water melted from imposing snowcapped mountains behind cascades quietly along different layers of calcite pools, in warm sunlight, the pools appear various shades of blue, plus primeval forest and solemn temple, all this makes you fancy as if you were the immortals by the pools. Drive 130km (3 hours) to hotel near Jiuzhaigou Valley afterwards, stay overnight there.  

Huanglong Valley  

Huanglong Valley

Huanglong Valley

Day 5: Jiuzhaigou Valley Exploration

Highlights: Jiuzhaigou Valley
Schedule today: Jiuzhaigou Valley (National Park)’s scenery of waters is recognized as the most beautiful in China, this plateau fairyland of lakes, ponds, creeks, waterfalls with its snowcapped mountains, ancient forest and rare animals make it a World Natural Heritage site. The valley is very big, it’s impossible to finish it one day by foot even if you take sightseeing bus sometimes. We advise you to explore mostly by foot only the right upper part of the “Y” shaped valley, this part is called “Rize Valley”, and it contains the most beautiful sceneries of this fairyland. If you also want to see some other parts of this valley today, you have to spend more time on sightseeing buses.

Jiuzhaigou Valley Jiuzhaigou Valley

Jiuzhaigou Valley

Jiuzhaigou Valley

Day 6: Jiuzhaigou—Chengdu (410 km)

Schedule today: Drive south back to Chengdu directly, it’s a long drive of 410 km about 10 hours with some short stops on the way. It will be around 7 PM to reach Chengdu, we do not advise you to book any flight leaving Chengdu this evening as there might be traffic delay too.

 

Price in USD for this 6 days Jiuzhaigou & Langmusi Exploration Private Tour in 2017

  April - June July - August   September - Nov.15th
    2-3 pax USD 960 p/p USD 1077 p/p USD 1165 p/p
    4-5 pax USD 607 p/p USD 665 p/p USD 709 p/p
    6-7 pax USD 548 p/p USD 588 p/p USD 618 p/p
    8-9 pax USD 475 p/p USD 505 p/p USD 537 p/p
    10-11pax USD 430 p/p USD 453 p/p USD 471 p/p

Inclusions:

  1. Transportation. An experienced driver with licensed tourist vehicle, vehicle type depends on group size.
  2. Mandarin and English speaking local tour guide from Chengdu.
  3. Entrance fee to all attractions mentioned in the itinerary.
  4. Sightseeing bus fee in Jiuzhaigou.  
  5. Travel insurance for accident only.
  6. Mineral water. One bottle / day  
  7. Guide and driver's food and accommodation.

Exclusions:

  1. Meals.
    **Our guide can show you where to have meal depends on your preference
  2. Accommodations.
    **There are many budget, midrange to luxury hotels on the way, you can book by yourself or we can book for you.
  3. Air or train tickets to arrive and leave Chengdu.
  4. Cable car in Huanglong Valley (uphill = RMB 80, downhill = RMB 40)
    **You can choose hiking all the way if your physical condition allows or we advise you to buy uphill only and hiking down if you want start easy.
  5. Any personal expense like beverage, phone call, laundry, dance-show, horse-riding and etc
  6. Chinese visa fee
  7. Tips to guide and driver.
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