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Chola Mountain Trekking Danba Derge Tour - 16 Days

Destination: Que'er Mountain
Duration: Sixteen Day
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Transportation: Vehicle & Trekking
Best Travel Time:April - Oct
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The primitive range of Chola Mountain(Que'er Mountain) in Western Sichuan Province provides a variaty of routes for wilderness trekking. It is another pearl on the Eastern Tibetan Plateau that encourages lcoal pilgrims as well as trekkers and mountaineers. Explore the ancient kingdom of Derge of Tibetan Kham through this Chola Mountain Trekking trip: Not only alpine views of snow mountains of Chola and idyllic remote villages but also very old monasteries and pious Tibetan belief are all encompassed in this 16 days adventure trek in the Chola Mountain Epic.

 

Chola Mountain or Trola Mountain¡¢Chola Shan¡¢Que'er Mountain¡¢Que'er Shan is a mountain range in western Sichuan Province£¬China. Chola or Trola is Tibetan name, which means the big bird's wing. The highst peak share the same name is 6,168m. However.

 

The Town of Derge
Dege, or Derge, is an old town situated in the valley in west Sichuan mountain area first bloomed during Tang Dynasty in 800AD when the "Tea-Horse Road" was established. It is one of the three cultural centers of Tibetan Region(the other two being Lhasa of Tibet and Labrang of Gansu Province). It is home to many masters of Tibetan Medicine and the biggest sutra printing center in the whole Tibet. It is the home of ancient Kham of Tibet and many important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries.

 


Dege Parkhang
The Derge Parkhang, Derge Sutra Printing Temple, is the institution printing and preserve Tibetan Literature and Buddhist's works. It is an important cultural and historical centre in Tibet. It is renowned as "the encyclopedia of Tibetan culture" or "Cultural pearl at the foot of Snow Mountain". It has been a national heritage since 1996. It was first built in 1729 and today it is still under function. Books and sutras are printed everyday. Hand-made woodblocks and cinnabar are used in the printing process. Construction of Derge Parkhang is with an ancient Kham style: flat roof and red walls. The Parkhang is also regarded as a sacred site by Tibetan Buddhists. Groups of Buddhists would be doing a temple kora from morning till evening everyday.

 

Palpung Monastery
Palpung Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhists' monastery first established in 1729 in Qing Dynasty. It is a big monastery in a back-country valley southeast to the town of Dege(Derge). It was built on a mountain platform in the alpine valley. Constructions of Palpung Monastery are immense. Palpung is famous for its knowledge of medicine and painting. Many great painters are from here. It is also a collection of precious paintings and dirt statue.

 

Gonchen Monastery
Gonchen Monastery or Derge Monastery, one of the mother monasteries of the Sakya Sect in Tibetan Buddhism, is a monastery complex located in the town of Derge first built in the 17th century based on a sutra hall of the king of Dege. It was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution in 1967 and renovated in 1988. Gonchen Monastery is famous for its Saman dancing. It has a trdition that not like other monasteries in Tibet, this monastery is not ran by a living Buddha but the son of Dege king. Usually the first son of the king will be put in charge of the monastery and the second son of the king will inherit the kingship.

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Day 01:Chengdu-Danba
Ride westward from Chengdu via Dujiangyan and xiaojin to Danba(Rongzhag) in the morning and arrive in the afternoon and visit the stone towers village. Total 350km.

Meal: Lunch, Dinner         Overnight: Hostel


Day 02:Danba-Luhuo
Second day on vehicle, we head to Luhuo from Danba via Dawu(Daofu). Arrive in Luhuo after a 240km's riding.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner       Overnight: Hostel


Day 03:Luhuo-Manigango-Yihun Lhatso
In the morning we head to Manigango en route Garze(Ganzi) County and a visit to the monastery if available. Arrive in Manigango and have our last minute shop before we arrive at Yihun Lhatso where we camp overnight. Manigango is a single-street town at the edge of grassland near Chola Mountain. It is a typical Tibetan town in west Sichuan. It was already an important transfer and post station where the caravan fleets stop since the establishment of "Tea-Horse Road" in ancient times. It is considered another cowboy town on the Tibetan Plateau where we may see Khampas riding horses or motorcycles flashing by or drinking gatherings in one of the Tibetan wooden houses. It is good to enjoy the atmosphere: giant dogs wondering in the street and fresh yak meat being put out selling in the shops.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner         Overnight: Camping


Day 04:Yihun Lhatso-Thitso
Today we start our trek at Yihun Lhatso. Yihun Lhatso(Xinluhai) is the turquoise lake north to the Chola Mountain. Elevation 4040 meters with three sides surrounded by snow mountains and the north by the side of national highway of 317. Wild flowers blooming by the side of the lake, stones carved with om mani padme hum, forest stretching to the distance to the foot of the snow mountains: Yihun Lhatso provides a beautiful Tibetan alpine view in the deep mountains in western Sichuan of Kham. We walk south in the valley and ascend gradually until we reach our campsite by the side of a small highland lake named Thitso(Dzongla Lake). (Approx 6h))

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner         Overnight: Camping


Day 05:Thitso-Tingchu
It is a tough day. We asecnd for 700 meters after set out and reach 5000 meters at Dzen-la Pass before we descend for another 700 meters to the bottom of the Tingchu River valley. At the mountain ridge, we have panoramic spectacle of snow-covered Chola Mountains and stretching alpine valleys. Camp by the river side in Tingchu River valley. Explore the hot springs nearby and an soak in the hot spring if available. (Approx 7h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner         Overnight: Camping


Day 06:Tingchu-Amulha
We trek southward along the river valley. Along the valley in Amulha, we have great alpine views of pristine rhododendron forest and cedar. Reach our campsite in Amulha in the afternoon. (Approx 4h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner         Overnight: Camping


Day 07:Amulha-Longgang
Continue walk along the river flow and pass Nawuchin before we reach Chusha. Pass Tibetan settlement and enjoy the idyllic atmosphere. In the afternoon we climb over a mountain ridge before we reach our campsite by Longgang at the elevation of 3860 meters. (Approx 7h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner         Overnight: Camping


Day 08:Longgang-Dzongsar Monastery
Descend from Longgang along the flowing stream and reach Yoba, a small Tibetan town in the valley. Optional excursion to the village. After Yoba we follow the vehicular road to Mesho and camp near the Dzongsar Monastery. Visit Dzongsar Monastery after arrival(or in the following morning) and wonder around this back-country community. Dzongsar Monastery is a Sakya monastery in Dege County first built in 746AD and destroyed in 1958. (Approx 7h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner         Overnight: Camping


Day 09:Dzongsar Monastery-Kadhe
An easy day on trek, we have time visiting the Tibetan monastery and community in the morning. Head eastward into the valley and camp at Kadhe Camp. Gentle ascent from 3600 meters to 4000 meters. (Approx 4h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner         Overnight: Camping


Day 10:Kadhe-Palpung Monastery
Today is a long day. We start at Kadhe Camp and ascend to the 4520 meters' Hala Pass and descend about 700 meters to Palpung country. Great views of the snow mountains and alpine valleys at the Hala Pass. Meet Tibetan nomads people during pasturing season. Camp near the village of Palpung by the riverside. (Approx 8h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner         Overnight: Camping


Day 11:Palpung Monastery-Kardi
Visit Palpung Monastery in the morning after we set out. Palpung Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhists' monastery first established in 1729 in Qing Dynasty. A big monastery in this back-country valley southeast to the town of Dege(Derge). It was built on a mountain platform in the alpine valley. Constructions of Palpung Monastery are immense. Palpung is famous for its knowledge of medicine and painting. Many great Tibetan painters are from here. It is also a collection of precious paintings and dirt statue. After our visit, we continue walking to the mountain ridge of Go-se-la at an elevation of 4560 meters. Over the ridge we walk for another 2 hours and camp at Kardi for overnight. (Approx 6h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner         Overnight: Camping


Day 12:Kardi-Gon Gyeshin-Dege
Last day on trek we cover steep descent after we set out. Walk on the mount ridge and dive into the valley before we reach the highway where we get picked up by our vehicle. Say goodbye to our porter team and transfer to Dege County(Derge). Check in the hotel in Derge, an old town situated in the valley in west Sichuan mountain area first bloomed during Tang Dynasty in 800AD when the "Tea-Horse Road" was established. It is one of the three cultural centers of the whole Tibetan Region(the other two being Lhasa of Tibet and Labrang of Gansu Province). It is home to many masters of Tibetan Medicine and the biggest sutra printing center - the Derge Parkhang. It is also home of ancient Kham of Tibet and many important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. (Approx 6h)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner     Overnight: Hostel


Day 13:Dege
One day in Derge. We visit the Derge Parkhang, Derge Sutra Printing Temple, the institution printing and preserve Tibetan Literature and Buddhist's works. It is an important cultural and historical centre in Tibet. It is renowned as "the encyclopedia of Tibetan culture" or "Cultural pearl at the foot of Snow Mountain". Books and sutras are printed everyday. Hand-made woodblocks and cinnabar are used in the printing process. The Parkhang is also regarded as a sacred site by Tibetan Buddhists. Groups of Buddhists would be doing a temple kora from morning till evening everyday. Rest afterwards or optional visit to Gonchen Monastery or Derge Monastery, one of the mother monasteries of the Sakya Sect in Tibetan Buddhism famous for Saman dancing.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner     Overnight: Hostel


Day 14:Dege-Xinlong
Today we drive from Derge to Xinlong covering total 310km. Overnight in hotel in Xinlong.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner     Overnight: Hostel


Day 15:Xinlong-Xinduqiao
Continue our drive from Xinlong to Xinduqiao. Overnight in Xinduqiao.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner     Overnight: Hostel


Day 16:Xinduqiao-Chengdu
Drive back to Chengdu, Chola Mountain Trekking trip ends.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch       


 

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