General

Located 15 km north of Lijiang old town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain stretches 35 km from north to south with 960-square-kilometers of snow-capped area. Experts say that it has the southernmost glacier in the North Hemisphere. Of all the 13 peaks on the mountain, Shanzidou is the highest with an altitude of 5,596 meters above sea level. Looking from afar, you can see that the mountain just looks like a huge dragon lying in the cloud. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain now has become a draw for tourists or travelers. The major spots include 3 cable cars to the 3 sites on the mountains (snowline, Yak Meadow and Cloud Fir Meadow), Ganhaizi (meadow, highland pasture), White Water River and nearby Naxi Wenhai Village.

Day 1 Arrive in Lijiang( )
Sightseeing and Activities:Arrive in Lijiang
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Arrive at Lijiang,  pick up from airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Lijiang, a well-preserved old city of ethnic minorities with brilliant culture, is a central town of the Lijiang Autonomous County of the Naxi Ethnic Minority in Yunnan Province. Located on the plateau which is 2,400 meters above the sea level and embraced by the tree-covered Lion Mountain in the west, Elephant and Golden Row Mountains in the north, vast fertile fields in the southeast and crystal clear water running through, the old Town looks like a big jade ink slab, therefore got the alias the Town of Big Ink Slab (Dayanzhen). 

Day 2 Baisha-Wenhai( B , L , D )
Sightseeing and Activities:hiking, Naxi village
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From Lijiang, we will take a car for 20 minutes to one of the small Naxi villages at the base of the mountains. Then we will hike to Wenhai Lake.

Today it’s a 5-hour trek to Wenhai, another Naxi village several hundred meters up on the slopes of Jade Dragon. During this hike we climb through a pass of ‘Yulung Shan’, which offers spectacular views of the Upper Lijiang Plain, including the local villages, crops, unique floral diversity, and the surrounding mountains.  We will trek between 2500 m and 3100m above sea level. After we reach the summit of the pass we will descend to Wenhai Lake where we will stay for the night at the Ecolodge.

We can either have a full lunch when we arrive at Wenhai, or a simple lunch on the trail.  After arriving in Wenhai we will have free time to explore the village and take in the magnificent views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Around 7 o’ clock we will have a local dinner prepared by a Naxi family. All of the food is grown locally and although the meal is simple, the ingredients are fresh and the dishes are tasteful. For example, rice with three or four different kinds of vegetables is a common meal.

The Ecolodge has been built with the support of the Nature Conservancy as a community-based tourism initiative.  The Ecologe has been owned and managed by the inhabitants of Wenhai since its creation.  At present, there are eleven bedrooms, each having between one and four beds.  Because the water at the Ecolodge is heated by a solar panel we are not always ensured a hot shower; however, this lodge offers a rustic experience that allows for intimate interactions with the Naxi people and an introduction to the local culture of the area.

Day 3 Day3 Wenhai-Xuehua-Shanghai Village( B , L , D )
Sightseeing and Activities:Xuehua village, Changsongping Village, Shanghai Village
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Enjoy the beautiful sunrise view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the early morning, hike around one hour along the slopes to Xuehua, a much poorer Yi village and a chance to relax for the afternoon and check out a little local life. Interestingly Xuehua is also the home of one of the few 'bimo' of the area, an Yi shaman-like figure steeped in a ritualistic history infinitely longer and more complex than its newcomer counterpart amongst the Naxi - the‘Dongba priest’. Whether or not you’ll get the chance to meet him is moot, but it does give some indication as to the depth of tradition in this village.

Trek to Changsongping Village and Xinshang Village, visit some small rivers. Arrive in Shanghai Village in the late afternoon and stay in local family. Shanghai is a relatively affluent Naxi village and the last stop before heading east away from Jade Dragon. By now those muscles should be flowing!
 
--Bimo in Xuehua Village
"My father is 80 years old this year. He is the only Bimo in Wenhai and also the best in Lijiang County. In addition, he is a well-known intellectual of the Yi people. Each year he is invited to preside over various Bimo ceremonies by Yi people from Lijiang, Ninglang and Jianchuan, and I accompany him. Among the seven sons in my family, two were forced to work due to the Cultural Revolution, four lost their interest in Yi traditional culture, and I became the only son to inherit my father's knowledge and job."
Hong Zhengyong: 28-year-old Yi man, Xuehua Village
The Bimo, a priest of the Yi people, presides at all important life events—such as childbirth, sickness, and death—and at important seasonal rituals.

Day 4 Day4 Shanghai Village-Qiaotou-Halfway Guesthouse( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Longpan Village, Tiger Leaping Gorge trekking
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After breakfast, trek 1.5 hours down to Longpang Village with a panoramic view of the Jinsha River, the upper reach of Yangtze River in Lijiang.

Drive from Longpan Village to Qiaotou Town, then start the Tiger Leaping Gorge trekking tour from Qiaotou, after 2 hours trekking, arrive at Naxi Family Gesthouse for lunch.

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.  The go pass Tea Horse Guest House (5 hours) and arrive at Halfway Guesthouse (2500m) to finish today's trekking. 

Day 5 Day5 - Halfway Guesthouse-Middle Gorge-Daju( B , L , D )
Sightseeing and Activities:Middle Gorge,Lower Gorge,Daju Town
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In the early morning, continue hiking to Tina's Guesthouse(here is the middle section of Tiger Leaping Gorge).  Then you will go on walk to Walnut Grove Garden. Then take a van from Walnut Grove Garden to Xincun Village. Cross the Daju Old Ferry to Daju Town. Our driver will meet you there and take you to hotel. 

Day 6 Day6 Daju-Lijiang( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Jade Dragon Snow Mountain,Yak Meadow, Lianhua Monastery, Baishuihe River, Blue Moon Valley
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Drive to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and take the chairlift to visit Yak Meadow, walk around the meadow and visit the Lianhua Monastery.

After Yak Meadow, transfer to Baishuihe River and visit the Blue Moon Valley. Then back to Lijiang.

Day 7 Day7 - Departure from Lijiang( B )
Sightseeing and Activities:Departure from Lijiang
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Departure from Lijiang. Service ends.

Recommended Hotels

City 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star
Lijiang Intercontinental Hotel Lijiang Wangfu Hotel Louwailou Hotel
Tiger Leaping Gorge / / Halfway Guesthouse
Daju

Quotations

Group size(person) 5 Star ($) 4 Star ($) 3 Star ($)

What's Include

1.Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
2.Meals as listed in the itinerary;
3.Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
4.Private English-speaking tour guide and vehicle for transfers & sightseeing;
5.Service charge & government taxes;
6. Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
7. Two bottles of mineral water each day;

What's Exclude

1.Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
2.Chinese visa fees;
3.Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
4.Single room supplement;
5.Tips to guides and drivers;
6.Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff.
7.Personal travel accident insurance;
8.All optional programs;

  1. Take some lightweight clothes with you and wear comfortable walking shoes for tired trekking and overnight stayingat Tiger Leaping Gorge. If possible, knee pads are necessary to avoid any bump.
  2. If trekking in winter or rainy season, the windbreaker, gloves, antiskid shoes and waterproof coat will be needed in case of temperature drop and get wet in the rain.
  3. If you are easy to behungry and tired during the trekking, bring some high caloric snacks with you, such as chocolate and beef jerky. If not, you can buy food at local guesthouses along the route. Our tour guide will provide you two bottles of water for each person every day. But we suggest you to bring more by yourself.
  4. For the strong ultraviolet ray there, we suggest you to wear sun bonnet or take sunsceern with you.
  5. Do not trek too fast, because the Tiger Leaping Gorge is located at high altitude area, or altitude sickness may happen to you.

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