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Zhilam Hostel is currently taking reservations for 2018!

We hope we can make your travels all the more enjoyable, restful, and insightful.  We are looking forward to taking care of you!

目前已经接受 2018年的预定,我们热切期待您的光临,竭诚为您服务。

On this website, you’ll not only find information about Zhilam Hostel (pictures, prices, and booking information), but also links to travel websites, trekking information, cultural insights, and even ways to be involved in our community development projects.  We have staff available 24 hours a day and the manager lives on-site with his family!


Notices  通告

June 20th UPDATE:

The Chengdu to Kangding expressway is now open to both private cars and public buses.  While I haven’t received the newest bus schedule from Chengdu to Kangding, the busses generally depart once and hour between 6am and 4pm.

Private Cars:

Many private drivers heading to Kangding gather outside the Kangding Hotel (Kangding Bing Guan) in Chengdu.  An average drive for a private car on the new expressway is about 3.5 hours.  A standard price for a seat in a car is RMB 200/passenger.  Downside: you risk getting an inexperienced driver or perhaps a driver with a hangover,

Public Busses:

Public buses are generally considered safer as the drivers are all properly licensed and experienced.  They depart from three areas in Chengdu: Northern Railway Bus Station, the Kangding Hotel (same as above), and the most central station XiNanMen (depart almost every hour between 6am-4pm).


June 20th UPDATE on area closures:

All areas seem to b open except for Tsedar (Larungar Monastery). 


Applying for a visa?

If you need a Confirmation Letter from us to use in applying for a visa, please also send us your passport nationality and number.  Thank you.


For an update on our community development projects (关于我们的社区发展项目), see our Facebook page.


We charge full price during China’s Holidays:

May Holiday 2018: April 29th-May 1st evening

Dragon Boat Festival 2018: June 16th-June 18th evening

Mid-Autumn Festival 2018: September 22nd-September 24th evening

October Holiday: September 30th-October 6th evening

Info for Chinese Guests  中国游客须知


Valuable Links


Directions to Zhilam Hostel

2017 Bus Schedule


Holidays and Festivals

Is Tibet Too Cold To Visit?  Compliments of Land of Snows

Zhilam Hostel On The Web  Websites, pictures, and stories from our guests

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Read our review on: Lonely Planet