backdoor to Yunan- need an advise!
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jul 10, 2012 12:54 AM Last Post By: Monkeyrock
Jun 23, 2012 9:08 PM
backdoor to Yunan- need an advise!Hi
i'm planning to do the the backdoor journey on Sepember and i have to decide whether to by flight tickets to Chengdu
Is anyone here knows if it is possible to do it?
1. Chengdu Luding Kangding - - ( 326 km, 9 hours)
2. Kangding -Xinduqiao ( 70 km, 2 hours)
3. Xinduqiao Litang Daocheng Riwa ( 505 km, 12 hours)
4. Riwa –Yading ( 35 km, 1 hour ).
5. Yading -Daocheng ( 60 km, 1.5 hours)
6. Daocheng –Xiangcheng -Derong -Shangri-la ( 269 km, 8.5 hours
7. Shangri-la - Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve ( 145 km, 4 hours ) and back
8. Shangri-la Lijiang ( Tibetan people area, 180 km, 4.5 hours)
Jun 23, 2012 9:26 PM
1I just completed the trip which means it's possible now, but nobody knows about September.
Regarding your travel plan: 3. Will take more time and it's difficult to get on such a bus. 6. Makes no sense to go from Xiangcheng first to Derong and then go on to Shangri La. Take the direct bus.
The Xinduqiao to Litang road is at present under repair and it may take 12 to 14 hours to do this now. All other roads are in good condition. There are several checkpoints where you have to register if you look like a foreigner.
Best wishes from Shangri La!
Jun 23, 2012 9:39 PM
Jun 23, 2012 10:02 PM
Jun 24, 2012 2:06 AM
Jun 24, 2012 2:18 AM
5My memory isnt quite so good so this may have been on the way to Songpan instead. Our bus stopped at some roadside market stalls with the usual animals available to sit on and take photos, etc.
Jun 24, 2012 4:08 AM
6About your plan point 7: Are you just going to Baima and back in a day? Why? It's doable if you take the firts bus from Shangri-la to Deqin and one of the last buses from Deqin will pick you up from the road, which will not happen if the bus is full. And all you'll see is plenty of road construction and Baima pass. Why not go a bit further, spend two days and see the Meili aswell. Or get (a car and) a guide and do some hiking at Baima.
Jul 10, 2012 12:54 AM
7I will be in Zhongdian in about a week, I am looking for recent feedback on making the trip from Daocheng to Litang and onwards to Kanding, as I read somewhere on TT it was not possible on the other way (Kanding to Litang). I would not like to get all the way up there and be turned back, for obvious time and money issues.
Thanks for the help!!!
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