【Shangri-La】Joseph Rock Route Trekking 9 Days


In 1928, the Austrian-American explorer, Mr. Joseph Rock started from Sichuan Muli and crossed Yading, after completion he published his articles and photographs in the National Geographic magazine for this trip. In 1933, the British writer James Hilton used the articles and photos of Joseph Rock to create a famous novel – Lost Horizon, “Xanadu” described in the novel is called as “Shangri-La”.

This trekking route will follow the footsteps of Mr. Joseph Rock, re-take the route from Muli to Yading, walk through the hinterland of Shangri-La region, look for the “Lost Horizon”, and get close to three holy snowy mountains in Tibetan Buddhism, finally you will have the experience the remote sights of forest, lakes and holy mountains in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.


1 Shangri-La Experience -explores the mysterious region in the Shangri-La, treks in the holy lakes and holy 3 peaks, have a real experience in “Lost Horizon”

2 Value for Money- covers the core scenic area of Daocheng and Yading, the perfect combination of trekking and travelling

3 Logistics Service- Each member only need carries small bag during trekking and meals and hot drinks are well offered


DAY 1  Chengdu-510KM-Xichang-240KM-Muli

 After breakfast, set off and go to Xichang via the beautiful Yaxi Expressway, it passes through tunnels and bridges all the way. After Xichang, we continually go to Muli County and enjoy the beautiful Yalong River along the way. Muli was starting point of Mr. Joseph Rock did in 100 years ago, it is also the last purchasing station in our trekking trip.

Food:  Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Muli local hotel (2-3 star hotel), twin-bed room

Time: 10 hours by driving

Altitude: Muli 2,265m


DAY 2  Muli-210KM-Shuiluo Town-10KM-Dulu Village

 After breakfast, transfer to Shuiluo Town via local bus.  The road conditions to Shuilou Town are poor and challenge, arriving at Shuiluo in the afternoon afterwards transferring by local jeep to Dulu Village. The Dulu Village is located in a low altitude and beautiful mountain. It is the last village before entering the mountain.

Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Dulu village home stay or camping

Time:  8 hours by driving

Altitude: Dulu village 2,450m

DAY 3 Dulu Village-7KM- Start Point-10KM- Buddha Cave Camping Site

 After breakfast, shortly local car trip then start our trekking trip! Your backpack will be handed over to the housekeeper, you only need to carry your small bag to trek into the mountain. Walking along the Baishui River, then enter the primitive forest, you will meet the towering trees, standing rocks and waterfall, the elevation gradually rises, will arrive at the Buddha Cave Camp by the evening.

Food: Breakfast and Dinner, Lunch is self-prepared

Accommodation: Buddha Cave Camping

Time: 5 hours trekking for 10km

Altitude: Buddha Cave Camping Site 3,400m

DAY 4  Buddha Cave –5KM-Manchuo Cattle Farm-6KM –  Wanhua Pool Camping Site

 Starting at 8 am in the morning, continue to walk through the primitive forest, straightly across the forest to reach a large beautiful meadow, shortly arrive in Manchuo cattle farm where we can see the holy mountain: ShaNuo DuoJi. Continue to trek for 2 hours and arrive at the 4200M camp under the first mountain pass.

Food: Breakfast and Dinner, Lunch is self-prepared

Accommodation:  Wanhua Pool Camping

Time: 6 hours trekking for 11km

Altitude: Wanhua Pool Camping Site 4,200m

DAY 5 Wanhua Pool Camping Site –5KM-Mountain Pass-7KM- Xingguo Cattle Farm

Today’s scenery is quite beautiful, but also a challenge day! We will climb up from the southern slope of ShaNuoDuoji Mountain and cross over the 4,683 meter mountain pass.  After crossing, will go down to 4,100 meter level then go up a 4,400 meter forest pass, finally down to Xingguo Cattle Farm under the southern slope of YangMaiYong, a famous holy mountain.

Food: Breakfast and Dinner, Lunch is self-prepared

Accommodation: Xingguo Cattel Farm Camping

Time: 7 hours trekking for 12km

Altitude: Xingguo Cattle Farm 4,200m

DAY 6 Xingguo Cattle Farm-7KM-Black Lake-8KM– Snake Lake

 Today’s scenery is also very beautiful, firstly crossing 4 mountain passes with 4,500-4,760 meters , after the highest 4,760 meters pass, you will see the Black Lake meanwhile going down and pass by signature Butterfly Stone, go up and go down the Snake Lake mountain pass (4,690meters), finally arrive in Snake Lake, will camp at beautiful lakeside where you can see two holy mountains: YangMaiYong and XianNaiRi.

Food: Breakfast and Dinner, Lunch is self-prepared

Accommodation: Snake Lake Camping

Time: 8 hours trekking for 15km

Altitude: Snake Lake Camp 4,400m

DAY 7 Snake Lake-3KM-Songduo Pass-2KM-Milk Lake5KM-Luorong Cattle Farm-88KM(driving)Daocheng

Departing at 8 o’clock in the morning,will across the Songduo mountain pass at 4760m altitude. There are the flying prayer flags and the large number of tokens on the ground. Thereafter, you will enter the Yading Scenic Area, passing the Milk Lake, the Five-color Lake, go down to the Luorong cattle farm, the trekking is completed now! From there, you can take small tourist bus to Chonggu Temple, then take big tourist bus to leave Yading Scenic Area. Afterwards, all members will be transferred to Daocheng County for overnight stay.

Food: Breakfast and Dinner, Lunch is self-prepared

Accommodation: Daocheng local hotel , twin-bed room

Time: 4 hours trekking for 10km

Altitude: Daocheng 3,750m

DAY 8  Daocheng-340KM-Xinduqiao-79KM-Kangding

 Today you will have a beautiful sightseeing on the bus trip for Daocheng region. You will pass by the red grass land, Haizi Mountain, Litang Town, the beautiful Xinduqiao Town, and climb over the mountain highway pass to Kangding city. You can enjoy hot spring in Kangding.

Food: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:  Kangding local hotel , twin-bed room

Time: 9 hours driving

Altitude: Kangding 2,800m

DAY 9 Kangding-61KM-Luding-240KM-Chengdu

 We return to Chengdu from Kangding by Luding Town, Erlang Pass and Yaan Town , arrive in Chengdu normally before 17:00pm. The unstable road conditions in western Sichuan would contribute to the high risk of traffic jams, therefore it is recommended that you make your leaving Chengdu in the next day.

Food: Breakfast and Lunch, Dinner is self-managed

Time: 7 hours driving

Altitude: Chengdu 500m




If the trekking takes place in the period of China national holiday, then extra charge 300-500CNY/Pax will be applied.



1 Trekking permit

2 Transportation:  all transportations mentioned in the itinerary

3 Accommodation:  all accommodations listed in the itinerary; tent is a tent for 2 persons.


5 Catering:

12 Lunch&Dinner and 8 Breakfast as specified in the itinerary.

5 trek simple lunches are only for comfort group. (D3-D7)

The standard group needs prepare by yourself and can use horse to carry the extra food.


6 Daocheng Yading Scenic Ticket and Tourist Bus and Golf Car

7 Horsing: public and personal equipment carrying during the trek


8 Camping:

trekking tent (200cm*100cm*100cm size tent for 2 persons) standard group

high mountain tent (220cm*190cm*120cm size tent for 2 persons) comfort group


9 Equipment: dining tents, cooking tents, toilet tents, sleeping pad, tables, chairs, fuel, stoves, cookware, tableware, warm water bottles, solar charging panel, first aid kits, walkie-talkies, satellite phones, emergency oxygen and other consumables

10 Staff: 1 English-speaking group leader, other staffs are assigned based on package

11 Service charge


1 transportation to Chengdu

2 Chinese Visa

3 High-altitude trekking insurance

4 Personal equipment and horse riding

5 Room fare difference by requesting a single room and a single tent

6 Personal Expenses

7 airport pickup and drop off / Chengdu 2 nights hotel  600CNY/Pax


Backpack: Backpack 40-60L, small bag 30L

Sleeping bags and clothing: Sleeping bag (comfort rating -5 degrees), Waterproof jacket, Fleece jacket and trouser, Down jacket, Fleece cap, Waterproof gloves, 2+ pairs of socks

Shoes and other accessories: Sunglasses, Stick, Thermal mug(0.5-1L), Hiking shoes , Gaiters, Sunscreen (SPF35 and above), Headtorch (with spare battery), Raincoat, waterproof bag for protection sleeping bag.


Canteen tents (400*400*190), tables, chairs, cookware, food, fuel, walkie-talkies, satellite phones, emergency oxygen and medicine. Camping tent (220cm*190cm*120cm) and mattress for members.


Each member should have prior hiking and camping experience, the high altitude experience would be a plus.



The deposit payment 50% /pp should be paid 45 days before the tour start.

The remaining payment should be done before the departure of Chengdu.

All payments will NOT be refundable after trip starts due to personal reasons.


The cancellation fee will take into effect once you submit your reservation.
100% free cancellation 30 days prior to the tour
50% refund for cancellations 8-29 dyas prior to the tour
0% refund for cancellations within 7 days