At a Glance
Mid-point break between Shangri-la and Meili on one of the Songstam circuits
Many meals are made using deliciously fresh vegetables from their own garden - you can even help choose
Often in the evenings, the villagers gather round to rehearse their local Guozhuang dance, great fun to watch and you can even join in
Plenty of activities - walking in the mountains, visiting local Tibetan villages, Buddhist monasteries, hanging prayer flags, hunting for mushrooms, a BBQ under the stars, chatting with the locals to name some
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Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Songtsam Benzilan or take a look at our itineraries to Yunnan
Benzilan is one of five Songtsam lodges which can be combined with each other to create a circuit trip in the area. The Three Parallel Rivers Area of Yunnan encircles the magnificent land bordered by the mighty Yangtze, Mekong and Salween. The snow capped peaks, glaciated gorges and terraced fields are known by the locals and those who discover it as a 'Shangri-la'. By incorporating stays at different Songtsam Lodges you can really get into the heart of the area and each lodge provides a unique experience to help you capture the magic of the land.
Benzilan is 3 hours from Meili or 2 hours from Shangri-La. The Lodge is nestled in a Tibetan village amongst barley and wheat fields. The surrounding forest is nature rich and changes dramatically with the seasons - flowers are in bloom in spring, autumn is full of color and winter brings a blanket of snow. The area is renowned for its local handicrafts.
The house is magnificent with carved stones and rich Tibetan decorations. There are just 10 rooms, a small restaurant and beautiful surroundings. The vegetable garden produce the main make-up of your meals, and guests often like to get stuck into some gardening themselves!
During your time here you may want to do some serious hiking or some leisurely strolling; guides and advice will be on hand whatever your preference. Explore the local town and its temples, learn about the local wildlife and go to see some of the local handicrafts and learn how they are made.
There are 10 spacious deluxe rooms which all have a similar décor to the suites of Songstam Shangri-La. They are homely and have traditional Tibetan décor with modern comforts, handpicked furniture and artifacts adorn the room.
Location & Directions
Songstam Benzilan sits 3 hours from Meili and 2 hours from Shangri-La.
When to go
The best travel period to Ringha is April to October, during the summer months. Winter is cold. here is also a big temperature difference between day and night. If you want to experience the most beautiful scenery, April and May is the best time for you to arrive.