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11-day Shangri-la Photography


Tour Name: 11-day Shangri-la Photography

Tour Code: SC-SP

Starting City: Chengdu

End City: Chengdu

Physical Rating: 3

Cultural Shock Rating: 3

Tour Type: Private and Guided

Eastern Tibet is characterized by extreme topography of steep, often precipitous mountains, with altitudes ranging from less than 2 000 m in some valley floors to 7 558 m at the summit of Mt. Minya Konka. In this journey we focus on the brilliantly beautiful landscape in Yading Nature Reserve, which is claimed to be the Shangri-la described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. Yading, discovered by Joseph Rock in 1928, is renowned for the 3 holy peaks, which were blessed in the 8th century by Buddha Padmasambhava of projecting his divine light onto the range and naming the 3 elevations after 3 bodhisattvas.

  • Tour Code:
  • SC-SP
  • Length:
  • Cities Visited/Stayed:
  • Sichuan
  • Highlight Attractions:
  • null
  • Experience & Features:
  • Kangding, Litang, Yading, Chuchu Monastery,
  • Physical Rating : 3
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is given a Physical Rating, which indicates how much physical activity is required to participate in it.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Always very easy to go! Sometimes getting around on your own, up and down steps and carrying your own small backpack.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : Light walking or hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : May include moderate hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking and other activities that require only an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy.
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : May include high altitude hiking of up to 4-6 hours per day some days of the tour or other activities that require a moderately high level of fitness.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : High altitude trekking suitable only for those with a higher level of fitness and endurance.
  • Cultural Shock Rating : 3
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is also given a Culture Shock Rating, designed to help you choose a trip that is suitable to your travel tastes and preferences.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Little or no adjustment at all is required. The comforts of home are here for the most part.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : A generally easy trip but there may be the occasional local home accommodation, remote lodging or some public transportation, simple meal or language barrier.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : Expect an occasional cold shower and remote or even multi-share accommodation, and public transportation or train ride without shower on board…Remember though, this is all part of your CET authentic travel experience!
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : Expect to rough it here and there. This may mean a packed public bus, very remote and rustic accommodation, and no access to western-style food.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : You are totally off the beaten track with none of the comforts of home, and are exposed to a totally foreign culture to what you are accustomed ... Sounds fantastic, doesn't it!
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Day 1: – Chengdu

Arrive in Chengdu and prepare for the tour.

Stay overnight in Chengdu. 


Day 2: Chengdu – Kangding

Today we head west to Kangding by passing underneath Erlang Shan.

Stay overnight in kangding. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 3: Kangding – Litang

We keep heading west to Litang, the highest town in the world.

Stay overnight in Litang. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 4: Litang – Yading

Heading south we arrive at Yading.

Stay overnight t Yading. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 5: Yading – Tongnongba

We spend the morning on the way to Tongnongba and in the afternoon we start to tour Tongnongba, the highlight in this journey. We will visit Chuchu Monastery, the only survived Bon monastery in the world.

Stay overnight at Tongnongba. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 6: Tongnongba

We will visit the three holy mountains, Chenresig (or Chenrezig, Xiannairi ) of 6,032m, the highest of the trio, symbolizes Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Mercy, The south peak Jambeyang (or Jampelyang, Yangmaiyong) of 5,958m is the avatar of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, The east peak Chanadorje (or Xianuoduoji) of the same height represents Vajrapani at 5,958m above sea level, the Bodhisattva of Wrath.

Stay overnight at Tongnongba. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 7: Tongnongba – Hot Spring Resort

We start our journey back to Chengdu and will arrive at Hot Spring Resort and stay overnight there.

Stay overnight at the Hot Spring Resort. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 8: Hot Spring Resort – Litang

We head north back to Litang.

Stay overnight at Litang. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 9: Litang – Kangding
We then head east to Kangding.

Stay overnight at Kangding. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 10: Kangding – Chengdu

Heading east again we return to Chengdu, ending this great journey of Shangri-la Photography.

Stay overnight in Chengdu. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 11: Chengdu –

Depart Chengdu.

Meals: (B)

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  • Renminbi
Group Size 1 person 2-5 persons 6-9 persons ≥10 persons
Tour Cost $ 4683 $ 2564 $ 1339 $ 1082

* Price in every box above is for each person.
* Price is in US dollar. It may vary a little bit according to US dollar exchange rate fluctuation, car fuel price change and government tax adjustment, etc.
* The price is only for your reference and  it is subject to seasons, high or low.Please send us your inquiry if you are interested.

Service Included:
A. Personal English-speaking Guide and sometimes a local guide to help us with the local off the beaten tracks
B. Experienced Driver + comfortable cross-country van/bus for the driving part
C. All accommodations as specified in the itinerary
D. All meals as listed in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Service Excluded:
A. Air tickets for the flights flying in and out of Chengdu
B. Gratuities, Tips to local people, the guide and driver
(Although not compulsory, if you think your guide and driver have done a good job at the end of the tour, we suggest you tip them at you own decision to show your appreciations.)
C. Other Personal Expenses.

How to Dress (only for reference):
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Long, loose and comfortable pants
Warm clothes for Nov-April
Fleece, Jacket, hat and gloves
Umbrella or waterproof jacket in a cloudy day or rainy day
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry in case of rain

What to Bring (only for reference):
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
Insect Repellent
Bottled Water
Small towel
Shorts for summer months (June – September)
Camera, film and memory chip, battery
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).


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