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.
CNY 1000 per vehicle per day, including driver/guide (max 3 sharing). This includes pick-up/drop-off from Yushu airport and daily guiding.
Please note that professional photographers require additional documentation to enter the Valley and a condition of entry is that the copyright of all images taken in the Valley is shared with the local community. Please make sure you highlight that you are a professional photographer when you apply so we can ensure the correct documentation is completed.
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.
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: the 2019 caterpillar fungus (cordyceps) season will be from 20 May to 5 July. No visits are possible during this time***