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3. Rock Climbing.

4. Caving

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6. Scuba Diving.

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Minya Konka Panorama Trekking- 10 Days

Trip Introduction

This Minya Konka trekking trip offers you the splendid snow-capped peaks in Eastern Tibetan region. Immerse yourself into the long-cultivated Tibetan Buddhism through far and away nomads village and monastery. This is a memorable adventure walking from a Tibetan village to the heart of the magnificent range of Minya Konka.

Additional Information
Best Season Apr to Oct
Altitude 4670 meter


Itinerary
Day 01
Chengdu - Kangding

The first day is on transfer by vehicle from Chengdu to Kangding(Dartsedo). Our staff gives a brief the previous day in details about our journey to western Sichuan. This is a 6 to 7 hours' riding. We have lunch en route the 318 National Highway. Reach Kangding in the afternoon. Have a little walk in this once-booming Tea-Horse trading town. Feel the style of Kham people and their way of living. Kangding is rather a developed town compare to other towns in this area. Basic supplies are available in this town.(Hotel)

Day 02
Kangding - Gyazela

Our trek starts after a short ride from our hotel to a poorly facilitated sand/gravel working mill where we meet our porter team. It is inside a valley called Gyazela with white water flushing down from upstream. Trail underfoot becomes muddy and rocky as we ascent, and it is with less and less human trace. Primitiveness is obvious when constructions disappear. In a sunny day, we can get sight of the Tianhaizi peak(6070 meters) in the north . Tianhaizi peak and other peaks connected are of great views and itself a series of separated peaks out of the Minya Konka main range. Ascent is gradual along the river. It can get quite misty and possibly rainy in a summer morning. Beautiful mountain views on both sides. We camp in a small meadow by the river. (about 5 hours) (D) (Camping)

Day 03
Gyazela - Gyazela Pasture

Wake up in the cold air. Fog is common in this valley in the morning but will clear out when sun comes out. We keep going up along the river passing the nomads settlement. The yaks stare a lot but won't charge. Plants grow vigorously out of the old landslides on both sides. Mountain rocks stand more vigorously in wind and rain. Former pilgrims and explorers first set foot on this trail and many mountain climbers followed this trail. Ascend via the rugged rocky face at a river junction and listen to the sound made by a tiny waterfall in a tiny water gap. Though not as vast as what we have at the Rongbuk Monastery of Himalaya, view here is more diverse. The Little Konka(Mt. Riuche) is visible if time permits. This Little Konka is an attractive peak summitted by two British in 1980s. It is an almost perfect pyramidal peak. Camp in an open meadow by the small river at an elevation of 4350 meters.(about 5 hours) (B,L,D) (Camping)

Day 04
Gyazala Pasture - Panpanshan Camp

Wake up to catch a glance of the glaciers on the mountains ridges. The valley we covered yesterday becomes a sea of cloud sometimes. If weather permits, the spectacular cloud sea below stretches out of to the end of our sight. Today's mission is to cross over a 4670 meters mountain pass. Gradually ascent and gradually descent into the rather arid open valley named Yulongxi. Mountains at the north blocked the moisture making this valley less green than the former one. All the way down to today's campsite where lots of Cynomys stand and stare. Encompass nomads settlement sometimes en route and probably be hawked by one of them with their handpicked mysterious cordyceps. (approx 5 hours) (B,L,D) (Camping)

Day 05
Panpanshan Camp - Yulongxi

A day's walk in this valley with on strenuous ups or downs until we reach today's campsite, a local Minya Tibetan village where we can make a visit to one of the families if available. Feel the spirit of the Tibetan cowboys when they pass by on either a horse or a motorcycle. Yaks and mosquitoes are all around. Today is rather a recovery from the previous strenuosity and for the following two days' trek. Optional visit to an interesting calcium lake 2 km south of this village.(approx 5 hours) (B,L,D) (Camping)

Day 06
Yulongxi - Yak Ranch

Keep cameras fully charged for today's view. Please don't use too much of your camera power on the adorable baby yaks found in the scattered scrubs. Today we transverse towards the Yulongxi Pass. Follow the trail we spend about 2 hours ascending until get top of the pass. Sublime panoramic views of the Minya Konka peaks stretches out in front of us at the top. In a sunny day, the Minya Konka overtop its correlative peaks soaring 7556 meters into the vast crystal sky. Colors in your lens ranges from dark green at the bottom to white in the middle and blue the top. View is exciting. What's more exciting is that campsite is at a location where we can see the peak of Minya Konka the whole time until dusk comes. Be aware of the weather as it snows unexpectedly sometimes. (approx 5 hours) (B,L,D) (Camping)

Day 07
Yak Ranch - Gongga Gompa

Today we dive into the bottom of the valley to the other side of the river. Route continues steadily up through alpine trees. Mountain on the other side looks like a giant green wall through the interspace of the dense forest. We arrive at Gonga Gompa where we get an even closer view of Minya Konka. This is a centuries' old monastery in Tibetan Buddhism known for its remoteness used by many monks for meditation. This Gompa is also a popular campsite for expeditions to the Minya Konka. Many use this as the first basecamp for Minya Konka climbing. Temples in the monastery are sometimes unavailable for visitors. Consult the monk in the monastery on the etiquette when in a temple if we are going to pay a visit. (approx 5 hours) (B,L,D) (Camping or hostel)

Day 08
Gongga Gompa - Shanmuju

Watch the sunrise on Minya Konka in the morning. Have breakfast before packing up for our last trekking day. Leave late in the morning for our trekking terminal Tsemed camp where we meet our transfer. Today the trail retraces some areas we traveled yesterday. Have lunch at Tsemed camp where a bunch of Tibetan houses stand at this less-visited road split-junction. Stop at the Tsemed Pass to have a last glance of the Minya Konka. Overnight in local basic Minya guesthouse or camp.(approx 3 hours) (B,L,D) (Camping or hostel)

Day 09
Shanmuju - Kangding

Vehicle ride(approx 4 hours) to stopover town Kangding for another night. Plenty time left this afternoon for options like hot spring bath, festival gathering if available.(B) (Hotel)

Day 10
Kangding - Chengdu

Drive back to Chengdu. Kham trek ends.(B)

 

 

 
 
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