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6 Days Kham to Amdo Overland Traversing Tour

6 Days Kham to Amdo Overland Traversing Tour

Chengdu--Aba--Zoige County--Xining
Duration: 6 days Departure: All year around
This six days short tour is well combined with some of the most marvelous sites along the way from Chengdu to Xining. Not only presents a fabulous end to Kham-Amdo overland tour but also bring into a fantastic new start connecting the Silk Road and Qinghai-Tibet train from Xining.
D1: Chengdu-Songpan
D2-D3: Songpan-Jiuzhaigou Valley
D4: Jiuzhaigou-Langmusi
D5: Langmusi-Xiahe
D6: Xiahe-Xining
$ 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

Day2: Songpan County - Huanglong - Jiuzhaigou Valley (190 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

Day 3: 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

Day 4: Jiuzhaigou - Ruoergai Grassland - Langmusi (314km)

Highlights: Ruoergai Grassland, Langmusi Gorge

Schedule today:After breakfast, leave hotel at about 8 AM, it takes about 5.5 hours to reach Langmusi Town. Have lunch half way at Ruoergai County around 1PM, on the way, we can see 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 3 PM, after check in hotel, 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

Day5: Langmusi - Xiahe County (224 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. After lunch, drive 3.5 hours north towards Xiahe County of Qignhai Province. Stay overnight in Xiahe County.

Langmusi Langmusi

Day6: Xiahe County - Xining City (224 km)

Highlights: Labrang Monastery

Schedule today: After breakfast, visit the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe County by the Xiahe River, a tributary of the Yellow River. The monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Geluk (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism. Labrang Monastery is situated at the strategic intersection of four major Asian cultures-Tibetan, Mongolian, Han Chinese, and Chinese Muslim. Home to the largest number of monks outside of TAR, the monastery is the largest and the most influential Buddhist monastic universities outside the Tibetan Autonomous Region. After lunch, drive 4 hours to Xining City, the capital of Qinghai Province. Tour ends.

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