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Trek through Tiger Leaping Gorge and explore one of Asia's finest geological wonders. This is one of the finest treks in China, offering breathtaking natural scenery, diverse landscapes and historical attractions that China has to offer. This hiking adventure boasts six days of views that will leave the most seasoned traveler inspired.
Three hours drive from Lijiang, vertical cliffs rise dramatically from the turquoise waterways to the Tibetan glaciers - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (5596m) and Haba Snow Mountain (5396m). The Jinsha River, a tributary of the mighty Yangtze River, cuts its way through the gorge, carving a twisting path through verdant terraced farmlands, imposing limestone ridges, and quiet villages.
Set off on your journey by following the legendary Jinsha river, accompanied by the sound of it crashing against the rock walls ...
Set off on your journey by following the legendary Jinsha river, accompanied by the sound of it crashing against the rock walls as you head to Walnut Grove. A new day sees you turn uphill, falling in single-file behind the farmer and packhorse carrying produce destined for Naxi villages along the road. Be welcomed into the home of locals to savour a pause and a cup of Pu'er. Finally, descend into fabled Shangri-La to explore golden-roofed temples and Tibetan market fare.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of China's finest trails, awaits those willing to raise their heartbeats a little!
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Arrive in Lijiang.
Enjoy a Naxi ethnic minority orchestra performance as part of your welcome party.
If time allows, wander through the woven streets of Lijiang's Old Town.
Walking distance: 18 - 20 km, 6 - 7 hours walking, moderate to hard grade
Drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge, via the legendary first bend on the Yangtze.
Hike the lower trail to Walnut Grove, a small village that lies between the upper and middle section of the trail. Hike the lower trail to Walnut Grove, a small village that lies between the upper and middle section of the trail. Many walnut trees were planted in the village in the past, that is why the village is named Walnut Grove. The night at Walnut Grove is peaceful with only the sound of billows. Surrounded by the Snow Mountains, you'll fall asleep under the stars under the stars. When you wake up and open your door in the morning, the greyish-green cliff will greet you.
Spend the evening with a local family.
Additional hiking for more challenges: We can drive you to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Then you'll catch a cable car to the summit of the Yak Meadow, one of 13 peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You can spend 1 hour walking around the summit (approx. 3 km), then catch a cable car down the mountain.
Walking distance: 15 - 22 km, 5 - 7 hours walking per day, moderate to hard grade
Drive to Haba Village.
Trek the middle Hike in the nearby mountains, passing through Naxi, Yi and Hui (Muslim) ethnic minority villages.
Spend the night in Haba Village.
Continue exploring the Tiger Leaping Gorge and trek the 28 bends ( 1 - 2 hours). This track starts winding steeply upward.
Visit White Water Terrace, a mythical landform created by a continual deposition of calcium carbonate.
Walking distance :3 - 4 km, 9 - 12 hours walking per day, easy to moderate grade
Drive to fabled Shangri-La.
Wander through the gilded pillars and incense-filled rooms of Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan lamasery in Yunnan.
Spend the evening tasting local Tibetan delicacies in Shangri-La Old Town.
Enjoy a leisurely Tibetan-style breakfast as your journey draws to a close.
Daily departure on request. Please contact us for group bookings.
- The departure point is Lijiang, a city in the northwest part of China's Yunnan province.- Major commercial flights or bullet trains provide convenient access to Lijiang.
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The rainy season from June to September is the most dangerous time to hike. With an elevation of approx. 2,700 meters or 8,800 feet, the trail may be too cold for a comfortable hike in the winter. The best time to hike may be October, November and May.Lijiang TemperatureShangri-La Temperature
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