General

Originating in the Tanggula Mountain on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Jinsha River, Lancang River and Nu River flow parallel along the Hengduan Mountains for several hundred kilometers. It is a very rare phenomenon that the shortest distance between the Lancang River and Jinsha River is only 66 kilometers (about 41 miles) and between the Lancang River and Nu River the distance is less than 19 kilometers (about 12 miles). Interestingly, their entrances to different seas are thousands of kilometers away. This protected area covers Nu Jiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and Lijiang District. The Three Parallel Rivers have spectacular scenery that is composed of the rivers, mountains, rare plants, animals and 16 ethnic groups inhabitation.

Day 1 Arrive in Kunming( )
Sightseeing and Activities:the Green Lake
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You'll begin your journey to the diverse and captivating province of Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming. Upon arrival at the Kunming International Airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel. You will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. If time permits, you will have a Kunming city tour. 

-- Kunming is the capital of southwest China's Yunnan province, a primarily agricultural province of 45 million. Kunming has a population of five million and is located in one of the world's most geographically, ethnically, biologically and linguistically diverse regions. Situated at 1,900 meters (6,233ft) above sea level and 25° north of the Equator it has a rather unique and pleasant climate for a Chinese city.

Day 2 Kunming-78KM-Stone Forest-Tengchong( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:the Stone Forest, Guandu Ancient Town, Heshun Ancient Town
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You will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. An old local saying says that 'If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.' Truly, the Stone Forest is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan. After lunch drive back Kunming to visit the Guandu Ancient Town which is a famous historical & cultural town in Kunming; it keeps the main architectural style of Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties.

Take the flight to Tengchong in the late afternoon. Arrive in Heshun Ancient Town in Tengchong County, you will be free in Heshun Ancient Town and enjoy the relax life after the wonderful Three Parallel River Grand Canyons adventure tour.

 -- The Stone Forest has unique karst topography which is one of the best of its kind within China. There are six scenic spots in the Stone Forest: the Greater Stone Forest, the Lesser Stone Forest, the Naigu Stone Forest, the Zhiyun Cave, the Long Lake, the Da Dieshui Waterfall and the Qifeng Cave.

--Tengchong County, a vital link on the ancient Southwestern Silk Route (Kunming - Baoshan - Tengchong - Mangshi - Ruili), is situated in the western part of Yunnan Province, Bordering on Burma in the northwest with a boundary line of 151 kilometres long. 

Day 3 Tengchong( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Nujiang River Bridge, Gaoli Gongshan Mountain, Heshun Ancient Town
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After breakfast, visit Nujiang River Bridge in Lujiang Basin, and Gaoli Gongshan Mountain and arrive in Tengchong at noon. After lunch, you will visit Heshun Ancient Town including the Museum of Yunnan-Burmese Anti-Japanese War, Heshun Library, the Archway, Dragon Pool, the Wanlouzi Museum of Native Residence, Wenchang Daoist Palace, Clothes-washing Pavilions, Yuanlong Daoist Pavilion, the Philosopher Ai Siqi's Former Residence, Guanyin Ancient Spruce Trees an so on.

--“Heshun” means peace and harmony. You could walk leisurely around the historical old town, built in earlier days by overseas Chinese as a location for their retirement. The remaining old town is a very beautiful place with many ornamental structures such as pavilions, memorial halls, archways, and balustrades, and also with lotus ponds and outlands with many birds. The library in this town is worth mentioning-set up in 1924, it possesses over 60,000 volumes of books, many of which are rare editions of ancient works.

Day 4 Tengchong-Liuku( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Gaoli Gongshan Mountain Natural Reserve Area, Nujiang Grand canyon, Liuku Town, Nujiang River and Nujiang River Bridge
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In the morning, drive about 4 hours from Tengchong to Liuku, the county seat of Nujiang Lisu and Pumi Nationalities Autonomous Prefecture. You will visit Gaoli Gongshan Mountain Natural Reserve Area which is located in the Nujiang River Grand Canyon, the south part of Qing-Tibet Altiplano. With a steep slope and sharp mountain incision, the Grand Canyon presents great vertical natural scenery and various climates. In fact, the vertical drop height is above 4,000 meters. Here you can enjoy nearly every kind of natural including Silver River, strange rocks, the inverted reflection of cliff on the water, and the strategic mountain pass, which vividly present the secret working of the nature.

Drive north along the Nujiang-Salween River. As it’s hot and humid in the gorge here, Dai people who live here use big banyan trees to surround the villages, Tropical plants are grown here such as papaya, pineapple, banana and coffee. The famous Yunnan Coffee is grown in this area near the Nujiang-Salween River. In the afternoon, you will walk around Liuku Town, visit Nujiang River and Nujiang River Bridge.

-- The Nujiang River is China's important river flowing from north to south. It has its source on the southern slope of the Tanggula Mountain Range in Tibet Autonomous Region, flowing across the Tibet Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province. The name of the river is changed into the Salween River after flowing into Burma from China, and it finally empties into the Andaman Sea of Indian Ocean at the Moulmein.

Day 5 Liuku-Gongshan( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:the Nujiang Grand Canyon
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Drive from Liuku to Gongshan. On the way you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Nujiang Grand Canyon. The 316-kilometer-long Nujiang River Gorge is flanked by two 4,000-meter-high mountains. The mountain peaks on the two sides have an average altitude of over 3,000 kilometers. The gorge is located in Yunnan Province in southwestern China, an area rich in ethnic minority culture. It is now a first choice for many domestic and foreign travelers.

Day 6 Gongshan- 44KM- Bingzhongluo( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Bingzhongluo Town, the First Bend of Nujiang-Salween River, Nu ethnic village
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Drive to BinzhongLuo, then trekking 4 hours to visit the first Bend of Nujiang River (Sawleen River), The Nu People, Stone Houses, Hinayana Buddhism, Lama Temple, Chongdintian Catholic Church.
One full day excursion to Bingzhongluo, sightseeing includes the first bend of Nujiang River (Salween River), the stone house of the Nu Nationality, Peach Island, the Tibetan Puhua Temple. You will then have the chance to visit a minority household and experience the life of the local people. You will do about 4 hours trekking along Nujiang River to Bingzhongluo Town, the trekking is really wonderful with green water and trees.

Day 7 Bingzhongluo-Dimaluo-Biluo Snow Mountain( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Baihanluo Village, the catholic church, Biluo Snow Mountain
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Start trekking up the Biluo Snow Mountain(4652m) which is between the Nu river and the Mekong river, you will pass a village(Baihanluo) and a catholic church. Camping or stay in local villager's house.

Day 8 Biluo Snow Mountain-Layaton Village- Diwazhachong Village( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Biluo Snow Mountain Pass(4000m), Layatong Village, Diwazhachong Village
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Continue trekking up the mountain, you will pass a village (Layatong) and the mountain pass of 4000m, reach the village (Diwazhachong). Camping or stay in local villager's house.

Day 9 Biluo Snow Mountain-Cizhong Town( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Biluo Snow Mountain, Cizhong Catholic Church
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Trekking down the mountain to Cizhong town by the side of Mekong river, finished your 3 days trekking,(total trekking distance is about 50 km). Visit the 100-year-old catholic church built by a french missionery, which is also the best-preserved church in Yunnan. Stay in a local guesthouse.

Day 10 Cizhong-Lancang-Mekong Grand Canyon-Xidang Village( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Mingyong Village, Mingyong Glacier Park, Xidang Village
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Early in the morning, drive along the Lancang-Mekong River to Mingyong Village in Meili Snow Mountain. Trek about 2 hours to Mingyong Glacier Park, trek down to Mingyong Village and the edge of Meikong River(2,050m/6,724ft) along the trail nearby the White Summits. Walk directly to Xidang Village(2,200m/7,216ft), arrive in Xidang Village and stay in Xidang Hot Spring Hostel.

--Lancang River is the longest river flowing from north to south in China. It takes its source from the Zhaqu of the Guangguori Peak of Tanggula Mountain Range in Qinghai Province, China. It is called the Lancang River after it reaches Changdu. The river runs south until it leaves China at the Nanla Bay out of Yunnan Province and therefrom changes its name from the Lancang River to the Mekong River.

Day 11 Xidang Village- Nazong Pass (3680M) - Yubeng (3100M)( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Nazong Pass, Original Forest, Yubeng Village, Yubeng Sacred Waterfalls
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In the morning, walk from our hostel to the Base Camp(3,700m/12,136ft). You will trek up about 3hs to the Mountain pass(3,500m/11,480ft) in the virgin forests. And one hour trekking down along the horse-road from the mountain pass, we reach the base camp, where the view becomes very open. The tough, 1000-meter-high ascent from Hot Springs to Nazongla Pass takes 2.53 hours for a fit hiker without carrying any heavy bag. The path zigzagging under the canopy of trees is quite damp and muddy.

A Tibetan house, located at one-third of the route, sells snacks and drinks. No breathtaking view can be spotted at Nazongla Pass. Another alternative is to ride up on a mule. You can easily reach the pass within 2 hours. It costs RMB100 from Hot Springs to Nazongla Pass either for riding or carrying heavy bags. The descent from Nazongla Pass to the upper Yubeng Village takes one hour.

Upon arriving at the village, take the trail turning to the left, walk further down to a stream, cross a bridge and climb a small slope up to the lower Yubeng Village. When you arrive in Yubeng Village. Weather permitting, you'll wake up to a clear view of the Mt. Kawagebo glacier. You will hike to the Shenpu Sacred Waterfalls(3,400m/11,152ft), from which Yubeng's name originated. Buddhists on a pilgrimage to the area circumambulate the waterfall 13 times with the belief that this act will erase all sins from this life.

In the early afternoon we'll head back to the village lodge, visiting sacred sites along the way, Yubeng Sacred Waterfalls(3650M). It takes two hours to reach Shenpu from Lower Yubeng Village. A climb of about 500. The higher you go, the farther you seem to be from Shenpu, the most sacred destination of circumambulation in Meili. Backdropped by tantalizing Mt. Miacimu, other lofty peaks as well as imposing glaciers, the valley is flamboyantly adorned by thousands of Tibetan prayer flags.

Day 12 Yubeng Village- Cuoka Sacred Ice Lake( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:the Mt. Kawagebo glacier, Ice Lake, Meili Snow Mountain, Original Forest
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Enjoy the sunrise of the Mt. Kawagebo glacier from the guesthouse, then walk up to Binghu Ice Lake of the Meili Snow Mountain.Walk through the original forest from Yubeng Village, you will see some horses and yaks, as well as some wild animals if you are lucky enough. A beautiful river originates from the Glacier Park, walk along the river with some wooden bridges and spruce trees, you will have a wonderful view of Mt. Kawagebo Glacier. At last, arrive at the Ice Lake which is located at the foot of the glacier. Trek down back to Yubeng village in the late afternoon and enjoy the sunset of Kawagebo Peak .

-Cuoka Sacred Lake: 1300M higher than Yubeng. The ascent takes 5 - 6 hours.
-First three hours is a tough and long climb in a primitive forest where you may encounter local leeches, especially active after the rain. The ordeal will be rewarded later by a spectacular landscape when you reach the high meadow plateau at 4050M.
- Another one-hour climb, you will climb over a range (alt. 4300M), and reach Cuoka Pasture. There is a collapsed hut.
-Last hour: from Cuoka Pasture to Cuoka Lake (alt. 4385M).

The return trek takes 3 to 4 hours. This one-day excursion is only reserved for strong hikers. Before June, the upper plateau is often covered by snow. Bring enough food and ask Aqinbu to find a good guide for you. It may be more reasonable to do this trek in two days and overnight camp at Cuoka Pasture.

Day 13 Yubeng Village-Ninong Grand Canyon-Feilaisi in Deqin( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Ninong Village, Yubeng Valley, Meikong River, Jiabi Village, Meili Snow Mountain
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Today you don't go back through Nazongla Pass, the same route that you hiked in, you can venture the steep narrow path along a stream and descend to Ninong Village. You will spend the whole morning walking down in Yubeng Valley. Yubeng River flows all the way into Meikong River. Parts of the trail we will cover is actually a canal dig along the half-way mountain by local villagers.

And the altitude drops also to 1,900m(6,232ft), causing quite different views on the way. Have lunch in Ninong village(1,900m/6,232ft), cross Meikong River and 2 hours more trek to Jiabi Village, drive to Feilaisi and enjoy the sunset view of Meili Snow Mountain.

----Meili Snow Mountain (Meili Xueshan), also called Kawakarpo, is a UNESCO nature site located in Deqin County dividing Yunnan from Tibet, a wonderful place to hike and explore both nature and Tibetan culture.Rising between the Salween River and the Mekong River  in the extreme edge of Northwest Yunnan, the Meili Snow Mt. region is part of Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas. Legend says that the Meili Snow Mountain is a god guarding Tibetan Buddhism. With 13 peaks over 6000m in the range, the main peak Kawakarpo ("Kawagebo" in Chinese) is a sharp snow mountain with an altitude of 6740m,which has never been conquered yet.

Day 14 Deqin - Shangrila( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:the sunrise of Meili Snow Mountain and the 13 white pagodas, Baimang Snow Mountain Nature Reserve, the Moon Bend of Jinsha River, Dongzhulin Monastery
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In the morning, you will have a nice sunrise view of Meili Snow Mountain from the Sightseeing Platform, where you can see the 13 white pagodas meaning of the 13 peaks of Meili Snow Mountain over 6,000 meters (19,685 feet) above sea level, known as the "Prince's 13 peaks".

Drive 6 to 7 hours to Shangrila County (3400m altitude) which is 187km away from Shangri-La. The view along the way is fantastic with different kinds of trees, streams down the valley, prayer flags and stupas, and Tibetan villages. From Deqin County, after one hour driving, you will visit Baimang Snow Mountain Nature Reserve, you will be able to view Baimang Snow Mountain if the weather is clear, pass the top part of today at 4292m altitude at 156km. 

Visit the First Bend of Jinsha River or Moon Bend, which is the boundary between Sichuan and Yunnan. This is different from the First Bend of Yangtze River in Lijiang City. The bend in Shigu Town changes the flow direction of the Yangtze River but in Benzilan, the Moon Bend is just a grand bend between the mountains with an impressive scenery.

Drive downhill to the Dongzhulin Monastery which is located in Shusong Village, Benzilan District, Deqin County, and 105km from the seat of Zhongdian County. The Yunnan-Tibet Road passes behind the temple and cars can get straight to the temple. The Dongzhulin Monastery was built in 1667, the sixth year of the Kang Xi Period in Qing Dynasty.

After lunch in Benzilan Town at the bank of Jinsha River, you will drive along the the upper Yangtze River to Shangri-la. On the way you will have a panoramic view of Nixi Pottery Village.

Day 15 Shangri La( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, Pudacuo National Park
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In the morning, you'll visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. And afterwards you'll go and visit the tranquil Bita Lake & Shudu Lake in Pudacuo National Park. After having finished touring the Bita Lake & Shudu Lake, you'll visit the Old Town of Shangri La and the Guishan Park.

--The Songzanlin Monastery, often called Ganden Sumtseling Monastery or Guihua Monastery, is located at the foot of Foping Mountain near Shangri-La County in Yunnan Province. The monastery is built on a hillside and looks like an ancient fort. The Songzanlin Monastery is often called the little Potala Palace because of its traditional Tibetan architectural style.

At night you will visit a Tibetan family and taste the butter oil tea and Tibetan food.

Day 16 Shangri La-Qiaotou - 28 Turns - Halfway Guesthouse( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Nuoyu Village, 28 turns Trail, the upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
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Your hiking trip starts from Qiaotou, the 28 zigzagging turns will be a real stuff. The 26km takes about 6-8 hours. 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. Check this at a Tea Horse or Guesthouse if you cannot figure it out yourself.

You will arrive at Halfway Guesthouse to finish today's trekking.  At an altitude of 2500m, you get a magnificent view over the Yangtze River below and the Yulong Mountain right in front of you. For the keen photographer this trek provides a great opportunity to capture nature's best moments.

Halfway Guesthouse organizes two-day treks up Haba Snow Mountain with an overnight stay uphill at a point of altitude above 4000 meters. Sleeping bags and mats for the trek can be rented at the guesthouse. Successful trekkers are awarded "donkey shoes" as souvenirs and their names and contact information are recorded in the "donkey skin book" at the guesthouse. Similar treks can also be arranged at Five Fingers Mountain Guesthouse.

Day 17 Halfway Guesthouse - Middle Rapids - Walnut Grove - Daju( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, Walnut Grove, Daju Town
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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", it is the most narrow part of the gorge, where a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River. Trek from Middle Rapids along the Middle Gorge to Walnut Grove Garden, then a short drive with local transfer available will take us to the lower part of Gorge, get off and walk for about half an hour to the bank of the River. Then hike further along the road to the lower section of the Gorge (about 1.5-2 hours) where we will take ferry across the River. Not far from the Lower Section of gorge while at the other side of river is the village of Daju, We descent the ferry and trek about one hour to Daju(1718m), whose inabitants are mostly Naxi people.

Day 18 Daju-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain–Lijiang( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Yulong Snow Mountain, Baishui(White Water) River, the Yak Meadow, Impression Lijiang Ethnic Show, Baisha Village and Mural
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In the morning you will drive about 2 hours from Daju to Yak Meadow. You'll visit Ganhaizi Meadow, Baishui(White Water) River; take the chairlift to visit the Yak Meadow(3700M) in the Yulong Snow Mountain. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a width of 20 kilometers (13 miles). Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south which is 15 kilometers (nine miles) away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, hence, the name Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The highest peak named Fan Peak (Shanzidou in Chinese) which is about 5596 meters above sea level. 

You will enjoy Impression Lijiang Ethnic Show in the mountain directed by Zhang Yimou, which reflect the history about Tea Horse Trade Caravan from the upper Mekong River to Tibet and India. Around 500 local people from 10 ethnic groups were selected from 16 towns and villages in Lijiang of Yunnan Province to perform folk songs, dances and rituals for visitors daily.

In the afternoon, you'll stroll through Baisha Old Town, which is an enchanting traditional Yunnan Town.  Visit the Baisha Mural about 600 years old, which is one part of the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997.

Day 19 Lijiang( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Shuhe Old Town, Black Dragon Pool, Dongba Museum, Lion Hill, Mu Emperor’s Palace, Naxi Orchestral and Show
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In the morning you’ll head for Shuhe Old Town, which is the relic of the Tea-Horse Trading Caravan from bank of Mekong River to India via Tibet.

You will have Lunch at NO.8 Restaurant at the bank of Black Dragon Pool, after lunch you’ll head for the scenic Black Dragon Pool and the Dongba Museum to explore the rich Naxi minority culture.

After lunch drive back to Lijiang Old Town and visit the Wangu Pagoda on the top of the Lion Hill, here you will have a wonderful panoramic view of Lijiang Old Town. You will walk down from the Lion Hill to Mu Emperor’s Palace which is the local chieftain’s former residence.

After dinner, you will attend the Naxi Orchestral and Show in Dongba Palace in the Lijiang Old Town.

Day 20 Departure from Lijiang( B )
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Departure from Lijiang. Service ends.

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What's Include

- Pick up/Drop off;
- All land transfer and transportation;
- Breakfast/Lunch as specified;
- Accommodation;
- Entrance fees as listed in the program;
- Skilled driver & Experienced English-speaking guide;
- Travel Agency's Responsibility Insurance; 

What's Exclude

- Train Ticket/Flight Ticket;
- Dinner;
- Personal Travel Accident Insurance;
- Any optional programs;
- Chinese visa fees;
- Personal Consumption;
- Tips (150CNY/day to Guide; 100CNY/day to Driver); 

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