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Kham Trek - Mt. Yala and Tagong Grassland Trekking - 8 Days

Trip Introduction

This 8-day Kham journey(4 days trekking) is rather a less-noticed trekking route covering views of Mt. Yala and Tagong Grassland. It has a gallery of fine views for a backpacking trip. Highlights include less-know snow mountains, glaciers, lakes and unattended hot springs. This trip will also go through one of the religious centers of Kham, Tagong Grassland.
Additional Information
Best Season May to Oct
Altitude: 4600Meter.

Day 01
Chengdu - Kangding

This trip starts in Chengdu. The day before be briefed in details by our staff about the trip. Optional airport pick-up if required. Drive eastward via Chengdu-Ya'an Highway and have lunch en route. This 6 to 7 hours' riding ends up in Kangding. Landscape changes as the altitude rises. We go from the muggy Chengdu via transitional rainy Ya'an and arrive at the wind-blowing Kangding. (Hotel)

Day 02
Kangding - Zhonggu

Kangding is a Tibetan town. Have a morning walk along the Tsedo River to have a last minute shopping. We transfer to our trekking starting point, Zhonggu, a small village 30 kilometers north to Kangding in a relatively remote valley. Optional sightseeing spot is a natural lake named Mugetso en route will take another 3 to 4 hours to visit. While in Zhonggu, we accommodate ourselves in a guesthouse of local Tibetans where we meet our porter team. Have a visit to the primary school next door if we travel during school season or try an acclimatization walk in the village. (B,L,D) (Hotel)

Day 03
Zhonggu - Shidetzi

Walk on the village road after departure after and gradually ascent into forest on sometimes a muddy trail. This trail was used by caravans in ancient times for tea and horse trade between Kangding and Danba. Accustom ourselves into a proper pace. Camp at a spacious meadow where alpine terrains on both sides. (approx 5 hours) (B,L,D) (Camping)

Day 04
Shidetzi - Yumtso

Today we continue our expedition in Langma Valley. Our sight gets wider as elevation gains gradually. In a sunny day, we have the clear views of primitive forest and green mountains under blue sky. Aged rock faces and hovering eagles bring a blink of the old religion the locals hold. This crimpled mountain range is part of the Hengduan mountains east to the Himalayas on Tibetan Plateau (as a transitional terrain between the Plateau and the Sichuan Basin). Glaciers on the mountains remain unmelted under sunlight though scorched a little we feel on ourselves. After lunch we get to the end of Langma Valley and ascent a 4100 meters mountain pass. The whole view of Langma Valley tells the terrain we have bushwhacked through. Plants grow out of slowly-formed landslides providing quite a unique view. Two small lakes spread out beside the detritus trail as we continue today's journey. The ""Sister Lakes"" is what the people call them. Descent a little to today's campsite next to a turquoise lake named Yumtso where on the other side the peak of Mt. Yala is standing. Yumtso is not big but surprisingly bluish green. Yumtso is the Tibetan name for this lake meaning ""a lake of jade or gem"" indicating its turquoise color and also the nobility of what a jade stands for in Tibetan culture. This place is a holy site for ceremonial rituals by local Tibetan Buddhists. All six colors of Prayer's Flags are hanging around Yumtso. Please be aware that the flags are sacred objects for Buddhists not to be taken down or for other uses. Optional one day stay during ceremonial season in summer. (approx 6 hours) (B,L,D) (Camping)

Day 05
Yumtso - Hot Spring

In the morning before set out, watch the sunrise on Mt. Yala(5820 meters). Glaciers on the mountain ridge is in the color of light blue giving a feeling of limpidity and coldness. Many have tried to summit this peak since 1990s. In 1999, a Janpanese expedition team failed to summit, and followed by Britains and Koreans years later, all failed to get to the top. Its harsh weather condition and steepness are the two major hold-up for successful summits. After breakfast, we walk on a rather covert trail in a more dense wood as this is a more remote horse trail in a more secluded valley where the forest gradually thinning to open meadows and to rocky massifs. Three hours mild ascent before we reach our campsite where we can enjoy an open air hot bathe in one of these unattended hot springs. Simply stacked at its edge by rocks, hot spring pools have a temperature of around 40C, a perfect treatment after three days' walking. Weather is unpredictable here as this valley is under monsoon zone and altitude is around 3800 meters, during night the temperature drops below 0C even in Summer time. Yaks are generally not aggressive but be aware of the yaks when you go to the toilet as yaks like the smell of human excrement, so be careful. (approx 4 hours) (B,L,D) (Camping)

Day 06
Spring - Gerima

Wake up in the cold air, or freshed up by the cold water and have breakfast prepared by our cook. Today we go zidzagging up to the 4600 mountain pass through thick shrubs, rocky surface and a long accumulated rubble trail until get to the top. Four hours' strenuousness and 3 big terraces and 800 meters' altitude gain for panoramic views at the pass: peak of Mt Yala, Tagong Grassland. It is quite spacious on the mountain pass. The peak is sometimes hidden in the cloud, when it shows up, the lotus-like peak(or some say a crown-like) is very close that one wants to touch. The view behind us is the vast Tagong Grassland on which yaks are like small black dots in the distance. Descent for another 800 meters to a nunnery located in a village named Gerimah. Along our way to the ending point, enjoy views on Tagong. Tagong Grassland is inevitably a piece of picturesque land for Tibetans when in Spring and Summer it revives from flowers and greens and rustling streams and pasturing yaks. No doubt Buddhists say Tagong Grassland is the place that favored by Buddha. After natures today we encounter cultures. Be transferred to our overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tagong town after arrival.(approx 8 hours) (B) (Guesthouse)

Day 07
Tagong - Kangding

An optional visit to the Buddhist school behind the monastery. This school has been under donation for a long time by travelers all over the world. Or take a rest and be fed with travel stories in the Kampa Cafe run by Angela. Later this day we transfer 4 hours to Kangding as a stopover on way back to Chengdu. Stop at Xinduqiao for a camera break if weather permits. Buy some suvenirs if preferred in Kangding or have yourself loosen up in the only Dicos in downtown. Optinal hot spring bath after dinner. (B) (Hotel)

Day 08
Kangding - Chengdu

Head back to the capital city Chengdu, another 6 to 7 hours' coach riding before check in your hotel lunch en route. Kham trekking journey ends.(B)


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