This website has been created on behalf of the local community co-operative in the Valley of the Cats. 100% of the revenue from tourism stays with the local community; 45% goes to the host family, 45% to a community fund providing benefits to the whole community and 10% to community-based Snow Leopard conservation projects.
The current prices (2019) have been agreed by the local government and the local community, and include the cost of a permit (access is strictly prohibited without official permission). They are subject to change, so please check prices when booking.
The costs are based on visitors making their own way to Yushu airport or Yushu town:
CNY 300 per person per day for accommodation and food (please note there is a minimum charge of three nights).
CNY 1000 per vehicle per day, including driver/guide (max 3 sharing). This includes pick-up/drop-off from Yushu airport and daily guiding.
i) the local guides/drivers speak mainly Tibetan and some Chinese. If you speak neither language, we strongly recommend hiring an interpreter. If you need help with this, please mention at the time of booking using the form below and we will do what we can to help.
ii) The elevation of the Valley of the Cats is between 3,800 and 4,800 meters above sea level. Altitude sickness can be serious. If travelling from a low-lying area, we strongly advise 2-3 days of acclimatisation before entering the Valley to minimise the risk of altitude sickness. The city of Xining or Qinghai Lake are two good places to acclimatise.
iii) Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance before you visit the Valley of the Cats. The community cannot take responsibility for any losses.
Below you can see current availability in the Valley of the Cats. At this time, dates are available until the end of the 2020 calendar year. If you are interested in visiting us, please complete the form with your preferred dates, number of people in your party and contact details and we’ll get back to you with more information, including a detailed e-brochure, as soon as possible.
Please note that, due to limitations of the calendar, one booking will mean that the dates are shown as “booked”. We may still have additional capacity on those dates, so please do inquire even if it looks as if your preferred dates are not free.
Attention: professional photographers, film-makers and journalists
Please note that, due to the sensitivity of filming in a National Park, professional photographers, journalists or film-makers wishing to sell or broadcast footage require an additional permit from the National Parks Authority. Please make sure you highlight that you are a professional photographer, journalist or film maker when you apply to visit. Proof of possession of a permit to film or take photographs for commercial purposes will be required before an application to visit is accepted. Anyone found filming for commercial purposes without permission will be ejected and banned from further visits.