1 Day Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Hiking Tour (4642 Meters) from Wenhai Lake

This 1 day hiking tour from Wenhai Lake to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(4642m) is a top day hiking tour in Lijiang. You will see and pass through glacier, high-mountain meadow, original forest, and drift sand. It’s a comprehesive hiking tour which includes cultural exploration and natural landscape.


  • Hiking to go to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Wenhai Lake.
  • Experience the Naxi ethnic culture during the tour.
  • Visit glacier, high-mountain meadow, original forest, and drift sand.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Wenhai Lake-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Sightseeing and Activities:Wenhai Lake, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Shanzidou (Fan Peak) of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang

Pick you up at your hotel. Drive to Wenhai Lake. Wenhai Lake will be the starting point of this tour. It is a high altitude wetland park. You can see many free-ranging horses, flocks and herds here. You can also visit some ethnic villages around Wenhai Lake. Hike 2 hours to a spruce forest. There’s a wood house in this forest for you to have a rest and have lunch. After a short rest, go on hiking about 1.5 hours to a grassland. On the way, you will pass through a bealock. It is a viewing platform for hikers to see Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from a distance.

Then hike about half an hour to the foot of side peak of the Jade Dragon Snow Moutain. From here, you will hike a slope with a gradient of 60-70. Go on your hiking for about 1 hour, then you will reach the top of the moutain ( 4642m).

After a short rest, hike down to Wenhai Lake. The hiking tour ends. Drive back to Lijiang.

Service Included:

  • All land transfer and transportation;
  • Entrance fees and activities as listed in the program.
  • A Skilled driver& An Experienced English-speaking guide;
  • Two bottles of water each day each person;
  • Meals as mentioned.

Service Excluded:

  • International Train Tickets/Flight Tickets;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Personal Travel Accident Insurance;
  • Any optional programs/activities;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Personal Consumption;
  • Tips (150CNY/day to Guide; 100CNY/day to Driver);
  • Bank Charge of remittance;
  • Accommodation with breakfast.

Traval tips

Before you embark on that hike, don’t forget to tell the local ranger as well as a family member or friend about your plans.

  • Birding/animal watching: don’t forget a good pair of binoculars. If you’ve got extra cash to splash, you could even opt for digital binoculars with the ability to record what you see. The Sony DEV Digital Recording binoculars (store.sony.com) record video in full HD resolution, meaning you can have proof to back up your boast of having spotted saltwater crocodiles Down Under.
  • Hydration pack: you could carry water in a bottle or a wineskin. However, if you like keeping your hands free while hiking, a hydration pack such as those made by Camelbak (camelbak.com) is perfect. It’s essentially a tube threaded into a water sac that is stuck in a backpack…though we don’t recommend drinking from the pack while using both hands to clamber between rocks.
  • GPS: yes, you can use your iPhone or smartphone as a GPS (assuming you purchase proper software and not rely on the inbuilt map application which will not work if you lose mobile-phone connectivity). However, many smartphone apps are not built for hiking and have poor battery life. Consider a dedicated handheld GPS unit such as those by Garmin (garmin.com) or Magellan (magellangps.com). These units have detailed topographic maps and are rugged enough to survive being dropped. It also doubles as a compass.
  • Stop leeches: if you’re hiking into leech terrain, take some precautions. While there isn’t a fail-proof method against these bloodsuckers, hikers have had success with a variety of methods and gear including using strong insect repellent or eucalyptus oil, wearing leech-proof socks, waterproof boots, leg gaiters and carrying a stick tipped with a salt-soaked cloth (apparently, leeches hate salt so if you see one, touch it gently with the cloth).
  • Trekking poles: hiking sticks, walking poles, whatever you call them, some hikers swear by these to generate a good rhythm as well as provide support on steep terrain. We’d recommend leaving them at home unless you really need them (for example, if you need support for a bad knee, you’re going through particularly tough terrain, and so on).
  • Essentials kit: pack a basic first aid kit, some matches or a lighter, and perhaps heat packs if it’s going to get cold at night. Also keep a knife and torch/headlamp in your pack. If you’re hiking in wintry or icy conditions, an ice pick and extra set of clothes will help too.