Shangri-La Alpine Flower Safari


 

West Sichuan and Northwest Yunnan are the core areas of the Hengduan Mountains which has been listed by Conservation International as one of the 26 hot spots for biodiversity. It is also paradise for alpine flowers. In this trip, we will search for endemic flowers in habitats with different elevations,such as Blue Poppy, Primula, Lily, Rhododendron, Orchids and so on. Besides the abundance of alpine flowers, we will also be able to enjoy some other highlights. The places we are going to visit is named by James Hilton in his famous novel the Lost Horizon as Shangri-la due to its breathtaking natural scenery, rich and mysterious Tibetan Culture. It is also known as the Ethnic Corridor due to harmonious coexistence of many ethnic groups including Han, Yi, Tibetans and Qiang. Part of the place we are going to visit are important component of the Three Parallel Rivers World Heritage Site where Nu River, Lancang River and Jinsha River flow across in parallel.
This area has special landform, complex and diverse climate, and is one of the most abundant Chinese temperate flower plant diversity regions. Here is the famous Meili Snow Mountain with 6740 meters high, and Chinese most south Yulong Snow Mountain. Here are also rare and endangered species such as Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey, various ethnic culture .
Decades ago, the west plant hunter Joseph Rock came here, and was attracted by the great variety of wild flowers and rich Tibetan culture , stayed here to research the plants and cultures for long time. We will follow the footsteps of Rock, to wander around in the huge natural garden, to feel the rich diversity of alpine plants and wild beauty.
We will have two guides for this trip, the main guide is flower expert named Cory who will be mainly in charge of showing the wonderful flowers while the assistant guide will be mainly show you the rich Tibetan culture and bird resources. To ensure the top quality of the trip, the maximum of participants will be between 2 and 15 people.

 

 Highlights
Mt. Zheduo: As a nature geographic barrier to demarcate the Kangba Tibetan and Han Chinese, Mt. Zheduo provides different habitats for the growth of alpine flowers at different elevation due to the elevation gap from mountain foot to mountain pass. The large alpine meadows and alpine screes are the ideal places to search for wild flowers.
Haizishan Nature Reserve: Located between Daocheng and Litang County, Haizishan Nature Reserve is known as the largest ancient ice cap remains on the Tibetan Plateau.Standing at a high place and looking around,This magic land is covered by huge number of big rocks, with morainic lakes scattered in them.
Yading Nature Reserve: Located in southwest of Sichuan ,Yading is known as the 3 holy snow-capped mountains of Chenresig, rising to 6032 meters, Chana Dorje and Jampelyang, which both rise to 5958 meters,with forested valleys, clear rivers, glacier-fed lakes and abundant wildlife between them.The first westerner to see the area of Yading was the famous American botanist and explorer Dr. Joseph Rock. The issue of National Geographic about Rock’s expedition gave the world its first pictures of the incredible beauty of the Yading area.
Yulong Snow Mountain: Yulong Snow Mountain is located in the Yulong Naxi Autonomous County of Lijiang City, Yunnan Province. Yulong Snow Mountain is 5596 meters high. There are many unique alpine plants, such as Cypripedium forrestii and so on.
Meili Snow Mountain: Meili Snow Mountain is located in Deqin county Yunnan Province, with the main peak of 6740 meters, which is the highest peak in Yunnan. Meili and Tibet’s Mt. Kailash, Qinghai’s Animaqing Shan, Qinghai’s Gaduojuewo are together called Tibetan Buddhism’s four major holy mountain.
Baima Snow Mountain: Baima Snow Mountain is located in the middle section of Three Parallel Rivers regions. The main peak of Baima is 5430 meters above sea level, with the relative elevation of over 3000 meters.  it has distinguished vertical distribution of vegetation and rich alpine scree plant species.

 

Some nice flowers we may see on the trip:

1.  Nomocharis aperta

 

2. Cassiope selaginoides

 

3. Meconopsis horridula

 

4. Paraquilegia microphylla

 

5. Lilium lophophorum

 

6. Iris chrysographes

 


 

D1 Arrive at Chengdu International Airport, met by WildFloraTour guide and transfer to your hotel.  Meals: D
D2 Early morning we drive to Labahe Nature Reserve and explore wild flowers, then we drive to Kangding city. Overnight in Kangding xx Hotel.
D3 Leave Kangding to Litang, enjoy wonderful alpine meadow and snow-capped peaks along the way,search for flowers on the high mountain. Overnight in Litang xx Hotel.
D4 Depart from Litang to Yading, we will go through the Haizishan Nature Reserve to see the ancient glacial remains,which is famous for lots of huge stones and alpine lakes. Overnight in Yading XX Hotel.
D5 Hike in Yading Nature Reserve to explore alpine flowers and enjoy the Three Holy Mountains which is called the last Shangri-la. Overnight in Daocheng XX Hotel.
D6 Leave Daocheng to drive to Derong County.Enjoy the remote and untamed scenery along the way, gorge,Tibetan village and so on.Overnight in Derong XX Hotel.
D7 Leave Derong to Deqin County, we will pass through the Baima Snow Mountain and see a variety of alpine scree flowers, such as Meconopsis, Rheum nobile. Overnight in Deqin XX Hotel.
D8 Get up early and drive to Wunongding to see the sunrise of Meili Snow Mountain. Then we leave Deqin and drive to Shangri-La County,enjoy the nice scenery and flowers along the way.Overnight in Shangri-la XX Hotel.
D9 Depart from Shangri-La to Shika Snow Mountain, we can see a variety of Meconopsis, Nomocharis. Then we dirve back to Shangri-La County. Overnight in Shangri-la XX Hotel.
D10 Depart from Shangri-La to Bita Lake and shudu Lake. Watch flowers in forest and meadow, afternoon we drive back to Shangri-La County. Overnight in Shangri-la XX Hotel.
D11 Depart from Shangri-La County to Lijiang, enjoy the nice nature scenery and search for flowers along the way. Overnight in Lijiang XX Hotel.
D12 In the morning we drive to Yulong Snow Mountain, enjoy the nice scenery along the way. Explore alpine flowers in Yulong Snow Mountain. Overnight in Lijiang XX Hotel.
D13 In the morning we visit Lijiang Old Town, Afternoon we fly back to Chengdu from Lijiang airport. Overnight in Chengdu XX Hotel.
D14 Depart from Chengdu. WildfloraTour service ends.Meals:B

 


Trip duration: 14 days from Jul 10th to Jul 23th
• Tour leader: Cory and an assistant culture and bird guide
• Difficulty: mostly moderate, demanding on certain parts.
• Trip cost: 3300usd/pax
• Single supplement: 600 usd/pax
• Deposit: 500usd/pax
• Trip size: 2~15 person

The cost includes the following.
1. Transportation throughout the Shangri-la Alpine Flower Safari , including airport pickups and drop off at Chengdu International Airport.
2. Meals in local popular restaurants labeled as BLD in the itinerary.
3. All the entrance tickets for places listed in the itinerary including cable cars and shuttle buses.
4.Hotel stays from first day to the last day, nice 4-star hotels in big cities and local best in local places .
5.Bottled water,seasonal fruits and snacks throughout the trip.
6. Western breakfast whenever is possible .
7. Service charges of Shangri-la Alpine Flower Safari include the fees of a professional English-speaking flower guide.
8. China domestic travel insurance.

the cost does not include the following.
a. Any expense of personal nature such as laundry.
b. During Shangri-la Alpine Flower Safari, extra charges due to change of itinerary from the client side or other factors are beyond the control of WildFloraTour.
c. Any flight tickets to the place where our trip start and from the place where our trip ends .
d. Expenses for visa application.
e. Any other items not specifically listed as included in this itinerary.