2013 - Shangri-La the last frontier day 8

Backpacking Adventure to ShangriLa China the Last Frontier
30 March to 23 April 2013 (25 days)

Day 08 (06.04.2013) Jiaju Village (甲居藏寨) to Xiaojin (小金) to Rilong (日隆)

Another day another journey. After breakfast we took 2 vans to Rilong town passing through Xiaojin. We had lunch at Riyue Youth Hostel and later trekked up the hill opposite our Youth Hostel (日月青年旅社) to the Level Ground Blessing Mountain Spirit at 3,670m (11,744 ft) to view the magnificent Siguniang (四姑娘山). This place Rilong is very very cold.

Temperature: -3c at night 
Sleeping: Riyue Youth Hostel (日月青年旅社)
the first thing we did together along the way was to visit the public toilet

passing through Xiaojin town

the Tibetan pagoda at Menggu Bridge

I am not sure how one can cross this Menggu Bridge

this is Rilong town which was badly damaged in the 2008 earthquake, however, many new buildings have been completed - the elevation is approximately 10,370 ft

Sleeping here at Riyue Youth Hostel (日月青年旅社)

the patio on the upper floor of Riyue Youth Hostel (日月青年旅社)

the Youth Hostel do not have heater, but an electric blanket provided

the afternoon trek up the mountain begins here at the bridge

we followed this horse trail up the mountain

the view of Rilong town from the hill

look at the huge load the horses carried

the valley consists of alpine forests, and snowy mountains towering above

the open meadow on the ridge with magnificent view of Siguniangshan

trekkers on horseback

a nice sight of Siguniang with all 4 peaks visible from here at Level Ground Dancing

we trekked further up the mountain ridge to a higher level

This level is known as Guozhuang Terrace and is characterized by many glacier floating boulder of granite. It boasts broad and open view, watching the panorama of Siguniang mountain which is like a huge dragon rising head to the sky, also including the panorama of Rilong Town, Tibetan buildings made of camphor wood and Wori River canyon

the rugged scenery consists of vast expense of grasslands with grazing yaks and distant mountains

the yak grazing on the meadow

This level is known as Level Ground Blessing The Mountain Spirit. At an elevation of 3,670m, about 300 mu alpine meadow is the famous area to make pilgrimage in Jia Rong Tibetan Area. On each May 4th in Chinese lunar calendar, Jia Rong Tibetan people and overseas embraces will hold the traditional grand pilgrimage and pay religious homage to the Mt. Siguniang.

we stopped here at Level Ground Blessing Mountain Spirit at 3,670m (11,744 ft) to view the magnificent Siguniang (四姑娘山) and then trekked back to our hotel for dinner

we followed these horsemen trail down the mountain

Total Grand Per Pax


8 a. 2 vans @ rmb500 Jiaju-Xiaojin-Rilong 1,000.00

b. Tips to AhChar 200.00

c. Lunch 111.00

d. Dinner 115.00

e. Room - Riyue Hostel (120 X 2)+(100 X 2) 440.00

1,866.00 186.60

click below:
Day 01 (30.03.2013) AirAsia D7-320: K. Lumpur to Chengdu (成都), Sichuan (四川)
Day 02 (31.03.2013) Chengdu to Hailuogou (海螺沟) (296km/7.5hrs bus)
Day 03 (01.04.2013) Hailuogou (海螺沟) Red rocks @ Swallow Gully (燕子沟)
Day 04 (02.04.2013) Hailuogou (海螺沟) Luding (泸定) Kangding (康定) to Xinduqiao (新都桥)
Day 05 (03.04.2013) Xinduqiao (新都桥) to Danba (丹巴) Land of thousand watchtowers

Day 06 (04.04.2013) Danba – day trip to Jiaju Tibetan Village "the most beautiful ethnic town
Day 07 (05.04.2013) Danba (丹巴) – staying in Jiaju Village
Day 08 (06.04.2013) Jiaju Village (甲居藏寨) to Xiaojin (小金) to Rilong (日隆)
Day 09 (07.04.2013) trekking up Changpinggou (长砰沟) middle gully of Siguniang (四姑娘山)
Day 10 (08.04.2013) Rilong (日隆) to Chengdu (成都)

Day 11 (09.04.2013) Chengdu (成都) day trip to Huanglongxi (黄龙寺)
Day 12 (10.04.2013) Chengdu (成都) to Xichang (西昌)
Day 13 (11.04.2013) Xichang (西昌) to Lugu Lake (泸沽湖)
Day 14 (12.04.2013) Lugu Lake - cycling around Lugu Lake
Day 15 (13.04.2013) Lugu Lake (泸沽湖) to Lijiang (丽江)

Day 16 (14.04.2013) Lijiang (丽江)
Day 17 (15.04.2013) Lijiang (丽江) to Shangri-La (香格里拉) (Zhongdian (中甸)
Day 18 (16.04.2013) Shangri-La (Zhongdian) - day trip to Potatso National Park
Day 19 (17.04.2013) Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡) / Bai Shui Tai terrace waterfall(白水台)
Day 20 (18.04.2013) Tiger Leaping Gorge to Lijiang (丽江)

Day 21 (19.04.2013) Lijiang (丽江) to Lugu Lake (泸沽湖)
Day 22 (20.04.2013) Lugu Lake (泸沽湖) to Xichang (西昌) to Chengdu (成都)
Day 23 (21.04.2013) Chengdu
Day 24 (22.04.2013) D7-327 Chengdu to K. Lumpur (2355 – 0430)
Day 25 (23.04.2013) 25 23/04 Arrival K. Lumpur: 0430 hrs

      RMB        RM
Total Costs per person excluding Air fare    4,664.15      2,360.06

Return Airfare per pax incl. insurance, meals   1,632.41    826.00 

Total Cost Per Pax incl. of Airfare    6,296.56 3,186.06


  1. Breathtaking, panoramic and wide-angled shots were captured by Ching NB to introduce the stunning nature scenes on Tibetan Plateau and highlands while traversed through these remote zone of China. Though distinctively Tibetan in their culture and heritage, the Chinese People's Congress steadfastly deem Tibet as it's inseparable territory. They are given autonomous self-ruled rights anyway, but Tibetans generally want a totally independent state to their mother land. (That's what I've read and conjectured.)


  2. Thank you for the wonderful sharing of your adventures & photos.
    Godd bless & have a pleasant trip :-)