15 Days Qinghai-Sichuan Overland Tour and Yushu Horse Racing Festival from Xining to Chengdu

Yushu Horse Racing Festival, one of the most famous events on the Tibetan, is held during every July 25 – August 1. Ten thousand people come together to join in the festivities. The main events are shows of horsemanship skills including archery on horseback and racing. Apart from the Yushu Horse racing Festival, we will drive to Chengdu and enjoy the scenery along the way.


  • Experience Yushu Horse racing Festival.
  • Explore beautiful sceneries along the way.
  • Get close to panda in Sichuan.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Xining Arrival
  • Day 2: Xining – Qinghai Lake – Gonghe
  • Day 3: Gonghe – Maduo
  • Day 4: Maduo – Yushu
  • Day 5: Yushu
  • Day 6: Yushu
  • Day 7: Yushu – Shiqu – Manigange
  • Day 8: Manigange – Dege
  • Day 9: Derge – Katok – Baiyu
  • Day 10: Baiyu – Ganzi
  • Day 11: Ganzi – Daofu – Tagong
  • Day 12: Tagong – Rilong
  • Day 13: Rilong – Chengdu
  • Day 14: Chengdu
  • Day 15: Chengdu Departure

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Xining Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Xining

Upon your arrival, our tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. Then explore this city at leisure.

Day 2 Xining – Qinghai Lake – Gonghe

Sightseeing and Activities: Qinghai Lake
Accommodation: Gonghe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will drive to visit Qinghai Lake, the largest salt lake in China. After the tour, continue the drive to Gonghe foe overnight.

Day 3 Gonghe – Maduo

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Mardo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today continue the drive to Maduo. It will take about 7 hours.

Day 4 Maduo – Yushu

Sightseeing and Activities: Bayanka-Lha mountain pass, Gyanha Mani Stone Piles
Accommodation: Yushu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will drive over the Bayanka-Lha mountain pass and then head to visit Gyanha Mani Stone Piles on the way to Yushu.

Day 5 Yushu

Sightseeing and Activities: Dangkha monastery
Accommodation: Yushu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will visit Dangkha monastery.

Day 6 Yushu

Sightseeing and Activities: Yushu Horse Racing Festival
Accommodation: Yushu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy the Yushu Horse Racing Festival celebration and participate in the local activities such as horse races, yak races, tugs of war, etc. Yushu Horse Racing Festival is a traditional festival held during every July 25 – August 1.

Day 7 Yushu – Shiqu – Manigange

Sightseeing and Activities: Seashuel monastery, Dzochen monastery, Dzochen Five Sciences Academy of Buddhism Study
Accommodation: Manigange
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will drive to Manigange via Shiqu. On the way, visit Seashuel monastery, Dzochen monastery and Dzochen Five Sciences Academy of Buddhism Study.

Day 8 Manigange – Dege

Sightseeing and Activities: Xinlu Lake, Derge Scriptures Printing Hall, Gengqing monastery
Accommodation: Dege
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, head to visit Xinlu Lake in Manigange, which is near the base camp for climbing Cholha mountain. Then continue the drive over Cholha mountains and arrive at Dege. After arrival, visit Derge Scriptures Printing Hall and Gengqing monastery nearby.

Day 9 Derge – Katok – Baiyu

Sightseeing and Activities: Katoc monastery, Barbang monastery
Accommodation: Baiyu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today get up early to enjoy the morning of Derge. Then drive along the upper reach of Yangtse River – Jinsha River to Baiyu. On the way, visit Katoc monastery at Hepo village and Barbang monastery. After Baiyu arrival, visit Baiyu monastery if time allows.

Day 10 Baiyu – Ganzi

Sightseeing and Activities: Ganzi monastry
Accommodation: Ganzi County
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today enjoy the phototaking. Go our for photography in the early morning and then drive over rocky mountains to Ganzi County. Upon arrival, visit Ganzi monastry.

Day 11 Ganzi – Daofu – Tagong

Sightseeing and Activities: Tagong monastery, snow mountain, Tajin temple
Accommodation: Tagong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today leave for Tagong. We will pass by Daofu and see the white pagodas in the countryside. After arrival in Tagong, visit Tagong monastery, see snow capped mountains and Tajin temple.

Day 12 Tagong – Rilong

Sightseeing and Activities: Danba Local tower-style buildings, Guozhuangping
Accommodation: Rilong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Continue the drive to Rilong. Visit Danba Local tower-style buildings on the way. Then go to Guozhuangping and shoot the sunset of four peaks of Mt. Siguniang.

Day 13 Rilong – Chengdu

Sightseeing and Activities: Wolong Giant Panda Breeding Center
Accommodation: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today drive another 160 kilometers to visit Wolong Giant Panda Breeding Center. There is an optional visit to Dujiangyan irrigation System, a world heritage site. Arrive at Chengdu in the late afternoon and check in hotel.

Day 14 Chengdu

Sightseeing and Activities: Chengdu Panda Base, Jinsha Museum
Accommodation: Chengdu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today head to visit giant pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. After that, continue to visit Jinsha Site Museum. Jinsha Cultural Relics in Jinsha Site Museum is a complete demonstration of ancient Sichuan culture.

Day 15 Chengdu Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:
Meals: Breakfast

Explore this city at leisure until being transferred to the airport for your next destination. Service ends.

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.