West Sichuan expedition 2016 - Marco Grassi


This one of a kind photo tour has been created  with the central idea of leading you to some of the most remote and surreal places of China; that kind of places where you have to pinch yourself to make sure that they are real.

For this tour, we are delighted to be partnering with China Highlights, tour specialist for over 17 years. Please visit their website to book this trip and learn more about the trip notes (As mountain sickness, the suggested photography equipment etc.).


Get close to local people and experience the Tibetan culture;

Explore Yarchen Gar and Larung Gar, the greatest monasteries in the world;

Take this unique trip to explore places that would be difficult to visit on your own.


Day 1 & 2:

On day one we’ll arrange a comfortable transfer for you from the airport to our hotel in Chengdu, where we will celebrate the beginning of our trip with a welcoming dinner.

The following day, after a relaxed breakfast, we will make our way to Xinduqiao, also known as a “photographer’s paradise”, where we will be shooting at sunset. On the way, we will stop several times to shoot the natural scenery around us, which is particularly characteristic of this part of China. We'll have time to acclimate and prepare for the elevated altitude over the following days.

Day 3 & 4:

On day three we will have plenty of different photo opportunities. We'll begin our day by shooting the majestic Gongga Snow Mountain and we'll have some time to visit and photograph the beautiful Tagong Temple and Muya Golden Pagoda. Before the sun sets, we'll have a chance to interact and photograph the local people in Daofu.

After some rest and a revitalizing breakfast on day 4, we will get ready to hop on our private bus and be driven towards Yarchen Gar, an incredible monastery situated in an isolated valley that is 400 kilometers away from Chengdu. Thousands of nuns study and live there, and we'll have the opportunity to interact with them before sunset. As the sun is about to set, we will reach the best spot and take advantage of the panoramic view over the valley.

Day 5:

On day five, we'll have to wake up early and hike to the top of the valley in order to be sure to get another beautiful shot over Yarchen Gar. After taking photographs of the locals, we'll make our way to another great monastery: Larung Gar.

Larung Gar is the highlight of this tour. It is a place like no other, situated at approximately 4,200 meters above sea level. It is supposed to be the largest Tibetan Buddhist school in the world with about 40,000 people living there. We will explore the valley and walk through the red houses to get a feel for it. At sunset, we will hike to a higher viewpoint that overlooks the valley.

Day 6 & 7:

Sunrise is another great moment of the day to be on top of the valley and take a few shots. During the afternoon, we will attend a sky burial, the Tibetan Buddhists’ typical funeral practice. We will then have more photo opportunities with the local people and we'll visit them in their houses before having one last chance to shoot the sunset.

On day 7, after one last sunrise shooting in Larung Gar, we will start making our way back to Chengdu and stop in Guanyinqiao where the tour group will have time to work on the pictures together and make the most out of them.

Day 8 & 9:

We will enjoy a relaxed breakfast and be driven towards Chengdu, where the tour group will have one last dinner together.

On day 9, a comfortable transfer will be arranged for you from the hotel in Chengdu to the airport.


- Arrival and departure airport transfers

- 8 nights lodging

- Breakfasts, lunches and dinners

- Professional photographer 

- A Chinese English speaking guide

- All tickets and entrance fees

- Transportation during the tour


- Chinese Visa

- Airfares to and from Chengdu

- Snacks and drinks in addition to the included meals

- Travel insurance (recommended) 


Sept 2nd-10th, 2016


Price per person $ 2,599 USD (Approx. €2,269 )

Single room supplement $ 310 USD (Approx. 270€)




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