from US$1269 per person

15-day Birding in Western Sichuan


The great range of environmental conditions in Sichuan makes a fabulously bird-rich region, home to the bulk of China's endemic birds and the home of its Giant Pandas. On this exciting trip we will concentrate on seeing the endemic and near-endemic species. Although the wild mountainous terrain and torrential rivers have combined to keep the province isolated until relatively recently, today the rich diversity of habitats and a well-developed tourist infrastructure make Sichuan an appealing destination for a birding tour.

  • Tour Code:
  • SC-BWS
  • Length:
  • Cities Visited/Stayed:
  • Sichuan
  • Highlight Attractions:
  • Experience & Features:
  • Birds Viewing at Mt. Wawu Shan, Mt. Holy Yala, Searching Birds at Phag Mo Gling, Tibetan Village Visiting, Balang Shan Pass
  • Physical Rating : 2
    (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 : 2
    (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 – Mt. Wawu Shan

Leaving Chengdu we will drive south across the Chengdu Plain making tour to Mt. Wawu Shan via the city of Meishan, which is with a record of 278 species of birds. Today we will stay in a hotel located on the halfway to the top.

Stay overnight on Mt. Wawu Shan. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 3: Mt. Wawu Shan

We will take cable cars to top of Mt. Wawu Shan. On the summit we will find Gray-hooded and Fulvous parrotbills and Sichuan Treecreeper. Lower down, the mountain was alive with the endemic Emei Liocichla, Golden Parrotbills, the scarce Emei Leaf-Warbler, and unforgettable Lady Amherst's Pheasants.

Stay overnight on Mt. Wawu Shan. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 4: Mt. Wawu Shan

We will keep birding in the forest situated on the mountain slopes, which give us a second chance to enjoy beautiful birds on Mt. Wawu Shan. This night we will stay in the same hotel located on the halfway to the top.

Stay overnight on Mt. Wawu Shan. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 5: Mt. Wawu Shan – Kangding

Today we will head west through deep valleys and narrow gorges to Kangding after we climb over Mt. Erlang Shan.

Stay overnight at kangding. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 6: Kangding - Phag Mo Gling

Today we keep heading west to Phag Mo Gling at an altitude of 4,100m, the highlight of this journey.

Stay overnight at Phag Mo Gling. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 7: Phag Mo Gling

Today we search birds near the monastery, meanwhile we can appreciate the beautiful landscape nearby and we are even able to see snow-capped Mt. Holy Yala, one of the four holy mountains in the Tibetan world, shining in the sun in the far north if we are lucky enough. Today we will stay at the lama’s guesthouse.

Stay overnight at Phag Mo Gling. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 8: Phag Mo Gling

On the second day at Phag Mo Gling, we will spend the whole day on searching birds along a path hiding in wood and bushes. This gives us a chance to find more birds and probably you will find White Wagtail, Beautiful Rose-finch, White-browed Rose-finch, etc.

Stay overnight at Phag Mo Gling. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 9: Phag Mo Gling - Yajiang

We head west to town of Yajiang and it is an easy day which gives us some time to take a break for the further journey.

Stay overnight in Yajiang. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 10: Yajiang - Danba

Leaving Yajiang we will head east back to Xinduqiao, then head north to Danba via the great Tagong Grassland.

Stay overnight at Danba. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 11: Danba – Rilong

In the morning we will make a tour to Tibetan village where you can have a personal talk to the Tibetan villagers. Then we will head east to Rilong, where beautiful Mt. Siguanniang Shan is situated.

Stay overnight at Rilong. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 12: Mt. Balang Shan Pass

We will head above the main village to explore the mighty Balang Shan Pass. With luck, we might also find a covey of spectacular White Eared Pheasants or perhaps even a Chinese Monal Pheasant.

Stay overnight at Rilong. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 13: Mt. Balang Shan Pass

We will secondly search bird at Mt. Balang Shan Pass and this gives us a second chance to find more birds.

Stay overnight at Rilong. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 14: Rilong – Chengdu

Today we will head south to City of Ya’an via Mt. Jiajing Shan and then make a turn to east back to Chengdu City, ending this fantastic birding journey in Western Sichuan.

Stay overnight in Chengdu. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 15: Chengdu –

Depart Chengdu.

Meals: (B)


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Group Size 1 person 2-5 persons 6-9 persons ≥10 persons
Tour Cost $ 6055 $ 2978 $ 1600 $ 1269

* 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 Private 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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