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14 Day Glacier and Snow Mountain Safari

14 Day Glacier and Snow Mountain Safari

Date: May to Oct

Price: Upon Request

Trip Focus: Nature+Snow Mountain

Status: Open to Booking

Route: Chengdu-Dayi-Yana-Luding-Hailuogou-Kangding-Litang-Yading-Xiangcheng-Shangarila-Tiger Leaping Gorge-Lijiang

Trip Code: N004

Overview


There is a poem well-known by almost every Chinese:

My window holds the ages-old snowed West Mountain;
Near my gate moor the boats from far away State Wu.

-- By the famous poet Du Fu of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD)
 


 窗含西岭千秋雪,门泊东吴万里船.—— 《绝句》杜甫(唐代)
 
Which snow mountain did Dufu saw 1300years ago?
Chengdu of Sichuan is the only city in China with ten snow mountains visible to the naked eye.
 
Do people still can see the Snow Mountains from Downtown?
Yes, besides Chengdu, Lijiang of Yunnan we can view the Yulong Snow Mountain from the old town.
 
Want to chase the Snow Mountains that can be seen from our city?
Join us by this trip that cover both Sichuan and Yunnan. What is more, after this trip you may have the answer about where the Shangri-La is?
 
Highlights:
Our trip will cover both Sichuan and Yunnan providence in search of China’s most notable snow mountains. During this tour, you will visit Xiling snow mountain, Hailuogou glacier forest park, Yulong snow mountain, mount Gongga, and three of Yarding’s sacred Tibetan snow mountains. Get close to mother nature by the charming, snowcapped mountains.
Traveling from the Chengdu basin (500m) to the highlands in Litang (4000m), you’ll have a unique experience watching the altitude change. These varied habitats host a variety of different animals and plant species for those who are interested in botany or viewing wildlife.
 
Tibetan people are mainly located in Tibet, Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai and Yunnan. During this trip we will cover both Sichuan and Yunnan, giving your group an in-depth cultural experience where you can get a better understanding of the lifestyle of local Tibetan groups and Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Also, during this trip we will visit the giant panda base in Ya’an. As you may know, Sichuan is the panda providence. There are approximately 1800 wild pandas living in China and 80% of these animals call Sichuan home. This means while you are watching the snow mountains in Sichuan, there may be wild pandas watching you from the nearby trees.
Follow our expert guide for a wonderful experience! Cory is a super fan of snow mountains. During his time studying at Sichuan University, Cory began participating more in outdoor activities like hiking and mountain climbing and started to study knowledge about snow mountains. He often took photos of snow mountains from his apartment in Chengdu. There is even a snow mountain that he named his web-name after, “Huaxiyuping”. He also found several new distributions of new plant species while chasing the snow mountains.


 

Dates & Price


Upon Request

Itinerary


Day 1. Arrive Chengdu
Day 2. Chengdu-Dayi-Xiling Snow Mountain 
Day 3. Xiling Snow Mountain-Yaan 
Day 4. Ya’an-Luding-Hailuogou 
Day 5. Hailuogou-Kangding 
Day 6. Kangding-Litang
Day 7. Litang- Yading
Day 8. Yading 
Day 9, Yading – Xiangcheng 
Day 10. Xiangcheng-Diqin(Shangarila) 
Day 11. Diqin –Tiger Leaping Gorge 
Day 12. Tiger Leaping Gorge-Lijiang 
Day 13 .Lijiang-Yulong Snow Mountain-Lijiang 
Day 14 .Depart Lijiang

Day 1. Arrive Chengdu
After being picked up from the Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, your group will have the opportunity to rest in preparation for the next day. You’ll have time to explore the city if you would like.
Overnight in Buddha Zen Hotel
 
Day 2. Chengdu-Dayi-Xiling Snow Mountain
In the morning, our group will visit the historic cottage home of one of China’s most famous poets, Du Fu (618 - 907 AD.)  Almost every Chinese can recite some of his poems. During the 4 years Du Fu lived in Chengdu, he composed more than 240 poems in his thatched cottage. This museum dedicated to Du Fu’s life features traditional architecture, museum displays tranquil nature settings and stunning artwork.
After we have finished touring the thatched cottage, our group will board our transportation to visit our first snow mountain on this trip, Xiling. On our way to the mountain, we will stop at the Liushi manorial museum in Dayi. During the early 20th century, the Liu family were the wealthy landlords in Dayi. While in Dayi, we will visit the Liu family’s old mansion and enjoy its special architecture that combines traditional Chinese architecture with a western stylism. Now it is the exhibition center of the collection of cultural relics features a collection of more than 200 cultural relics include ivory carvings, porcelain, jade, silver, Chinese red sandalwood furniture, calligraphy and paintings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties as well as modern artworks.
 

Dayi Liushi Manorial Museum
Liu family is the rich landlord in Dayi of 1920s. Pay a visit to Liu family’s old mansion and enjoy its special architecture combine with Chinese traditional architecture and the western architectural culture.
Dayi Liushi Manorial Museum mainly include Liu’s Ancestral Home;Liu Wencai Old Mansion; Treasures Mansion.
Liu's ancestral home was built in the early years of Qing Dynasty. It reflects the building of West Sichuan's architectural forms, creation style and folk custom.
Liu Wencai mansion was built around 1928. It was the place where Liu Wencai lived since he returned from southern Sichuan to Dayi in 1932.
Treasures Mansion, used to be Liuwencai's brother Liu Wencheng's mansion which is built in the last century in the 20s and 30s. Now it is the exhibition center of the collection of cultural relics which is a fine selection of more than 200 pieces of cultural relics include ivory carving, porcelain, jade, silver, Chinese red sandalwood furniture, the calligraphy and paintings of Ming and Qing Dynasties to modern masters and so on.
 

Day 3.Xiling Snow Mountain-Yaan
Visit inside Xiling Snow Mountain. Difference season will have different activities. Then head to Yaan (3hours drive).
Xiling means western mountain in Chinese. Xiling snow mountain get its name from a well-known poem by the famous poet Du Fu of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD) which wrote "My window holds the ages-old snowed West Mountain; Near my gate moor the boats from far away State Wu. "Xiling Snow Mountain is a great and nearest site around Chengdu for skiing. The mountain top is covered with snow all year round and it is the highest peak(5346m) in the area surrounding Chengdu. It’s suitable to visit all year round and each season have its unique scene.
 

Day 4. Yaan-Luding-Hailuogou
Pay a visit to Yaan panda base then drive to Hailuogou via Luding.


Day 5. Hailuogou-Kangding
View the Mt Gongga (sunrise).Explore Hailuogou.
Kangding is considered as the “Gateway to Tibet” and a major outpost on historic trade routes.
 

Day 6. Kangding-Litang
Today we will head to Litang the highest towns (4000m) in the world (Lhasa is 3700m).it will take us approximately 5 hours (306km). We will visit the famous Changqingchun Keer Si monastery (Litang Temple).
 

Day 7. Litang-to Yading
Today we will arrive Yading nature reserve, home of three sacred Tibetan snow mountains - Chenresig (Avalokitesvara, 6032m), Jambeyang (Manjusri, 5958m), and Chanadorje (Vajrapani, 5958m). Afterwards, we will leave from Daocheng to Yading (60km; 3 hours)
 

Day 8. Yading
During our stay in Yading, you’ll have the choice of either hiking or horse riding. 
 

Day 9. Yading – Xiangcheng
In the morning, we drive 3 hours to Daocheng. Visit the Zunshen Talin (Buddhist pagodas.) After lunch we will head to Xiangcheng. When arrive if you are interest and have time you can pay a visit to the Gardan Sanpirobling Monastery Xiangcheng.
 

Day 10. Xiangcheng-Diqin(Shangarila)
Today we will drive to Diqin (6 hours, 220km.) We can visit the largest monastery in Yunnan province, Ganden Sumsanlin Monastery. Built in the 17th century by order of the 5th Dalai Lama, the buildings are in the style of Potala Palace in Lhasa. Diqin, officially renamed “Shangri-La” in 2002 by the Chinese government, the valley is a truly idyllic world of Yaks at pasture, fields of fragrant barley, wetlands in bloom, and shaggy ponies hitched outside homes built in the traditional Tibetan style. 


Day 11. Diqin –Tiger Leaping Gorge
After visiting either Dukezong old town or Pudacuo national park, we will drive to tiger leaping gorge. 

 
Day 12. Tiger Leaping Gorge-Lijiang
In the morning we do some hiking trip in Tiger Leaping Gorge. In the late afternoon we will head to Lijiang(1.5h). On the way to Lijiang you may see Yulong Snow Mountain .

 
Day 13 .Lijiang-Yulong Snow Mountain-Lijiang
Visit Yulong Snow Mountain (4608m)


Day 14 .Depart Lijiang
On the final day of this tour, our team will escort your group to the airport accordingly. This will conclude your trip itinerary from AbsolutePanda. 

Map




14 Day Glacier and Snow Mountain Safari map

Accommodation


Chengdu
Dayi
Yaan
Hailuogou
Kangding
Litang
Yading-
Shangarila
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Lijiang 

FAQ


1.How many Snow mountains can be see from downtown Chengdu?
It is said that we can see more than 10 snow mountains from Chengdu city.They are Mt Gongga(7556m;贡嘎山),Mt Four Sisters(6250m四姑娘山),Daxuetang of  Xiling Snow Mountain (Chengdu's first peak;5364m;大雪塘),Guangguangshan mountain (4580;光光山);Jiudingshan Mount (4984m;九顶山);Huaxi yuping (5614m;华西雨屏);Xuebaoding Snow Mountain(雪宝顶);Panglongshan Mountain(旁龙山);Zhaogongshan Mount(赵公山);Huoshaogang Mount(火烧杠), Yulei mountain(玉垒山), Xiaoxuelongbao Mountain(小雪隆包).


2.Is Chengdu the only city in China that can see the snow mountains?
No.
In Urumchi of Xingjiang  we can also see the Mount Bogda(5445m;博格达峰) and Tiangeer Peak (4476m天格尔峰)of North tianshan mountain(Kalawu cheng mountain),.
In Lijiang of Yunnan we can see Yulong snow mountain(5596m;玉龙龙雪山).
In Lhasa city of Tibet can see Nianqingtangula Snow Mountain (7117m;念青唐古拉山).
In Jiayuguan city of Gansu province can see Snow peak of Qilian mountain (5254m祁连山雪峰).

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