4 Days Shangri-La Alpine Pasture and Niru Village Hiking Tour

Located in the northeast of Shangri-la in Yunnan Province, Niru is a beautiful land boasts a wide variety of different ecosystems, including meadows, forests and lakes.In Niru Village, the Tibetan villagers live a peaceful and carefree life, and they always go to bed with the lamb, and rise with the lark. Located in the mysterious valley, Niru village is regarded as a place where people prefer drinking themselves to death. It is a paradise for tourism, adventure and hiking. 


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

Breif Itinerary

  • Day 1 Shangri-La – Diji Pasture
  • Day 2 Diji Pasture – Niru Village
  • Day 3 Niru Village – Hongxing Village
  • Day 4 Hongxing Village – Shangri-La

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Shangri-La – Diji Pasture

Sightseeing and Activities:Shangri-La – Diji Pasture
Accommodation: Camp
Meals: Lunch

In the morning, drive for one hour to Shudu Lake situated at an altitude of 3,600 meters. This mirror-like alpine lake is known as the Pearl on the Plateau. Starting hiking across the forest beside the lake and it takes about an hour to reach Cuopu Pasture. Cross the Cuopu Mountain in the virgin forest and it takes around 2.5 hours to reach the vast and classic Diji Pasture, located in the Tibetan area with an altitude of 3800 meters. Camp overnight on the pasture.

Day 2 Diji Pasture – Niru Village

Sightseeing and Activities:Diji Pasture – Niru Village
Accommodation: Niru Village
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Qicai Waterfalls of Niru Village in Shangri-La, Diqing

Get up early to catch the beautiful sunrise as well as the plants and flowers on the alp. Hike for half an hour from Deji Pasture to the Benggalaka Mountain Pass. Continue for 2 hours to cross the Benggalaka Mountain (3980m), which overlooks the Dalagong Mountain. Enjoy the beauty of the pasture on the mountain. Walk along the clear Niru River in the virgin forest and you will reach Qicai Waterfall (3150 meters). Hike for another 3 hours to reach Niru Village. Along the way, enjoy the beauty of the Xiajiang Pasture and the valley of Niru River. Upon reaching the Niru Village at Xanadu, visit a local Tibetan family and the Niru elementary school. Stay overnight in the village.

Day 3 Niru Village – Hongxing Village

Sightseeing and Activities:Niru Village – Hongxing Village
Accommodation: Shangri-la
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Enjoy the natural beauty of the village try taking part in the class at the Niru elementary school. Niru Village is 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) away from Hongxing Village and it takes about 4 hours of hiking time. En route, visit the Xianren Cave, the valley of the Niru River, the waterfall of Yin River, the Valley of Guanmen Mountain and the village of Lisu Minority. Upon arrival at Hongxing Village, visit a local family and the elementary school. Stay overnight in the village.

Day 4 Hongxing Village – Shangri-La

Sightseeing and Activities:Hongxing Village – Shangri-La
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Tianshengqiao Natural Bridge in Midu County, Dali

Hike 4 to 5 hours from Hongxing Village to Luoji Village (2220 meters). located 16km away. From Luoji Village, take a bus for about 2.5 hours ride back to Shangri-La located 87km away. 

After a rest in Shangri-La, it is recommended to take a bus to the Tiansheng Bridge Hot Spring Resort located on the east of Shangri-la 10km away. The Tiansheng Bridge is a natural bridge made of limestone on the upper stream of Shudugang River. The hot springs and bridges are the main characteristic of the resort and there are many of the former within the 2000 square meters of the resort. Temperature of the hot springs ranges from 40℃ to 50℃. Staying overnight at the hotel, where one can view the green mountains and river.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Lijiang Lijiang Hilton Garden Inn  Wangfu Hotel Baisha Holiday Resort Local Hostel
Shangri-La Shangri-La Hotel  Zhaxidele Hotel Shenqu Hotel Local Hostel

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;
  • 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)