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  1. Gal, Dganit and Idit:

    Dear Cris and Stephanie!
    Thank you so much for your hospitality, good advise and the warm “feeling of home”, and of course the best humus in China!! We hope to be lucky enough to come back one day. . . good luck with everything.

  2. Nath & Shell (UK):

    The best hostel we’ve stayed in, so mush so we got stuck here for 5 nights!! Will recommend to everyone we come across heading this way. Many Thanks

  3. Gary Mullen (Scotland):

    Fantastic hostel, good food, electric blankets, well worth a few days. A brilliant experience, Luke and Kirti are great hosts. Watch out for the chocolate cake.

  4. Eva (UK):

    Absolutely amazing! From facilities to staff to food to service–above and beyond all my expectations. A real “home away from home” feel. I highly recommend Zhilam to anyone passing through Kangding. Kudos to your staff for being helpful and accomodating with always a smile on their faces. I LOVED my omelet! 😉 Peace!

  5. Phil & Del (UK):

    Thank you everone!!! We really loved staying here and I’m a little sad it’s time to go! The facilities were great, the style is fabulous and the staff were SO helpful and knowledgeable. . . THE BEST! Good luck with the place–we shall recommend it to all. Smiles from. . . Phil and Del

  6. Martyn & Wendy (NZ):

    Thank you for looking after us so well!The accommodation was very comfortable, food was great-really enjoyed the yak burgers. The views are amazing and this is a fantastic base to explore from. Highly recommend a stay here.

  7. Ron & Jade (USA & China):


  8. Krubesh:

    Which post are you referring to?

  9. Zaxi:

    This hostel is so nice that I fall in love with it.Every time I stay there ,I donnot want to leave at all!

  10. Femke:

    Just rrived here 10 minutes ago, and loving it already! Going to have some Yak Burger right now! 😀

  11. krubesh:

    Femke, so good to have you here! Go Dutch!!

  12. Norbert & Barbara:

    Very nice and unique! Thank you for everything.

  13. Ian:

    One of the best hostels in China. I had a great two nights rest

  14. Irene (Sweden):

    thanks for a really nice stay! I hope you enjoy the mosaic table created by helena and myself…

  15. Freddie & Nell:

    Even though the two of you were taking a break for the night we stayed here- you’re still an inspiration to both of us. Never before did I consider that people such as you are working hands on with Tibetan communities in the area.

    The hostel was five star as well- by far the nicest, most homely place I’ve stayed in my 6 months in China. I hope to come back soon!

  16. Doug (Illinois):

    Kris and Steph,

    After talking to you about the running of the hostel it was so great to see it in action! You two have a great place here. Kris, thanks for taking us out to see the Tibetan villages. The yak milk butter tea and barley doughballs will be long remembered!

  17. Jane:

    Two years before I stayed here for one night.Till now everytime I excercise YOGA,your lovely hostel and incredible enviroment will show in my mind.I just love it!Hope I can stay your hostel for a long time next time.

  18. Robyn Clerk:

    Hi Kris – now that I am safely home downunder I have been reflecting on my amazing China holiday and all the varying experiences that came my way. More specifically I remember the wonderful people I met en route and you are right up there. Your kindness and thoughtfulness towards me was very much appreciated. It was such a lucky break for me to meet you and your family and your wonderful team of staff. I so enjoyed quietly exploring Kangding and listening to fellow travellers about what was happening re the Tibetan people’s current situation.

    Please pass my regards to everyone I met and again, Chris, my heartfelt thanks for being such a congenial and caring host.

    Kindest regards Robyn Clerk

  19. Spencer:

    When I arrived at the hostel, I had bad altitude sickness and throughout my stay, I could not eat or do much with myself. Zhilam was the place that turned my trip around. Even though I was sick until I returned to Chengdu, I enjoyed my time so much while I was there that was honestly the best place I ever stayed. The whole feel and warmth of the hostel along with amazing owners and staff has me missing Kangding and the Zhilam hostel even today.
    Thank you so much for your caring and warmth

  20. Julie & Thomas:

    A lovely place .. We just want to go through to kangding quickly but we love so much this hostel with tibetan look style so much that we didn’t resist to stay longer. Very relaxing, confortable, and peaceful, it’s the best place to have a rest. The staff is so nice and helpfull.

    Just a perfect place !!

  21. Panda:

    Really lovely beautiful peaceful comfortable place!!We are all impressed by the great scenery outside the room, the adorable staff Andy, Daniel and Tashi, of course Kris and Steph. Maybe next spring we will go Zhilam again to see you guys and the Azalea flowers in Kangding around.
    See you next time!

  22. Maiga:

    I was there last year for my birthday retire,in somehow for the security considerations we had to leave the hostel, but still I’m planing to make a trip there again, and wonder if your hostel still available to stay then??

  23. Rudi & Lisa:

    Kris and his team were very helpful (Tour planning) and welcoming! Their place is very cozy and offers nice views! We enjoyed it! Rudi & Lisa, cyclists, Vienna

  24. krubesh:

    We are open and busy. . . please come on by!

  25. Chris:

    just logged in to see how you were doing after the difficult times with landslides in the summer. I’m so glad you are up and running as normal. Thank you again for sharing your beautiful place , for the great food, for your presence – help with practical things, advice, your smiles – and just for being there.
    Wishing you all the best for the future

  26. Hannah Miller:

    Hello everybody
    I just wanted to give a very late thank you for our wonderful stay this May. I was there with my friend Chris for a long weekend getaway from Beijing. We both had an amazing time and I can’t wait to come back. It is by far the best hostel I have ever stayed in, and was also one of the coziest places I have ever been. We made great new friends while we were there and had an amazing time hiking around the beautiful mountains near Kangding. Also, Tamara, the cake we took away was amazing and made for a great lunch on the bus ride back to Chengdu. I hope you all and the kids are doing well. Hopefully I’ll see you guys again in Kangding or Seattle. I know you were planning on coming back to Seattle this year, so if you ever need anything while you’re there, let me know. Thank you all again.

  27. Anny:

    I left Kangding a few days ago and I’ve already miss this warm hostel. Everyone there is sooo nice and friendly. Andy is so passionate about his own culture. Wish could come back and visit this one big happy family again.

  28. TJ Martin:

    My wife Julie and I had an amazing stay at this hospital. The owners, Kris and Stephanie are wonderful people, and the staff is extremely helpful and attentive. The food from the restaurant was also delicious. We are so thankful to have been able to stay in this hostel; so warm, welcoming, and beautiful.

  29. Daniel & Cecile Naegelen:

    It’s a great place to stay and to prepare your trip farther Kanding. You can have a good help with a very sympathetic staff, and chinese and tibetan translations.
    You can manage hiking journeys in the tibetan area. We stop two times those two last years with the same pleasure.
    Very good food, great rooms and bathrooms and a very family atmosphere. Don’t change anything! Many thanks especially to Chris and Andy who are very welcoming.
    Cécile and Daniel – France

  30. Jimmy Low:

    Look no further. This is “THE” place to stay when you go to Kangding. Good food, great rooms. If you ever need help, Chris and Sonam is the man to look for. Very helpful. Many thanks to Sonam for his help during our stay.

  31. Daniel Meron:

    Wonderful experience – the most hospitable place you could wish for. The Zhilam crew manage to make you feel at home, provide warm and holistic customer service and generally just do everything they can to help.
    Thanks SONAM for going the extra mile.
    Really appreciate everything and will be back

  32. Rebecca Gossage:

    I recently brought a group of 9 students here on our way to the Minya Gongga valley to complete their HKAYP (Duke of Edinburgh) Gold Award. This was a perfect base with warm rooms, hot showers, fantastic food and great hospitality from Kris and his staff. The communal areas are beautiful and comfortable which was great for both the group conversations I needed with my students but also to meet other travelers and get to know the staff. Not only were we well looked after but we learned a lot about the area and local culture through the people we met. We arranged our guide, Patru, through Zhilam Hostel also. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide. He looked after us so well and was great fun too! We will definitely be back!


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    You can manage hiking journeys in the tibetan area. We stop two times those two last years with the same pleasure.
    Very good food, great rooms and bathrooms and a very family atmosphere.

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