Price: from $1388
Destinations Visited: Kangding (2 nights) , Mount Gongga (6 nights)
Departure: Private Tour / Flexible Date
Have the authentic experiences follow off-beat horse trails in Gonggashan. Visit ancient and back country Buddhist monastery Gongga Gompa. Adventurous hiking to watch snow peaks and glaciers at Gonggashan. This 9-day Mount Gonggashan hiking brings you to view the highest mountain in Sichuan Province.Book Now
Start from Chengdu in the morning from your hotel and drive for about 8 hours from the Chengdu plain into the mountains. Arrive in Kangding in the afternoon and acclimatize yourself. Walk around in Kangding, the biggest Tibetan town in Kham.
Start by a short car drive to the valley south to the town of Kangding before start your hiking. First on hiking, easy and slow from about 3600m to 3900m. Trail winds in the forest and passes groups of pasturing yaks. Huge rock faces and all year round snow capped peaks that are above 5000m can be seen on this day. Camp by a river in an open pasture by the foot of Little Gongga.
Minya Konka North Range
Mount Gongga Hiking Yaks
Hike from 3900m to pass more pastures and arrive at 4100m at another pasture. Big mountains on your left and rock faces on your right. Trail underfoot becomes less comfortable while you have more open views. Campsite is close to a glacier by the foot of Leiduomanyin. This is a windy campsite and the highest of all.
Gonggashan Hiking at Riwuqie
Mount Gongga at Little Konka
A difficult day starts by walking up to the 4800m pass. Necessary breaks while walking to catch your breath or taking pictures. A panoramic view by the top of the Riwuqie pass where you can see great views of the mountains in Gonggashan. After the pass, walk down to REddomaine Camp descending for about 1000m. Guided hiking recommended for this day.
Mount Gongga at Riwuqie Pass
Minya Konka Glaciers
Descend for 300m in 15km. One full day walking in the lush Moxi valley. River-crossing involved. Arrive by Winter Ranch at around 3600m and camp for overnight.
Mount Gongga Hiking Nomands People
Mount Gongga Trekking Campsite
Continue walk to the south and make a U turn to the Gongga Gompa. There is only one monk living here. Overnight by the basic guesthouses at the Gompa.
Prayer Flags at Gonggashan
A late start today after a little walk around the Gompa and watch the sunrise by the Gompa. Gongga Gompa provides one of the best locations to have a full view the peak of Gonggashan. The walking starts by the Gompa and retrace a little before walk to the local Tibetan Tsemed village where you catch your car to drive to Shangmuju, another Tibetan village for guestroom overnight, en route stop by Tsemed Pass to have a final view of Gonggashan.
Mount Gongga at Tsemed Pass
Tibetan People at Shangmuju
Drive from Shangmuju to Kangding, visit Xinduqiao and Zheduo Pass. Overnight in Kangding, nice shower and relax.
Modern Tibetan Town Kangding
Zheduo Pass to Kangding
One full day drive back to Chengdu. Gonggashan Hiking ends.
Winter is not recommended for this Gonggashan Hiking. A good time to travel here would be July, August, September and October. In the monsoon season July and August the mountains are green. In September and October, weather starts to get cold.
Strong walking boots are necessary to do this trek. In this hiking, some sections of the walking trail are rocky and muddy.
Rain proof and Sun block are also necessary when you come to Mount Gongga. The average elevation of this hiking is over 3500 meters. Weather changes quickly.
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