Day Trips from Kangding
YaJiaGeng and Red Rock Valley
About 30km south of Kangding is a mountain pass that rises to around 3800m. This area is called YaJiaGeng and offers an amazing panoramic view of glaciated peaks that rise well over 6000m. There is great hiking in this ruggedly beautiful area. Although a little pricey to hire the car for the day, you will not regret this day trip! If you continue on the road towards HaiLuoGuo Glacier Park past YaJiaGeng, you will come to the Red Rock Valley and on a clear day, you can see Mt. Edgar, also in the Gonga Range from the road. There are some incredible beautiful trees along this road as well.
There is still no entrance fee here, so enjoy it while you still can. There is now an entrance fee to the Red Rock Valley along the road. The Red Rock Valley opens at 8:00am, has a 70 RMB bus fee and a 100 RMB entrance fee.
A round trip taxi ride will cost between 200 RMB and 300 RMB, depending on how long you stay there. The ride there can take an hour or two depending on the road conditions.
Gongga Shan Approach Valley
Kangding is the launching point for the trek around Gongga Shan, known as Minyak Konka in Tibetan. Gongga Shan is the highest peak in the region rising to 7556m / 24,790 feet. This trek is popular for both Buddhist pilgrims and trekkers. Depending on which route you take, if you’d like to do the whole trek it can take between 7 and 10 days. Contact us regarding more information on this trek or read our introduction book. In addition to Gongga Shan, there are 20 other peaks within 75 kms of Kangding that rise above 6000m / 19,700 feet. Many people don’t have time to do the whole trek, but if you’d still like to enjoy the valley, it is gorgeous! From the end of the dirt road, there is a path where you can reach DaCaoBa, a beautiful meadow in just about 1 hour of hiking. You will not regret visiting DaCaoBa!
This beautiful valley is completely free to enjoy. Please remember to pack out whatever you bring in!
Speak to someone at the front desk about hiring a car to take you out there.
Zhi Duo Shan Village
The Zheduo Pass, at an elevation of 4300m / 14,105 feet, is located 35 kms west of town. Zhiduo Village is a great place to go hiking and get a good view of the snow-covered peaks.
This area is free to enjoy.
You can hire a car to take you to this village or to the top of the pass.
Around 26km outside of Kangding is an alpine lake lying at an elevation of 3780m / 12,400 feet. There are many hiking trails that go above the main lake that offer sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.
Entry and Bus Fee: 120 RMB + 100 RMB