This morning, take your flight to Kangding. Pick up at the airport and meet your guide. You will leave by car for Tagong grasslands with your fellow travelers. On the way, you will go through Zheduo pass (4200m).
You will spend the night in Tagong, also called Lhagang in Tibetan, to acclimatize to the altitude.
Start your day with the exploration of Tagong. You will visit Tagong monastery and relax in the afternoon so that you can keep acclimatizing to the altitude and prepare for your trek departure on the next day.
This morning you will leave Tagong by car for a short ride to reach Manijiago where your yaks and horses will be prepared for the trek. Today your trek is not too hard: you’ll pass yak herds, see some vultures then you’ll slowly leave the sounds of the city to enjoy total nature.
Tonight you will camp and sleep near a river around 4200m high.
This morning, after a good breakfast, you will leave for your second day of hike. You will walk about 2hrs before reaching the highest pass of your stay at 4800m high. Your yaks and horses caravan will also go through the pass: seeing the agility of these animals is quite impressive.
After a good 5-hour walk you will settle your camp at Zhakra for the night. You’ll be near a nomad camp and you’ll be able to enjoy a bath in natural hotsprings.
Today is a pretty easy day. You’ll start your walk down the valley and along the river. Then you’ll go up through the forest and walk through a pass at 4000m. Your camping site won’t be far after the pass.
Today you will walk up a beautiful valley and through pastures surrounded by high range mountains. Some nomads might have set their summer camp with their yaks in the area. You will hike up the last pass of the trek at 4500m then you’ll walk down to the valley and reach your starting point in Manijiago.
Today it’s time to say goodbye to the nature, Tibetan plateau and hit the road back to Chengdu (6-7hrs drive). Enjoy a good shower and a comfortable bed at your hotel in Chengdu.
Today, your driver will take you back to the airport, and you’ll take your flight back home.
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I wish to thank Emilie and Travel Stone for the great arrangement they made before the departure, we got all the info we needed in advance about clothes, equipment and any further question we had was immediately addressed so we could made our own preparations for the trip.
I got all the support I needed while booking flights/trains to the meeting point (we traveled during pandemic so there was lot of uncertainty in booking inland transfers) and everything went smooth!
The multiple days trek was just amazing, the weather was not the best since was still quite cold despite was early May (we found snow as well!), but we were ready to that.
Kunchok was our guide for the entire trip, just a great man and very skilled hiker always ready to help and motivate us during the hike. How not to mention Kunchok culinary expertise? He together with the horsemen cooked for us for all the trek, from breakfast to dinner… meat, veggies, pasta, soups and many other simple but tasty foods.
Local horsemen that took us around and helped with luggage, tents, food were super friendly despite language barriers, they even invited us to their home for a tea to warm up on the last day.
The village of Tagong is also very nice to visit after/before the trek, many Tibetan monks around and the atmosphere is very authentic.
If you are looking for a very enjoyable experience in China, out of the beaten path, authentic, with a skilled organization but still a very easygoing and friendly atmosphere, I totally recommend Travel Stone’s trips! Hope can join them again in the future!”