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Zhilam Hostel Will Close for the Winter Holiday on December 15th and Reopen on the 15th of March.

Often times when we close and our family is once again on our own, our kids will ask us, “Whose coming for dinner tonight?”  They have grown accustomed to and fallen in love with the life of hosting guests from around the world.  We are going to miss you all!  Thanks for having visited us this year and we look forward to meeting some of you next year.


We will always remember Justin Roblee.  Justin was an avid outdoorsman, an aspiring entrepreneur and he loved China.  He is survived by his parents, his sister and his amazing girlfriend.justin

Welcome to the official Zhilam Hostel website.  Glad you found us and we hope we can make your travels all the more enjoyable, restful, and valuable.

On this website, you’ll not only find information on our hostel (pictures, prices, and booking information), but also links to: travel websites, trekking information, cultural insights, and even ways to be involved in our community development projects.


Most Valuable Links


Things to do in Kangding

Day Trips Outside of Kangding

Directions to Our Hostel

Helpful Links

Tourism businesses, independent tour guides, hostels, restaurants, etc.

2016 Bus Schedule

Holidays and Festivals

Pre-trip Planning

Popular Overland Routes

Is Tibet Too Cold To Visit? (Compliments of Land of Snows)

Zhilam Hostel On The Web Websites, pictures, and stories from our guests.

Notices / 通告

If you need a Confirmation Letter from us to use in applying for a visa, please also send us your passport nationality and number.  Thanks

All areas currently open for foreign travel as far as we know.


For an update on our community development projects (关于我们的社区发展项目), see our Facebook page.

Info for Chinese Guests



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