Aden Scenic Area
Aden Scenic Area
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Melanie
Newcastle, UK174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Stunning and spectacular scenic areas. Three holy snow mountains, glacial lakes, rivers and virgin forests. Wild animals I saw blue sheep, monkeys and squirrels freely had fun.

Well worth the effort to reach here as it is a long way walking trek to the top and quite high at about 4600 meters. Stunning views on the way but a little bit steeper and adventurous trekking on foot.

I will recommend you bring a stick and an oxygen canister but we did not need it ...just an emergency.

I was here in Oct 2018(review a little bit late) it was incredible amazing and fantastic. Very greatly recommend.

Written August 7, 2020
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Adrian B
Hong Kong19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
Have just returned from a second visit to the Yading Kora - a spectacular 6/7 day trek around the sacred peaks of Mt Chanadorjee, Chenrezig and Jembayang. I first visited in 2012 on a research trip and was awestruck by the natural beauty of this route so I decided to return with a small group last month.

The trek is expeditionary and challenging as it passes over 6 high altitude passes but very few places in China offer such an immersive, unspoilt and spectacular experience as the 'big kora' trek. I would be interested if anyone knows any other hidden gems in the Tibetan borderlands that are yet to be discovered.

If anyone is interested in a comparison between this route and the trek from Lugu Lake to Yading (which I did a few years ago) in my humble opinion this is much more beautiful.
Written October 5, 2013
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Violeta Z
Monterrey, Mexico80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
I was looking to go to Tibet and hike to Everest Base Camp. But because of poor planning I did not have the time to get a Tibet Visa so this was the closest to Tibet I could get. And it has been fabulous as an off the beaten path adventure travel. For me I think I ve got everything I wished for and even more.
From Chengdu it will be 24 hours bus ride, or take the plane 1 hour.
But from ShangriLa (zhongdian) it will be 12 hour bus ride
As I love hiking I started the trip from Lijiang to hike Jade Dragon Snow Mountain 5600 m altitude, made my way Hike Tiger Leaping Gorge 3,900 m altitude, to ShangriLa to hike Shika Snow Mountain 4,500m altitude. This is how you get your acclimatization to altitude. Never needed to buy the oxygen or diamox or rhodiola.
I was travelling solo, female, don't know mandarin and it was perfectly safe
Although Tibetan men are not shy at all.
But never felt unsafe
Although I was always in the hostel by 21:00
The Bus Ride was truly scenic it reminded me a lot as when I was in Banff Canada but at much greater altitude. As the stupas, prayer flags, temples, made that Tibetan feeling more unique. On our way to RiWa or Shangri la Village I saw many hike opportunities I think you can stay here for months and never run out of beautiful places to hike and explore. Although I wish I had a partner because when hiking solo I am not so adventurous.
The bus was taking us to daosheng but thankfully 80% of the bus were Thailand tourist going to Yading nature reserve the driver accepted to take us all the way to RiWa or ShangriLa village for 50 yuan
RIwa is 3 km from yading ticket office
Once inside it is very pricey for you need to pay each transport, but I promise everything you pay it is so much worth it as this was for me a sacred land. The glaciers at the summit are so blue because they have been untouched. Climbing is forbidden because of the holy nature of the place as well as the lakes
I just think that if I have gone to the Everest base camp I would not get these beautiful views
It is an adventure to get there
But everything was worth it
You will not regret

Written April 14, 2018
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Margaret C
Boston, MA3 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Friends
I rent a fleece mountaineering jacket before entering the ticket barrier, and it costs me 100r. The store didn’t mark the rental price. 100r is enough for me to buy a new jacket here, also, even a Tibetan custom photography set costs me only 99r!
Written July 4, 2023
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tanleep9
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
Some recent updates on Yading. It is still as beautiful as ever, despite being there in the non-optimal season. Best season is supposed to be late Sep to early Nov if you want to avoid rain and having a great skyline to admire the surroundings.

We stayed in Daocheng before heading to Yading. Great town and you can get most of your food supplies there. Warning - you cannot get a decent western medication for altitude sickness so be prepared to get some before arriving Daocheng. Another advice would be to acclimatise in Kanding which is halfway from Chengdu to Daocheng if you take the bus.

Daocheng to Yading (also tagged as Aden) is a 50 RMB (1.5 hour) mini van ride (rides leaving as early as 6:30, either through hostel or inquire from drivers near bus station) to Riwa (also tagged as Shangri-la) where you buy the the park entrance tickets (150 RMB) and the bus ticket (120 RMB). As far as we know, everyone had to take the Yading bus from Riwa; no one (even tour buses/guides) was allowed to drive into the park. It's annoying to find that out as the mini van drivers kept saying Yading which is not true. fyi, there is a also a normal bus from Daocheng to "Yading" (but in reality to Riwa) which is 40RMB but leaves inconveniently at 11am. The good thing about the bus is that it is a one-time payment for unlimited rides within the Yading park. So if you are in Yading for more than a day, it is good value. Takes about 30 mins from Riwa to Yading village. Note - if you do plan to stay in Yading for more than a day, then stop in Yading village so you can check in and leave your bags. There are regular buses that take you from Yading village to Long Long Ba which is the main entrance of the park area. We found a room with shared bathroom for 100RMB per night. Basic and quality of the bathroom / toilet was as can be expected in remote places. Food on average is about 40RMB per person.

Wait at roadside in Yading for the bus to pick you up (if there is space) to Long Long Ba. Or you can walk there. There is a nice pathway - you need to be walking on the road occasionally. Not sure about the mules as we did not encounter any. It took us about 2 hours to stroll to Long Long Ba. Again, a bit of a confusion there. The true 'entrance' is about a couple of kms from the actual Long Long Ba. If you take the bus from Yading, it's not a problem as the bus takes you to where everyone gets dumped to get into the main park area. If you walk, there is a nice footpath (unfortunately it is man-made with steel floors and all) on the side of the river.

The walk from the main entrance to the Lourong Pasture has been designed to fit tourists who prefer convenience (ie electric carts) and walkways. The fun begins after that. We spent 2 days walking around Chenrezig with a night of camping. Found there are a number of abandoned stone huts midway but frankly, it's better to be out in the open if you have a tent. The trail itself is easy to follow and it's amazing.
Written September 2, 2014
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Synapsegaba
Melbourne, Australia54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
I travelled here in May 2019. The ticket office is located in Shangrila town. 150 RMB entrance fee valid for 2 visits within a 3 day period, If you go there on Monday, the ticket is valid to Wednesday but your second visit must be on Tuesday or Wednesday. The sightseeing bus ticket is 120 RMB and if you go there a second time, you must show your original entrance fee ticket and a selfie of you inside the scenic area to qualify for a 50% discount (60 RMB) for the bus. The bus will bring you to Chonggu monastery. There will be many locals offering to guide you; choose one that has an official permit. Most of the official guides start work from 9 am and some before 9 am. However, they only speak Mandarin. The guides charge 400 RMB for the long route; 300 RMB for the short route. We chose to go with a guide because if there is an emergency due to altitude sickness, they will know what to do. The short route brings you to Pearl lake where you can see Xiannairi mountain very prominently. It is an uphill climb and does take effort contrary to what I have read. At 4100 m altitude, this can be problematic for some. To do the long route, pay 80 RMB return mini-car transport to Luorong pasture. It is 5 km trekking from 4100 m to 4600 m to reach Milk lake. The horse will take you 2/3 of the way and the remaining 1/3 is a 45 degree uphill climb. If you weigh more than 170 lbs, the horse will not take you. It costs 300 RMB one way on horse. If you need a horse on the way back, you will find owners leading their horses back to Luorong and they can conveniently accommodate you but negotiate the price down because he has to return to Luorong any way. At Luorong, you can see Xianaduoji mountain and if you trek up to Milk lake, the peak of Yangmaiyong will become more apparent. It took me 90 mins to trek on foot from Luorong to Milk Lake. From Milk Lake, I took another 25 mins to trek to Five colour Lake. I don't think 5 colour lake is as pretty as Milk Lake because it is surrounded by the 3 mountains and sunlight only hits the lake early morning. You will be offered 2 options on the track, either hike up to Milk Lake first or hike to 5 colour lake first. The latter option is a steeper climb and I would not recommend this. At the lakes, the locals sell food and drinks such as mineral water and instant noodles. Don't panic if you run out of water. Although some reviewers commented that the entrance and bus tickets are expensive, I do not agree. I found that the paths were very well maintained and did not mind spending extra to fund the maintenance. The flowers were blooming in May but the pasture still looks dry. It rains in Jun-Aug and the paths might be muddy. Avoid first 2 weeks of October as it is peak travel season for Chinese tourists. Note: don't feed the monkeys; they can be aggressive if you give food to 1 or 2 monkeys and not the rest of the troop.
Written May 28, 2019
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deos71
Macau, China59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
Two days and nights alone in the wilderness. Tent and GoPro packed. 4600m altitude. No network coverage, no internet or emergency calls. Not a single person within day's walking distance. True solitude. Tent and gear terribly heavy. Overnight -20*C, sleeping bag makes it somewhat bearable. Still, I am unable to sleep, body didn't acclimatise. Legs hurt, lungs grasping for air. How come there are so many stars in the sky? So that's how the Milky Way looks like. Even satellites traversing the sky are visible. Complete silence. Dehydrated, but the last litre of water must last. Dawn brings back the magnificent views. Another day to walk.

Here is the video to show you what to expect: youtu.be/Kc9tMEfcv9E
Written December 31, 2015
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Michael W
Sydney, Australia61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
It's possible to do a five-seven day "outer kora" circuit of the three mountains: Chanadorje, Jambeyang and Shenrezig. It's a tough walk that involves crossing seven passes at altitudes of around 4500m, but the alpine scenery is spectacular and constantly changing. I did this with a friend and we hired two guides (who proved to be pretty useless). We took a tent and sleeping bags and were self sufficient in food - which is necessary as there are no shops or places to stay en route excet for some very crude stone shelters which may or may not have a roof on them. Here is the itinerary:
Day 1. Yading village-Chonggu monastery, ascend to below the First Pass, where there is a crude stone shelter in a hollow. Great views of Shenrezig.
Day 2: Shelter - First Pass - Chanadorje glacier.
The slog up to the first and highest pass is across some bleak rocks. The descent is equally bleak at first, but grand scenery. There is a small 'village' of temporary shelters at the bottom of the valley where Tibetans camp to pick the fungus worm chongtsao. From here you descend into a steep forested valley and turn 90 degrees left to hike up to a magnificent open space with awesome views of the south face of Chandorje, where there are great spots to camp.
Day 3. Over the Second Pass into a steep valley around the back of Chanadorje that leads up to a daunting rock wall. This is not as bad as it looks can be scrambled up to cross the Third Pass, known as Yaka. Best to camp before crossing the pass as the next day is a long one.
Day 4: Over the Third Pass and descend round the back of Jambeyang, over a scree slope and to the edge of yet another sunken valley, where you turn into a spectacular ampitheatre below the south west face and glaciers of Jambeyang. Good camping spot.
Day 5: Tough day, following the 'cliff walk' beneath the rock face to reach a shoulder that marks the Fourth Pass, where you turn north. Up a rocky bleak valley in the shadow of Jambeyang, many alpine lakes, then cross a small pass to descend to a grassy clearing where you can camp at 'Rock's rock' - a massive cube of rock where explorer Joseph Rock once camped.
Day 6. A gentle ascent to the Fifth Pass, where you gain views of Shenrezig, and descend steeply to Snake Lake. Can camp on the shore or ascend to the Sixth Pass, below Shenrezig - this is where many day trekkers walk up to from Chonggu monastery so you are back on the beaten track. Descend to tarn and shelter.
Day 7: Final day, on the route of the mini-kora, descend through woods round the back of Shenrezig and then up to the Seventh Pass. Long descent to Chonggu monastery.

The best time of year to do this is autumn (October), or possibly late May/early June. owever in spring the locals are out in force hunting for funghus larvae and you will find it difficult to find guides. Entrance to the park is also restricted during the Golden Weelks of 1 May and 1 Oct - you have to book online.
Written November 17, 2015
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taysiewhua
Singapore, Singapore172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Friends
I visited Daochen Yading as part of a free & easy tour in Oct last year
4 of us booked a driver who drove us in a jeep from Chengdu to Yading National park. We admired snow capped mountains along the way.The scenery along the journey & at Daochen National park was its most brilliantly colourful in Autumn season. Along the way, it snowed & the landscape was transformed to a winter wonderland. Daochen Yading has been promoted as " the last Shangrila " in China--the fictional utopian land described in the " lost horizon". In my opinion, it is the real Shangrila. I have visited ZHongdian-renamed as Shangrila in Yunnan , China & the sceneryin Zhongdian pales in comparison to the unspoiled scenery to Daochen Yading. Daochen Yading is much less commercialised compared with Yunnan. LOts of photography enthusiasts visited the place with all their huge & advanced cameras with multiple lenses.Be prepared to combat motion sickness, high altitude sickness, lack of proper toilet facilities & be prepared to go without shower for 1/7 at Daochen Yading!Part of the trek in Daochen yading is steep.
Written June 17, 2012
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jongjong
Singapore, Singapore48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Aden scenic area, a.k.a. Daocheng Yading to the Chinese, is definitely one of the most beautiful places I've visited in Sichuan, a close second to Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong. For the regular tourists, it would be worthwhile to note that the latter two are fully developed 5A rated attractions in China, while Aden remains a 4A for now due to the ongoing developments in the surrounding towns and villages as well as within the national park. For hikers who enjoy multi day hikes, this place offers a couple of options - the big kora and the small kora. Entry tickets are pricey, as with all Chinese national parks, at rmb 150, plus rmb120 for the two-way bus ticket into the park. The bus ride takes an hour and a half one way, ascending along a long windy road. Entry ticket allows bearer to enter only twice over 3 days, which I found odd. Bus ticket is at half price upon second entry. Would recommend those who do not mind basic Tibetan style accommodation to stay within Yading Village (located within the park along the bus route) to avoid paying for the bus a second time. Those who prefer hotel style accommodation should stay in Riwa (a.k.a. Shangrila town) the village nearest to the ticketing counter located 5 mins by car outside the park. The bus stops near chonggu pasture, where the rmb80 tram ride (15 mins) to luorong pasture starts. If in good physical condition, would recommend skipping the tram ride and hike your way to luorong pasture as the scenery along the way would be well worth the effort. Do note that while the path is relatively flat and man-made, this is at high altitude. From chonggu (before the tram ride), the nearest attraction would be pearl lake. It's a gentle uphill 1km hike via metal steps, before reaching a flat boardwalk of about 15mins. Good to note if you have yet to acclimatize, 'gentle' can be a massive chore due to shortness of breath and scorching sun bearing down on you during summer months. Worthwhile checking out for a photo of the reflection of mount chenerig in the lake, best viewed on a sunny day. From luorong pasture, one can opt to hike to milk lake or ride a mule. The trail (unpaved) starts flat then becomes a continuous upward climb, 3 hours to and fro by mule. Mules and human share the same trail. The mule ride costs rmb300 return. There will be several sections where you will be asked to dismount and hike as these are deemed unsafe for mule rides. One of these sections is not for the faint hearted, very steep with loose scree. Do come prepared with medication for high altitude sickness, regardless of whether you need it. There is a cheaper way for hikers to enter the park, but is extremely strenuous - start the hike from Kasi Hell Canyon (no entrance fee, just need to hire a car to bring you to kasi village), which intersects the small kora route as you exit the canyon, then follow the kora route, descend via luorong pasture or pearl lake, possibly a 2-day hike. No one checks for bus tickets when leaving the park, at least for now.
Written May 29, 2015
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