The Three Parallel Rivers Area of Yunnan encompasses the majestic land hemmed in by the mighty Yangtze, the free-flowing Mekong and the wild Salween. Many of the twenty five different ethnic minorities currently living in Yunnan can be found in this area which features snow-capped peaks more than 6,000 meters high, glaciated gorges and terraced fields. These peaceful people have for generations not only preserved, but also nurtured this “Shangri-la”.
This trip is for adventurous travelers looking for an experience encompass physical and cultural activities; discovers unique wildlife and explores untouched, wild regions.
From the stunning views of the highest snow peak of Yunnan to the lush and flowery Mekong valley, this trip takes you through the heart of Three Parallel Rivers Area and reveals the living heritage.
|Highlights||Explore untamed and wild terrains at Meili Snow Mountains|
Every year many Tibetans as well as travelers travel from all over the world to worship Kawagebo, the major peak of Meili snow mountain range.
Understand the rich culture through experiential activities
This circuit is a voyage of breathtaking landscapes and wonderful cultures. All activities are designed for travelers to experience the living heritage intimately
Enjoy the great geographic diversity; discover the wonderful world of wildlife
Due to the quick changes in altitude, one can move from cold snowy mountains to warm flower-filled valleys within a couple of hours, and experience four seasons within one day.
Go off-the-beaten path in comfort
Throughout the journey, guests will be staying in Tibetan style boutique Hotels – Songtsam Lodges. All lodges feature exquisite level of amenities, handpicked antique furniture/art collections and services that guests wouldn’t expect for such remote places.
|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.
After breakfast at hotel, visit the Songzhanlin Monastery in early morning. Then drive for 2 hours at the Benzilan, where you will explore Nixi village for traditional black pottery and visit Tibetan villages on foot around the area . Check in at the Songtsam Benzilan. In the evening, visit prayer centers when old people came to pray. ( It happens most of the nights but not fixed.)
Day 4: Benzlian- Meili (3,600m)
After breakfast, visit Shusong Nunnery and Dongzhulin Monastery, where you will have a conversation with Khenpo and Meditation experience. Then drive to Meili over Baima Snow Mountain. Check in at Songtsam Meili in the afternoon, relax or an easy walk in the Tibetan village.
Day 5: Meili(3,600m)
Enjoy the morning sunrise at Kawagebo, there will be a small ceremony worshiping Kawagebo, you will burn incense in Tibetan way and go to Qudengge to pick up the “Key”for worshiping Mt. Kawagebo. In the afternoon visit the Mingyong Glacier, Lotus temple and Taizi temple (Lunch box at scenic spots). Dinner at hotel.
Day 6: Meili- Cizhong (2,000m)
Drive for 2 hours to Cizhong. On the way, stop at different places for photographing. Visit Yuzhu Temple on the way, which is the only Nymapa temple in this area. Arrive Cizhong in the afternoon, you will visit the Cizhong church and explore the village (Join the Mass after the dinner if on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening)
Day 7: Cizhong-Tacheng(2,020m)
Drive to Tacheng after breakfast. On the way,stop at Tongluo Lisu village for taking photos. Then drive along the scenic upper Mekong river , on the way, you will visit the Shouguo Temple, Weixi Church and have a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, walk through the Tacheng villages and beautiful fields around the lodge. Dinner at hotel.
Visit Buddha Cave and Laiyuan temple in the morning. Then take a walk of the pilgrimage road (2hours) – Lunch at local family in the village. In the afternoon, visit Qizong village to know the story about this area. – Have a conversation with Living Buddha. Dinner at hotel.
Visit Yunnan Golden Monkey national park in the morning. Then drive to Zetong village to visit the Guru and receive Blessing. Drive for 2 hours back to Shangri-la in the afternoon and then have farewell dinner.
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)|