8 Days Daocheng Yading, Danba Valley and Mt. Siguniang Tour from Chengdu

Honored as the “last pure land on our blue planet”, Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve  is one of the most beautiful places on the Tibetan plateau in western Sichuan, famous for its wonderful sceneries including three holy snow capped mountains, forested valleys, clear rivers, glcaier-fed lakes and abundant wildlife. The landscapes along the drive and Yading Nature Reserve itself will make the whole journey worthwhile.


  • One of the most popular overland travel to Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve from Chengdu.
  • Three holy snow-capped mountains, meaning “wisdom, power and compassion” respectively in Tibetan.
  • The beautiful and stunning sacred lakes are Pearl Lake, Five-color Lake and Milk Lake.
  • Visit beautiful Tibetan villages and experience Tibetan culture.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Chengdu – Kangding
  • Day 2: Kangding – Litang – Daocheng
  • Day 3: Daocheng – Yading Nature Reserve
  • Day 4: Yading Nature Reserve- Daocheng
  • Day 5: Daocheng – Xinduqiao
  • Day 6: Xinduqiao – Danba
  • Day 7: Danba – Rilong
  • Day 8: Rilong – Chengdu

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Chengdu – Kangding (320KM)

Sightseeing and Activities: Kangding city
Accommodation: Kangding Love Song Hotel
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Around 07:00 AM, our guide and driver will meet you at your place. Then drive through Mt. Erlangshan, and Kangding city, known as the hometown of love song. Kangding is the first jump stone to plateau for tourists who are travelling to Ganzi tibetan region or planning travel to Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.

Day 2: Kangding – Litang – Daocheng (430KM)

Sightseeing and Activities: Litang city
Accommodation: Daocheng Taitian hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will drive higher and higher towards Daocheng, on the way we will conquer several mountains which are all over 4000 meters, Mt. Gaoersi, Mt. Jianziwan, Mt. Kazila etc. Visit the World High City – Litang. Litang is the town with strong nomadic features and strong atmosphere of traditional Tibetan life; strolling in the streets can give you time to see local lives, feel modern namadic life, and compare to those ideas in your mind about Tibetans in this region. Then head to Daocheng for overnight.

Day 3:  Daocheng – Yading Nature Reserve (110 KM )

Sightseeing and Activities: Mt. Yangmaiyong, Mt. Xiaruoduijie, Mt. Xianairi, horse riding(paid by yourself)
Accommodation: Yading village
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning, drive directly to Daocheng and enjoy the amazing beauty of Yading nature reserve. First, take the sightseeing bus from Yading village(Longlong Ba) to Luorong pasture to see the most famous three holy snow peaks respectively knowns Mt. Yangmaiyong, Mt. Xiaruoduijie, and Mt. Xianairi. Then, we can either hike or take a horse riding(paid by yourself) on the small path to the primitive forests to see the lakes hiding in the valley. At around 16:00, we’ll get out of the valley.

Day 4: Yading Nature Reserve- Daocheng

Sightseeing and Activities: Luorong pasture, Five-color sea, Milk sea, Trekking
Accommodation: Daocheng Taitian Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning take sightseeing bus to Chuogusi bus station. Today our trekking is from here. First take 2-3 hours’ trekking about 7 miles to Luorong pasture. From here we continue to trek 4-5 hours to visit two holy lakes Five-color sea and Milk sea. Later go out of reserve, come back to Daocheng.

Day 5:  Daocheng – Xinduqiao ( 360 KM)

Sightseeing and Activities: Back to Litang
Accommodation: Xinduqiao 318 chain Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive the same way back via Litang, Yajiang county, and stay overnight at Xinduqiao.

Day 6: Xinduqiao – Danba (160 KM)

Sightseeing and Activities: Tagong grassland, Tagong monastery, Jiaju Tibetan villages, old watchtower(Diaolou) groups
Accommodation: Danba 318 chain hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive from Xinduqiao to Tagong grassland, visit Tagong monastery which is a famous tibetan buddhism Ningmapa(Red sect) monastery located at northwest Sichuan Khampb area. Enjoy the scenery of highland grassland of Tagong, then drive to Danba county, another beautiful tibetan county features its tibetan villages and thousand years old watchtower(Diaolou) groups. Afternoon, we will visit Jiaju Tibetan village.

Day 7: Danba – Rilong (190 KM)

Sightseeing and Activities: Suopo Watchtowers, Shuangqiao valley
Accommodation: Roling Local 3 star hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overlook Suopo Watchtowers in the morning, pass through Xiaojin county. About 4 hours’ driving. After arrival, we have a free time to acclimate the high altitude. Then visit one valley of Siguniang mountain scenic – Shuangqiao valley. In this gully, you can view more than 10 snow mountains over 4,000m high, all the peaks, trees, grasslands, streams, and water drops are completely bared in their natural being, untouched and unspoiled by man.

Day 8: Rilong – Chengdu

Sightseeing and Activities:
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, drive back to Chengdu. Tour ends.

Service Included:

  • Transportation: A 7 Seat MPV or 4 WD SUV for whole trip.
  • An experienced English speaking guide for whole service.
  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary.
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary.
  • Tour insurance.

Service Excluded:

  • Single room supplement.
  • Tips for driver and guide.
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff.
  • Personal travel accident insurance.
  • All optional programs.