Hidden Valley Resort

Experience the true essence of Tibetan Life

The Resort invites guests to rejuvenate, reawaken their senses, and experience the true essence of Tibetan life. Immerse yourself in a total cultural and adventure-rich experience. With full board lodging, we take care of everything from accommodation, farm-to-table meals, and guided activities to airport transfers. An itinerary will be designed for you by our Adventure Concierge -  tailored to your interests and the seasonal highlights. This way, you can enjoy total peace of mind as you explore Shangri-la.

 

Suggested Itinerary for the BEST EXPERIENCE 

Day 1

Welcome to The Hidden Valley Resort.  You will be greeted at the Diqing Shangri-La Airport by our resort associate. The Resort is a 20-minute drive from the airport. Upon arrival at the Resort, you will be welcomed by our Resident General Manager and her team.  After your welcome drink, you will be free to explore the resort.

Enjoy a fresh farm-to-table dinner at The Hidden Valley Resort in the evening. 

Day 2 

After breakfast, visit the spectacular gold-roofed Sumtseling Monastery (established by the Fifth Dalai Lama in 1679), also known as Little Potala Palace. This is the biggest Tibetan Monastery after The Potala Palace in Lhasa. In fact, it was built in the style of The Potala Palace and represents the Tibetan culture, housing Buddhist statues and many precious cultural treasures.

After lunch, explore Shangri-la Old Town where you can stroll through quaint cobblestoned streets and traditional Tibetan buildings. Also known as Dukezong, it has 1300 years of history.

Visit the largest prayer wheel in the world (turn it around three times to be blessed with peace and longevity). You will round up the day with a relaxing dinner at the Resort.

Day 3

After breakfast, take a drive around Napa Hai, a UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by mountains boasting vivid greenery, with yaks and horses roaming freely. The lake is exquisite, with its clear waters mirroring the skies above.

After lunch, visit the Shangri-la Highland Craft Brewery* and enjoy a Tibetan beer tasting session, including their award-winning beers (Black Yak, Songhe & Yalaso)

Back in the resort, spend time with our Tibetan mastiff, Simba, enjoy horse riding or an oil painting session and wrap up your day with a relaxing dinner.

Day 4

After breakfast, you can embark on a tranquil hike on the mountains behind the Resort. From June – Sep, you can go mushroom picking. In the month of May, you can harvest bamboo shoots in Shangri-la. Discover wild fauna and flora, and savour the stunning views of the landscape. Visit a bustling local market in Shangri-La. Exotic fruits and produce, delicious cured meats, yak cheese, wild mushrooms, local snacks and more

This will be followed by a visit to a traditional Tibetan home to appreciate Tibetan culture and partake in their daily life while enjoying some Tibetan snacks. Drink warm yak butter tea and enjoy local staples including tsampa, a high energy stack made of roasted highland barley dough.

Enjoy dinner at the Resort. If there are more than 6 guests in your group, we will arrange a BBQ with a bonfire.

Day 5

Take an hour’s drive from the resort to Potatso National Park, first National Park on mainland China, after breakfast. It is renowned for its well-preserved picturesque landscape. It is endowed with lakes, wetlands, forests, meadows, streams, brooks, rare plants and animals. It contains more than 20% of China’s plant species and about 1/3 of its mammal and bird species. On the way back to the resort, you can stop by Xiao Zhongdian village, set in a colossal valley.

Relax and enjoy dinner at the resort.

Day 6

After breakfast, prepare to check out and transfer to the Airport.

Experience you can get in Hidden Valley Resort

Potatso National Park

The Potatso National Park, an hour’s drive from the resort, is renowned for its well-preserved picturesque landscape. It is endowed with lakes, wetlands, forests, meadows, streams, brooks, rare plants, and animals. 

Napa Lake

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Napa Lake is a vast expanse of lake and grassland, and a sanctuary for migratory birds. Located between the rolling emerald hills of Shangri-la, the exquisite lake mirrors the skies above. During the dryer months when the waters recede and the grasslands appear, Napa Lake is dotted with grazing horses and yak for as far as the eye can see. Regardless of time of year, Napa Lake is a beautiful place to stroll, hike, and simple absorb the breathtaking beauty of nature.

Get to see one of the most endangered and rarest species of bird: Black-Necked Cranes 

Shangri-la Old Town

Stroll through the quaint cobblestoned streets and traditional Tibetan buildings in Old Town. Also known as Dukezong, it has 1300 years of history. Visit the largest prayer wheel in the world, and turn it three times to be blessed with peace and longevity. In the evening, join the locals in the warmth of traditional Tibetan square dancing.

Horse-riding Experience

Enjoy the experience of riding on the resort’s resident horses. These are the same breed of horse used to transport tea along the Ancient Tea Horse trial (Chamagudao)

Tibetan Residences Accommodation 

A 150-year-old traditional Tibetan home that once belonged to a village head, refurbished to the highest standards.

Get a special peek into the local way of life in this authentic tibetan residence. Enjoy the central hearth and spacious living areas. Inside, none of the 9 rooms are alike.

Tibetan Tented Villa Accommodation 

Designed to resemble Tibetan nomadic tents - offering a truly unique glamping experience. Each tented villa is fully fitted with a king sized heated bed, wood fire stove, and heated bathroom.

Relax and reconnect with nature. Get up close to China’s last frontier without sacrificing modern comforts.