Songtsam Retreat is positioned next to the Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in the Yunnan province. This beautiful and boutique lodge is designed in the traditional Tibetan style, taking inspiration from the stunning region.
You are greeted with warming tea and cookies upon arrival - a welcoming touch when it is chilly outside
Make sure you have enough time to do some hiking to take in the extraordinary scenery and to acquaint yourself with the fascinating local culture
Fabulous rooms with lots of attention to detail, with fresh fruit and tea everyday
Ask for a room with a view of the monastery - it is a rather lovely scene when the sun catches the gold roof
Located just outside the centre of Shangri-La with views to Songzanlin Monastery, Songtsam Lodge provides a unique and personal experience in Shangri-La.
All the rooms and suites here are decorated in the traditional Tibetan style with unique design features such as antique furniture and warm Tibetan carpets.
The intimate restaurant serves an array of Western and Tibetan dishes, all presented with charming service. Complemented by large windows you are welcomed with beautiful views over the surrounding town of Shangri-La and the rolling countryside in the distance.
After days exploring the old town of Shangri-La and dramatic landscapes beyond you are welcomed back with relaxing spa treatments and are invited to unwind in the sauna and hammam or with a cup of freshly brewed tea in the pretty garden and courtyard.
When to visit
Wake up early and take part in the complimentary yoga classes to really embrace your magical surroundings.
The lodge is situated right next to the Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan Monastery in Yunnan province. It is nestled in a typical, self-sufficient Tibetan farming village.
20-minute transfer from Shangri-la (Diqing) airport.
Full day Highlights of Shangri-la
Visit Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan today. Head to Shiga Mountain for relaxing walk and explore local villages on the way. Climb up to the top of Guishan Hill.
Half Day Visit to Tanwei Village
Make a trip to Tanwei Village and immerse in the authentic culture and the Tibetan way of life. Try their yak butter tea and tsampa, a staple in their diet.
Hiking in Shangri-La
We offer a selection of day trip hikes in Shangri-La, including the picturesque Shika Mountain Hike, the challenging yet rewarding Yika Mountain Hike, or the high-altitude Black Lake hike.
Potatso National Park
Today, we escape into the wilderness of Potatso National Park, stop by scenic spots of Shudu Lake, Bita Lake and Militang Alpine Pasture. On your return, we will make a stop at Xiao Zhongdian Village with its unique setting by a colossal valley.
Shangri-La Highland Craft Brewery
Sample 6 distinctive all-natural Shangri-La beers.
Tibetan Bisong Village
Step back in time as you visit the little known Bisong Village where locals continue to live pure, peaceful lives. Visit a local Tibetan family's home for a serving of warm yak butter tea and tsampa.