10 Days Tiger Leaping Gorge Adventure and Meili Snow Mountain Pilgrimage Tour

Meili Snow Mountain, also known as Prince Snow Mountain, sits on the border of Yunnan Province and Tibet, where the three famous rivers, namely the JinshaJiang River, Mekong (Lancang) River and Salwen (NuJiang) River flow. As the border mountain of Yunnan and Tibet, Meili Snow Mountain is located about 10 kilometers northeast of Deqin County in Diqing. It is regarded as the Divine Mountain by the locals, and is endowed with profound Tibetan culture. Each year numerous devout Tibetans from Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces throng there for their worship. It is also a shrine for Chinese and foreign adventurers.

Highlights:

  • Hike in the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.
  • Close to Meili Snow Mountain and lose yourself in the holy land.
  • Lose yourselves in the most peaceful and harmonious earthly paradise to meet your true self.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lijiang Arrival
  • Day 2: Lijiang
  • Day 3: Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 4: Tiger Leaping Gorge-Shangri-la
  • Day 5: Shangri-la-Feilaisi
  • Day 6: Feilaisi-Upper Yubeng
  • Day 7: Upper Yubeng-Lower Yubeng
  • Day 8: Lower Yubeng
  • Day 9: Lower Yubeng-Shangri-la
  • Day 10: Shangri-la Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Arrive in Lijiang
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Lunch

Upon arrival at the Lijiang Airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel. Have a good rest after a long flight.

Day 2 Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Lijiang Ancient Town, Mu’s palace, Lion Hill, Yuhu Village, Baisha Acient Town, Black Dragon Pool Park
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

You will visit the Lijiang Ancient Town.  Mu’s Residence is located in Lijiang Ancient Town. The ancestors of the Mu dated back of the time before the Tang Dynasty. Then you’ll head for Lion Hill. As an integral part of Lijiang Ancient Town and the major national scenic spot, the Lion Hill Park is located in the center of Lijiang city. With ancient buildings lying around at the foot of Lion Hill, it is the best place for you to enjoy the panoramic view of the Lijiang Ancient Town.  

In the afternoon, visit Yuhu VillageBlack Dragon Pool ParkBaisha Old TownBaisha MuralsYuhu Village is on the outskirts of Lijiang Basin at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The houses were made of a unique stone called monkey head by Naxi people. The stone is comprised of a substance between stone and mud. 

Day 3 Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge

Sightseeing and Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge, Hiking
Accommodation: Halfway Guest House
Meals
Breakfast and lunch

At 6:00 am, drive to Qiaotou Town.

It takes 2 hours on the trip. Tiger Leaping Gorge hike tour is one of the most beautiful trekking tour of Yunnan Province. Your hiking trip starts from Qiaotou.About two hours trekking in the upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, you will arrive at Naxi Family and have lunch there. It is easy to trek from Qiaotou to Naxi Family with beautiful scenery.

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 3000, you can have a view of the panorama of the entire Gorge. Then go pass Tea Horse Guest House and arrive at Halfway Guesthouse to finish today’s trekking. The total trekking route is 26 km, and it takes about 6-8 hours.

After trekking, overnight in Halfway Guest House.

Day 4 Tiger Leaping Gorge-Shangri-la

Sightseeing and Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking
Accommodation: Shangri-la
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

In the early morning, continue hiking to Tina’s Hostel.

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”, which is the most narrow part of the gorge, where a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River.

After finishing today’s trekking, you will take the coach to Shangri-la from Tina’s Guest house. Upon arrival Shangri-la, spend the day around Shangri-la.

Day 5 Shangri-la-Feilaisi

Sightseeing and Activities: Feilaisi Temple
Accommodation: Feilaisi
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Travel from Zhongdian to Deqin, traversing several mountain ranges. Pass by Benzanlin, a small Tibetan town built by the river and have a wander around the streets. Further up the road, you will pass what is commonly referred to as the “Omega”, the first bend of the Jinsha River. As you near Deqin, enjoy your first views of  the Meili Snow Mountain. Overnight at a guesthouse in Feilaisi. 

Day 6 Feilaisi-Xidang-Upper Yubeng

Sightseeing and Activities: Xidang Village, Upper Yubeng Village, Hiking
Accommodation: Yubeng
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Get up in time to see the sunrise over the Meili Snow Mountains. Drive for an hour to Xidang Village where you will begin your hike to Upper Yubeng Village. Today’s hike will be strenuous – we will climb from 2,500 meters to over 3,500 meters at the pass – passing through beautiful, pristine alpine forest. Total distance for the day is 17 km, takes 6 hours. Stay overnight at the guesthouse in Upper Yubeng.

Day 7 Upper Yubeng-Ice Lake-Lower Yubeng

Sightseeing and Activities: Upper Yubeng Village, Ice Lake, Lower Yubeng Village
Accommodation: Yubeng
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Walk for 3 hours from Upper Yubeng Village to the “Camp”, then for another hour to the Ice Lake. Eventually, Hike back down to Lower Yubeng.

Day 8 Lower Yubeng-Holy Waterfall-Lower Yubeng

Sightseeing and Activities: Holy waterfall, Lower Yubeng Village
Accommodation: Yubeng
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

If the weather is good, we’ll wake up to a clear view of the Mt. Kawagebo glacier. After breakfast we will hike to 
Holy Waterfall, from which Yubeng’s name originated. Buddhists comes to this area on pilgrimages circumambulate the waterfall 13 times with the belief.

Day 9 Lower Yubeng-Ninong-Deqin-Shangri-la

Sightseeing and Activities: Lower Yubeng Village, Ninong, Shangri-la
Accommodation: Shangri-la
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Walk from Lower Yubeng Village to Ninong. You will get back to Shangri-la by bus. Overnight in Shangri-la.

Day 10 Departure from Shangri-la

Sightseeing and Activities: Departure from Shangrila
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the departure flight. Service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Lijiang InterContinental Hotel E-outfitting Hotel Liwang Hotel /
Shangri-la Shangri-La Resort E-outfitting Hotel Bodhi Boutique Inn /
Feilaisi Guan Jing Tian Tang / Feilaisi Pearl Hotel /
Yubeng        

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

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