4 Days Mount Emei In-depth Hiking Tour

From Qingyin Pavilion to Jinding Peak-This is the most popular and challenging hiking trail on Mount Emei and it takes at least two days to complete. Hiking is also a journey of sightseeing and cultural exploration. There are many famous attractions along the way. You will also stay in the mountains for 2 nights and enjoy peaceful nights with amazing sunrises and sunsets.


  • The best challenging walking trip for those who interesting in mountain climbing.
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Leshan Giant Buddha which is the largest and tallest stone-carved statue of Buddha in the world and walk down the plank road to the feet of the Giant Buddha for a closer view.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Chengdu – Leshan Giant Buddha – Mt. Emei

Sightseeing and Activities: Leshan Giant Buddha, Baoguo Temple

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel, then be driven about 2 hours from Chengdu to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Leshan Giant Buddha which is the largest and tallest stone-carved statue of Buddha in the world. It was carved during AD713~803 on a mountain rock cliff by the river, with its head reaching to the mountain top and its feet standing next to the river. The total height is 71 meters; while the head is 14.7meters high and 10 meters wide, ear is 7meters high, 28 meters between knees and insteps. Its insteps can hold over a hundred people. On the right cliff of the Giant Buddha, there is a plank road built along with the Giant Buddha. From the top to foot, the plank road has nine turns, thus it’s called Nine Bends Plank Road. The widest part of the road is 1.45m and the narrowest part is only 0.6m, and there are 217 stone steps in total. You will walk down the plank road to the feet of the Giant Buddha for a closer view.

After the Giant Buddha visit, drive about a half hour to Baoguo Temple, the biggest temple of Mount Emei at the mountain foot. It has several serene gardens with rare plants, a library of sutras and a huge porcelain Buddha. Another famous historical relic in the temple is the 25-ton bronze Bell, reputedly as the second largest bell in China. While traveling deeper into the temple, you will enjoy different views of Mount Emei.

Lastly, drive to check in your hotel. Have a good rest for tomorrow’s Mount Emei trip which has some walkings involved.

Baoguo Temple at the foot of Mount EmeiLeshan Giant Buddha in summer

Day 2 Mt. Emei Hiking

Sightseeing and Activities: Hongchunping, Ecological monkey area, Xianfeng Temple

Hiking Sections of today: Qingyin Pavilion – Xixiangchi Lake (about 8 hours)

Today, your driver will take you to Qingyin Pavilion where you will start hike about 32km to the final stop of today – Xixiangchi Lake. It is a little challenging, but full of interesting things to do.

After breakfast, start hiking from Qingyin Pavillion to the first stop – Hongchunping(6km). On route, you will pass the famous Ecological monkey area which is home to about 300 wild monkeys. Keep walking about 15km upward to Xianfeng Temple which may be a challenge for your energy because the paths on this section are very steep. Then you can take a rest in Xianfeng Temple, and have a lunch. Continue with another annoying path which takes you to get down from 1800 meters to a lower place of 1400 meter, and then climb up to another place of 1800 meters. After some up and downs, you will get to Xixiangchi Temple.

Accommodate at Xixiangchi Monastery.

Xixiangchi Monastery

Day 3 Mt. Emei Hiking

Sightseeing and Activities: Golden Summit, 

Hiking Sections of today: Xixiangchi – Golden Summit (about 6~7 hours)

Get up early to see the beautiful sunrise, and have breakfast offered by the monastery, then start to hike to Leidongping(2400m). This section is relatively relaxing which is also a great experience to enjoy the clean fresh air, explore some aged wild huge trees, and see the beautiful azaleas. After about 7.5 km’s walking, you will reach Leidongping. Leidongping has some better restaurants for you to have a feast meal.

After lunch at Leidongping, keep on the last part of hiking towards Golden Summit(3077m), the second highest location on the mountain. It usually takes about 1.5~2 hours to finish. After arriving at the Golden Summit, enjoy the breathtaking sunset it weather permits. In clear days, you can even see Mount Gongga (7500m), the highest mountain in Sichuan.

Stay overnight in a local hotel / guesthouse at the Golden Summit.

Fantastic sunset view from Golden Summit on Mount EmeiEmei Mountain Golden Summit View

Day 4 Mt. Emei – Chengdu

Sightseeing and Activities: Cloud Sea

If weather permits, you can get up early to witness the unforgettable sunrise at the top of Mount Emei which usually starts around 6am.

After breakfast, take some leisure time to explore the 48meters high golden Buddha statue, bronze temples and and other tourist spots on the Golden Summit. On some days, you may have luck to enjoy its magnificent wonder of Cloud Sea.

Sightsee around 1.5 hours on the Golden Summit area, then descend by cable car to Leidoping and take Eco-Bus again back to the tourist center. Your private car is ready to transfer you back to Chengdu (about 1.5~2hrs). Say goodbye to your guide and driver at your hotel, airport or train station. Tour 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.