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Jiuzhaigou waterfall in Autumn

Jiuzhaigou National Park

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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jiuazhaigou National Park on this 5 day retreat. Known for rivaling the beauty of Yosemite National Park, this park consists of three scenic valleys that converge to form a wonderland of foliage, waterfalls, and multi-colored lakes. Spot some of the over 140 species of birds creating a symphony as you hike through the region and enjoy the warm hospitality of the local Tibetan people on this relaxing extension to a China tour in Sichuan Province.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly to Jiuzhaigou
Day 2 : Jiuzhaigou National Park
Day 3 : Rize Valley
Day 4 : Huanglong National Park
Day 5 : Return Chengdu


  • Explore Zechawa Valley and see stunning views of Long Lake
  • Enjoy a homestay wtih a Tibetan family in Muni
  • Hike Rize Valley through old growth forest, cliffs, & Sword Rock

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Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

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Day 1 Fly to Jiuzhaigou

  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a morning flight to Jiuzhai-Huanglong Airport and drive the rest of the way to your hotel near the Jiuzhaigou National Park entrance. Check in to the Sheraton Jiuzhaigou Resort and refresh yourself before setting out on an exploratory walk around the village to acclimatize. Over dinner this evening, discuss your plan for the next day's adventure with your guide.

Day 2 Jiuzhaigou National Park

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the buffet breakfast at your hotel before getting an early start into the park today. Head first to the furthest end of the park to explore Zechawa Valley and see stunning views of Jiuzhaigou's highest, largest, and deepest lake: Long Lake (3150m). See the Seasonal Lakes on your way back down to the intersection of the three valleys where you'll enjoy a traditional Tibetan lunch in a local family's home. Take a relaxing stroll down Shuzheng valley following lunch as you continue to take in the vast scenery of the park. Return late afternoon to the comfort of your hotel.

Day 3 Rize Valley

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore the remainder of the park, starting with a bus ride to the most secluded point: Rize Valley. Take a stroll here through old growth forest surrounded by steep cliffs and the blade-shaped Sword Rock. Upon your descent from the forest back down to the valley convergence, following a meandering boardwalk with rushing creeks, turquoise lakes and quiet pools. The beauty of the region invites you to take your time and spend most of the day in this valley alone.

Day 4 Huanglong National Park

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning drive to another local gem, Huanglong National Park. Set out on foot or take advantage of the cableway to a viewpoint of turquoise pools trapped by calcite deposits which have formed over thousands of years. Take a leisurely walk across the hillside to see these iridescent pools up close. Descend back down to the Tibetan village of Muni. Here you enjoy a wonderful homestay experience with a local family. Join them as they prepare traditional meal and get to know some of their traditions this evening.

Day 5 Return Chengdu

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning take a stroll around the quaint village and witness the local families carrying out their normal morning routines. After breakfast, drive to the town of Songpan for a short walk through the old town and an early lunch. An afternoon flight returns you back to Chengdu and where you can connect on to your next destination.
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Rate based on 2 travelers
Groups of 3: $2620 per person.
Groups of 4 or more: $2405 per person.


  • 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Hotel
    • 1 Night Community Stay
  • 5 Days Private Guide Service
  • Park Entrance Fee


  • Internal Flights
    • $535 Internal Flights Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou - Chengdu
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • International Flights
  • China Visa Fee
    • US citizens must obtain visa prior to arrival


  • $70 Meals not Included
    • Alcohol is additional. Wine included with dinners.
  • $80 Optional Excursions
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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