12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan

12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan

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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!

Sichuan Garze Highlights:

  • Daocheng Yading Natural Reserve, with three holy mountains and highland scenic beauty
  • Minya Konka (Mt. Gongga), the highest peak in Sichuan with an altitude of 7556m, and Hailuogou Glacier
  • Danba and Jiayu Tibetan Villages
Country China
LanguagesTibetan, Mandarin
Currency RMB/CNY

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10 Day Kham Tibet Sichuan Trekking Mt. Shagtra Lhatse

10 Day Kham Tibet Sichuan Trekking Mt. Shagtra Lhatse

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan
Have you ever thought about exploring western Sichuan? Do you want to discover the unique images of More info
10 Days Tibet Kham Trekking Deer Valley Sichuan Danba Daofu

10 Days Tibet Kham Trekking Deer Valley Sichuan Danba Daofu

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan
Expect to start an adventurous journey towards Tibet? Take this 10 day Tibet Kham Trekking Tour in S More info
10-12 Days Tibet Kham Trekking Mukrong Yati Valley

10-12 Days Tibet Kham Trekking Mukrong Yati Valley

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan
Welcome to join the popular Tibetan Kham Trekking Tours. We highly recommend this 10-12-day Tibet Kh More info
11 Day Chengdu To Lhasa Overland Tour

11 Day Chengdu To Lhasa Overland Tour

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan, 08 Tibet Nyingchi, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
This tour begins at Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan province, Chengdu to Lhasa varies greatly i More info
11 Days Sichuan Kham Kathok Monastery Tour

11 Days Sichuan Kham Kathok Monastery Tour

14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan
Known as the last pure land on the blue planet, Sichuan Kham is another sacred place similar to Tibe More info
11 Days Western Sichuan Grand Tour

11 Days Western Sichuan Grand Tour

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan, 17 Sichuan Daocheng Yading, 16 Sichuan Mt. Siguniang
This itinerary focuses on western Sichuan province, i.e. the Tibetan-inhabited areas in eastern Tibe More info
11-14 Days Tibet Kham Sichuan Motorcycle Loop Tour

11-14 Days Tibet Kham Sichuan Motorcycle Loop Tour

14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan
  Once you step into the sacred land of Tibet, you’ll be amazed by the natural wildness and sim More info
13 Days Amdo Kham Horse Racing Festival Tour

13 Days Amdo Kham Horse Racing Festival Tour

39 Xi'ning, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan
Welcome to the annual Amdo Kham Horse Racing Festival! We Explore China Tibet have selected this exc More info
15 Days Lugu Lake Yading Trek

15 Days Lugu Lake Yading Trek

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan, 17 Sichuan Daocheng Yading
Welcome to explore the dynamic Yunnan and Western Sichuan! We’ve selected an excellent 15-day Lugu L More info
21 Days Qinghai Sichuan Yunnan Overland Tour

21 Days Qinghai Sichuan Yunnan Overland Tour

03 Yunnan All Around, 39 Xi'ning, 19 Yunnan Dali, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan, 17 Sichuan Daocheng Yading
Whilst the vast Qinghai Lake is like a translucent sapphire sparkling under the sun, Kumbum Jambalin More info
22-30 Days Chengdu Lhasa Motorcycle Overland Tour

22-30 Days Chengdu Lhasa Motorcycle Overland Tour

14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan, 08 Tibet Nyingchi, 09 Tibet Everest, 06 Tibet Shigatse, 04 Tibet Lhasa, 01 Tibet All Around
Once you step into the sacred land of Tibet, you’ll be amazed by the natural wildness and simple fol More info
4 Day Sichuan Seda Buddhist School Tour

4 Day Sichuan Seda Buddhist School Tour

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan
This 4-day Seda Adventure Tour brings you the sublime experience of one of the biggest Buddhist Scho More info
6 Days Daocheng Yading Hiking Tour

6 Days Daocheng Yading Hiking Tour

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan, 17 Sichuan Daocheng Yading
Daocheng Yading is one of the Lost Horizons on earth. It is a beautiful fairyland hidden in the far More info
8 Day Chengdu Daocheng Yading Tagong Danba Loop Tour

8 Day Chengdu Daocheng Yading Tagong Danba Loop Tour

14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan, 17 Sichuan Daocheng Yading
Daocheng Yading Natural Reserve is noted as “the Last Shangri-La” and “the Last Pu More info
8 Days Chengdu to Lijiang Overland Tour

8 Days Chengdu to Lijiang Overland Tour

18 Yunnan Shangrila, 20 Yunnan Lijiang, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan, 17 Sichuan Daocheng Yading
Experience an excellent picturesque trip travelling from Chengdu to Lijiang passing the real Shangri More info
8 Days Kangding Hiking Tour

8 Days Kangding Hiking Tour

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan
Kangding 8 days hiking is a perfect adventure in Sichuan for families. It starts in Chengdu and visi More info
9 Days Mt. Gongga (Minya Konka) Trekking Tour

9 Days Mt. Gongga (Minya Konka) Trekking Tour

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan, 17 Sichuan Daocheng Yading
Join in Group Hiking tour is now available at Scihuan Travel Guide. A group hiking tour to Minya Kon More info
9 Days Sichuan Kham Trekking Lhagong Grassland Muge Lake

9 Days Sichuan Kham Trekking Lhagong Grassland Muge Lake

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan
Lhagong grassland, also known as Tagong grassland, is on the north of Sichuan province. With Sichuan More info
9-15 Days Sichuan Litang Mt. Genyen Trekking

9-15 Days Sichuan Litang Mt. Genyen Trekking

02 Sichuan All Around, 14 Sichuan Chengdu, 12 Tibetan Kham (Garze)-Sichuan
Expect to go further in western Sichuan? Have a look at this multiple day tour! To maximize your tra More info

Unfortunately there are no cruise offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no car rental offers at this location at the moment.

Attractions to See

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

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.

Transport

By Air
Garzi has two airports: Kangding Airport and Daocheng Yading Airport. Both airports are high altitude, with Daocheng Yading Airport at 4411m being world's highest airport. Destinations include several major Sichuan and Chinese cities, such as Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Xi'an, etc.
By Bus
Many tour buses depart from Chengdu at Xinnanmen Passenger Station, Chadianzi Bus Station or Zhaojuesi Bus Station. There are also many regular buses between different Garze towns.