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Yala Snow Mountain Trekking Tour - 7 Days

Destination: Yala Snow Mountain
Duration: Seven Day
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Yala Snow Mountain, also named as Yala Kamiyama, is one of the perfect trekking places in the western Sichuan for most outdoor enthusiasts. The mountain lies at the border between Kangding, Danba and Daofu counties of Sichuan Province. Mount Yala is capped by snow all year round and is one of the four holy mountains worshipped by the local Tibetans.
This trekking tour is one of the most popular tours, and will start from Zhonggu Village 29km away from Kangding county to Taizhangou. On the way, we will gently ascend to Yala Pass at 4,210m and camp near the jade-green Yalayongcuo Lake at 3,980m, and then have one day to see unique ancient Diaolou and the most beautiful Jiaju Tibetan Village in Danba.
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Day 1: Chengdu Arrival

Upon your arrival at the Chengdu Shuangliu international airport, our tour guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel in Chengdu downtown. The rest of the day is yours to relax and have a good rest.


Day 2: Chengdu - Ya'an - Kangding - Zhonggu Village (357km)

After breakfast at your hotel in Chengdu, we will start your journey to Yala Snow Mountain (Yala Kamiyama). Driving on the Chengdu-Ya'an Highway and turning to G318, you will enjoy the beautiful natural sceneries of western Sichuan. After driving through Erlangshan Tunnel, a sunshine day with blue sky will turn out, and then you reach to the Dadu River Grand Canyon which is the largest one in western Sichuan.
Upon arrival in Kangding, we will explore Kangding's bustling streets to buy the necessary supplies for your hiking in the next few days. Then drive to Zhonggu Village and stay overnight in a local villagers' home. There are natural hot springs nearby in which you can relax.


Day 3: Trek from Zhonggu Village to Xindianzi Grassland (18km)
After an evening of resting, we will start your adventure hiking journey with the morning sun and glittering dew. Our first day is easy for walking and it takes four or five hours on 18 kilometers wild road. Each step moves us away from the bustle of the city and further into the vast wilderness which inspires so much of Tibetan culture. Passing through the Yala river valley and enjoying the blue sky and jagged peaks before camping in the beautiful Xindianzi Grassland (also East Hillside Camp Base) for the night.


Day 4: Trek from Xindianzi to Yalayongcuo Lake (18km)
Today 18km hiking route from Xindianzi to Yalayongcuo Lake, covers the highest Yala Pass of the trip at about 4,216m, where you will be able to enjoy the stunning views and soak up the incredible alpine atmosphere. Through the pass, we arrive at Sisters Lakes also at 4,200. Then we will see the jade-green Yalayongcuo Lake, and walk down on a gentle sloping path to the bank of the Lake for camping, and then have a sumptuous meal in front of a roaring fire.


Day 5: Trek from Yalayongcuo Lake to Taizhangou Valley (8km), take a car to Danban County
Today, we do the last 8km hiking route from Yalayongcuo Lake to Taizhangou Valley. On the way, we walk on the mountain route and enjoy the snow-capped peaks, passing the Zhara Holy Mountain and Donggu Spring. After the easy walking downhill, we arrive at the Taizhangou where our car waits for us and transfer us to Danba county.


Day 6: Danba County - Jiaju Tibetan Village - Suopo Diaolou - Danba County (49km)

After breakfast, we drive 8.5km from Danba County to visit Jiaju Tibetan Village. It was selected as one of the most beautiful six villages in China by the Chinese National Geographic Magazine. The village has more than 140 families. More than 200 colorful Tibetan buildings spread over the green mountain under the blue sky, forming a stunning landscape painting. The houses are all distinctive with crown-shaped roofs, red eaves and white walls.
In the afternoon, move on to Suopo and visit Diaolou Group. Actually, there are 175 ancient Diaolou standing proudly on the both side of Dadu River. Because of this, Danba County has been praised as "a kingdom of one thousand castles". Then be transferred back to your hotel in the county.


Day 7: Danba - Chengdu (430km)

Today, drive from Danba county back to Chengdu along Dadu River. After lunch at Luding, drive through Erlangshan Tunnel and reach Chengdu downtown in late afternoon. Then be escorted to your hotel or airport/ train station for your next destination.

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