China: Yosemite Sister Parks Hiking
Hangzhou, China to Chengdu, China
China's vast, unique landscape holds two national parks that are sister parks to Yosemite - an international collaboration with parks and protected areas that face similar challenges. Join expert MT Sobek guides and park rangers on this 12-day adventure through these magical destinations. Ascend sacred Huangshan, traverse its summit, witness a spectacular sunrise (or two), and visit historic villages. Across the country in Jiuzhaigou National Park, explore colored lakes, picturesque travertine landscapes, and Tibetan villages, and access Zharu Valley - seen by only a few lucky visitors per year. All this natural beauty plus time to meet giant pandas in Chengdu!
- Hike, tour, and camp in China's two beautiful Yosemite sister parks, Huangshan and Jiuzhaigou
- Enjoy a ranger-led ecotour of Jiuzhaigou's Zharu Valley, a special-access area - an MT Sobek-style treat
- Explore southwest China's rich culture in its atmospheric Tibetan/Qiang villages and lofty Buddhist temples
Internal Airfare: $1060
Minimum Age: 15
- Adventure and Active
- Educational and Learning
Day: 1, duration: 1
Lakeview Hotel Hangzhou
As the name suggests, the Lakeview Hotel Hangzhou offers excellent views of West Lake, a must-see highlight for visitors to Hangzhou. Most rooms in this business-style hotel have large windows from which to enjoy the view, along with free Wi-Fi and Western-cuisine room service. Guests like the notable breakfast buffet, with Western, Chinese, and Japanese fare.Day: 2, duration: 2
Day: 4, duration: 1
Location, location, location! In Yuping Scenic Area at the top of Huangshan, Yupinglou Hotel's terrace is a fine viewing spot for catching a famous Yellow Mountain sunrise or sunset. The structure is impressively stacked into a granite cleft descending many stories below what you see in the lobby. The property and rooms are standard fare for this region, offering clean rooms with decent linens and hot water. Come for the sensational mountain and sunrise/sunset views, and you won't be disappointed.Day: 5, duration: 1
Lakeview Hotel Hangzhou
As the name suggests, the Lakeview Hotel Hangzhou offers excellent views of West Lake, a must-see highlight for visitors to Hangzhou. Most rooms in this business-style hotel have large windows from which to enjoy the view, along with free Wi-Fi and Western-cuisine room service. Guests like the notable breakfast buffet, with Western, Chinese, and Japanese fare.Day: 6, duration: 2
Celebrity Jiuzhaigou Hotel
Opened in 2010 and renovated in 2015, the Celebrity Jiuzhaigou Hotel is centrally located for exploring Jiuzhaigou National Park and the surrounding valley. The property has an on-site Chinese restaurant and free Wi-Fi in designated areas. If hiking in Jiuzhaigou National Park wasn't enough, hit the gym — or if it was, relax in the massage room.Day: 8, duration: 1
MT Sobek Camp - China
Follow rangers through the Zharu Valley to a ranger cabin, where local guides will set up comfortable two-person tents in a flat, open area adjacent to the cabin. Supplies include a comfy mattress and clean, warm sleeping bag. A clean porta-potty is nearby. Meals will be prepared by local guides in the cabin kitchen, and you can enjoy the babbling stream and terrific night skies.Day: 9, duration: 1
Celebrity Jiuzhaigou Hotel
Opened in 2010 and renovated in 2015, the Celebrity Jiuzhaigou Hotel is centrally located for exploring Jiuzhaigou National Park and the surrounding valley. The property has an on-site Chinese restaurant and free Wi-Fi in designated areas. If hiking in Jiuzhaigou National Park wasn't enough, hit the gym — or if it was, relax in the massage room.Day: 10, duration: 1
Day: 11, duration: 1
Buddha Zen Hotel
The Buddha Zen Hotel is a serene, Buddhism-inspired accommodation amidst the boisterous energy of Chengdu. Guests are welcomed into quiet rooms that combine the beauty of traditional Chinese culture with modern facilities and uncompromising service. As if the comfortable beds weren't relaxing enough, spa, sauna, and massage services are available on-site.
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
An MT Sobek Leader Summit contest winner, this trip was designed by top MT Sobek Yosemite experts Ian Elman and Pete Devine, and goes deep into Yosemite's Sister Parks in China where few Westerners visit.Reason #02
This trip combines heart pumping treks with in-depth cultural exploration and experiences; spending time with park managers and learning the natural history of these parks is something even few Chinese get to do.Reason #03
This MT Sobek exclusive is one of the best ways to see, first-hand, how national parks foster global collaboration to help protect precious landscapes.Activities
Strenuous hikes up to 8 hours a day on rugged trails and steep staircases, plus cultural touring. Includes visiting a panda conservation center.Lodging
Enjoy the comfort of well-appointed hotel accommodations all set in scenic locations as well as 1 night of tent camping.Climate
Daytime temperatures in Jiuzhaigou and Huangshan will range from 50°F to mid-60°F. Summit and nighttime temperatures could be low 30°F.Who will meet me on arrival?
On Day 1, our MT Sobek representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.Does MT Sobek handle our visa?
No, we are not able to handle your visa, but we provide you with all the necessary documentation to handle on your own or through a visa service.Will I have Wi-Fi on the trip?
Most of the hotels will have Wi-Fi or at the very least a business center for getting online.Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag for the one night of camping?
No, we will provide a sleeping bag for you. Park management provides us with solid two-person tents, cushy sleeping pads and warm sleeping bags. Everything is clean and delivered to our camp.If I arrive a day early in Hangzhou, is my transfer included?
No, we provide one group transfer for this trip to and from the airports. If you arrive separate from the group transfer or a day early, we can arrange a private transfer for you at an extra cost.Can you accommodate my diet on this trip?
With advanced notice, we are able to accommodate almost every diet. Please let your Adventure Coordinator know what your dietary restrictions are.
About MT Sobek
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