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Grand Daocheng Yading Trekking

Photo by China Greatway Tour

Posted: July 26, 2021
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Daocheng Yading, reputed as "the last pure land on the blue planet", is a holy land of trekking for countless outdoor enthusiasts.

Following the footprint of Joseph Rock, we walk through snow capped mountains, sacred lakes and high mountain valleys in Yading. In March 1928, American explorer Joseph Rock set out from Muli, crossed Yading, Daocheng and other places, and went deep into Gongga (Minya Konka) mountain area. After two trips through Daocheng Yading, he published his travel notes and photos in the magazine “National Geographic”. In April 1933, British writer James Hilton wrote the famous novel "Lost Horizon" based on these travel notes and photos, especially Rock's exploration experience at the three sacred mountains (Xiannairi, Yangmaiyong and Xialuoduoji) in Gongga Ling area. People called the "Xanadu" described in the novel as "Shangri-La". And since then, there was an upsurge of searching for Shangri La in the world.

We have seven days to explore the Yading Nature Reserve: trekking to the three magnificent sacred snow mountains (Xiannairi, Yangmaiyong and Xialuoduoji), touching the beautiful Milk Lake, Five-color Lake and Pearl Lake closely, walking in the colorful streams, flower sea, meadow, grassland and virgin forest, and to challenge the marvelous complete Yading pilgrimage kora.

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