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Home4WD/OverLand4WD drive from Chengdu to Lanzhou:

4WD drive from Chengdu to Lanzhou:

Jiuzhaogou, Huanglong, Ruer gai, Langmu Temple, Labuleng Monastry, Lanzhou

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Tour Code: 4WD-S/W-006
Duration: 14days
Destination: Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, Gannan(south of Gansu)
Good time to visit: Mar, May, Aug, Oct
Departure date: on request 2016
Effort Nature Culture

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This journey takes you from the northern part of Sichuan to the south of Gansu. End in Lanzhou. You first stop Panda Breeding Center to see the Giant Panda. Then onward to Jiuzhaigou. The vast expanse of Jiuzhaigou Valley offers spectacular landscapes with alpine features including crystal clear lakes, snow-capped mountains and lush forests. Its natural reserve is home to more than 140 species of birds and numerous endangered animals, including the giant panda. Further north, you will drive across Ruer gai grassland to south of Gansu for the breathtaking grassland scenery and Tibetan cluture. South of Ganau has been a mysterious region inhabited by different ethnic groups(Tibetan, Hui, Qiang). Here you can see blue sky, immense grassland dotted with yaks, goats, Langmu Temple with influence of 3 different religions and Tibetan nomads tents. It will be a charming long trip.

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DAY-BY-DAY DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1 Home /Chengdu
Meet and greet at the airport, and then transfer to the hotel. Night in 4 star hotel.

Day2 Chengdu-Mianyang(BLD)
We will start our driving today. We will first drive to the Panda Breeding Center to see the Giant Panda and then drive to visit Sanxingdui Museum on the way.  We will explore the mysterious ancient civilization of Yangtze drainage in Sanxingdui Museum (Three Star Garden Museum) firstly. Every excavated ware is a marvelous art craft for us. Drive further onto Mianyang, stay in Prince Hotel or the similar 4 star in Mianyang.

Day 3 Mianyang /Jiuzhaigou( BLD)
After breakfast, drive to Jiuzhaigou, we will have lunch in Pingwu, a nice small county with an old temple. If the traffic is fine we would arrive Jiuzhaigou in the late afternoon. Stay in 4 star hotel.

Day 4-5 Jiuzhaigou National Park Excursion (BLD, Hiking 5-6 hours)
We will explore scenic areas of Jiuzhaigou to the full: Mirror Lake, the Pearl Shoal Waterfall, the Five Colored Pond and the Panda Lake. At the end of the visit one cannot agree more with the old Chinese saying, which goes: 'just as one will find it worthless seeing a mountain after he has already visited the Yellow Mountain he will also come to the conclusion that every lake is dull after he has seen the lakes in Jiuzhaigou'. Stay in the same. 
   
Day 6 Jiuzhaigou- Huanglong-Songpan ( BLD )
Drive to Huanglong (Yellow Dragon) National park in the morning in about 3 hours. Small ponds, waterfalls and dense forests scatter in a spectacular canyon, which is between 3,000 m-3,500 m (9,843 ft-11,483 ft) above sea level and interspersed with colorful flowers in Spring. We will then drive to Songpan old town. Stay in one of the best hotel.

Day 7-8  Songpan Horse-riding (BLD, )
Two-day horse-riding trip in the beautiful mountains surrounding Songpan. The horses are tame but the slopes are sometimes quite steep. You can do this trip even if you don't have experience with horse-riding. Camping outside.

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Day 9 Songpan-Ruoergai Grassland(driving about 260km, BLD)
The first half of the drive is in mountainous area, then we will climb over to the high altitude grassland, where the jade like Yellow River cut through and the Flower Lake located. The Flower Lake is a wetland located in the center of the Ruoergai grassland, a good place for wild bird-watching and awful sunset. Overnight in hotel in Ruergai county.

Day 10 Ruer gai-Langmu Temple (driving about75km, altitude 2920m, BLD )
The highlight of today is the visit to Langmu Temple, located on the border of Sichuan and Gansu, a long-hiding village and temple where the time seems stand still. This village is unique for it mixture of Christianism, Buddhism and Islamism in their villager’s life and architecture. Stay in Langmusi hotel or the similar.

Day 11 Langmu Temple(BLD, one-day hiking)
HuaGai mountain is the highest mountain around Langmusi she also the sacred mountain for Tibetan people from Gansu Sichuan and Qinghai province. This day will hiking on this mountain, stand top on the mountain you will see yellow river and big grassland. Stay in the same.

Day 12 Langmu Temple-Xiahe-Labuleng Monastry and the grassland (265km, BLD)
Today’s drive is long, but you will see yaks on the way, herds people and beautiful landscape. We may be invited on the way to a nomad’s tent to drink the fresh yak milk. Arrive at Xiahe in Gansu province. Spend a half day to visit the Labulun Monastery and the grassland around. stay in the best hotel in the small town. Labuleng Monastry is one of the biggest Yellow Head Sect Monasteries in China. We will hike onto the top of the hill to have a birdview of the whole Monastery. We would watch the impressive gathering of the monks(at 12:00 everyday) in the courtyard of the monastery with the call of “alphorn” . Once the monks are doing their chanting, walk the Kora, surrounding the whole monastery complex and count the prayer wheels you are turning. We would also discover the village of Xiahe with local shops and the grassland around Xiahe, where nomad families live in tents. Stay in Xiling Hotel or the similar.

Day 13 Xiahe-Lanzhou(about 240km, BLD)
The high way make the drive much easier and faster. We will visit Bingling Caves at the Yellow River, where we will first take a boat and then muddy trail to reach the site of unique Buddhist Caves, sculptures and paintings hiding from most of the tourists. Overnight in a 4 star hotel in Lanzhou.

Day 14 Lanzhou/Home (BL)
We will visit the museum and the local market. Free time for shopping. Transfer to the airport for the flight home.

B- breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner.

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(The cost for the child of 2-12 year old is based on 15 % discount of the adult's tour cost.Any baby less than 2 year old is free of any charges. If it turns out there is cost involved, we reserved to collect the cost.)

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The tour cost includes:

  • Good tourist van or 4WD vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Meals daily as listed in the itinerary, picnic lunches in remote area if required(B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner);
  • Service of English guide and experienced driver;
  • Scenic spots admission fee; Nature Reserve Protection fee and/ or camping permit fee (inside nature reserve) if required
  • Accommodation: double-occupancy in 4 star hotel in big city, and the best hotel in small cities or counties, clean guest house/hostel/or home-stay in villages as clarified in the itinerary; camping in non-residential area as mentioned in the itinerary, camping gear like tent, sleeping mat, and cooking equipment when required;
  • All the Foreigner's Travel Permit to Tibet and the remote area/border area if needed;
  • A truck for carrying food and all supporting equipments when necessary.(Normally it is for a group over 6 person driving for more than 5 days into non-residential area,) 
  •  Camel/yak/porter to carry your luggage if trekking and camping for more than 2 days in the desert or non-residential area when required in the itinerary; for a group more than 6 persons we will provide outdoor cooking equipment and a cook to prepare meals;
  •  All domestic flights/trains/local airport taxes if there is in the itinerary;

The tour cost does not include:

  • Meals in your free time or on the train/plane, Personal travel insurance, sleeping bag when camping, tips to tour guide and driver, international flights and related airport taxes, excess baggage charged by Airlines; The medicine for the sickness or accident while on the way, single supplement cost for those who wants to accommodate on a single basis, supplementary trips and services not mentioned, visa costs, any expenses on personal nature not listed above, the extra cost due to the unforeseen events;

Remarks:

  • As the exchange rate of CNY to USD is subject to Change, the final price will be calculated according to the Chinese currency CNY. The price in USD dollar is just for your reference.
  •  We are ready to reserve the e-air ticket from another city to the starting city or from the ending city back to your preferred city if needed.
  • The prices do not apply to National Holidays (e.g. Chinese National Day Sep. 30th -Oct.8th , Or other Special Festival time).
  •  We reserve the right to alternate the visiting order of the scenic spots. The entrance tickets to scenic spots are based present price. We reserve the right to revise the price without notice if the tickets price rise up.
  • The really itinerary and hotel/hostel maybe different from the itinerary. For the enjoyment of your trip a "go with the flow" attitude is necessary. Many factors will influence your trip, such as weather conditions, health, route conditions, etc. Please prepare one-two days more as "cushion" day in case of delays in travel due to unforeseen events.
  •  Tourist insurance is a must before going. Take out appropriate travel insurance to cover hospital treatment, medical evacuation and any activities, including adventure sports, in which you plan to participate. Please provide us the confirmation of insurance company when sign up. 
  •  The part of the area we will visit has not been well developed like Beijing and Shanghai. While it is good to enjoy the well protected nature view and experience unique primitive customs, we should prepare for that even the four star hotel is not so good and the food is not so delicate and various in the small town.

 


The tour cost includes:

  • Good tourist van or 4WD vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Meals daily as listed in the itinerary, picnic lunches in remote area if required(B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner);
  • Service of English guide and experienced driver;
  • Scenic spots admission fee; Nature Reserve Protection fee and/ or camping permit fee (inside nature reserve) if required
  • Accommodation: double-occupancy in 4 star hotel in big city, and the best hotel in small cities or counties, clean guest house/hostel/or home-stay in villages as clarified in the itinerary; camping in non-residential area as mentioned in the itinerary, camping gear like tent, sleeping mat, and cooking equipment when required;
  • All the Foreigner's Travel Permit to Tibet and the remote area/border area if needed;
  • A truck for carrying food and all supporting equipments when necessary.(Normally it is for a group over 6 person driving for more than 5 days into non-residential area,) 
  •  Camel/yak/porter to carry your luggage if trekking and camping for more than 2 days in the desert or non-residential area when required in the itinerary; for a group more than 6 persons we will provide outdoor cooking equipment and a cook to prepare meals;
  •  All domestic flights/trains/local airport taxes if there is in the itinerary;

The tour cost does not include:

  • Meals in your free time or on the train/plane, Personal travel insurance, sleeping bag when camping, tips to tour guide and driver, international flights and related airport taxes, excess baggage charged by Airlines; The medicine for the sickness or accident while on the way, single supplement cost for those who wants to accommodate on a single basis, supplementary trips and services not mentioned, visa costs, any expenses on personal nature not listed above, the extra cost due to the unforeseen events;

Remarks:

  • As the exchange rate of CNY to USD is subject to Change, the final price will be calculated according to the Chinese currency CNY. The price in USD dollar is just for your reference.
  • We are ready to reserve the e-air ticket from another city to the starting city or from the ending city back to your preferred city if needed.
  • The prices do not apply to National Holidays (e.g. Chinese National Day Sep. 30th -Oct.8th , Or other Special Festival time).
  • We reserve the right to alternate the visiting order of the scenic spots. The entrance tickets to scenic spots are based present price. We reserve the right to revise the price without notice if the tickets price rise up.
  • The really itinerary and hotel/hostel maybe different from the itinerary. For the enjoyment of your trip a "go with the flow" attitude is necessary. Many factors will influence your trip, such as weather conditions, health, route conditions, etc. Please prepare one-two days more as "cushion" day in case of delays in travel due to unforeseen events.
  • Tourist insurance is a must before going. Take out appropriate travel insurance to cover hospital treatment, medical evacuation and any activities, including adventure sports, in which you plan to participate. Please provide us the confirmation of insurance company when sign up. 
  • The part of the area we will visit has not been well developed like Beijing and Shanghai. While it is good to enjoy the well protected nature view and experience unique primitive customs, we should prepare for that even the four star hotel is not so good and the food is not so delicate and various in the small town.

 
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