Day01: Arrive ChengDu
Pickup from the airport & transfer to your city hotel.
Day02: ChengDu / KangDing
Drive 6-7hr to KangDing in your chartered vehicle. Journey is about 350km drive
Visit to JinGang monastery, a 700-year old monastery that belongs to the NingMa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, also commonly known as “Red sect”
Day03: XinDuQiao / YuLongXi
3hr mini-van ride to arrive at a Tibetan home-stay in YuLongXi. There are several great spots for a picturesque view of Minya Konka. After lunch, we can go for a short hike to a colourful Calcium lake
Day04: YuLongXi / MoXi valley
Trekking starts today! It is uphill climb right from the beginning. Go slow and tackle the climb one step at a time. You should reach the high-pass at 4560m (approx. 3.5hr) to see Minya Konka. From the LongQIngMa high-pass, you will be rewarded with an awesome view of Minya Konka on a clear day.
After a quick packed-lunch, we will trek along the ridgeline and descent down to MoXi valley. It is a slight uphill from the stream back to the ridge-line before we get to GongGa monastery (3750m). The monastery offers a close-up of Minya Konka and you will sleep inside the monastery in dormitory rooms.
Day05: MoXi valley / GongGa Monastery
It is a very easy day, so you have all the time in the morning to enjoy the campsite. Continue your trek up to GongGa Monastery. Undulating terrain all the way. GongGa Monastery is built near the end of the GongGa Glacier
(Tibetan monastery dormitory)
Day06: GongGa monastery / Base camp of Minya Konka 4200m
Trek to base camp along the river-bed up to the base camp to see Minya Konka upclose. If your fitness allows, you can trek a further 2hr to see the glacier.
Day07: Base camp / GongGa monastery
Rise & shine to the cool & fresh mountain air. Our leader/cook would be preparing breakfast for you. After breakfast, follow the same trail back to the monastery.
Day08: GongGa monastery / BaWang Lake / CaoKe hot-spring resort
Today is also of the most enjoyable section. After breakfast in the monastery, we continue to trek along the valley. From the monastery, after a short uphill section, it is a long 700m descent down the valley. Follow the valley alongside the stream towards BaWang lake.
The trail here is generally undulating, with 2-3 sections of steep but very short uphill. Have quick packed-lunch by the lakeside. Continue the descent on the single track until we come to the end of the trekking trail at the dam (2950m), where our pre-arranged vehicle will pick you up and drive to the Tibetan township of CaoKe(1500m). After a long day, be rewarded with a nice hot-spring resort in CaoKe.
Day09: CaoKe / ChengDu
Take your chartered transport back to ChengDu.
Day10: Depart ChengDu