How to Plan Hiking Tour around Dali

Hiking can be as simple as walking in a park, but once you want to hike on a path you are not familiar with, you need some planning. By planning a trip, you will get information about the technical complexity of the route, the expected weather conditions, and the location of the hike. This information will help you pack the correct equipment and avoid future navigation problems. In the following, we will list some simple tips for your to hike tour around Dali, After that, I will recommend some popular routes to you.

1.Tour Routes Planning

After choosing the area you want to hike, you should plan the route. If you have problems selecting areas, you’d better check the map and look for nearby mountains.When you decide to go hiking in Dali, you can find more information about Dali on our website or call directly for advice.

At present, Dali’s hiking has been gradually improved. If you are not familiar with the place, this website has a planned hiking route, you can refer to it.

When you plan your route, it is very important to calculate the approximate time you need. When deciding the time needed, consider distance, overall improvement and your physical preparation. Remember, safety is the first consideration.

Recommended hiking routes:

2 Days Dali Cangshan Mountain Summit Hiking and Camping Tour

2 Days Dali Pilgrimage Hiking Tour from Erhai Lake to Jizu Mountain

2 Days Dali Hiking Tour from Erhai Lake to Jizu Mountain

2.How to Get to the Hiking Place

When you planed the route, it is time to consider how to reach the starting point of the route. The starting point is generally very far, so it is difficult to reach. Search the Internet for relevant information, check the bus/train timetable, or if this does not work, check whether you can drive to the starting point. If you decide to drive, remember to follow the local traffic rules.

More information about traffic:

Dali Bus Station

Dali Transportation – City Bus

3. Check the Temperature Forecast

If you plan to hike soon, you can simply check the weather forecast. The weather in Dali is very pleasant, but when you climb the mountain on foot, you should pay attention to the fact that the temperature is decreasing with the increase of altitude. Every 1000 meters above sea level, it will decrease by about 6.5 degrees Celsius (11.7 degrees Fahrenheit). You should carry suitable clothes according to the local weather. One more thing, when looking at the weather, you should pay attention to whether the weather unit is degrees celsius or Fahrenheit, and convert it to the unit you are familiar with. Pay attention to the weather and don’t get sick.

More Information on Dali Weather:

Dali Weather in September

Dali Weather in October

Dali Weather in November

4. Check the Precipitation Forecast

From the weather forecast or historical precipitation data, you can know how much precipitation is expected. Summer is affected by monsoon, Dali’s rain is erratic, so packing is in progress. Be sure to bring more clothes and waterproof equipment so as to avoid the embarrassing scene of getting wet without changing clothes.

5. Keep Away From Dangerous Animals

If there are dangerous animals, such as snakes and spiders, in the area where you are going to hike, you need to be very careful. At the same time, there are some precious animals living on Dali’s mountains. If you are lucky, it is good to see these animals from a distance. Don’t approach them to frighten them.

6. Best Places for Dali Hiking Tour

Climbing Cangshan Mountain

On Cangshan, there is another route that is more beautiful. You are unlikely to meet other hikers on this route.

The path starts in Guangming village, on the west side of Cangshan mountain, it goes straight through pine forests and flattens out on the local grassland used for grazing animals (altitude: 3000 meters). There is a water source nearby, which is a good place for camping.

Starting from here, the path follows a narrow ridge straight up through azaleas and thickets of forests, climbing over some rocks along the way. After reaching the top of the mountain, don’t look down, because it drops sharply on both sides!

Continue for about 10 kilometers until you reach Shuanglongtan. These are beautiful mountain lakes and the nearby areas are suitable for camping.


About 20 kilometers north of Dali, Cangshan mountain ridge is divided into two independent ridges. between them is a beautiful valley with Tibetan flavor. The best translation is “flower meadow”. Its name comes from a period of spring, when millions of azaleas bloom at the same time, forming a sea of pink and red.

There are a few Yi families living in the valley. They use the valley to graze yaks and sheep and engage in subsistence agriculture.

You can travel north, then reach Fengyu directly and enter the smaller Huagu in the east. There is only one house and the scenery is charming.

Jizu mountain

There is a little-known path to enter this mountain, one of China’s five famous Buddhist mountains. It is not only beautiful, but also can bypass the high entrance fee.

The two separate paths, from the double gallery and the double gallery and the excavation, are about 10 kilometers apart on the east bank of Erhai Lake. Both are very steep and difficult to navigate, but eventually converge in a tank about half of the way. The merged path lasted for about 2 kilometers along a mud road, then began to climb on a steep hillside and finally reached a huge alpine meadow.

There is a hermit monk living here, you can stop to say hello, he is very friendly! Continue upward and cross the final pass (3200 meters), and you will see the white pagoda of Jinding Temple for the first time.

The Ancient Tea-Horse Road in Shaxi Town

There is a well-preserved tea-horse ancient road market in Shaxi ancient town of Jianchuan county in Yunnan province,  it is as famous as “The square street” in Lijiang, except that the square street in Shaxi Ancient Town is left over by the men of the horse racing gang in history and is the only well-preserved market on the ancient road today. You can come here and feel the ancient tea-horse road with a long history.

Southern Silk Road

There is a road that was opened up in China thousands of years ago, 200 years earlier than the Northern Silk Road. this is the Southern Silk Road. Dali, as one of the stops of the Southern Silk Road, has added a long history to the silk road. when you come to Dali, you can feel its long history and rich culture, and the remains left by the caravan of that thousand years.

Jinsha River

Jinsha River is the name of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in China. The total length of Jinsha River is 2308 kilometers, and the basin area is 340,000 square kilometers. The formation of the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest gorges in the world. At the same time, Jinsha River also flows through Heqing County, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture. You can come here to see the splendor of Jinsha River.

If you want to find more information, you can search the website or directly consult the relevant staff.