Places Visited: Chengdu, Shangri-La, Tacheng, Cizhong, Meili, Benzilan
A chain of five beautifully sited lodges in the mountains of northwest Yunnan Province provide the backbone of this 12-day trip to the edges of the Himalayas. Stylish and luxurious, the Songtsam hotels enable you to experience the region’s most awe-inspiring scenery and Tibetan culture in regal comfort. Savour the early morning alpenglow on towering ice peaks through your hotel room window. Try your hand at throwing local blackware pots, or making incense in a remote farmstead. Enjoy a traditional lunch with Naxi villagers, and visit remote Buddhist grottoes in the hills. Unique in China, the Songtsam experience is very special. We bookend the tour with a visit to Chengdu, famous for its Panda Breeding Centre, and connected by non-stop flights to London. Transport is in a sturdy 4WD vehicle, and you’re accompanied at all times by an English-speaking guide.