Lhasa, capital city of Tibet
Garze is an autonomous prefecture in southeastern Sichuan and sits on the eastern edge of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It was historically a Tibetan region known as Kham. This area boasts rich Tibetan cultural tradition and stunning natural beauty. Local people conduct an ancient way of like in great harmony with the natural habitat. Garze is home to many famous old historic towns such as Kangding, Danba, Seda, in addition to several world famous natural reserves including Daocheng Yading and Minya Konka (Mt. Gongga, the highest mountain in Sichuan with an altitude of 7556m).
In Garze, you will also find many off the beaten path gems. Magnificent snow mountains cast reflections on the alpine lakes, and sheep and cattle stroll freely on the vast grassland. Some local products include herbs, white mushroom, matsutake mushroom, etc, and you can enjoy unique Kham Tibetan food such as Hua Momo, Tsampa, Tibetan blood sausage, and buttered tea. When visiting local towns in festival season, you will observe interesting events like love song competition, horse racing, and various celebratory activities during the Tibetan New Year.
Garze has a highland dry valley climate. The air is fresh and dry. Sky is clear and there is strong sunlight on most days. The best time to visit is from spring through autumn, and winter is usually too cold for most people. It is an ideal destination for families and adventurers alike. We have designed for our guests multiple routes to travel in this region either from Chengdu or Yunnan, by flight or by road. Check out our offers and book your next vacation now in Garze with our quality services!
Daocheng Yading Natural Reserve
Famous American Joseph Rock first introduced this stunning natural reserve to the world, and claimed that "Daocheng is the last virgin ground on the blue Earth". It is not hard to understand the praises he offered to this region. Located in the south of Garze, Daocheng Yading has an average elevation of 3800m and is home to magnificent snow mountains, crystal clear alpine lakes. The intact eco-system also provides the ideal habitat for an abundance of grasslands, forests, and wildlife. The historical Tibetan villages in the area also produces opportunities to experience eastern Tibetan Kham culture. In a word, a visit to Daocheng Yading will be a once in a lifetime experience for you!
Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park
Hailuogou Glacier Park is a comprehensive scenic area consisting of modern oceanic glacier, wild forest, as well as hot and cold springs. Its main attraction, Hailuogou Glacier, is a unique low altitude glacier. Inside the park you will see hundreds of ice falls and ice caves. It is also close to the great Mt. Gongga (Minya Konka), which you can often see on a clear day. The best time to travel to Hailuogou is winter, when the sky is clear and views are stunning. In the summer rainy season, people gather here to enjoy the greenery and flowers.
Mount Gongga (Minya Konka)
Mount Gongga (Minya Konka) is the highest peak(7556m) in Sichuan Province, and proudly enjoys the reputation as "the King of Shu Mountains". It is also the third highest peak outside the Himalaya and the Karakoram regions. The mountain is worshipped as a symbol of god by locals and has attracted world class mountaineers and amateur trekkers alike for decades.
Danba Villages are a group of ethnic towns located in Danba County in Garze. They inherit a rich eastern Tibetan cultural tradition, including an unique religious architecture style and ancient life routines. The area enjoys various agricultural resources, and local plants fields of barley, grapes, corns and potatoes. With snow mountains as backdrop, Danba villages present a mysterious and harmonious lifestyle, and are interested in sharing their stories with curious travelers.
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