This is a challenging 4-day mountain hiking tour for avid trekkers. During the first two days of this tour, your guide will introduce you to Emeishan (Mt. Emei), one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China and where the renowned Hongchunping and Golden Summit (Buddhist temples) are located. Watch Buddha's rays (Kaleidoscopic like lights) beaming through the drifting clouds as if you are floating in nirvana. On the second half of this tour, you will be trekking to World Cultural and Natural Heritage sites in Qianwei, Leshan, and Jiajiang.
Day 1 (L, D)
You will be picked up from your hotel at around 7:30am and take bullet train to Emeishan (Mt. Emei), one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China and where the renowned Hongchunping and Golden Summit (Buddhist temples) reside. Arriving in approximately two hours at Baoguo Temple, the starting and ending point of this mild four to five hours hike. Visit Baoguo Temple for 1 or 2 hours, and then trek up to Fuhu Temple, another ancient Buddhist establishment and enjoy your lunch there. After lunch, you may take a stroll around Fuhu Temple. Afterwards, you will head to Hongchuanping. Lodging will be provided at a highly rated local guesthouse near this location.
Day 2 (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will start a 9-hour hike from Hongchunping to the Golden summit where the optical phenomenon known by locals as Buddha's rays (Kaleidoscopic like lights) beaming through the drifting clouds can be observed. Feel free to explore the Golden summit and its spectacular view. After the appreciation of clouds sea, you will take the cable car down to the Leidongping. Accommodation of the night will be at the guesthouse near this location.
Day 3 (B, L, D)
In the early morning, after breakfast, you will take the sightseeing car down to the foot of the mountain.Your private car driver will pick your up to Qianwei where you will ride on historical Jiayan. Next, take a narrow gauge steam train to the valley and visit the coal mining museum until lunch is served. After lunch, you have the option of hiking along the trail or taking the steam train out of the valley back to Qianwei. In the afternoon, you will continue your journey onto Leshan where you will find the world famous 233-ft giant Buddha carved out of a cliff. Accommodation for the night will be at Jinhaitang Hotel, a four-star hotel.
Day 4 (B, L)
After breakfast, your will take your private car to visit a nearby sleeping Buddha statue before taking on zigzagging mountain trails along Leshan Giant Buddha from head to toes. The Leshan Giant Buddha was carved out of a cliff along the Minjiang River in Tang Dynasty which stands 233 feet tall. The location of the giant Buddha is also a good vista point to see the junction of Minjiang River, Dadu River and Qingyi River. You will have plenty of time to explore until early afternoon. After visiting Leshan Giant Buddha, you will head to Jiajiang Buddha Cliff where hundreds of Buddhist grottoes were carved along Qingyi River. A visit to a local paper manufacturing museum follows, as Jiajiang is an important paper manufacturing town in Chinese history. You will learn how ancient Chinese produced paper for daily use. After the museum visit, you will be transferred back to Chengdu airport where this 4-day tour ends.