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雪宝顶
Xuebaoding is 405km away from Chengdu.

Chengdu (bus, 9 hours) -- Ming River (farmer's vehicle, 5 hours) -- Mafeng Village (horse, 6 hours) -- Base Camp
雪宝顶成都仅405公里
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Pete Sweeney (more chengdu)
Xuebaoding is 405km away from Chengdu.

Chengdu (bus, 9 hours) -- Ming River (farmer's vehicle, 5 hours) -- Mafeng Village (horse, 6 hours) -- Base Camp
雪宝顶成都仅405公里
Among the many reasons I came to Sichuan in the first place, it was their wilderness that ranked high. But while the Chinese countryside is everywhere, wilderness is a bit harder to find.

We arrived in Jiuzhaigou with no plan. A day later, we were riding out of Songpan on horseback, struggling up and down rocky trails- that is, the horses were struggling- in the company of Meng and Ma, our two hardy (an understatement- they slept on a bed of lopped pine branches) Tibetan guides. We rode up and down ridges and cantered through burbling streams, encountering more wildlife than we could shake the sticks we beat our recalcitrant horses with at. Yaks bounded daintily(!) through the bushes, birds varied from tiny warblers to giant eagles. Bees harvested nectar from ultraviolet wildflowers. Wild, mountain sheep flickered across steep mountain flanks and drank straight from the waterfalls. The sky was a hardened powder blue reigning over ruined stone towers abandoned by their residents ten, a hundred, a thousand years ago. Ah, wilderness.

We camped by a tiny village called Lamicun at the base of Ice Mountain, an imperious white mass inscribed by the shadows of passing clouds. Meng and Ma cooked us an endless succession of starches and vegetables and taught us to play Fight the Landlord, an excellent card game. They also made their own Go table out of river stones.

We fell asleep to the sound of running water, flapping prayer flags, and the horses, jingling their bells as they grazed. In the middle of the night, we went out in the darkness, and I looked up.

“GAAH!” I said. “Lights in sky! Alien space attack!”

“Sweetheart, those are stars,” my female travel companion said.

Cost: 520RMB for 2 nights, 3 days, all included.
Contact: Mike Li of the Happy Trails Horse Trek Company in Songpan, 13678372413

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