Kangding Travel Guide

Kangding Travel Guide and Tour Packages

Kangding is the frontier town between traditional China and Tibet. It is located 300km west to capital city Chengdu of Sichuan Province. Kangding is the capital city of Ganzi Tibetan Prefecture. Kangding is one of the biggest cities in traditional Tibetan area. Historically it was an important business centre between China and Tibet on the Tea-horse-road. Datseto is the former name of Kangding. Kangding is the center of Kham Tibet, a religious, economy center of this part of Sichuan.

Kangding Travel and Tours

Center of Kham Tibet

Popular traveler interests in and near Kangding include Gonggashan, Mugetso, Tagong Grassland, Mount Yala, Hailuogou Glacier Park, Yanzigou Valley, etc.


Mugetso is a nature park near Kangding. It is 20km north to the town of Kangding. It is a paradise composed of alpine lakes, forests, snow-capped mountains and river gorge. Mugetso is a very nice place to visit while traveling in Kangding. A Visit to Mugetso takes about half day. Tourist buses are available in the park although you can do some hikings there too.


Mount Gongga is a 7556-meter mountain and the eastern most 7-thousander on earth. It is sometimes called Minya Konka, the same as the name of the range itself. Minya is the name of how the local Tibetan people call themselves: Minya Tibetans. Konka means big white mountain. Mount Gongga is also a holy mountain in local Buddhist culture. Mount Gongga can be seen from Hailuogou Glacier Park at Camp 4 from its east, Zimei Pass and Yaha Pass from its west, Kangding Airport from its north.

Mount Yala and Tagong Grassland

If you look to do some hiking in Kangding, then this is the one. From Kangding to Mount Yala and the into Tagong, primitive, not spoiled and most importantly, it is beautiful. The hiking is in the valleys of primitive landscape and beautiful lakes and mountains. It ends in Tagong, a Buddhist town of Kham with stunning Buddhist constructions and interesting local Tibetan people. This is truly an adventure into the wild Sichuan.

Recommended length of visiting: half day to 2-3 weeks;

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Kangding Travel Guide and Tours
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    Kangding is the No. one Tibetan town of Kham Tibet / eastern Tibet. It is now a half Tibetan and half Chinese. Kangding in China is more famed by the song “the Love Song of Kangding”, however it is the most important stopover place for travelers who go further west.

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    Gonggashan Hiking

    Gonggashan is a group of big mountains south to Kangding town. It is one of the most popular hiking places in China. It provides excellent views and experiences with its big glaciers, snow-capped mountains, alpine valleys and local Tibetan nomads people.

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    Mugetso is a park near Kangding. It is 20km north to the town of Kangding. It is a paradise composed of alpine lakes, forests, snow-capped mountains and river gorge. Mugetso is a very nice place to visit while traveling in Kangding. Do not miss it!

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    Kangding Hiking - Mount Yala and Tagong Grassland

    Mount Yala is a 5820-meter mountain in north Kangding north to Mugestso. It is a holy mountain for local people for its resemblance of a lotus flower, which is a holy flower in Tibetan belief. Tagong Grassland is a rolling land of prairies roamed by Tibetan nomads people. Tagong has many Buddhist schools and it is a religious center of Kham people.


Getting There and Around

You can go to Kangding by bus, by air or by private car. Kangding is an essential transfer place of western Sichuan. A train is estimated to run between Chengdu and Kangding in the next 10 years’ time.more>>

Go to Kangding By Bus

A more popular way of getting there is by bus. The bus departs several shifts from Chengdu at Chengdu Xinnanmen Tourist Center every day. All the buses depart at Xinnanmen Bus Station are before 2 pm. The bus takes about 7 hours from Chengdu to Kangding.

Go to Kangding By Air

There is an airport in Kangding which has flights between Chengdu and Kangding. The flight schedules on every day from around April to November in the morning but sometimes it cancels due to bad weather. From the airport it is another 1.5 hours drive to the town of Kangding.more>>

Useful Kangding Travel Tips

Gathered below is the most useful travel guide to Kangding. Important travel information of Kangding includes travel season and climate, detailed and useful Kangding travelers’ maps, tips for traveling in Kangding, accommodation and food issues about traveling to Kangding.

Travel Season

The best time to visit Kangding is from May to October. . The climate of Kangding can be summarized as a late spring, a short summer, a short autumn and a cold winter. Spring is from May to June when normally the snow will melt up on the mountain tops. more>>

Planning Ideas

If you are planning any visit to Kangding and not sure of how long to stay or where to visit in Kangding, then you should have a look of this. Gathered here are the detailed planning ideas of traveling in Kangding for different durations and styles.more>>

Useful Travel Maps

Find useful travel maps of Kangding including transport map, location map, tourist map of Mugetso, Hailuogou and Yanzigou. You can also find useful map of Mount Yala and Tagong, hiking map of Gonggashan, etc. more>>

Accommodation and Food

There are good hotels in Kangding you can find including some 3 star modern hotels as well as some basic hostels. While traveling to further and more remote places near Kangding, you can find local Tibetan Guesthouses. Food is plenty in Knagding including Sichuan Food and local Tibetan Style food. more>>

Kangding Tour Packages

View below the best-selected tour packages of Kangding. Included are the family-friendly lodge-based hiking tour to western Sichuan doing a circuit from Chengdu, an adventure hiking near Kangding to Mount Yala and Tagong and the trekking tour to Mount Gongga near Kangding from Chengdu. Find your deals!

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    Western Sichuan Adventure Hiking Tour - 9 Days from $1090

    In this week-long Small Circle in western Sichuan, you have the chance to experience real Tibetan culture and beautiful Tibetan landscapes. Highlights include Hailuogou Glacier Park, Kangding, Tagong Tibetan town, Danba Tibetan Village and the snow-capped Mount Siguniang.


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    Kangding Hiking – 8 days from $1288

    Kangding 8 days hiking is a perfect adventure in Sichuan for families. It starts in Chengdu and visit the Tibetan town Kangding. The hiking is in the valleys of primitive landscape and beautiful lakes and mountains. It ends in Buddhist town of Kham Tagong.


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    Mount Gongga Shan In-depth Hiking – 9 Daysfrom $1388

    Have the authentic experiences follow off-beat horse trails in Gonggashan. Visit ancient and back country Buddhist monastery Gongga Gompa and hidden glaciers. This 9-day Mount Gonggashan hiking brings you to view the highest mountain in Sichuan Province.


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About 45mins' fly from Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou is a fantastic land of sceneries - lakes, waterfalls, forests...

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Chengdu has many places to go - Panda Base, ancient temples, streets, parks...

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Leshan has the largest stone buddha, also a World Heritage Site, Leshan Giant Buddha.

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Emeishan is only about two hours driving from Chengdu. You can visit Buddhist temple and trek.

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Mount Siguniang has four magnificent peaks to climb and three beautiful valleys to visit.

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Sertar is the Kingdom of Buddhism. It is famous for Buddhist culture and beautiful prairies.

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Mount Gongga is the highest peak in Sichuan Province. It is an ideal destination for trekking and climbing.

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Shunan Bamboo

Shunan Bamboo Forest in Yibin is a cool place for summer retreat, also a good place for trip.

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Daocheng Yading

Many people believe Daocheng Yading is the Real Shangrila. It is also a good place for trekking.

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