6 Days Lijiang Hiking Tour around Tiger Leaping Gorge and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

6 Days Tiger Leaping Gorge-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Trekkking Tour in Lijiang will take you experience the deepest gorge in the world with 3900 meters in depth between Haba Snow Mountain(5536 meters) and Yulong(Jade Dragon) Snow Mountain(5596 meters). You will visit Lijiang Ancient Town, Dongba Culture Museum, Black Dragon Pool, Wagulou Tower on the top of the Lion Hill, Mu Palace in Lijiang. After a Lijiang city tour, you will drive to Qiaotou Town and start your Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking Tour from Qiaotou. You will have a nice fantastic view of the upper, middle and lower parts Tiger Leaping Gorge of the Jinsha-Yangtze River. After crossing Daju Ferry, you will drive to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and take the chairlift to Yak Meadow at 3700 meters above the sea level. You will come back to Lijiang from Yak Meadow in the afternoon. This tour is around the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge and you will explore the Naxi culture in Lijiang Old Town as your travel highlight. 


  • Visit the top attractions like Lijiang Ancient Town in Lijiang City.
  • Hike along Tiger Leaping Gorge, as well as feel the grotesque and raging rapids of the magnificent gorge.
  • Step into the Naxi village and experience the unique minority culture.
  • Have a grand view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lijiang Arrival
  • Day 2: Lijiang
  • Day 3: Lijiang- Halfway Guesthouse
  • Day 4: Halfway Guesthouse- Daju
  • Day 5: Daju- Lijiang
  • Day 6: Lijiang Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Lijiang Ancient Town
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: No meal

We’ll begin our journey to Lijiang, which is the travel highlight of Yunnan. Our local guide will meet us in Lijiang airport. And then we will be transferred to our hotel. The rest time will be free in Lijiang Old Town.

Day 2 Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Shuhe Old Town, Mu Emperor’s Palace, Lion Hill
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Shuhe Old Town, Lijiang

We’ll head for Shuhe Old Town, which is the relic of the Tea-Horse Trading Caravan from bank of Mekong River to India via Tibet. We are planning to walk from LongQuan (Drangon Spring) in Shuhe Old Town to Baisha Village, we will visit the the Naxi family and Baisha Mural in Baisha village. Lunch at “Just Here Restaurant” in Baisha Street.

After lunch drive back to Lijiang and visit the Wangu Pagoda on the top of the Lion Hill, here you will have a wonderful panoramic view of Lijiang Old Town. We will walk down from the Lion Hill to Mu Emperor’s Palace which is the local chieftain’s former residence.

Attend the Naxi Orchestral and Show in Dongba Palace in the Lijiang Old Town at night.

Day 3 Lijiang- Qiaotou- Halfway Guesthouse

Sightseeing and Activities: Nuoyu Village, 28 Turns Trail, the upper Tiger Leaping Gorge, Haba Snow Mountain
Accommodation: Halfway Guesthouse

At 6:00, drive to Qiaotou Town, it takes 2 hours on the trip. Your hiking trip starts from here, the 28 zigzagging turns will be a real test. From the top of “28 turns” on the high path further uphill to a place of altitude above 3000m, you can have a view of the panorama of the entire Gorge. The go pass Tea Horse Guest House (5 hours) and arrive at Halfway Guesthouse (2500m) to finish today’s trekking. The total trekking route is 26 km, and it takes about 6-8 hours.

Day 4 Halfway Guesthouse- Tina’s- Middle Rapids- Walnut Grove- Daju

Sightseeing and Activities: Walnut Grove, Middle Rapids, Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lower Tiger Leaping Gorge, Daju Town Ferry Trekking
Accommodation: Daju
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

In the early morning, continue hiking to Tina’s Inn (2 hours) 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 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 Halfway 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.

Day 5 Daju- Jade Dragon Snow Mountain- Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Daju Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Yak Meadow, Baishuihe River, Baisha Village
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

After early breakfast at Woody’s Guesthouse, we will walk along the road to a Naxi village at the back of Lower Tiger Leaping Gorge. Then aross the Yangtze River at Daju Ferry. We will continue the trekking to Daju Town.
Lunch at Daju Town, then drive back to Lijiang. On the way visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and take the chairlift to visit the Yak Meadow.

Day 6 Lijiang Departure

Sightseeing and Activities: Lijiang Departure 
Meals: Breakfast

Finish your wonderful trip in Lijiang. Transfer to Lijiang Airport for the returning. Service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Guesthouse
Lijiang InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort E-outfitting Boutique Hotel Liwang Hotel Halfway Guesthouse

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.

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