Zhilam Hostel

Top choice hostel in Kangding
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Run by an American family, this fabulous hillside hostel is a comfortable base in Kangding. It provides all manner of top-end hostel services, from camping-gear rental to good western food (served in a nomad tent built into the dining room!) and travel advice. It’s a winding 10-minute walk uphill from the city centre.

Zhilam is also a reliable resource for wilderness adventures, and can arrange guides and transport to trek the Gongga Shan circuit, visit nearby Muge Cuo lake or other adventures.

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Quick description

Built in a peaceful Tibetan-style home, Zhilam Hostel is perched on a quiet hillside above the city of Kangding, Sichuan. It provides free WiFi connection for guests to stay connected, as well as professional local tour advice and outdoor gear rentals for guests to experience the area on their own. Zhilam Hostel's location offers a perfect vantage point for taking in the panoramic views of mountains that enclose the Kangding valley. Pao Ma Shan is visible from all rooms of the property. It is only a quick walk down the hill to the main streets of the city. Zhilam Hostel provides private guest rooms and dormitory rooms. Shared bathrooms are available for guests in dormitory rooms, while some private rooms include an attached bathroom. A wooden tub is featured in certain units. The hostel staff aim to create a living place a home away from home for all guests. The friendly and thoughtful facilities and services include a DVD library, book exchange library, chargeable laundry service and luggage storage space. The in-house restaurant is available from 08:00 to 21:30 serving international dishes, Tibetan food and drinks.


  • Parking
  • Tennis court
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Family rooms
  • Games room
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Internet services
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Library
  • Hiking
  • Bbq facilities
  • Packed lunches
  • Tour desk
  • Ticket service
  • Shops (on site)
  • Wifi
  • Sun terrace
  • Shared kitchen
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Mini-market on site
  • Evening entertainment
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Books, dvds, music for children
  • Indoor play area
  • Kids' outdoor play equipment
  • Public transport tickets

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Room service
  • Laundry
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage


  • Fitness centre


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safety deposit box
  • Non-smoking throughout


  • Free WiFi available


  • Private parking