Gongka Mountain Treks


Day 1:  Meet in Xinduqiao for a car to Pengbuxi, where you will stay in a family farmhouse, located above a deep river valley.

Day 2:  Drive to Tsemei Village and trek to Gongka Monastery — Tsemei is a tiny hamlet of 3 or 4 houses nestled in a remote back valley.  The drive is over a high pass with gorgeous views of Gongka.  Meet your horseman here and and set out for Gongka Monastery, stay the night here with views of the high peak.  (3 hour drive, 2-3 hour hike, 3900 m)bridge.jpg

Day  3:  Enjoy a long trek today to Yulongxi Village winter pasture in Buchi Valley, though otherworldy live oak forest climbing slowly to open grassland. Stay outside a small nomad hut at 3800 m; eat on animal skins indoors. 18 kms.

Gongka hut

Day 4:  Today, a shorter hike with an option to dip in freezing cold glacial water at lunchtime. View of hike peaks all day. Sleep in high cold place below the pass. 4300 m, 12 kms

Day 5: Lovely day hike over Riwoche Pass (4950 meters) and down to a glacial lake off the main path, with high moraines. Sleep below the lake at 4500 meters. 9 kms.


Day 6: Hike down to a camp in the Lower Riwoche Valley, heavily used caterpillar fungus camp. 3800 meters, 12 kms.

Day 7:  Trek to Laoyulin, through lovely forest.  Car to Kangding and finish.   (3 hour hike, 1 hour drive, 3700 meters)

See our Short Trek Catalog 2018 for further details and prices.