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6-Day Xiahe, Langmusi and Zhagana Tour

Gannan: An Earthly Pure Land

Located in southwestern Gansu Province and the northeast of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture has both Tibetan culture and stunning plateau landscape.

This area is famous for having a similar feel to Tibet but doesn't require a Travel Permit. With the average altitude of 3000 meters above sea level, you can experience Tibetan culture and enjoy the plateau scenery in comfort and without the risk of altitude sickness.

Here you will see grand prairies, scattered lakes, monasteries, Tibetan villages, unique mountain peaks, and hidden wonderlands. This is a trip you will not want to miss.

Tour 'Wow' Points

Get A True Taste of Tibetan Culture Outside Tibet

Visit the Labrang Monastery to see the monks studying and debating Buddhism and pass by the longest corridor of prayer wheels in the world. Experience the spectacular religious atmosphere in the tranquil pure land of Langmusi.

Labrang Monastery in Xiahe
Setri Monastery in Langmusi

Walk Through a Stunning Plateau

Explore the serene Zhagana region that has a unique cultural and natural landscape featuring Tibetan-style villages, primitive forests, and mountains formed by ancient glaciers.

Fabulous Zhagana
a local village in Zhagana

Enjoy the Breathtaking Views of Nuoergai Grand Prairie

Stand by the First Bend of Yellow River and look out at the endless wetland dotted with beautiful lakes. Watch the water birds fly over the rose willows and appreciate the sunset views of the Yellow River surrounded by vast prairie.

the great view of The First Bend of Yellow River
a lady stand by Nuoergai wetland

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Tour Map

Gannan tour map

Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

DAY 1 Lanzhou Arrival

Free exploration

DAY 2 Lanzhou to Xiahe (250 km, 3½ hrs)

Liujiaxia Reservoir Speedboat Ride and Bingling Temple

DAY 3 Xiahe To Langmusi (220 km, 4 hrs; highest altitude: 10990ft)

Labrang Monastery, Ganjia Prairie and Bajiao City Ruins

DAY 4 Langmusi to Tangke (115 km, 2 hrs)

Langmusi Monastery (Setri Compa), The First Bend of Yellow River at sunset

DAY 5 Zhagana (97 km, 2½ hrs; highest altitude: 11154ft)

Huahu Lake in Ruoergai Grand Prairie, Zhagana Scenic Area

DAY 6 Langmusi to Lanzhou for departure (391 km, 5½ hrs)

Hotel Selection

—the Icing on the Cake

Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.

Holiday Inn Lanzhou Hotel
Labrang Monastery Hotel
FromCNY 8080p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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