In March my friend Will came up to Kunming from Chiangmai for a visit. He had been traveling all around southeast Asia but hadn't yet seen any great mountains. So I decided to take him on a trek to the sacred Buddhist mountains in Yading, Sichuan.

We started by flying to Shangri-La, the fifth stop on my cycling trip from Lijiang to Deqin last year. As our plane descended towards Shangri-La, three dagger-like peaks pierced the cloud sea far off to the east. 

I made a slideshow showing and telling our adventure in Yading. Click the yak head below to begin. Click the arrows on either side of the screen to control the slideshow.