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  • Yulong Snow Mountain
  • Dongba Culture Museum
  • Lugu Lake

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13 Days Trekking from Daocheng to Lugu Lake to Lijiang with Mysterious Ethnic Flavor

Tour Code: CHTT09
Tour Duration: 13 Days
Destination: Diqing(Shangri-La), Kunming, Lijiang
Tour overview: With 25 of 56 Chinese ethnic groups living there, Yunnan Province is well known for its thick and multiple ethnic custom and culture. During this tour, you will explore some villages of some local ethnic minority groups and observe their daily life there, and of course, the surprising natural sceneries en route will not disappoint you!

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13 Days Trekking from Daocheng to Lugu Lake to Lijiang with Mysterious Ethnic Flavor 13 Days Trekking from Daocheng to Lugu Lake to Lijiang with Mysterious Ethnic Flavor 13 Days Trekking from Daocheng to Lugu Lake to Lijiang with Mysterious Ethnic Flavor 13 Days Trekking from Daocheng to Lugu Lake to Lijiang with Mysterious Ethnic Flavor

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Tour Dates Destinations Services Provided Meals Included
Day 1 Kunming Arrive in Kunming, be met and transferred to hotel. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Howard Johnson Tropical Garden Plaza Kunming Kunming Jin Jiang Hotel Yunnan Jinhua International Hotel
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Day 2 Kunming/ Diqing(Shangri-La)/ Xiangcheng Take morning flight to Zhongdian (the Shangri-la, 3200m); meet at Zhongdian airport, and transfer to visit the Songzanlin Monastery . After lunch, drive 220 km from Zhongdian to Xiangcheng. Details... B,L,D
Day 3 Xiangcheng/ Daocheng/ Riwa/ Yading Drive 112 km from Xiangcheng to Daocheng(3750m), after lunch, drive another 77 km from Daocheng to Riwa, then take a local bus for another 20 km to Yading (the Rilongba). Details... B,L,D
Day 4 Yading/Kars Yak Ranch Start your trekking tour with horses, first, trek 1 hour to Chonggu Monastery (3800m) which is in fact a ruin, then trek up to visit the Pearl Lake, then continue trek to the Luorong Yak Ranch(4200m), then trek along the Milk Lake shore up to a mountain pass(4681m), then trek down to the Kars Yak Ranch. Details... B,L,D
Day 5 Kars Yak Ranch/Kars Village Trek from Kars Yak Ranch down to the Kars Hell Valley, then trek through the valley, on the way, you will see several waterfalls, at the end of the valley, you will cross a narrow wood bridge, walk in the Kars Village. Details... B,L,D
Day 6 Dongyi Village/Eryatong Village/ Emei Village Take a tractor for 39 km from Kars Village to Dongyi Village via Geka Village, then change to a minibus, drive another 18 km from Dongyi Village to Eryatong Village via Wangzi Village. Then you will trek 6 km from Eryatong Village to Emei Village, on the way, you will see the U-shape Bend of the Dongyi River, you will also see some ruined castles on the way. Then continue trek from Emei Village to Seku Village. Details... B,L,D
Day 7 Eryada Village/Keku Village/ Kawa Village Trek from Seku Village to Eryada Village, then continue trek to Keku Village , then continue trek to Kawa Village, on the way, you will see many cactus as big as trees, you will also see a 100m-high waterfall. Details... B,L,D
Day 8 Kawa Village/Yiji Village Trek along the Dongyi River and the Tongtian River from Kawa Village to Yiji Village, on the way, you will pass the Hadi Village. Details... B,L,D
Day 9 Yiji Village/Yongning Hot Spring Village Trek up a mountain pass, then trek down to Yongning Hot Spring Village. Enjoy a hot spring bath. Details... B,L,D
Day 10 Yongning/Lugu Lake Trek to Yongning town. Then drive 1 hour to Lugu Lake , take a small wood boat cruise on the lake, visit the Mosuo Villages. Details... B,L,D
Day 11 Lugu Lake/Lijiang Drive 6 hours from Lugu Lake to Lijiang, check in a 4 star hotel and rest. Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Lijiang Ancient Town Hexi Hotel, Lijiang Jinhong Villa Hotel
B,L,D
Day 12 Lijiang Full day visit Yulong Snow Mountain (take the cable car to Spruce Plateau and overlook the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain), Dongba Village. Dongba Culture Museum . Details...
First Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Crowne Plaza Lijiang Ancient Town Hexi Hotel, Lijiang Jinhong Villa Hotel
B,L
Day 13 Lijiang Be met & transferred to Lijiang airport for your flight to Kunming/Beijing/Shanghai. . Details... B
1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Include

A. Entrance fees:To scenic spots as listed above in the itinerary.
B. Meals: All meals as specified in the itinerary.
C. Private Transfers: Among airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in the above cities by the private air conditioned vehicle.
D. Guide and Driver: As outlined in the itinerary, a well selected English-speaking guide and driver will accompany you throughout the entire tour in that city. They do not fly with you from one city to another.
E. Hotels: Hotel Based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds. All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
F. Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels.
G. Service Charge & Government Taxes.
H. Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
I. Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclude

A. Entry or Exit China International Airfare or train tickets.
B. Visa Fees.
C. Excess Baggage Charges.
D. Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the itinerary.
E. Meals: Any meals which are not specified with "B", "L" or "D".
F. Single Room Supplement.
G. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
H. Gratuities, Tips to Guides and Drivers.

Day 1 Kunming Arrival

Transfer via: Internal Flight on our arrangement / International flight on your own arrangement

Upon your arrival in Kunming, you will be met by your local guide and then be transferred to the hotel. Enjoy some leisure time for the rest of the day.

Day 2 Kunming to Zhongdian to Xiangcheng (B, L, D)

Kunming to Zhongdian to Xiangcheng (B, L, D)

Transfer via: Flight / Private Vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Songzanling Monastery

Take morning flight to Zhongdian (Shangri-la, 3200m); meet at Zhongdian airport, and transfer to visit the Songzanlin Monastery which was built 300 years ago under the instruction of the 5th Dalai Lama. After lunch, drive 220 km from Zhongdian to Xiangcheng.

Stay in a local hotel.

Day 3 Xiangcheng to Daocheng to Riwa to Yading (B, L, D)

Xiangcheng to Daocheng to Riwa to Yading (B, L, D)

Transfer via: Private vehicle on our arrangement
Sightseeing: Daocheng

Drive 112 km from Xiangcheng to Daocheng(3750m), after lunch, drive another 77 km from Daocheng to Riwa, then take a local bus drive for another 20 km to Yading(the Rilongba).

Stay in a local guesthouse or camping.

Day 4 Yading to Kars Yak Ranch (B, L, D)

Yading to Kars Yak Ranch (B, L, D)

Trekking route: Chonggu Monastery, Peal Lake, Luorong Yak Ranch, Milk Lake, Kars Yak Ranch

Start your trekking tour with horses, first, trek 1 hour to Chonggu Monastery(3800m) which is in fact a ruin, then trek up to visit the Pearl Lake, then continue trek to the Luorong Yak Ranch(4200m), then trek along the Milk Lake shore up to a mountain pass(4681m), then trek down to the Kars Yak Ranch. Camping at the night.

Day 5 Kars Yak Ranch to Kars Village (B, L, D)

Kars Yak Ranch to Kars Village (B, L, D)

Trekking route: Kars Yak Ranch to Kars Hell Valley to Kars Village

Trek from Kars Yak Ranch down to the Kars Hell Valley, then trek through the valley, on the way, you will see several waterfalls (the valley is named Hell, but in fact it is as beautiful as Paradise), at the end of the valley, you will cross a narrow wood bridge, walk in the Kars Village.

Stay in a local villager's house or camping.

Day 6 Kars Village to Seku Village (B, L, D)

Kars Village to Seku Village (B, L, D)

Trekking Route: Kars Village to Dongyi Village to Eryatong Village to Emei Village to Seku Village

Take a tractor for 39 km from Kars Village to Dongyi Village via Geka Village, then change to a minibus, drive another 18 km from Dongyi Village to Eryatong Village via Wangzi Village. Here is the end of the dust road; you have to start your trekking tour again. You will trek 6 km from Eryatong Village to Emei Village, on the way, you will see the U-shape Bend of the Dongyi River, and you will also see some ruined castles on the way(These castles are related with the war between the Naxi people in Lijiang and the Tibetan people living in this area in Ming Dynasty). Then continue trek from Emei Village to Seku Village (3500m, most villagers are Mongolian people).

Stay in a local villager's house or camping.

Day 7 Seku Village to Kawa Village (B, L, D)

Seku Village to Kawa Village (B, L, D)

Trekking Route: Seku Village to Eryada Village to Keku Village to Kawa Village

Trek from Seku Village to Eryada Village, then continue trek to Keku Village (most villagers are Pumi people), then continue trek to Kawa Village(3500m, most villagers are Naxi people and Mongolian people), on the way, you will see many cactus as big as trees, you will also see a 100-meter-high waterfall. Stay in a local villager's house or camping.

Day 8 Kawa Village to Yiji Village (B, L, D)

Trekking Route: Kawa Village to Hadi Village to Yiji Village

Trek along the Dongyi River and the Tongtian River from Kawa Village to Yiji Village, on the way, you will pass the Hadi Village (most villagers are Naxi people). Stay in a local villager's house or camping.

Day 9 Yiji Village to Yongning Hot Spring Village (B, L, D)

Yiji Village to Yongning Hot Spring Village (B, L, D)

Trekking Route: Yiji Village to Yongning Hot Spring Village

Trek up a mountain pass (the Yiejiliangzi, about 4000m). The colorful prayer cloth on the trees reminds us of arriving at the mountain pass, from where we may have a nice view of the Lion Mountain near Lugu Lake. Then trek down to Yongning Hot Spring Village. Enjoy a hot spring bath.

Stay in a local guesthouse.

Day 10 Yongning to Lugu Lake (B, L, D)

Yongning to Lugu Lake (B, L, D)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement

Trek to Yongning town, here is the end of your trekking tour. Then drive 1 hour to Lugu Lake, take a small wood boat cruise on the lake, visit the Mosuo villages.

Stay in the 2-star Daba Hotel by the lake.

Day 11 Lugu Lake to Lijiang (B, L, D)

Lugu Lake to Lijiang (B, L, D)

Transfer via: Private Vehicle on our arrangement

Drive 6 hours from Lugu Lake to Lijiang. On the way, enjoy the beautiful view among the huge mountains and rivers.

Day 12 Lijiang (B, L)

Lijiang (B, L)

Sightseeing: Yulong Snow Mountain, Dongba Village

Today we will depart to Yulong Snow Mountain. It is the southernmost marine glacier in the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. Altogether there are 13 peaks along the range, stretching for over 35km from south to north. The summit, Shanzidou, is 5596 meters above sea level. Viewed from afar, the snow-capped range resembles a silver dragon with snow curling up its middle. Rich forest, herb and animal resources thrive on the mountain.

On our way we will stop at Dongba Village in Yushui Stockade, which is built completely according to the traditional life style of Naxi Minority. You can feel the traditional atmosphere of national culture from the layout of its yard, building facilities, tools and details of life.

Day 13 Lijiang to Kunming / Departure (B)

Transfer via: Internal Flight on our arrangement / International flight on your own arrangement

Free at leisure until your guide pick you up from your hotel lobby and then transfer you to airport for your flight to Kunming/Beijing/Shanghai.

Comment on our service from Gracie Chan, USA

We had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU! Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

 

Hello Sandy,

Hope you had a nice weekend. Thanks for being patient. Here's what we thought of the trip.

Overall, we had a wonderful trip! You planned and coordinated everything really well. We especially appreciated all your help on the first day when we missed our train and got stranded in Beijing~THANK YOU!

Everything went smoothly and our guides were most accommodating. Most of them were quite fluent and we don't have any problem understanding them. It was great to have their help dealing with hotel checking-ins and transportation details. It was very convenient and helpful. Having to move in and out of hotels daily and trying to catch all those train on time are very stressful ~ A big "Thanks" for all their help.  

I want you to know that we consider Jackie Zhang (our guide for Zhangye & Dunhuang) to be the BEST of all the guides we encountered on this trip. She is enthusiastic, meticulous and extremely knowledgeable. You can tell that she enjoys her job tremendously!

         

My observation ~ Most "Foreign Visitors" don't always have a base knowledge of the history of the places they are visiting. A SHORT & CONCISE explanation is better than a long and winding narrative. It should not be assumed that one formula works for everyone. Some visitors are more knowledgeable than others and vice versa.

We enjoyed all the sights we visited on this trip tremendously. That said, there are some room for improvements.

The one disappointment for me was the visit to Qinghai Lake. It was too commercialized. It would have been so much better if we were able to stop by the lake area BEFORE the visitor center where it was much more pristine and unspoiled. After all, we are there to take it the natural beauty of the area after all.

Our guide and driver was most accommodating when we asked them to stop by the side of the road in order for us to photograph herds of YAK and sheep. It was the highlight of the trip for me! I am sure other visitors will feel the same way.

My suggestion ~ Maybe some sort of arrangements can be made with local farmers that owned land along the Qinghai lake for a short stop over in your future tours? This way, your visitors can have wonderful opportunities to photograph and experience the scenery and lifestyle of the local people.

My observation ~ In Turpan, the Turpan Museum would have been a BETTER choice than the visit to the Karez well system (Kan'erjing Museum). There is really nothing much to see here.  

The International Grand Bazaar was also a bit of a disappointment, it was too touristy. I think we would find it much more interesting if we have the opportunity to visit a local street market instead.

We rode a donkey cart at the Flaming Mountains. It was great fun! I think this should be included in the future and its a great way to help the local make some extra money too. You agree?

Hotels ~ We still prefer staying at International Brand hotels. We really liked the Sofitel Hotels (in Xian & Xining) and the Sheraton in Urumqi.  

We find the service and breakfast food selection available at the local brand hotels are still somewhat lacking compared to the International Brand hotels.

Food ~ We had some amazing and some mediocre food on this trip. The quality of the meal is inconsistent. I guess it depended a lot on your local tour coordinators?    

I hope our observations and honest suggestions are helpful to you. Please do not consider this is as criticism of our trip but as suggestions for improvements. We had lots of fun and we hope you'll be able to attract more visitors to your tour. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and seek you out if I visit China the future.

I have attached the "corrected" photo and an extra one taken at the Flaming Mountains. You have our permission to include all three of the photos along with the following review to your website. I will write a review for TripAdvisor.com later.

Regards,

Gracie.


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Comment on our service from Sergey Shunailov, Russia

It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot. If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Dear Sandy,

Nice to hear from you. The one day Beijing tour was fine. It is impossible to find any imperfection in the service. Nice guide with good English and nice driver. Thanks a lot.

If I'll have free time in my next trip to China I'll use again only your company.

Best regards,

Sergey


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Comment on our service from Thomas Anthony Lucker, USA

It was great and the guide was tremendous!

Hi Sandy,


It was great and the guide was tremendous.  I had a great time in Kaifeng. I think we have another tour coming up quickly on the 26th to Luoyang.  :)  


Tom

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Comment on our service from Robert William Miller, USA

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.

It was a good trip.  The sites were very interesting and unique.   The Dazu museum was very interesting since did not know there were so many of the grottoes in China and other countries as well. We didn’t take lunch but asked rather to see another grotto.  Would recommend going to the small grotto and then the larger one and then museum in that order.

Rob Miller

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Comment on our service from Caitlin Radich, New Zealand

Overall we loved our tours. Zhangjiajie was fantastic! Our tour was really great and we would recommend it. Beijing - our guide was fantastic! So full of facts, great English and overall fantastic. Overall we have found dealing with your company a very pleasant experience, and we like the individualised aspect of it.

Hi Sandy,

Nice to hear from you. Overall we loved our tours. Zhangjiajie was fantastic! Our tour was really great and we would recommend it. Our tour guide was really lovely in zhangjiajie, but her English was less than perfect, but overall that didn’t hinder anything.

Beijing - our guide was fantastic! So full of facts, great English and overall fantastic. Forrest was his name. Seeing the wall was amazing!!!

Overall we have found dealing with your company a very pleasant experience, and we like the individualised aspect of it.

I hope you find this helpful, and thank you for your help,

Thanks

Caitlin


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Comment on our service from Wolfgang Ernst Kasper, Australia
I want to to thank you again for your good services. Everything worked out as expected ––or better! Getting the gaotie tickets was easy, and the two excursions were most enjoyable.

Dear Sandy,

now that we have returned home after a marvellous trip through China, I want to to thank you again for your good services.

Everything worked out as expected –– or better! Getting the gaotie tickets was easy, and the two excursions were most enjoyable. In particular, the guide at Huangshan – I called her ciao Xue (Little Snow) – was attentive and intelligent, great company!


After the hike up and down on Huangshan, we felt great: we can still do that at our age in the high seventies!


Hakka Country


Finally, it was a pleasant surprise to get your call. That was unexpected, but much appreciated.

Keep selling China to the world!

Best wishes

Wolfgang


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