Trekking in Mt. Minya Konka, Sichuan

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August 12th 2014
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Mt. Gongga or Minya Konka is located in Luding, Kangding and Jiulong County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. In Tibetan language, "Gong" means permanent snow cover, while "Ga" means white, so Gongga means white snow cover.

It is located in the Miya Raogang area, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist administrative division. Local people also call it Miya Gongga.

Minya Konka peak is a high snowy peak with narrow ridges.

The towering peak rises to an awesome 7,556 meters above the sea level, making it the highest peak east of the Himalayas, and is the highest mountain in Sichuan Province.

While wildlife on the grasslands has been deeply affected by the changes in Tibet, remote mountain peaks and valleys often serve as refuges of isolation where wildlife remains abundant. In the high and steep Gongga Mountain, the snow does not melt perennially.

The climate of Minya Konka is moist, snowy and very changeful so the climbing is more difficult than Mt. Qomolangma. In 1932, an American expedition group firstly scaled the peak while a mountainering team from China reached the summit in June, 1957. Since 1932, only seven expeditions, with 22 people, have reached the summit successfully.

Following the interary for your reference when planning a hiking to Minya Konka.

Tour Duration: 6 days

Visiting: Sichuan, Mt. Minya Konka

Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking

Season: April - November

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Chengdu - Kangding(2900 m) - Tagong (3730 m). Leave at 8:00 a.m., one day driving to Tagong. We will pass the famous Qingyi River, Daduhe River, Erlang Mountain and beautiful county Kangding. About 8 hours' driving. Overnight in Tagong.

Day 2: Tagong - Xinduqiao (3400 m) - Shangmuju (3700 m). After breakfast, we will visit the famous Tagong Monastery and Yala Holy mountain. Then drive to Shangmuju Village. About 6 hours' driving. Overnight in Shangmuju Village.

Day 3: Shangmuju Village - Zimei Pass (4550 m) - Up Zimei Village (3700 m) - Konka Temple (3850 m). Get up early, drive to Zimei Pass and visit the wonderful whole view of Minya Konka, Zimei Pass is the best place to see Mt. Minya Konka. Then drive to Zimei Village and meet our local guide and put all our luggage on the horses, begin our trekking trip. About 3 hours' walking to Konka Temple. Overnight in the temple or tent.

Day 4: Konka Temple-Down Zimei Village (3500 m) - Bawang Lake (3400 m). The altitude is lower and lower during the way; the view is wonderful along the path. We will pass another beautiful village, Down Zimei Village and then walking to the wonderful Bawang Lake. About 6 hours walking. Overnight on the grassland of the Lake.

Day 5: Bawang Lake - Caoke Town (1500 m). Today you can take many wonderful photos of the valley. About 6 hours' walking and then meet our car, drive to Caoke Town. Having local famous food, Caoke chicken and relaxing in the hotspring. Overnight in the local hotel.

Day 6: Caoke Twon - Chengdu(540 m). Driving back to Chengdu, about 7 hours' driving. Overnight in the 3 stars hotel in Chengdu.

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