The 3,200-meter above sea level Shangri-la is near the border of Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet, and it is on the southeastern brim of the world’s rooftop Tibetan Plateau, too. There are snow mountain, deep valleys, steppes, high mountain lakes and virgin forests, almost all different things from different climate zones can be seen here. In the area surrounding Shangri-la, there are more than 470 snow-coverd peaks of over 4,000 meters above sea level. Steppe pasture is like the heaven on earth. It is an excellent place seldom seen on our planet, the indigenous beauty of natural scenery is preserved and the traditional life of local Tibetan people is still maintained.
Thirteen ethnic groups including Tibetan, Lisu, Han Chinese, Naxi, Yi, Bai and Hui are living in Shangri-la. Different ethnic groups have different lifestyles, costumes, architecture and wedding customs.
Meili Snow Mountain , or Kawa Karpo, is a sacred mountain of Tibetan Buddhism in Deqin County in Di Qing. It is the highest mountain in Yunnan Province. Kagebo is the highest peak, which is 6,740 meters above sea level. The mountain is known as a religious meditation site.
|Highlights||Visit important Tibetan Monasteries in this area|
Visit local families of different ethnic people: Tibetan, Naxi and Lisu
Enjoy the great geographic diversity; discover the wonderful world of wildlife
Watch the rare species of Yunnan golden monkey
Discover hundreds of different kind of rhododendron
Go off-the-beaten path in comfort
|INCLUDED||All land transfers on best-in-class local transportation indicated in the itinerary.
All admission fees and activities as indicated in itinerary.
All accommodation based on double occupancy.
Domestic flight of Beijing/Shangri-La/Beijing.
All meals starting from Dinner on Day second to Breakfast on the last day.
Complimentary soft drinks, local beer, coffee, tea and drinking water at Songtsam lodges.
Drinking water and snacks throughout the trip.
|EXCLUDED||Medical, Travel Insurance or Evacuation Insurance plans.
International Air fare to and from Beijing.
Personal telecommunication / laundry charges.
Excursions and activities not included in itinerary.
|ACCOMMODATION||Beijing Ronyard Hotel
Day 1: Arrive in Beijing
Your flight will touch down in our capital city today. Our local professional guide and experienced driver will meet you outside the baggage claim area at the airport, and then transfer you to check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is for you to recover from the jet leg.
Day 2:Flight from Beijing to Shangri-la (3,300m)
You will be transferred to airport to take the flight to Shangri-la. Be picked up and send to hotel. The rest of the day is for you to Relax and adjust to altitude. Dinner at hotel.
Learn local people to take the kora and pray for blessing in the early morning. Then visit the Songzhanlin Monastery. In the afternoon, visit the handicraft workshop, lacquer bowl painting. Then drive for 2 hours to get the Benzilan hotel. Dinner at hotel.
Day 4: Benzlian- Tacheng(2,020m)
In the morning, visit pristine Tibetan villages in the mountains and take a walk into the forests to experience the dramatic altitude and climatic change. Have a picnic lunch at scenic spot, then drive for 2 hours to get Tacheng. Walk through the villages and beautiful fields around the lodge (depends on time of arrival)
Day 5: Tacheng(2,020m)
Visit Yunnan Golden Monkey national park and hike for 1-2hours into the nature reserve. Back to hotel to have Lunch. Then visit the Buddha Cave in the afternoon, and take a walk of the pilgrimage road (2hours).
Day 6: Tacheng- Cizhong (2,000m)
Drive to Cizhong along scenic upper Mekong river (5 hrs). On the way, visit Weixi Church and have a picnic lunch. Stop at Tongle Lisu village for taking photos. – Visit Cizhong church and explore Cizhong villages surrounded by terraced field and grape yards. (Join the Mass after the dinner if on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening).
Day 7: Cizhong-Meili(3,600m)
Drive to Meili after breakfast. On the way, you will have several stops for taking photos and visit Qudengge where to get the “key” to worship Mt. Kawagebo. Arrive at Meili Lodge in the afternoon, relax or take an easy walk around the lodge to the little village.
Day 8: Meili(3,600m)
Morning sunrise at Kawagebo , there will be a small ceremony worshiping Kawagebo . Then Hike to Baima Snow Mountain area and have a picnic lunch at the scenic spot. (Alternatively, hike to the mountains around the lodge to look for Snow Lotus and other rare flowers and plants.
Day 9: Meili-Shangri-la(3,030m)
Drive back to Shangri-la after breakfast. Drive over Baima Snow Mountain and visit Dongzhulin Monastery on the way. Lunch at Benzilan, where you will visit traditional handicraft village of Nixi for Black Pottery making workshop. Have farewell dinner at hotel.
Day 10: Departure from Shangri-la to Beijing
Drive to airport after breakfast at hotel to take the flight to Beijing. Then connect with your homeward flight. Your memorable Shangri-la trip ends here.
|2||$3760 per person (1 double occupancy room)|