10 Days Yunnan Trekking Tour of Tiger Leaping Gorge and from Baoshan Stone Town to Lugu Lake

Baoshan Stone Town is not a town made of stone as it is named, but a big village built on a huge stone. The mighty nature mother brought along a heavy stone, and the diligent Naxi People turned it into a wonderland under heaven. This tour combines trekking the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge with walking through remote farm villages to experience village life in China today. You will need to be reasonably fit to walk between 4 and 8 hours each day with some steep climbs. You will also need a sense of adventure as some of the facilities in rural China are basic. You will be rewarded with spectacular views, authentic local food, great guides and a real appreciation of life in rural China. 

Highlights:

  • Trek in Tiger Leaping Gorge and from Baoshan stone town to Lugu lake.
  • Enjoy the natural scenery along the way and learn the lifestyle of local people .

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lijiang Arrival
  • Day 2: Lijiang – Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 3: Tiger Leaping Gorge – Daju
  • Day 4: Daju – Baoshan
  • Day 5: Baoshan – Liuqing
  • Day 6: Liuqing – Labo
  • Day 7: Labo – Zhuangzi
  • Day 8: Zhuangzi – Lugu Lake
  • Day 9: Lugu Lake – Lijiang
  • Day 10: Lijiang Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive In Lijiang

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

Arrive at Lijiang,  pick up from airport transfer to hotel for check in. 

Day 2 Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge

Sightseeing and Activities:Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge, Qiaotou, 28 zig-zags, Tea-horse Guesthouse
Accommodation: Tea Horse Naxi Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

First a ride from the old town of Lijiang to Qiaotou, our trek starting point. Reach the tollgate of Tiger Leaping Gorge at Tiger Leaping Town after a couple of hours’ ride. Pass a school and the views of the Tiger Leaping Gorge shows itself gradually as we walk in the path right on the side of Haba Snow Mountain. Across the Jinsha River(Upper part of Yangtze River) is named the Yulong Snow Mountain(both soar over 5000 meters high) or locally Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in between the Jinsha water rushes down in the very narrow gap the narrowest of 25 meters–considering the No.1 river that flows across south China thousand miles towards East China Sea. Ascent the 28 zig-zags after lunch we get good views of the gorge: a total of over 3500 meters fall from the mountain top to the water surface within this gorged valley. Continue walk to Tea-Horse Naxi Guesthouse to have an overnight stay. Excellent mountain views from the guesthouse. (Approx 6 hours)

Day 3 Tiger Leaping Gorge-Daju

Sightseeing and Activities:Tiger Leaping Gorge-Tina’s Guesthouse-Middle Rapids-Daju
Accommodation: Daju
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the early morning, continue hiking to Tina’s Inn (4 hours).

Option tour: Trekking down and up to Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge Stone,another hour walking down the steep cliff to the bank of Jinsha River to the Middle Gorge (Middle Hutiao or Middle Rapids), worship the dangerours shoal of “Starriness”, it is the most narrow part of the gorge, where a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River. Lunch at the Middle Rapids or where it is more suitable or convenient.

There are 3 roads from the Middle Rapids back up to the Gorge to Walnut Grove. One ends at the left of Woody No.2 (using the main road for tourist coaches, Y15 for “road crossing” fee). Another ends near Teacher Zhang’s Guesthouse (through Tianti which takes 2 hours, Y5 “road crossing” fee), take the third which go through  ends near Chateau Woody where you see a sign advertising Xia Yin Gu’s guide service. Take the third one which goes through Yixiantian but takes 3 hours as the scenery is the most spectacular in the entire Tiger Leaping Gorge. Notice that on this third road close to the rapids there is a very dangerous section of a few dozen meters long called “Tiny Sky” (and you need to pay between Y2-5 depending on the condition to cross that). Note at the rapids itself, there are two places charging “road crossing” fees of 15Y each: one for a small bridge leading to the first road, the other for crossing the wooden plank to the Middle Tiger Leaping Rock.

From Half way Guesthouse to Middle Hutiao or Rapids will take between 3 to 4 hours. Then climb up the gorge to Walnut Grove (Woody’s Guesthouse) using either the Tianti or  Yixiantian route. Depending on how tired, choose the one to suit on the day. So from Middle Hutiao to Walnut Grove will take 2 or 3 hours and hence the total for the day from Halfway Guesthouse to Walnut Grove will be about 5 to 6 hours. Then take a van to Daju Ferry, cross to Daju town. Our driver will meet you there and take you to hotel.

Day 4 Daju-Baoshan

Sightseeing and Activities: Baoshan Stone Town
Accommodation: Baoshan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, drive along the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to Mingyin Town and pay a visit the panoramic view of the 13 peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from a far. Continue the driving to Baoshan Stone Town, a small town with one hundred families on the top of a gigantic rock.

After lunch, explore the old stone town on foot. Overnight in Mu.s Guest house or the similar(two-bed, no private washroom).

Day 5 Baoshan-Liuqing

Sightseeing and Activities: trekking
Accommodation: Liuqing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Experience the Naxi village in the morning and after breakfast we walk out this village along the Yangtze River valley. We gradually ascend for 4 hours or more, elevation gains over 700 meters until we reach the top at 2500 meters by passing two tunnels at Taizi Pass. Before the tunnels we walk on a narrow trail cutting on the edge of the cliff. The tunnels, one 60 meters and the other 90 meters long, at the pass are the only passage that connects the villages from each side of the pass built in 1960s. They are very basic tunnels that were rather made for Asians, so be care for not bump your head against the roof in the tunnels. Panoramic views of the Stone village at back and in front, we have grand views of the Jinsha River. The gorge here is reputedly “the second gorge” after Tiger Leaping Gorge in terms of views and sudden plungings. After the pass we descend in the forest. Stay overnight in the Naxi family in Liuqing. (Approx 6 hours)

Day 6 Liuqing-Labo

Sightseeing and Activities:Liuqing, Genang, Labo
Accommodation: Labo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Wake up early in the morning to catch the great sunrise view in the valley. Great views of terrace landscape and Jinsha river along our gradual trail. Pass by the Naxi villages and sometimes with a group of children running around. The village on the other side of the river looks isolated. It is a different ethnic group over there. This area has an obvious small population as we can only find resident in the villages, for most of the time we walk in the forest or open field or just arid slops. After a long trail walk we reach by the ferry site named Genang. Get across the Jinsha River on a very basic boat and reach our today’s overnight spot, a Mosuo village named Labo. (Approx 7 hours)

Day 7 Labo-Zhuangzi

Sightseeing and Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Zhuangzi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This is a hard day. Up ahead is the uphill trail leading into the scattered bushes or rocks, behind us is the Jinsha river and the randomly folding landscape we have traveled. We pass the Yi, Han, Pumi and Lisu group mixed village of Gewa halfway. Outside of the village are fields and dried ditches on the slopes. Be aware of the scotching sunlight in a sunny day. Ocassional steps on a very basic road that during the rainy season usually gets flushed away by the rain in some parts. More houses and fields there and here and more open view of the Jinsha River behind as we ascend. Zhuangzi, a small village of Lisu people, is the place where we stay tonight. Feel the unique construction and weaving craft in Zhuangzi.(Approx 7 hours)

Day 8 Zhuangzi-Yongning-Lugu Lake

Sightseeing and Activities: trekking
Accommodation: Lugu Lake
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Last day trek starts by ascending from Zhuangzi in the morning mist or clear sunlight. Pass the primary forest at the mountain pass at an altitude of 3500 meters. This part is an extremely less-touched part of the trek. Stream will be frozen if travel in winter, prayer flags(also called wind horse flags) of Tibetan Buddhism are hung at the pass like at every pass elsewhere in Tibetan Plateau. Across the pass we get open views of the Ninglang area, the Lugu Lake is about to be in sight. It is a green world(only golden in winter) here. We keep descending on the yellow earth, passing a group of villages, forest sometimes until we reach a road, which is also the terminus of our Tiger Leaping Gorge and Lugu Lake combined trek. Ride to the lake check in the hotel in Lige. (Approx 7 hours)

Day 9 Lugu Lake-Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities:Lugu Lake-Lijiang
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy the morning at Lugu Lake before transferred back to Lijiang. Tiger-Leaping-Gorge and Lugu Lake Trekking trip ends in Lijiang.

Day 10 Departure from Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: None
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Departure from Lijiang

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostel
Lijiang Pullman Resort Wangfu Hotel Baisha Holiday Resort Baisha Holiday Resort
Lugu Lake Silver Lake Resort Angyue Boutique Hotel Nverguo Hotel Anyi Guesthouse
Zhuangzi / / / Local family
Baoshan Stone Town / / / Mu’s Family
Daju / / / Daju Hostel
Tiger Leaping Gorge / / / Tea Horse Hostel
Liuqiu / / / Local family
Labo / / / Local family

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.

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.