10 Days Shangri-La Hiking Tour with Tiger Leaping Gorge and Niru Alpine Pasture

Niru village is one of the well-known pastures in Shangri-La, with vast grasslands and lush water plants. The place has been neglected by people for a long time because there is no road connecting the outside world. Tibetans here live a simple but happy life all year around. Hence, Niru is regarded as the last fairyland in Shangri-La. Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking is the most famous and welcomed route which can not be missed.


  • Hiking the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge and Niru Alpine Pasture.
  • Experience the ethnic life and culture.

Breif Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive in Lijiang
  • Day 2 Lijiang
  • Day 3 Lijiang – Qiaotou – Tea horse Guesthouse
  • Day 4 Tea horse Guesthouse – Halfway Guesthouse – Haba Village – Baishuitai
  • Day 5 Baishuitai – Niru Village
  • Day 6 Niru Village – Nanbo Pasture(4100m) – Dingru Lake
  • Day 7 Dingru Lake – Selie Lake – Niru – Xiadiaoge Meadow ( 3200m )
  • Day 8 Xiadiaoge Pasture – Dijie Pasture – Shudu Lake – Shangri-La
  • Day 9 Shangri-La
  • Day 10 Departure from Shangri-La

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities:Arrive in Lijiang
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: None

Lijiang Anceint Town

Pick you up at Lijiang airport. Transfer to hotel for checking in. Relax yourself in Lijiang Old Town.

Lijiang Old Town,  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 Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities:Ganhaizi Meadow, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Spruce Meadow, Blue Moon Valley, Impression Lijiang Show, Baisha Old Town, Baisha Murals
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Drive about 30KM to Ganhaizi Meadow(3100M), you will take the sightseeig bus for a short visiting through the Baishuihe River, take the chairlift up to visit the Spruce meadowof  Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Then take a battery cart to Blue Moon Valley.

After lunch, you will enjoy the Impression Lijiang Ethnic Show directed by Zhang Yimou. It is held in Ganhazi Meadow about 3100M above the sea level.

And then, you can stroll through Baisha Old Town, which is an enchanting traditional Naxi style old town.  Visit the Baisha Mural about 600 years old, which is one part of the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997.

Day 3 Lijiang-Qiaotou – Tea horse Guesthouse

Sightseeing and Activities:the First Bend of Yangtze River,Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking 
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Early in the morning, guide will pick up you from hotel. Then you willtransfer to visit Tiger Leaping Gorge via Qiaotou Town ( 2.5hrs) along the Yunnan- Tibet Road. Take a stop on the way, have a bird view of the First Bend of the Yangtze River, a world-famous geological phenomenon of a V-shape bend and an extraordinary panoramic scene whose vistas you will long remember with great pleasure.
After arrival at the tickets office of Qiaotou Town, you will start the 2 hours trekking up to Naxi Family Guesthouse by the high trail. Take a break to have lunch at the beautiful guesthouse. Afterward,continue to the trekking (3-4hrs) from Naxi Family G.H. to Tea horse Guesthouse via 28 zigzagging turns. The trekking of this section is a challenge for you as the trail is difficult however once you have seen the splendid view view from an altitude about 3000m, you will know that is worthy. Then you will arrive at the sleep place of tonight –Tea horse Guesthouse. Have dinner and accommodation at here.
Trekking time: 5-6hrs  

Day 4 Tea horse Guesthouse – Halfway Guesthouse- Haba Village-Baishuitai

Sightseeing and Activities:Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking, White Water Terraces
Accommodation: Baishuitai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast,continue the trekking to Halfway Guesthouse ( 1.5-2hrs ) by a flat walk. Enjoy the most beautiful view section of the high train. Take a short break at Halfway G.H. Later process another 2 hours trekking to arrive at Tina’s Guesthouse. You will see several waterfall on the trail and view of the middle gorge with switchbacks of the Low Road. There is a small climb leading you to a ridge at 2480m. Then the trail descends gradually to Tina’s Guesthouse. Have lunch at Tina’s G.H.
After lunch, transfer toWhite Water Terraces (2.5hrs ), upon arrival , take a tour of White Water Terrace. After tour, check in your hotel.
Trekking time:3.5-4hrs

Day 5 Baishuitai – Niru Village

Sightseeing and Activities:Niru Village, Baishuitai
Accommodation: Niru Village
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Mountain-worshiping in Niru Village of Shangri-la, Diqing, Yunnan

After breakfast, you will transfer to Niru Village of Shangri-La ( 5hours ) via Luoji Town. Take a stop at Baishui Terrace (white water terrace) The three – square – kilometre Baishui Terrace lies snugly on a mountain slope 2,380 metres above sea level in Baidi Village, Sanba Township, 101 kilometres southeast of the seat of Zhongdian County. The variegated karst landform of the tableland is an outcome of the continuous piling up of Tosco (calcite sediments), resulting from the disintegration of calcium bicarbonate contained in the water.
Upon arrival, check in your guesthouse. Overnight at local guesthouse of Niru.

Day 6 Niru Village–Nanbo Pasture(4100m) –Dingru Lake

Sightseeing and Activities:Nanbo Pasture(4100m), Dingru Lake
Accommodation: Dingru Lake
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today , you will firstly make a Hike for4 hours to Nanbao Yak Meadow (3500m), very close to the border of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. Afterward further your trekkingabout 1.5-2hours to Dingru Lake.
Trekking time : 6-7hrs
Overnight camping near to Dingru Lake.

Day 7 Dingru Lake –Selie Lake –Niru- Xiadiaoge Meadow ( 3200m )

Sightseeing and Activities:Selie Lake, Niru Village,  Xiadiaoge Meadow ( 3200m )
Accommodation: Shangri-La
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is another challenge for you since it is a very long, tough day of Trekking.  Morning,firstly you take 1-1.5hrs trekking to Selie Lake, after a nice walk around the lake area, followed another 3.5 hours trekking back to Niru Village After later lunch at Niru Village, you will continue trekking 3.5hours (about 9km) to arrive at Xiadiaoge Meadow
Trekking time : 7-8 hours
Overnight Camping in the tent at Xiadiaoge Meadow near to Qicai Waterfall.

Day 8 Xiadiaoge Pasture- Dijie Pasture –Shudu Lake – Shangri-La

Sightseeing and Activities:Qicai Waterfall, Xiadiaoge Yak Meadow, Shudu Lake, Bengalaka Mountain Pass, Dijie Yak Meadow
Accommodation: Shangri-La
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Qicai Waterfalls of Niru Village in Shangri-La, Diqing

Departure at 7:30am in the morning, trekking to visit Qicai Waterfall , after the visiting, you will return back toXiadiaoge Yak Meadow,then followed by another trekking about 6hrs for 25km to Shudu Lake where is now one part of Pudaocuo National Park. During the trekking you will through virgin forests to view of Bengalaka Mountain Pass (3980 m), then continue to passing Dijie Yak Meadow.
After arrival Shudu Lake,  you will take the green coach of the park to the main entrance to meet your driver. Then transfer to your hotel in downtown of Shangri-La. Have a good rest before dinner.
Trekking time : 6-7 hours
Overnight at Shangri-La

Day 9 Shangri-La

Sightseeing and Activities:Shangri-La
Accommodation:Songzanlin Monastery, a Tibetan Family, Dukezong Old Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Songzanlin Monastery in Shangrila

This morning you will clime up to visit Songzanlin Monasteryor ‘Little Potala’ as it is affectionately known, is a spiritual place that invites you to discover the mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Since the 5th Dalai Lama chose the site through divination in 1679, the monastery has grown into the most important community of its kind in Yunnan.
Then you will make a visiting a local Tibetan Family to charting with the local people to know about their local life and at try to drink a cup of Yak Butter Tea. Enjoy the rest time of the day in Dukezong Old Town where you can see a big pray wheel about 10 meters high and the local house. In the evening, people will gather at here to dance Guochuang Tibetan dancing. During Yifeng, Tiaolu periods of the Tang Dynasty, Tubo government established a stockade village here, named “Dukezhong” meaning City of Moonlight, in addition, another stockaded village called “Likezhong” meaning City of Sunlight was built at the edge of opposite Naizi River. 

Day 10 Departure from Shangri-La

Sightseeing and Activities:Departure from Shangri-La

Departure from Shangri-La

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Lijiang Lijiang Hilton Garden Inn  Wangfu Hotel Baisha Holiday Resort Local Hostel
Shangrila Shangrila Hotel  Zhaxidele Hotel Shenqu Hotel Local Hostel
Baishuitai / / Baishuitai Hejia Hotel /

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accomodation with breakfast;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with experienced driver;
  • A bottle of mineral water everyday;

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Any domestic airfares;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off service;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • All optional programs;
  • Surcharge for national holiday;
  • Tips to guides and drivers. (For driver: RMB150/day/group; for guide: RMB200/day/group)