This day hike starts off after a quick 30 minute drive from Shangri-la Old Town in the village of Ra. The road allows access to the trail head at the narrowing of the valley behind the village. From here, we follow a few logging trails and then a few yak trails. All along, we pass through multiple pastures and alongside multiple wooden herder huts.
The great thing about this trail is that there is often opportunity to greet the local herders who reside in these mountains with their yaks for the summer months. In all likelihood, we will be able to stay for yak butter tea that is done properly; over an open-fire. It’s also possible that the drying yak cheese placed over the fire will be shared around.
Once up to around 4000m in altitude, the trees thin out and we’ll pass by some patches of rhododendron forests and over patches of snow tea growing on the ground. At the mountain pass of 4200m, we’re able to get a view of Shudu lake in Pudacuo National park and of many of the surrounding peaks if it’s a clear day.
Inclusions: transportation, guide, and trail lunch.
Booking: If you are interested in a certain date, please send a booking enquiry and we will get back to you with availability. If you are a small group, and unless otherwise requested, we will post those dates for others to join the trip to keep cost down for everyone.
Once your dates are confirmed, we will go with a minimum of 2 people. If you have dates you want to go, but only want to go if there is a minimum number of other people, please leave us a note in the booking enquiry form and we will do our best to promote for others to join.
2 people: ¥400/person
3 people: ¥300/person
4 people: ¥250/person
5 people: ¥220/person
6 people: ¥200/person
Optional Add-ons: Stay for an outdoor barbecue after the hike. If weather is nice, we can have a fire outside and cook fresh, local meat and vegetables over the fire. Dinner will be accompanied by local, handcrafted wine, beer or soft drinks depending on your preference. Cost for barbecue is ¥80/person.