Kora trek of mount Gongga Shan (7556m)

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next departure May 19th 2019

duration 13 days

12480 rmb per person

Trip highlights

  • An exceptional trekking route through remote valleys surrounded by magnificent nature.

  • Meet and experience Tibetan culture.​

  • A 4900m high pass.

  • The base camp of mount Gongga and the wonderful views over its summit, standing at 7556m high altitude.

  • Two nights spent at Gngga temple, facing the holy mountain.

  • An acclimatization trek, perfect to smoothly gain altitude.

  • A french guide speaking fluent English and Chinese, who followed a medical training focused on altitude, as well as remote and hostile environments (professional pharmacy kit and satellite phone available).

Itinerary

May 19th 2019       

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May 31st 2019

We meet in Chengdu in the morning, and get on a bus towards Kangding. We meet our muleteers in the afternoon.

Night in Kangding.

3 day d'acclimatization on the Kora trek of Haizi Shan (Yarla in Tibetan). We start just a few dozen kilometers from Kangding, and start hiking in the afternoon.

Night around 3500m

We keep climbing at the bottom of the valley until we reach some altitude lakes around 4100m. We pitch our tents next to these lakes.

Third and last day on this acclimatization trek, we cross a pass over 4700m altitude and reach the village of Tagong by the end of the day.

Night in Tagong.

Transportation day towards the village of Zimei, starting point of the kora of Gongga shan. We enjoy our first views over "The king of Sichuan" while crossing Zimei pass around 4500m.

Night in Zimei (3400m).

A smooth start for the first day on the kora. About half day should be enough to make it to Gongga monastery where we will spend the next two nights. Breathtaking vista over mount Gongga shan !

Night at Gongga monastery (3700m).

Day hike towards the base camp of mount Gongga Shan (4100m).

Night at Gongga monastery (3700m).

We enter this morning the huge valleythat we will follow for more than two days. Forest, crystal water streams, herds of yaks and snow mountains, the nature that surround us is magnificent ! 

Overnight camping (3700m).

We keep following the bottom of the main valley. We eventually cross its main stream and get closer to the pass that we will target the next day.

Overnight camping (4200m).

We cross the highest pass on the route (4900m) and get back to Kangding's valley. We definitely feel the lack of oxygen but we are rewarded by incredible views over the mountains around us.

Overnight camping (4000m).

Last hiking part before we find civilization back. We reach Kangding, and (finally !) enjoy a hot shower in the afternoon.

Night in Kangding.

Safety day.

Bus back to Chengdu, we arrive in the afternoon.

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Chengdu

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Overnight camping while trekking. Simple guesthouses and homestays for the other nights.

Bus between Chengdu-Kangding. Minivan with driver for the other trips.

Himalayan trek in high altitude in remote places. Good physical condition is required as well as a previous experience with altitude trekking. 

A team of porters during the treks. You just need to carry your day pack.

The price includes

  • Transports from Chengdu and back to Chengdu, on minivans (bus for the trips between Chengdu et Kangding).

  • Accommodation in homestays and simple guesthouses.

  • All the camping equipment (tents, mattress, gas & stoves, camping dishes, water filtering pump), except for the sleeping bag.

  • All meals (drinks not included).

  • Guide services

  • Entry tickets to national parks and reserves

12480 rmb

next departure May 19th 2019

The price does not include

  • International flights and train tickets, except when it'is explicitly mentioned in the program.

  • Breakfast on first day and dinner on last day.

  • Drinks during and outside the meals.

  • Personal expenses and potential tips.

  • The lend of sleeping bag (bring a -5°C sleeping bag minimum)

  • Personal and travel Insurance. These are at your own charge.

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