from US$1235 per person

15-day Plant Hunting in Sichuan

Chengdu-Baoxing-Mt. Jiajin Shan-Rilong Town-Laoniu Yuanzi-Hongyuan-Ruo’ergai-Jiuzhaigou-Huanglong-Chengdu

The great range of environmental conditions in Sichuan makes a fabulously plant-rich region, home to the bulk of China's endemic plants and the home of its Giant Pandas. On this exciting trip we will concentrate on seeing the endemic and near-endemic species. Although the wild mountainous terrain and torrential rivers have combined to keep the province isolated until relatively recently, today the rich diversity of habitats and a well-developed tourist infrastructure make Sichuan an appealing destination for a plant tour.

  • Tour Code:
  • SC-PHS
  • Length:
  • Cities Visited/Stayed:
  • Chengdu-Baoxing-Mt. Jiajin Shan-Rilong Town-Laoniu Yuanzi-Hongyuan-Ruo’ergai-Jiuzhaigou-Huanglong-Chengdu
  • Highlight Attractions:
  • Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area
  • Experience & Features:
  • Mt. Wawu Shan, Balang Shan Pass, Dahaizi Lake, Huahaizi Lake, Mt. Siguniang, Mt. Yanggong Shan Pass, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Huanglong
  • 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 : 2
    (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 – Mt. Wawu Shan

Leaving Chengdu we will drive south across the Chengdu Plain making tour to Mt. Wawu Shan via the city of Meishan, which is with a record of 278 species of birds. Today we will stay in a hotel located on the halfway to the top.

Stay overnight on Mt. Wawu Shan.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 3: Mt. Wawu Shan

We will take cable cars to top of Mt. Wawu Shan. On the summit we will find Gray-hooded and Fulvous parrotbills and Sichuan Treecreeper. Lower down, the mountain was alive with the endemic Emei Liocichla, Golden Parrotbills, the scarce Emei Leaf-Warbler, and unforgettable Lady Amherst's Pheasants.

Stay overnight on Mt. Wawu Shan.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 4: Rilong Town – Mt. Balang Shan Pass – Rilong Town

Today we drive up to Balang Shan Pass itself, which gives us a chance to explore the high pastoral flora. Here we have a chance to find the hardier alpines. Then we drive back to Rilong for the night.

Stay overnight in Rilong.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 5: Rilong Town – Haizigou Valley – Laoniu Yuanzi

Today we spend 7 hours on horse to Laoniu Yuanzi, our campsite. On the way you may explore Habenaria glaucifelia, Orchidaceae (Cypripedium flavum, Cypripedium tibeticum) as well as some other alpine floras.

Stay overnight at Laoniu Yuanzi.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 6: Laoniu Yuanzi – Dahaizi Lake – Huahaizi Lake

Today we head to Dahaizi Lake and Huahaizi Lake. The two lakes are typical alpine lakes. Here you can see flocks of yaks and horses drinking water by the lakes.

Stay overnight at the Laoniu Yuanzi campsite.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 7: Laoniu Yuanzi – Rilong Town

Today we return to Rilong and it gives us another chance to explore the beautiful landscape at Mt. Siguniang and its rich floras.

Stay overnight at Rilong Town.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 8: Rilong Town – Hongyuan Town

We head north today up a gorgy in Qionglai Range. At Mt. Yanggong Shan Pass to discover an endemic purple Meconopsis horridula growing on the meadow nearby.

Stay overnight at Hongyuan Town.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 9: Hongyuan – Ruo’ergai

We now enter the great grasslands of Eastern Tibet, which is the most beautiful part in this journey. We cross the great grassland to the town of Ruo'ergai.

Stay overnight at Ruo’ergai.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 10: Ruo’ergai – Jiuzhaigou

Heading southeast from Ruo'ergai in the morning we cross a pass and leave the grasslands. By evening we arrive at Jiuzhaigou Valle

Stay overnight at Jiuzhaigou.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 11: Jiuzhaigou Valley

Today we tour one of most China’s hottest scenic spot, Jiuzhaigou Valley. Jiuzhaigou Valley is a great masterpiece of nature having dreamlike scenery and abundant natural resources such as calc-sinter lake groups, waterfalls, and other waterscapes.

Stay overnight at Jiuzhaigou.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 12: Jiuzhaigou – Huanglong

Leaving Jiuzhaigou Valley we go onto the 4,000m pass that takes us into Huanglong. At Pass of Xueshanliang we explore the hill slope nearby to search Meconopsis.

Stay overnight at Huanglong.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 13: Huanglong

Today we experience China's growing park system. The great thing is that the woodlands remain ungrazed allowing species to flourish particularly orchids such as Phaius delavayi and Cypripedium spp.

Stay overnight at Huanglong.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 14: Huanglong – Chengdu

Today we return to Chengdu, ending this great journey of Plant Hunting in Sichuan.

Stay overnight at Chengdu.

Meals: (B/L)

Day 15: Chengdu

Depart Chengdu.

Meals: (B)


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Group Size 1 person 2-5 persons 6-9 persons ≥10 persons
Tour Cost $ 5695 $ 2918 $ 1582 $ 1235

* 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 Private 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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