from US$1119 per person

15-day Folk-custom Photography in Western Sichuan


Linguists and anthropologists refer to Western Sichuan as the 'Ethnic Corridor of China', as its vast and sparsely populated territories are inhabited by over 14 culturally and linguistically distinct Tibetan ethnic groups. There are significant differences in traditions and beliefs - even physical appearance - between the peoples of the local and Lhasa. 1/3 of Kham residents speak Qiangic languages that are unrelated to the Tibetan language. In this journey we record the local Tibetans’ life with your camera.

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  • Cities Visited/Stayed:
  • Sichuan
  • Highlight Attractions:
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  • Experience & Features:
  • Zhonglu Tibetan Village, Mt. Holy Yala, Ganzi Monastery, Gengqing Monastery, Jinsha River, Kangding
  • Physical Rating : 2
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is given a Physical Rating, which indicates how much physical activity is required to participate in it.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Always very easy to go! Sometimes getting around on your own, up and down steps and carrying your own small backpack.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : Light walking or hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : May include moderate hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking and other activities that require only an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy.
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : May include high altitude hiking of up to 4-6 hours per day some days of the tour or other activities that require a moderately high level of fitness.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : High altitude trekking suitable only for those with a higher level of fitness and endurance.
  • Cultural Shock Rating : 4
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is also given a Culture Shock Rating, designed to help you choose a trip that is suitable to your travel tastes and preferences.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Little or no adjustment at all is required. The comforts of home are here for the most part.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : A generally easy trip but there may be the occasional local home accommodation, remote lodging or some public transportation, simple meal or language barrier.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : Expect an occasional cold shower and remote or even multi-share accommodation, and public transportation or train ride without shower on board…Remember though, this is all part of your CET authentic travel experience!
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : Expect to rough it here and there. This may mean a packed public bus, very remote and rustic accommodation, and no access to western-style food.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : You are totally off the beaten track with none of the comforts of home, and are exposed to a totally foreign culture to what you are accustomed ... Sounds fantastic, doesn't it!
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Day 1: – Chengdu

Arrive in Chengdu and prepare for the tour.

Stay overnight in Chengdu. 


Day 2: Chengdu – Danba

Today we head west, passing underneath Erlang Shan and then turn north before the town of Luding and drive along up to the Dadu River, to arrive at town of Danba.

Stay overnight in Danba. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 3: Danba

Today we will spend the whole day on visiting Zhonglu Tibetan Village, where you may have a personal talk with the local villagers.

Stay overnight in Danba. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 4: Danba – Bamei

We head southwest to town of Baime, where Mt. Holy Yala is situated. Mt. Holy Yala is one of the four Holy Mounts in the Tibetan world. We stay in guesthouse tonight.

Stay overnight in Bamei. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 5: Bamei – Ganzi

We head northwest to town of Ganzi along the road going through Great Snow Mountain. On the way we will pass Daofu, a town with feathered Tibetan houses.

Stay overnight at Ganzi. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 6: Ganzi

Today we visit Ganzi Monastery, which was built by one of the fifth Dalai Lama’s disciples in 1670’s.

Stay overnight at Ganzi. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 7: Ganzi – Mani Gange – Dege

Heading west again we arrive at Mani Gange, a tiny Tibetan town. This tiny town is reputed as Cowboy City in West China for the men’s wild personalities in the town. Then we keep heading west to Dege after crossing Que’er Shan Pass at 5,055m above sea level.

Stay overnight at Dege. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 8: Dege

Today we will visit the scripture print house as well as Gengqing Monastery behind the print house.

Stay overnight at Dege. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 9: Dege – Baiyu

Down to Jinsha River, the upriver of Yangtze River, we head south to the town of Baiyu, where we visit the Baiyu Monastery, built in 1857, which is a Nyingmapa Buddhism monastery with much influence around the border between Tibet and Sichuan.

Stay overnight at Baiyu. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 10: Baiyu

Today we stay another day in Baiyu and this gives us another chance to explore this featured Tibetan town.

Stay overnight at Baiyu. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 11: Baiyu – Ganzi

Today we return to town of Ganzi and stay overnight there.

Stay overnight at Ganzi. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 12: Ganzi – Litang

Along the valley of the upriver of Yalong River we head south to Litang.

Stay overnight at :Litang. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 13: Litang – Kangding

Today we head east to Kangding.

Stay overnight at Kangding. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 14: Kangding – Chengdu

Heading east again we return to Chengdu and stay in a four-star hotel in the city.

Stay overnight in Chengdu. 

Meals: (B/L)

Day 15: Chengdu –

Depart Chengdu.

Meals: (B)

  • Currencies:
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Group Size 1 person 2-5 persons 6-9 persons ≥10 persons
Tour Cost $ 5580 $ 2802 $ 1466 $ 1119

* Price in every box above is for each person.
* Price is in US dollar. It may vary a little bit according to US dollar exchange rate fluctuation, car fuel price change and government tax adjustment, etc.
* The price is only for your reference and  it is subject to seasons, high or low.Please send us your inquiry if you are interested.

Service Included:
A. Personal English-speaking Guide and sometimes a local guide to help us with the local off the beaten tracks
B. Experienced Driver + comfortable cross-country/van/bus for the driving part
C. All accommodations as specified in the itinerary
D. All meals as listed in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Service Excluded:
A. Air tickets for the flights flying in and out of Chengdu
B. Gratuities, Tips to local people, the guide and driver
(Although not compulsory, if you think your guide and driver have done a good job at the end of the tour, we suggest you tip them at you own decision to show your appreciations.)
C. Other Personal Expenses.

How to Dress (only for reference):
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Long, loose and comfortable pants
Warm clothes for Nov-April
Fleece, Jacket, hat and gloves
Umbrella or waterproof jacket in a cloudy day or rainy day
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry in case of rain

What to Bring (only for reference):
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
Insect Repellent
Bottled Water
Small towel
Shorts for summer months (June – September)
Camera, film and memory chip, battery
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).

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