Zharu Valley is a steep sided limestone and granite valley inside the Jiuzhai Valley National Park. A clear blue stream runs down its centre, with its numerous tributaries winding down through thick pine and fir forests from the surrounding mountains on both sides of the valley. From the peak of the Zha Yi Zha Ga (the name of the Tibetan king of all mountains) Sacred Mountain to the valley entrance, the altitude ranges from 4,528m to 2,026m. One of Jiuzhai Valley’s nine Tibetan villages, Re Xi, is nestled beneath the mountains only a few kilometers into the valley. A majestic Buddhist temple guards the valley entrance like a sentinel.
The plant life of Zharu includes 40% of the total number of the seed plant families that exist in the whole of China. The rich forests and mountains of Zharu Valley are also home to 63 mammals, including the Sichuan golden monkey, Sichuan takin, giant panda, red panda, leopard cat, black bear, musk deer, blue sheep, wolves and the rare Duke of Bedford’s vole. All of Jiuzhai Valley’s bird species are present in Zharu which creates a paradise for bird-lovers. The activities that are currently available will appeal to any nature lover and include hiking and camping along interpretive trails.
Hiking through Zharu Valley offers a completely different view of the national park. The walking trails lead you through old abandoned villages, Chinese civil war hideaways to deep forests to alpine meadows, right up to well above the tree line.
There are a total of 55km of trails in Zharu Valley which pass a number of sacred Tibetan sites and the now abandoned village of Guo Du. The main three day hike around the Zha Yi Zha Ga Sacred Mountain offers spectacular views and features an array of flora and fauna, is a challenging and at times steep route that will bring you to altitudes of over 4,150m.
The guides who will accompany you as well as the local villagers, will help you to share in and, above all, experience traditional Tibetan culture and hospitality.