Location: Lat: 28.233398, Long: 99.27834
In a small green valley, sits Songtsam Benzilan (1,900m). It sits between Shangri-la and Meili: 3 hours from Meili or 2 hours from Shangri-la. The nearest airport is Shangri-la (Diqing) airport (2 hours). Amid barley and wheat fields, the lodge is surrounded by white-walled Tibetan houses and close to a white stupa.
Some of the most pristine Tibetan villages are hidden in the mountains covered by original forests, where traditions are well kept, people are extremely friendly and unknown to outsiders. The forest is destination rich in nature wonders, a day hike to it will discover numerous flowers in spring, taste wild mushroom including the special species of Matsutake; autumn colors and winter snows.
This area is famous for its handcrafts. A few pieces of the most precious antique carpets and furniture were collected from these villages, and that's how Baima found this location -- during one of his "treasure hunt" trips. A road only built in 2008 to connect this secret valley to outside world.
Our vegetable garden here has been producing sufficient fresh vegetables and fruits for the lodge, it's a true "farm to folk" dinning style . Guests always join our lodge crew to work in the garden: plant water melons or pick tomatoes, to experience the idyllic life style that is disappearing elsewhere in China.
Songtsam Benzilan features 10 spacious deluxe rooms, all decorated identically to the suites of Songstam Shangri-la.
* We provide lodge-to-lodge transportation to facilitate travel. For more details please click here.
* We arrange daily acitivities free or at basic of charge. For details, please refer to Daily Activities PDF.
Guest rooms and facilities are housed in one Tibetan style building. The small yet cozy restaurant offers views of the green valley and village field. On second floor, a bar also services as Meditation room or conference room.
On the second floor, a Bar also serves as a Meditation room (can be arranged as conference room).
(Fixed activities each day - guests can choose from an activity schedule, at basic cost or free of charge)