Western Sichuan, historically known as Kham, incorporates the Eastern region of Tibet. Inhabited by the Khampa Tibetans, it is an essential centre of ancient Tibetan culture.
In this expedition, you will have the opportunity to pass through the rugged mountainous areas, beautiful lakes, grasslands, snow peaks and forests.
With the picturesque landscapes, this journey will take you to villages and communities previously closed to most travelers, both geographically and culturally.
For centuries, Qinghai and Tibet have been regarded as some of the most inaccessible areas for tourists. In the past this remote inhospitable highland was only by accessible by air travel or over rough highways which prevented many lovers of Tibet from experiencing this area. The opening of the Qinghai-Tibet ends this situation.
Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world's highest railway, extends 1956 kilometers from Xining to Lhasa. Scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet railway is stunningly beautiful, with vast grasslands, crystal clear alpine lakes, deep gorges, snow-capped mountains and much more.
Located in the western region of Tibet, with an average altitude above 4,500 meters, Ngari or A-Li prefecture is known as the "the roof of the world's roof" and the most “Tibetan” part of Tibet. Dragon Expeditions specially customized this unique itinerary to cater to those who have already been to the more common and commercial areas & sights in Tibet, but still eager to see the much lesser-travelled areas of Tibet. If you want to explore the wildest nature, the rugged, unearthly beauty of the world's highest plateau and its rich Buddhist culture, this 4x4 overland trip will truly surpass your wildest imagination!
Mount Four Girls is located between County Xiao Jin and County Wen Chuan, made up of the four peaks what are adjoined together. According to the local Tibeten legend, The four peaks are four beautiful girls.
A short trekking trip to the scenic Haizi Gou in Siguniang region, ideal for those in Chengdu who want to try some easy trekking on a long weekend. Although in a Tibetan area, this region is still open for foreign groups. If you're interested in this trek but are an individual or a small group then let us know and we may be able to find others locally who would be interested in coming along.
This peak is part of the Qionglai range, in the Siguniangshan (Four Girl Mountains) region. It is accessed from Shuangqiao Gou
It is covered with a snow cap all year round, although much of the ascent looks to be on rock.
This two day beginners caving trip to the undeveloped parts of Longmen Dong (near Ya'an) makes a perfect weekend away from Chengdu doing something very different.
Topic Started April 8th, 2010by Kang Bo
Longmen Dong (Dragon's Gate Cave) is a conglomerate cave in Lushan County (near Ya’an), around three hours drive from Chengdu. Part of the cave has been developed into a show-cave and has been opened for tourism; however, there are over 10km of undeveloped passage which make for a good introduction to caving as a sport. Your guide for the trip will be Matt Ryan, a British caver with over ten years of experience. Matt was one of the original team of cavers who mapped the cave in 2003.
Mt. Genyen is an isolated mountain massif surrounded by the vast grassland of Litang – the heart of Kham, one of the three “Tibetan Cultural Provinces”. With 6204m (main peak) it is the third highest mountain range in Sichuan. Mt. Genyen plays an important role in Tibetan Buddhism. The monks of the Rangu Monastery at its bottom are severe protectors of its divinity. However, there have been several ascents of this summit – some of them clandestinely. Accessibility from Chengdu is not easy; one reason why this beautiful spot has not seen many tourists.
Gongga is more or less impossible to climb (more people have died trying than have succeeded!), the area itself makes a good trekking destination and there are plenty of surrounding peaks for the more adventurous.
Da Feng is the first of a group of 4 mountains known locally as the 4 sisters. It stands at 5025 Meters above sea level and is achievable for most fit aspirant mountaineers on a 4 to 6 day trip.
1st Peak 5025m (Dafeng) is a popular training peak and it sees many successful assents every year. 2nd Peak 5276m (Erfeng) is more challenging and requires basic climbing equipment. The snow line is quite high and the approach takes you through beautiful vegetation, snow caped mountains and lush green valleys. This diverse habitat has given Siguniang the nickname of "the Eastern Alps".
8-day Mt. Siguniang 1st peak & 2nd peak Climbing
The Siguniang Mountains resemble four graceful fairies wearing white mantles and waving to guests from afar. They stand shoulder by shoulder plunging their heads into the clouds, with glaciers wrapping around their shoulders and green forests around their waists. 1st Peak (DaFeng) is considered a trekking trek while 2nd peak (ErFeng) is more challenging as it involves basic climbing equipment.
D1: Arrive in ChengDu(500m)
ErFeng (5276m), also known as Erguniang is more challenging than DaFeng in the Siguniang mountains as it involves basic climbing techniques. Dragon Expeditions and our guides have a wealth of experience in guiding this relatively straightforward peak.
A great mass of black rock soaring over 22,000 feet, Mt. Kailash (6741 m)- the most sacred mountain in the Tibetan Buddhist world is considered to be the centre of the universe. Uncannily symmetrical, this remote and remarkable peak is located in the far west of Tibet. Mt. Kailash has arguably, the unique distinction of being the world's most venerated holy mountain while at the same time being the least visited. Being the sacred mountain of four different religions and over one billion people. Kailash is seen by no more than several thousand pilgrims every year.
Shangri-la, the very name is an incantation that evokes images of a mythical mountain paradise where peace reigns and life approaches perfection. Take to the road and discover some of China's most sublime landscapes! Starting from Chengdu, we drive southwest through spectacular countryside with thoroughly traditional Tibetan villages, concluding in delightful Lijiang. For those who enjoy mild adventure, a bit of 'roughing it' and the real feel of their travel destinations, choose this great tour and start your exploration.
The Friendship Highway in Tibet runs from Lhasa to the Tibet/Nepal border. Part of our tour was to drive down from Lhasa to the Nepal border, through Shigatse and Tingri before arriving at the border-town Zhangmu. It's an amazingly scenic route taking you up into the clouds, mountains, and dry cool air, down to the lush greens of the edge of Nepal.
Luotuo Feng (5484m) serves as a good introduction to more technical mountaineering, suitable for those who have climbed a trekking peak or two and are looking to move up to something a little more challenging.
Wulong County in Chongqing Municipality is a limestone karst area of China
which has recently been granted UNESCO World Heritage protected status. It is
geographically remote and as recently as five years ago there were no good rail
or road links to the county which was rarely visited by outsiders.
A day's drive from Chengdu gives a relatively straight forward 3 - 5 day trek amongst snowy mountains, holy peaks and beautiful lakes on a route that takes us roughly from Kangding to Danba.