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Mt. Minya Gonka Trekking Tour



Tour Type: Sichuan Tours


 

We offer a trekking expedition into eastern Tibet's Da Xue ('Big Snow') mountains, which are dominated by the 24,179-foot Minya Konka. This region of eastern Tibet, now a part of Sichuan province, is known to Tibetans as Kham. The accessibility of these mountains, coupled with their location deep in the heart of Tibet, makes this expedition a unique opportunity for trekking in a pristine area that is rich in Tibetan culture.

As in any physical endeavor, fitness is the most essential ingredient for success. That said, no previous Himalayan trekking experience is needed to take part in our Tibetan trips. In general, a love of mountains and hiking is all that is required. One should be physically fit, meaning that one should be capable of walking a full day with a day pack. If you have any questions about your qualifications or abilities, those questions can be readily answered through a phone conversation with one of our guides.

Beautiful pictures taken by our guide and clients in June time 2012: Mt. Minya Gonka Trekking

 

Option 1: Kangding – Laoyulin – Riwuqie – Moxi - Mt. Gonka - Shangmuju – Kangding – Chengdu

  

Day 01 Chengdu to Kangding [2765m], then to Laoyulin Village [3060m], Tibetan home stay
In the early morning, we meet at XinNanMen Bus Station and depart to Kangding by bus. There’s now a good road from Chengdu to Kangding which in good weather can be travelled in just seven hours. Kangding itself is a fair sized town and, although traditionally a trading post on the border of Tibet and Han cultures is now pretty sinicized compared with later days on our trip. The town is in the base of a steep sided valley on the Zheduo river with an altitude of around 2700m. Surrounded by hills it features the world’s second highest commercial airport a short drive away from the town proper at 4280m. After arrive Kangding, we will drive just 10 km to Laoyulin Village by private vehicle.

Day 02: Laoyulin Village [3060m] / Dacaoba [3500m], start trekking to Xiariwuqie [3800m], camping
Only 8 km driving Laoyulin Village to Dacaoba. Start to trek and acclimate to the climate and the altitude; Climb up along Riwuqie Valley, we can see the jungles, grassland and Single-plank Bridge. We can also meet the herdsman between times. After a 6-7 hours trekking, we can camp on a 90 square meters open ground.

Day 03: Xiariwuqie [3800m] / Shangriwuqie [4330m] / Mountain Pass of Riwuqie [4900m] / Moxi Valley [3900m], camping
Today will be a tough day. We need to go through the pass of Riwuqie. It is about 3 hours trekking from Shangriwuqie to Yakou. There is only a 5 square meters open ground at the pass and there are Mani Grounds and streamers at Yakou. We will camp at the foot of Mt. Leduomanyin; The whole day’s trekking time is 8 hours.

Day 04: Up-Moxi Valley [3950m] / Down-Moxi Valley [3800m], camping
A whole day trekking in Moxi Valley. We may meet some nomad in the valley. There are alluvial lakes, creeks, grasslands, bushes and primeval forests. The total trekking hour is 6-7 hour. It is a downhill way.

Day 05: Down-Moxi Valley [3800m] / Konka Temple [3740m], Monastery Stay
Trekking from Moxi Valley to Konka Temple passing woods and grasslands. Today’s trekking is   continuous uphill and downhill among a lot of knolls. About 5-6 hours’ trekking.

Day 06: Konka Temple [3740m] / Shangmeici Village [3480m], Tibetan Home Stay
Free time in the morning. If the weather permits, we can see the highest peak by taking the northwest path, offered some of the finest views in all of eastern. After enjoying our time at the summit, we will descend into one of the most beautiful sections of the trek. In the spring, the valley we traverse will be dotted with blooming alpine wildflowers, including the blue poppy, the clematis, the white rose and the jack-in-the-pulpit. 2 hours trekking to Shangmeici Village in the afternoon.

Day 07: Shangmeici Village [3480m] / Shangmuju Village [3700m], Hostel Stay
4 hours’ trekking from Shangmeici Village to the pass of Zimeishang [4500m]. We can see the whole Moxi Valley and the snow peaks near the pass of Rewuqie at Yakou. After crossing over Cimeishanyakou, we will go downhill along the river and then arrive at Shangmuju Village. 7-8 hours’s trekking. The trekking part ends here.

Day 08: Shangmuju Village [3700m] / Xinduqiao [3400m], Hostel Stay
5 hours driving 200 km from Shangmuju Village, we will arrive Xinduqiao, which is a picturesque fairyland hailed as a "Light and Shadow World" and a "photographer's paradise." It is a land of magical light, boundless grasslands, winding streams, golden cypress, rolling hills dotted with castles, and cattle and sheep that graze peacefully. This is the ideal location for picture-taking. In Xinduqiao, one can also see the Konka Mountain peak, the Millennium Temple and other frequented palaces. What is more, the mysterious wood cliffs of Tianzangtai are only four kilometers away.

Day 09: Xinduqiao [3400m] / Tagong Grassland [3700m] / Kangding, Hostel Stay
Just half and one hour driving arriving Tagong Grassland, it is a vast expanse of meadow lying beneath the sacred Yallah Mountain, and is landmarked by the famous Tagong Lamasery and the golden tower built to commemorate the living buddha, Panchan. The green meadow surrounded by snow-capped peaks and dotted with Tibetan herdsmen and tents. Afternoon head to Kangding, passing through Zheduo pass [4298m].

Day 10: Kangding to Chengdu by bus


Option 2: Kangding – Tagong – Yulongxi - Mt. Gonka - Bawang Lake - Chengdu
 

Day 01 Chengdu to Kangding [2765m], Hostel Stay
In the early morning, we meet at XinNanMen Bus Station and depart to Kangding by bus. There’s now a good road from Chengdu to Kangding which in good weather can be travelled in just seven hours. Kangding itself is a fair sized town and, although traditionally a trading post on the border of Tibet and Han cultures is now pretty sinicized compared with later days on our trip. The town is in the base of a steep sided valley on the Zheduo river with an altitude of around 2700m. Surrounded by hills it features the world’s second highest commercial airport a short drive away from the town proper at 4280m.

Day 02 Drive Kangding [2765m] – Xinduqiao [3400m] - Tagong Grassland [3400m], Hostel Stay
77 km from Kangding to Xinduqiao, it is a picturesque fairyland hailed as a "Light and Shadow World" and a "photographer's paradise." It is a land of magical light, boundless grasslands, winding streams, golden cypress, rolling hills dotted with castles, and cattle and sheep that graze peacefully. This is the ideal location for picture-taking. In Xinduqiao, one can also see the Konka Mountain peak, the Millennium Temple and other frequented palaces. What is more, the mysterious wood cliffs of Tianzangtai are only four kilometers away. Just half and one hour to Tagong Grassland, a very wild-west kind of Khampa town, with Tagong village, Tagong Monastery (Lhagong temple), Tagong Pagoda Stupa, Yala Snow-capped Mountain, Tagong Buddhism College etc around.

Day 03 Tagong Grassland [3400m] – Yulongxi [4000m] via colorful calcium lake, Tibetan Home Stay
Leaving Tagong, we will go for a short hike to a colourful Calcium lake, which glows with blue, green, yellow and light red because of the different colors of the calc-sinter, alga, and plants under the water. Yulongxi village at around 4000m is about as far as it’s possible to get by road and is generally considered pretty remote. Our hosts have limited power and no telephone line or mobile coverage. We’ll stay in a local Tibetan home with time for an hour or two’s walk before dark.

Day 04 Yulongxi [4000m] - Yulongxi Pass [4602m] - Moxi Valley [3800m], camping
The morning brings a start to our trekking proper with a slow ascent to the Yulongxi pass at 4602m. After crossing this pass we descend the valley and spend the night at a yak ranch in Moxigou at an altitude of a little under 4000m.

Day 05 Moxi Valley [3800m] - Gonka Monastery [3740m], Monastery Stay
Gonla monastery at 3700m is traditionally the base of climbing expeditions in the area, although a camp a few hours walk up the valley actually makes a lot more sense for those wishing to extend the trip with climbing. The monastery usually has some basic accommodation available outside of times of religious festival, otherwise we are able to camp outside.

Day 06 Gonka Monastery [3740m] - Bawang Lake [3200m] - Caoke Hot Spring [1500m], Tibetan Home Stay
From the Gongga monastery we’ll head back down via Zimei village then East to Bawang Lake where we camp for the night. From Bawang lake and then to the road-head at Caoke. Caoke hot springs lets us relax in the evening.

Day 07 Caoke – Luding - Chengdu
Caoke to Luding by private vehicle. Then an late start returns us to Chengdu by bus.

 

 

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