Minya Konka Trek
Tibet & China, Trek & Walk, 13 days - from £1,495 (land only) - from €1,870 (land only) - from $2,615 (land only)
Day 1: Arriving in Chengdu we are met at the airport by our guide and we transfer to the group hotel. In the afternoon we will drive to visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre. Overnight in Chengdu.
Day 2: Today we have a fascinating 360 km drive (7 - 8 hours), travelling deep into the hill country and crossing through the Mt. Erlang tunnel. En-route we stop by to visit Luding Iron Bridge. Arriving in Kangding (2550m) in the Eastern Tibetan province of Kham, we check into our hotel and have an easy walk to Anjue monastery.
Day 3: We have a short drive up into the Pao-Ma mountains (2700m) where we have a pre-trek acclimatisation walk. Afterwards we return to the group hotel in Kangding for a second night.
Day 4: We have a short (30 minute) drive to Laoyuling where we meet our crew and begin the trek. Today we have a relatively gentle introduction to the journey with a walk of 3 - 4 hours to our first camp at Da-Cao-Ba (3600m.).
Day 5: An early start to enjoy the sunrise and after breakfast we set off trekking, We continue our ascent of the Riwoche Valley with some small climbs and descents and reach our second night's camp at 3700 metres. Approximately 7 hours walking.
Day 6: Approaching the head of the valley, the trail becomes steeper and we climb above the tree line into open meadows affording spectacular views of snowy peaks. Our camp tonight will be determined by the availability of water but will be at approximately 4000 metres. 4 - 5 hours trekking.
Day 7: Today will be our toughest day as we climb steadily from camp up to the Bhuchu La also known as the Riwoche La (4900m) where we enjoy sensational views of the range including the elegant pyramid of holy Minya Konka. It will take 3 - 4 hours to reach the pass and we then descend to the Moxi Valley where we make camp at a Yak herders camp at approximately 4000 metres. 7 - 8 hours.
Day 8: After yesterday's climb we travel mostly downhill today descending through a landscape of snow-covered mountains, glaciers and glacier lakes into the rhododendron forests of the lower valley. At the end of today we have a final climb to reach the remote Konka Monastery (4000m). Approximately 7 - 8 hours walking.
Day 9: A day for a well-earned rest in this special place. Those who wish can hike up towards the base camp for Minya Konka. We spend a second night camped at the monastery.
Day 10: Getting an early start today, we first descend to the river before beginning a gradual climb for 5 - 6 hours to reach the Tsemi La (4660m). This is one of the best places for a retrospective view of Mount Minya Konka. A rough road reaches the pass from the other side and our vehicles will meet us here for the drive (3 - 4 hours) to the town of Xinduquqiao where we check into a lodge
Day 11: We drive 180km on paved road to Kangding. Along the way we will stop at Lhagang to visit the Temple of Princess Wenchen. The final section is on a new smooth highway and on arrival in Kangding we check into our hotel. Approximately 3 - 4 hours driving.
Day 12: Today we make the return drive to Chengdu. 7 - 8 hours driving with stops for refreshment and photos. In Chengdu we check into the group hotel.
Day 13: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A complimentary airport transfer is included.