Jiuzhaigou Park

Deriving its name from the nine Tibetan villages scattered throughout this 720 sq. km mountainous area, JiuZhaiGou is actually three scenic valleys that converge to form a wonderland of epic proportions. The variety of foliage, waterfalls, multi-colored lakes, and iridescent pools provides a veritable visual feast for it’s visitors.

Jiuzhaigou National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992 and boasts more stunning natural beauty than America’s Yosemite National Park. Curling creeks, weeping waterfalls and the songs of over 140 species of birds comprise a subtle symphony of music for your soul. And the opportunity to experience Tibetan hospitality in a stove-warmed living room along with genuine yak butter tea combines to make this an unforgettable experience.

This is designed as a five day trip, enjoying authentic hospitality at a Tibetan home stay in the evenings.
5 Days

Dates: Jan. 29 - Feb. 2, May 10 - 14, Aug. 1 - 5, Sep. 20 - 25, Yours to choose

Key Destinations

Jiuzhaigou National Park, Muni Valley, Songpan

Starts / Ends

Starts and end in Chengdu (Inc. Airfare to Jiuzhaigou)

  • All transport, including airport pick-up and transfers
  • Private vehicle and driver with an excellent English speaking local guide
  • Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou return airfare (per the itinerary)
  • All meals with wine included at dinner (as selected by Extravagant Yak)
  • All accommodation based on double occupancy
  • All activities and entrance fees enroute (per the itinerary)
Not Included
  • International airfare
  • Medical, travel, and trip interruption insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Activities not included on the trip itinerary
  • Souvenirs, laundry, items of a personal nature

DAY 1 - Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou (Flight)

Accommodation: Zhuo Ma's Tibetan Homestay, Jiuzhaigou

Enjoy a morning flight to Jiuzhaigou to maximize the time enjoyed in this scenic wonderland. Check in at your home stay to meet your Tibetan host family for the next few days and enjoy some refreshments before embarking on an exploratory walk around the village to acclimatize and become familiar with your surroundings. Over a Chinese dinner your guide will provide you with some orientation for the following day's adventure in the park.

DAY 2 - Jiuzhaigou National Park

Accommodation: Zhuo Ma's Tibetan Homestay, Jiuzhaigou

After an international breakfast buffet at your hotel, you'll enjoy an early start to the park to enjoy the morning air. Today you'll head to the furthest end of the park to begin your exploration of Zechawa Valley, beginning with stunning views of Jiuzhaigou's highest, largest, and deepest lake: Long Lake (3150m). The Seasonal Lakes and surrounding ridges will be viewed on the way back down to the intersection of the three valleys where you'll enjoy lunch and a visit in a Tibetan home. A relaxing stroll down the Shuzheng valley following lunch will give you a sense of the overwhelming grandeur of these valleys. You'll return to the comfort of your hotel in the late afternoon for a well deserved rest.

DAY 3 - Jiuzhaigou National Park

Accommodation: Zhuo Ma's Tibetan Homestay, Jiuzhaigou

Today you'll explore the remainder of the park, riding the bus to the most secluded point: the head of Rize Valley. From here you'll enjoy a magical stroll through an old growth forest surrounded by stunning cliffs, including the blade-shaped Sword Rock. On the descent from the forest back down toward the convergence of the valleys, the walk follows a meandering boardwalk with rushing creeks, turquoise lakes, and quiet pools. The surrounding beauty invites you to take your time, making it easy to spend most of the day on this valley alone.

DAY 4 - Huanglong National Park

Accommodation: Local Tibetan Homestay, Songpan

An early morning drive will take you to another gem in this area so packed full of natural wonders. At Huanglong you have the option of exploring on foot or taking advantage of riding the cableway to a viewpoint of the pools trapped by calcite deposits that have formed over thousands of years. These iridescent pools are scattered down the hillside like turquoise gems. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the hillside to see the pools up close before descending back down to head to your final destination for the day: a home stay experience in the charming Tibetan village of Muni.

DAY 5 - Jiuzhaigou - Chengdu (Flight)

First thing in the morning, a stroll around this quaint village watching the local families tending to their morning chores can be enjoyed with your camera (or coffee) in hand. Following breakfast, a short drive into the town of Songpan allows for the opportunity for a stroll through the old town before an early lunch. An afternoon flight will take you back to Chengdu for your onward flight.