Meili Snow Mountain, also known as Prince Snow Mountain, is located 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) northeast of Deqin County of Yunnan Province. It sits on the border of Yunnan Province and Tibet, where the three famous rivers, namely the Jinsha, Mekong (Nu) and Salwen (Lancang) flow. As the border mountain of Yunnan and Tibet, Meili Snow Mountain is located about 10 kilometers northeast of Deqin County in Diqing. It is regarded as the Divine Mountain by the locals. Having been in the company of Diqing people for countless generations, it is endowed with profound Tibetan culture. Each year numerous devout Tibetans from Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces throng there for their worship. It is also a shrine for Chinese and foreign adventurers.

Day 1 Arrive in Lijiang( )
Sightseeing and Activities:Arrive in Lijiang

Upon arrival at the Lijiang Airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel. Have a good rest after a long flight.

Day 2 Lijiang( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Lijiang Ancient Town, Mu’s palace, Lion Hill, Yuhu Village, Baisha Acient Town, Black Dragon Pool Park

You will visit the Lijiang Ancient Town which is in the form of an official ink stone. Mu’s Residence is located in Lijiang Ancient Town. The ancestors of the Mus date back of the time before the Tang Dynasty. Then you’ll head for Lion Hill. As an integral part of Lijiang Ancient Town and the major nation-level scenic spot, the Lion Hill Park is located in the center of Lijiang city. The hill massif is like a lion, thus getting the name Lion Hill. With ancient buildings lying around at the foot of Lion Hill, it is the best place for you to enjoy the panoramic view of the Lijiang Ancient Town.  

In the afternoon, visit Yuhu VillageBlack Dragon Pool ParkBaisha Ancient TownBaisha MuralsYuhu Village is on the outskirts of Lijiang Basin at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The houses were made of a unique stone called monkey head by Naxi people. The stone is comprised of a substance between stone and mud. 

Day 3 Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Tiger Leaping Gorge

At 6:00 am, drive to Qiaotou Town. It takes 2 hours on the trip. Tiger Leaping Gorge hike tour is one of the most beautiful trekking tour of Yunnan Province. Your hiking trip starts from Qiaotou. About two hours trekking in the upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, you will arrive at Naxi Family and have lunch there. It is easy trekking from Qiaotou to Naxi Family, but beautiful scenery.

After lunch, a trekking from Naxi Family to 28 zigzagging turns will be a challenge for you. From the top of "28 turns" on the high path further uphill to a place of altitude above 3000m, you can have a view of the panorama of the entire Gorge. Then go pass Tea Horse Guest House (5 hours) and arrive at Halfway Guesthouse (2500m) to finish today's trekking. The total trekking route is 26 km, and it takes about 6-8 hours.

After trekking, overnight in Halfway Guest House.

Day 4 Tiger Leaping Gorge-Shangrila( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking

In the early morning, continue hiking to Tina's Inn (2 hours) after another hour walking down the steep cliff to the bank of Jinsha River to the Middle Gorge (Middle Hutiao or Middle Rapids), worship the dangerous shoal of "Starriness", which is the most narrow part of the gorge, where a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River.

After finishing today’s trekking, you will take the coach to Shangrila from Tina’s Guest house. Upon arrival Shangrila, spend the day around Shangrila.

Day 5 Shangrila-Feilaisi( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Feilaisi

Travel from Zhongdian to Deqin, traversing several mountain ranges. Pass by Benzanlin, a small Tibetan town built by the river and have a wanderaround the streets. Further up the road, you will pass what is commonly referred to as the “Omega”, the first bend of the Jinsha River. As you near Deqin, enjoy your first views of  the Meili Snow Mountain. Overnight at a guesthouse in Feilaisi. 

Day 6 Feilaisi-Xidang-Upper Yubeng( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Xidang Village, Upper Yubeng Village

Get up in time to see the sunrise over the Meili Snow Mountains. Drive for an hour to Xidang Village where you will begin your hike to Upper Yubeng Village. Today’s hike will be strenuous – we will climb from 2,500 m ( 7,500 ft ) to over 3,500 m ( 10,500 ft ) at the pass – passing through beautiful, pristine alpine forest. (Total distance for the day: 17 km , 6 hours) Stay overnight at a guesthouse in Upper Yubeng.

Day 7 Upper Yubeng-Ice Lake-Lower Yubeng( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Upper Yubeng Village, Ice Lake, Lower Yubeng Village

Walk for 3 hours (6km) from Upper Yubeng Village to the “Camp” then for another hour (3km) onto the Ice Lake. Hike back down to Lower Yubeng.

Day 8 Lower Yubeng-Holy Waterfall-Lower Yubeng( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Holy waterfall, Lower Yubeng Village

If the weather is good, we’ll wake up to a clear view of the Mt. Kawagebo glacier. After breakfast we will hike to the Holy Waterfall ( 7 km , 23 hours), from which Yubeng’s name originated. Buddhists coming to this area on pilgrimages circumambulate the waterfall 13 times with the belief.

Day 9 Lower Yubeng-Ninong-Deqin-Shangrila( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Lower Yubeng Village,Ninong,Shangrila

Walk along the least traveled path of Yubeng, from Lower Yubeng Village to Ninong. You will come back to Shangrila by bus. Overnight in Shangrila.

Day 10 Departure from Shangrila( B )
Sightseeing and Activities:Departure from Shangrila

Transfer to the airport for the departure flight. Service ends.

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What's Include

- All land transfer and transportation;
- Luggage transfers between airport and hotels;
- Accommodation with breakfast as listed;
- Meals listed in the itinerary;
- Entrance fees as listed in the program;
- Skilled driver & Experienced English-speaking guide;
- Travel Agency's Responsibility Insurance; 

What's Exclude

- Domestic Flights    
- Train Tickets/International Flight Tickets;
- Dinner;
- Single room supplement;
- Personal Travel Accident Insurance;
- Any optional programs/activities;
- Chinese visa fees;
- Personal Consumption;

      Tips of Yubeng Village Trekking Tour


      1. Ensuring you will have enough time. The round trips from Hot Spring to Yubeng village needs two days at least, three days or four days are better.


      2. We suggest that you chose trekking as far as possible because you can control your time and your pace and it is more convenient to take pictures. It takes some time to reach your destination by riding horse because horse needs to rest en route either, and riding horse is not cheap.


      3. About equipment is mainly about clothing and shoes. It is humid in Meili area with plenty of rain, so you should pay attention to rain and moisture. And you have better prepare some insect repellent medicine to protect yourself from Tibetan louse.


      4. About food, we suggest you to bring some chocolate and processed meat product, for example, you can buy some yak jerky in Lijiang and Zhongdian because it is difficult to eat fresh meat in Yubeng village, and daily foods are potatoes, vegetables and eggs. But physical consumption is high; vegetables cannot meet your needs.


      5 There is signal from Xidang Hot Spring and Nazongla Pass, but after Nazongla Pass will remain off the hook. Therefore, Nazongla Pass is the last station you can keep contact with outside world.


      6. Respect the local custom: in some places of Yubeng village, there is polygamy, that is women can be married to more than one people. When you communicate with Tibetans, you must pay attention to their subtle relationship.


      7. Most of villagers of Yubeng have no regular education, they can’t read in general. And they speak Tibetan language; women and children can’t speak Mandarin in the most situations, so it is easier to talk with men.


      8. Draw lots for the horse: if there are two people or more wants to ride horse, you need draw lots to decide to ride which horse. No matter what you get, you cannot change your horse by your own; otherwise you possibly rent no horse and cause troubles. This rule made by Tibetans is their own way to ensure fairness and it is useful in many places of Tibet.


      Tips of Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tour


       Photography Tips


      ► High Path - you can take photos with Haba Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain


      ► Naxi Family G.H. (纳西雅阁) and Tea-horse G.H. (茶马客栈) - best places to take photos of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain


      Note: along the route, some good viewing points will be charged RMB 3 - 5.


       Best Time to Hike


      Avoiding Jun to Sept because it is the rainfall season which is dangerous and unsafety of the hiking route. 


      Taking enough cool-proof clothes if you hike there after Oct.


      Note: Tiger Leaping Gorge weather can take the one of Lijiang as reference. Lijiang Climate & Weather page for information you need.


      ♦ Packing List for Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking


      ► Quick-dry light clothes


      ► Jacket


      ► Old antiskid shoe


      ► A bottle of mineral water


      ► Alpenstock


      ► Torch


      ► Small bag


      ► Food such as chocolate, sliced dried beef etc.


    Note: along the hiking route there are many guesthouse or small stores to supply and rest, 

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