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6 Days Shangri-La & Hailuogou Discovery

6 Days Shangri-La & Hailuogou Discovery

Chengdu--Daocheng--Kangding--Luding County--Chengdu
Duration: 6 days Departure: All year around
This 6 days itinerary could be the shortest tour to visit Shangri-La’s core area from metropolis in a relaxed manner; Xinduqiao Town and Hailuogou Glacier Park on the way well complement the long drive.
D1: Chengdu-Xinduqiao
D2: Xinduqiao-Shangri-La
D3: Yading Nature Reserve
D4: Shangri-La-Kangding
D5: Kangding-Hailuogou
D6: Hailuogou-Chengdu
$595 per person

Day1: Chengdu - Kangding City - Xinduqiao Town (410km)

Schedule today:Leave hotel in Chengdu at about 8:00 AM to start our Shangri-La discovery, drive west towards Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, the second largest Tibetan habitant in China. On the way, passing cities like Ya'an City, Luding County and Kangding City, we can have our lunch in Luding County. After passing Zheduo Mountain, it will be mainly plateau grassland landscapes and full of Tibetan characteristic. I will be about 6 PM to reach Xinduqiao Town that is famed by photographers as the Heaven of Photography, because the autumn color of miles of huge and tall trees on both sides of road in the town is highly fascinating. Stay in Xinduqiao Town tonight.

Xinduqiao Town

Xinduqiao Town

Day2: Xinduqiao Town - Shangri-La Town (410km)

Schedule today: After breakfast, leave hotel at about 9 AM, today we're going to Shangri-La Town of Daocheng County where the dreamland Shangri-La core area of Yading Nature Reserve is located. It'll be an 8-hours driving, a total of 410 kilometers on well paved road. Driving along the road above 4500 meters high and looking afar, the distant snow-capped mountains rolling into a white-line. Those are some stunning views worthy of your whole life's memory. Reach Shangri-La Town around 6 PM and rest good for tomorrow's stunning discovery into the nature reserve.

Haizi Mountain

Red Grassland

Day3: Explore Yading Nature Reserve

Schedule today: Enter the Yading Nature Reserve in the morning and explore it a whole day. The reserve was listed onto the World Man and Biosphere Reserve Network by the UNESCO in July 2003 and seen as the core area of Shangri-La. The most stunning view is the three snow-clad peaks that connote three doctrine-defended supernatural peaks in Buddhism. Their beauty and magnificence comes from the nature and their spirit comes from the god. A legend says in 800AD that Padmasambhava extended his blessings and power to these three peaks and named the mighty east peak Guardian, the graceful north peak Avalokitesvara and the tall and nice south peak Manjusri. So these three peaks are white sacred peaks respected by local people. At their foot are vast meadows with clean streams flowing. The dense forests, alpine willow trees on the bank of rivers, valleys unified with the precipitous cliffs around exist harmoniously in this quiet world. Stay in Shangri-La Town tonight.

Yading Nature Reserve

Yading Nature Reserve

Day4: Shangri-La Town - Kangding City (490km)

Schedule today:Leave hotel in Shangri-La Town around 8:00AM, drive north back along the same way come, and reach Litang County 4 hours later. After lunch here, turn east towards Kangding City, it takes around 5 hours, so it will be 6 to 7 PM to reach the Kangding City today, the capital city of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. On the way, we will pass the Xinduqiao Town and Zheduo Mountain again.

Xinduqiao Town Kangding City

Day5: Kangding - Luding - Hailuogou Glacier Park (110km)

Schedule today: After breakfast, leave hotel at about 8:30. About 2.5 hours later, we can reach the Hailuogou National Glacier and Forest Park with its entrance located at the Moxi Ancient Town. We advise you to buy some snacks or have a quick lunch before entering the national park, because it's inconvenient to have meals inside the national park. Take the sightseeing bus to Camp 3 (1 hour), from there you can either take the cable car (RMB 150, round trip) to camp 4 to view the large icefall of the glacier or hiking downwards to the beautiful glacier relics, to choose which totally depends on weather. If weather is good, to Camp 4 is advised, otherwise, glacier relics are also very good choice. The last cable car from Camp 4 down to Camp 3 departs at 4 PM and the last sightseeing bus leave Camp 3 to entrance departs at 5PM, so make sure you won't miss anything. Stay overnight at Moxi Ancient Town. P.S: There is one 4 star hotel at Camp 3 if you want to stay inside the national park, though it's more expensive, yet you can not only enjoy the famous Hailuogou open air hot spring spa at Camp 2 surrounded by the snowcapped mountain but also view the golden sunrise over the Mt. Gongga next morning just through the window of the hotel.

Hailuogou Glacier Hotel at Camp 3

Day 6: Hailuogou Glacier Park - Chengdu (308 km)

Schedule today: After breakfast, have a short visit of the Moxi Ancient Town and then drive 6 hours back to Chengdu. If you stay at hotel in Camp 3 last night, you can take the sightseeing bus back to entrance of the national park and leave for Chengdu directly. The tour ends at your hotel in Chengdu or airport or train station in Chengdu. But we do not advise you to book your flight or train ticket leaving Chengdu this afternoon or evening, because this section of road often sees traffic control lasts hours long due to road repair, particularly in the rainy season of July and August. So, booking your tickets to leave Chengdu next day in the afternoon is strongly advised, especially in summer of rainy season.

Moxi Ancient Town Moxi Ancient Town


Price in USD for this 6 days Shangri-la & Hailuogou Discovery Private Tour in 2019

  March - June July - August   September - Nov.15th  
2 pax USD 1176 p/p USD 1249 p/p USD 1307 p/p
3 pax USD 919 p/p USD 947 p/p USD 977 p/p
4 pax USD 786 p/p USD 823 p/p USD 859 p/p
5 pax USD 723 p/p USD 758 p/p USD 807 p/p
6 pax USD 701 p/p USD 749 p/p USD 786 p/p
7 pax USD 664 p/p  USD 699 p/p USD 735 p/p
8 pax USD 634 p/p USD 662 p/p USD 697 p/p
9 pax USD 610 p/p USD 645 p/p USD 680 p/p
10 pax USD 595 p/p USD 625 p/p USD 660 p/p


  1. Transportation. An experienced driver with licensed tourist vehicle, vehicle type depends on group size.
  2. Mandarin and English speaking local tour guide.
  3. Entrance fee to all the mentioned sites in the itinerary.
  4. Sightseeing bus in the Yading Nature Reserve.
  5. Clean and comfortable 3* standard hotel on the way for 5 nights. Twin sharing.    
  6. Travel insurance for accident only.
  7. Mineral water. One bottle / day.  
  8. Guide and driver’s food and accommodation.


  1. Meals. (Normally, 3* hotels in China do not provide breakfast, if ever, it's some simple Chinese style breakfast including just congee, eggs and some vegetable)
    **Our guide can show you where to have meal depends on your preference
  2. Air tickets to arrive and leave Chengdu.
  3. Any kind of fee on Cable car, horse-riding and electric-automobile.
  4. Any personal expense like beverage, phone call, laundry, shows and etc
  5. Chinese visa fee.
  6. Tips to guide and driver.
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