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Home Photo Tours Asia & Pacific Photo Tours The Wild Side of China Photo Adventure Dates, Prices & Inclusions

Dates, Prices & Inclusions

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Departure Return Notes
05/07/2016 05/07/2016 05/18/2016
10/08/2016 10/08/2016 10/19/2016
04/06/2017 04/06/2017 04/17/2017
04/20/2017 04/20/2017 05/01/2017
05/04/2017 05/04/2017 05/15/2017
10/07/2017 10/07/2017 10/18/2017
Custom Departures: Customized private departures can be arranged for this destination. Please contact us for more information, and we'd be happy to assist you.

Other Departure Options: Click here for non-photo tour departures.
2016 & 2017 Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
$10495 - $10695
Single Supp.: $1425
Deposit: $500

Dates & Pricing Notes

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. 2018 fees may change slightly. Dates for 2018 are tentative and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests who reserve their space prior to final pricing confirmation will receive the lowest rate within the range offered.

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Location of Adventure
Group Size Limit
Approximately 12 Travelers
Small groups are the best way to experience nature travel, and this is especially true for our photographic adventures. With no more than 12 travelers, you’re assured plenty of space and personalized attention when you need it. As a small group, we maintain the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions in a way that maximizes the photo opportunities—we'll depart early in the morning to chase the best light, remain at a site of specific photographic interest to fully explore the potential, or move to a new destination when desired. Our expert naturalist and accomplished photographer is always available to answer your questions, provide tips and techniques, and to help you better understand and photograph this remarkable region of the world.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Airport transfers on Day 1 and final day of itinerary (and prior to start of trip if you have booked the Shangri-La Hotel through NHA), accommodations, land transportation and internal flights, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, purified drinking water in vehicles, and drinking water and soft drinks at meals, services of an NHA Expedition Leader and local guides, most gratuities, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Not Included
Round-trip transportation to and from the start and end points of the trip (Chengdu, China), early arrival airport transfers (other than those described above), late departure airport transfers, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, Internet, etc.), alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, airline baggage fees, required medical evacuation insurance and optional travel insurance.
Physical Requirements
In order to participate in this trip, you must be able to walk unassisted for a minimum of two miles over uneven terrain, as well as be active at altitudes exceeding 8,000 feet above sea level. Our itinerary involves daily walks or hikes of varied lengths over pavement, boardwalks and dirt forest trails that can be muddy, slippery and uneven with roots and rocks (note that all walks can be more difficult to navigate during inclement weather). Longer and more strenuous hikes (5-6 miles) may be available in some areas for those who choose. Two days of excursions in Jiuzhaigou National Park require climbing multiple sets of stairs, many without handrails. Some walking activities take place at altitudes over 8,000 feet, and we will drive across and stop on top of mountain passes that exceed 12,000 feet in elevation. The trip also involves many very early morning starts and long, full days of activities with little down time. Some drives between locations are long (5-6 hours or longer depending on local conditions) and occur on winding roads that are often somewhat rough.
Important Information About This Trip
China tends to be known more for its history and culture than its nature. But we focus on the natural treasures most visitors miss, including an in-depth experience with the pandas of Sichuan and a remote, rarely visited wildlife reserve containing territory where wild giant pandas live and breed, as well as a host of other rare animals and birds. Expedition Leader Brad Josephs made this comment about our exclusive itinerary that includes this newly opened reserve: “This itinerary trades time spent in polluted air, traffic, crowds and airports for beautiful, pristine mountain country. But we don’t always have 5-star restaurants or services, and English-speaking locals and hotel staff do not exist in many areas. Parts of the trip are more rustic, but the nature rewards are so worth it!”

That said, however, it's important to note that there is a fundamental difference between the wildlife experience in China and what you might expect on a typical African safari. Terrain here is heavily forested, and while wildlife abounds in natural areas, it is not always easy to see or photograph. Many animals are expertly camouflaged or hidden within the vegetation, making them challenging to spot. Weather can also affects wildlife sightings, and when it is inclement, animals may be more likely to take cover in the deep forest. However, our itinerary is carefully designed to capitalize on the very best opportunities to view and photograph rare Chinese wildlife, maximizing your chances. Our seasoned Expedition Leaders and local guides are experts at locating wildlife—and we encourage our guests to understand that the privilege of stepping into a wild, untouched world inside China is a reward in itself.
Mandatory Insurance
Since the areas we travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for our guests' safety. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we request that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We will add the cost of a medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrive in Chengdu by 2 pm in order to participate in activities beginning at 5 pm, followed by a welcome dinner. You are free to depart Chengdu anytime on the final day. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as our staff is intimately familiar with the special requirements of these programs and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.

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