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The AreaWalking in Szechuan, China

The province of Szechuan is one of the largest in China. The west of the province has some of the highest mountains in China as it borders the Himalayas and Szechuan is home to many fascinating ethnic minorities. One group is the people of Tibetan origin living on a high grass plateau. In majestic surroundings, they continue to maintain a culture and language akin to Tibetans living within Tibet. As practicing Buddhists their temples, monasteries and village hillsides are festooned with prayer flags - all creating a truly wondrous sight. Visitors to this part of China have a feeling of being in the Wild West with horses and ‘cowboy’ hats being a major feature. Many continue to practice their ancient nomadic life style, and their canvas tents and yak herds scattered far and wide over the grasslands will be witnessed in your travels.

This amazing region of China remains in a time warp and will appeal especially to visitors with an adventurous spirit!  To access it requires travel over a high mountain range with surrounding snow-capped peaks rising to over 5000m.  Beyond the mountains are extensive grass plateau and into the folds of the mountain lie deep verdant valleys. This is the majestic setting for our trekking itinerary.


The Walking

You will be walking through grassy plains set between high mountain peaks as well as out on the open steppe of the high plateau. The whole region is festooned with stunning monasteries and prayer flags waving in the breeze.  From the monasteries, the sound of Tibetan monks at prayer softly fills the air and occasionally they will permit visitors to enter sacred areas during prayer or lesson time – a great privilege and an exceptionally rare and precious experience.

We offer two itineraries – one includes some nights in tented accommodation and enables you to trek deep into a very remote region. You would need to be comfortable with this kind of remoteness there being no permanent housing within a 50 mile radius - a situation almost unknown in Europe.

There are no marked paths and a guide is essential. Although the walks are not long with little ascent and descent, you will be walking between 3200m to a height of 4100m, so altitude is a consideration during this trek. For this reason we include a rest day after your arrival in the mountains for altitude acclimatisation.

Walk Grading

Easy to Moderate due to altitude.

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Chengdu - Buddha Zen - 4 Star

In Chengdu  - A traditional and classy courtyard-style hotel located within the narrow streets of the ‘old town’, the Buddha Zen offers rooms with modern Chinese décor with classic wood furnishings, flat screen TV, tea/coffee making amenities, safe and private bathrooms. The hotel also features a Chinese restaurant, Tea House and Spa where guests can relax. English is spoken.

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Chengdu - Wenjun Hotel - 3 Star

In Chengdu - A courtyard hotel, the Wenjun is a modern Chinese style hotel located in a pleasant shopping street.  Rooms are air-conditioned  with WIFI, tea/coffee-making facilities and a satellite TV. Slippers and free toiletries are provided. Each room has a seating area outside and the courtyard has a bar and tables for outside dining. English is well spoken.

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Chengdu - Dorsset Grand Hotel - 5 Star

In Chengdu - This is a modern 5 star hotel 4km from the centre of Chengdu and has everything which you would expect from a hotel of this standard. 

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Day 1 Arrive in Chengdu - if you have time we will arrange a visit to the Panda Sanctuary (optional extra) Overnight Chengdu.

Day 2 Set off from Chengdu across the plains before journeying into the mountains. After following the Dadu river as it flows through deep gorges, arrive at Moxi (1530m) and your hotel. Moxi is a small town noted for its Catholic church built by missionaries 100 years ago. Drive time 7 hours.

Day 3 Visit the Hailuogou glacier, one of the largest and lowest in the world before driving via the amazing Redstone National Park where red lichen covers the river stone. Continue to Kangding (2800m) crossing a pass at 3900m. Overnight Kangding. Drive time 3 hours, (excluding Glacier excursion).

Day 4
Acclimatize with a relaxing day and just an afternoon walk to explore the local hillsides, working Monasteries and Tibetan Heritage Museum within this Tibetan ethnic area. Overnight Kangding.

Day 5
Drive via a mountain pass at 4400m over to the high Tagong grasslands. You will walk the last part into Tagong experiencing this amazing landscape; your bag will be carried onto the hotel. Drive 3 hours.

Day 6 Local walks around Tagong lead accross the seemingly unending grassland dotted with Yaks, horses and local Tibetans. Snow capped high mountains add a beautiful back drop to the meadows far below. You will visit working monasteries and experience their way of life through talking to the monks with your guide as interpreter. Wander through Tagong complete with its ‘cowboys’ on horseback riding down the main street and visit a special Buddhist temple. Overnight Tagong. Ascent 250m Descent 250m 12 miles 7 hours

Day 7 Leaving the absolute tranquillity of this remote mountain valley continue walking for a short distance across the Taizhan Valley to meet your transport which will take you to the fascinating village of Tagong (3700m) which will seem initially like a metropolis until you adapt. Overnight Tagong. Ascent nil Descent 350m 4 ½ miles 2 ½ hours   Road transfer 4 hours.

Day 8 You first visit a Buddhist temple before departing today and returning to Chengdu, either flying from the world’s second highest airport of Kangding – transfer time to airport 1 hour 30 minutes then 45 minute flight time, or return by car taking approximately 9 hours.

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Chengdu can be visited all year around however best avoided is July and August as they are the wettest and hottest months. December to February are the coldest with temperatures averaging around 5C but rarely above 10C or below 0C.

Tibetan area, due to the high altitude the winters are cold November to March with temperatures rarely into double figures in C, but it is the driest so good clear days are to be expected. July and August are the hottest above 20C and along with June and September are the wettest.

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Getting to China from the UK is easy with a choice of airlines serving Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hong Kong non-stop from London. Alternatively, from many other airports in the UK it is possible to fly to these airports via a point in Europe or the Middle East. From your Chinese gateway city you fly on to the starting point for your Chinese adventure. Once you have chosen the itinerary you wish we will research the best flight combinations and send them to you, this may include arrive and leaving from different gateways.

For the Szechuan mountains, flights would be best to and from Chengdu.

Between itineraries, (including Xi’an) you can either travel by air or by train, in both instances we will book these. Train is normally an overnight sleeper and is a very comfortable way to travel.

We will send you details of all travel options to/from and inside China with your personalized quotation, and include flights or trains as you request.

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Guided Trek


  • Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary - normally lunch, dinner and breakfast

  • Transfers between the airport or railway station and the first/last hotels

  • Local air or train fares as indicated in the itinerary

  • Personal English speaking guide and driver

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

Not Included:

  • China Visa (approx £151)

  • Drinks with meals

Please note these prices may differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices.

All prices are valid for 2018 & 2019 

*Prices below are being held at the existing rates until 31/08/18 for all bookings.

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £and are based on sharing a twin/double standard room. 




Number of nights in China

2 Travellers

4 Travellers

Single room supplement No sole travellers

Approximate air seat price#

All Year *

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# Typical economy seat price from London to Chengdu if booked more than 3 months in advance. Will be higher in Chinese and major UK holiday periods. Add £240 per person for flight from Chengdu to Kangding for Szechuan.

Flight and train costs between holidays will be quoted to your needs. i.e. Beijing to Xi’an and Xi’an to Guilin.

*Supplements will apply for nights during main Chinese holidays:-                                                          

Spring Festival

3 Jan – 4 Feb

Qingming Festival

4-6 April

Labour Day

1-3 May

Dragon Boat

29 May – 3 Jun

Moon Festival

3-5 Oct

National Day

1-7 October


On other smaller holidays, supplements may apply.

Update: RH14

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