Daocheng Yading Middle Kora Trek – 10 days

Yading Middle Kora Trek – 10 days

Chengdu to Daocheng Yading Travel Map

Trip Information

Price: from $1260 based on 6 pax

Destinations Visited: Xichang (1 night), Muli (1 night), Yading (5 nights), Daocheng (1 night), Kangding (1 night)

Departure: Private Tour / Flexible Date

Highlights of the Itinerary

This is a multi-day hard trek around the big mountains of Yading Nature Reserve. It goes from east at Muli Xian to west of Yading Nature Reserve. It is considered to be one of the most difficult yet beautiful treks in China. The trek goes from river gorges to forests and onto grassland and alpine valleys. Yading Middle Kora Trek is a camping trek and involves walking at high elevations up to 4800 meters. This is truly an adventure trip of a life time!

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Day 01 Chengdu – Xichang

Arrive in Chengdu, visit this robust west China city and ride the night train from Chengdu to Xichang. The train is the mass transport used by Chinese, a train trip brings you close experience of your China travel.

Day 02 Xichang - Muli

One day ride from Xichang to Muli. Along the trip are beautiful highland views of the rolling mountain landscape. Arrive in Muli in late afternoon.

Muli Xian


Day03 Muli - Dulu

Another day car riding to the start of our trekking location: the small village of Dulu. It is only 200km from Muli to Dulu, but the road condition is not good. There are possible landslides along the basic road during the rainy season. In this region, landslide is easy-triggered by the rain but most of them are in a small scale and usually get quickly fixed. The mountain landscape becomes obvious in Muli. Along the winding road to Dulu we cross bridges and climb up and down. Dulu is a community at the bank of the Shuiluo River at an elevation of around 2700 meters. It is generally Tibetan community but also some mixed other groups like Mongolians and Pumi Peolple.

Muli Monastery from the Road

Shuiluo Gorge

Day04 Dulu - Baishui Camp Trekking Day

TOn the first day of our Shambala Trek, we follow the dirt track along the Tongtian River valley until we reach the conjunction with Baishui River, a small raging stream originated from the Yading snow mountains. From here we walk into the dense forest and our trail starts to rise in altitude. The farm terrace patches disappear when we are in the wilderness in the Baishui valley. Waterfalls and cave as we ascend. Today's acclimatization walk ends at Baishui Camp in the afternoon. (Approx 6 hours)

Dulu Monastery

Tibetan House

Day 05 Baishui Camp - Zambie Ranch Trekking Day

Continue asend in the primitive forest by following the winding trail in the mist. Old trees remind us the wilderness of this valley. Landscapes change into rocky faces as we walk out of the forest and get our sight of the snow mountains in Yading. The valley becomes wider and plants shorter. Zambie Ranch is yak pasturing meadow used by local herders in summer. We may possibly run into the local Tibetan herdsman in their dark stone-made hut. At Zambie, we can have direct views of the holy peak Chenadorje, an ice cream like peak and one of the three major mountains in Yading. (Approx 6 hours)

Zambie Ranch

Chenadorje South Face

Day 06 Zambie - Xinggo Ranch Trekking Day

Leave the flower blooming Zambie Ranch we set out for anther day's trekking. It is a long day. The views accelerate into another level today. We have views of two of the three Holy Mountains of Yading: Chenadorje and Jampayang. White glaciers at the top, dark rocky mountains in the middle and the green forest at the bottom. Rhododendron will be blooming all over the mountain in June and July(While in September and October, the mountain is covered by saffron plants). Climb up the steep Zambala Pass(elevation 4700 meters) where we find ourselves in a total arid, wind-blowing rocky ridge. Over the pass we shower in the open views of the stunning valley stretching southwestward. Pass the mani stone pile and a giant old landslide we camp at Xinggo Ranch at altitude of 4200 meters right behind the peak of Jampayang. Xinggo Ranch is also a yak ranch of local Tibetans temporal residence when herding. At Xinggo, we can witness the very old glaciers and beautiful mountain rocks. (Approx 8 hours)

Jampayang from East

View from Zambala Pass

Day 07 Xinggo Ranch – Snake Lake Trekking Day

A climbing-up day again. Leave Xinggo Ranch after breakfast and pack more drinking water for yourself as when we traversing the long range of landslide "huashipo" it may be difficult to find water. Looking back we catch the great views of the valley as well as the Xinggo Ranch we have trod by foot. The giant peak of Jampayang looks like a giant peach with a cuspate peak. Elevation reaches over 4500 meters for most of the day. It is always misty at such high altitude. Mani piles and prayer flags become more and more at the side of the path. Looking southward down is the deep valley in a great distance. Elevation difference between the bottom of the valley below to where we trek is almost 1000 meters. If expect to see one deep gorge in the Eastern Himalaya region, this maybe one. Over the zigzags we reach the rocky land of Black Lake. Edgy rocks and mountains are everywhere. Tibetan Buddhists regard the odd-shaped rocks and stones as divine Buddhist bibles and Buddha. Another ascent before we reach Snake Lake when the views become greater. Jampayang is witnessed from another angle. Glowing peaks of the mountains provide stunning mountain views in a sunny day. We camp at Snake Lake at 4445 meters where yaks pasturing pleasantly. (Approx 8 hours)

Jampayang Southwest


Day 08 Snake Lake – Yading Reserve – Daocheng Trekking Day

Today we walk in front of the beautiful snow-capped peak of Jampayang. Ascent before we reach Songdo Pass, a lake named Lake of Milk. It is a turquoise colored lake at the altitude of around 4300 meters in the mountain hollow at the foot of the holy peak of Jampayang. It is also a sacred meditation location for the Tibetan Buddhists. Splendid mountain views of the holy mountain Jampayang. Descent while we catch the sight of Chenrezig and reach Wuse Lake, and walk in the park and transfer to Daocheng for lodging overnight. (Approx 5 hours)

Snake Lake from South

Jampayang from Northeast

Day 09 Daocheng - Kangding

Ride from Daocheng to Xinduqiao or Kangding depend on the traffic conditin or schedule. It is a two-day trip from Daocheng to Chengdu. Great Kham views along the trip: Haiz Mountains, Kazla Pass and Jianzwan Pass. Take pictures of what you may have not seen about Tibetan Kham on your previous days. Overnight in hotel.

Day 10 Kangding - Chengdu

Elevation drops when we ride eastward into the plains. Arrive in Chengdu in the afternoon and transfer to your hotel. Continue your China trip from Chengdu.

What's included in this price?

  • English-speaking guide
  • Private transfers
  • Entrance Charges, site buses
  • Meals full board
  • Accommodations including camping tents
  • Porters
  • Service charge

What's excluded in this price?

  • Flights/visas
  • Sleeping bags
  • Optional tips for tour guide and driver
  • Personal expenses

Tips from local tour guide

1. This is the standard practical itinerary. If you want, we can also cutomize it to your personal need, no matter you want to shorten or extend your travel length, no matter what class of accommodation you prefer...

2. This trip is available from May to October. The best seasons are May, June, July, August and September, October. Winter is too cold.

3. This adventure involves walking at parks and horse trails. So walking boots are necessary for this tour. In this hiking. Elevation at most of these sights are quite high as much to 3800 meters. Precautions for mountain sickness are necessary as well. Rain proof and Sun block are also necessary when you are traveling at these places for weather changes quickly at high altitude.

4. This is a ground tour. It goes to places where the tourist facilities may not meet with standards. Western Sichuan is not a fully-developed place and unexpected incidents may happen due to bad weather, landslide in certain seasons and possible heavy traffic jams.

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