2 Days Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Adventure Travel Blog

Day 1 Lijiang -First Bend of Yangtze River-Qiaotou Town-Tea Horse Guesthouse
Day 2 Tea Horse Guesthouse-Halfway Guesthouse-Tina’s Guesthouse-Hetaoyuan Village

Nestled deep in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan, China, Tiger Leaping Gorge is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its breathtaking landscapes and challenging hiking trails. In this blog, I will share my experience of a two-day hiking adventure in Tiger Leaping Gorge, starting from Lijiang and ending at Hetaoyuan.

Day 1: Lijiang to Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge

Our journey began early in the morning as we left Lijiang and headed towards Shigu Qiaotou Tea Horse Hostel. The drive took us through the picturesque villages of Lijiang, giving us a glimpse of the rural life in the region. Upon arriving at Shigu Qiaotou, we were greeted by the friendly staff of the hostel and provided with a hearty breakfast.

We started our hike at around 9 a.m., following the well-marked trail that leads to the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. The journey was filled with stunning views of the mountains, valleys, and rivers. We encountered a few challenging sections of the trail, but the adrenaline rush made it all worth it.

After hours of hiking, we reached the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, where we had lunch and took a short break. The gorge, carved by the Jinsha River, is a sight to behold, with towering cliffs and turbulent waters. We spent some time exploring the area and taking pictures before continuing our journey.

We reached Bendiwan Hostel in the late afternoon, where we rested and enjoyed a delicious dinner. The hostel offers cozy accommodations and a warm atmosphere, making it the perfect place to unwind after a long day of hiking.

Day 2: Bendiwan to Hetaoyuan

After a good night’s sleep, we woke up early and had breakfast at Bendiwan Hostel. Our goal for the day was to reach Hetaoyuan, which is located at the end of Tiger Leaping Gorge.

The hike on the second day was slightly easier than the first, but the scenery was just as breathtaking. We followed the trail that led us through the forest and along the river, taking in the beauty of the natural world around us.

As we approached Hetaoyuan, we could see the distant mountains and the village itself. The villagers were friendly and welcoming, and they offered us a cup of tea as we rested for a moment.

We finally reached Hetaoyuan in the late afternoon, exhausted but exhilarated. Our two-day hiking adventure in Tiger Leaping Gorge had come to an end, and we were rewarded with stunning memories and unforgettable experiences.

Conclusion: Tiger Leaping Gorge is an unforgettable destination that offers adventurous travelers a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of the Yunnan region. The two-day hiking adventure from Lijiang to Hetaoyuan was a challenging but rewarding experience that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a taste of the outdoors in China.