9 Days Lijiang and Shangrila Adventure Tour with Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking and Haba Snow Mountain(5396M) Climbing

Tiger Leaping Gorge is recognized as one of the most famous scenic attractions for hiking in the world and one of the must-visit hiking itineraries in Yunnan recommended by ‘Lonely Planet’. Haba Snow Mountain stands by the Jinsha River, 120KM southeast of Shangri-La, with its main peak of 5,396m. The glacier on the Haba Snow Mountain is the southmost glacier in China. Keen hikers will be interested to hike to the summit of Haba Snow Mountain, which takes 2.5~3 days at pace for ascent and descent and requires spending nights on the mountain. 

Highlights:

  • Experience the typical process of climbing a snow mountain.
  • Reach the highest point of this trekking: 28 Zigzag Bends to see Tiger leaping Gorge.
  • Witness an incredibly loud, churning, foaming river relentlessly pounding giant boulders in its path.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lijiang Arrival
  • Day 2: Lijiang
  • Day 3: Lijiang – Qiaotou – Halfway Guesthouse
  • Day 4: Halfway Guesthouse – Tina’s House – Middle Rapids – Haba Village
  • Day 5: Haba Village – BC of Haba Snow Mountain
  • Day 6: BC – Summit – BC
  • Day 7: BC – Haba Village – Baishuitai – Shangri-La
  • Day 8: Shangri-La
  • Day 9: Shangri-La Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival Lijiang (2400m)

Sightseeing and Activities: Lijiang Old Town
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: None

You’ll begin our journey to Lijiang, which is the travel highlight of Yunnan. Your local guide will meet you in Lijiang airport or train station. And then transfer you to our hotel. The rest time will be free in Lijiang Old Town.

Day 2 Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities:Ganhaizi Meadow, Yulong Snow Mountain, Spruce Meadow, Baishui River and Terraces, Baisha Village and Murals
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy the sunrise of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Lijiang Ancient Town in the morning, drive about 30KM to Ganhaizi Meadow(3100M), you will take the sightseeing bus for a short visiting through the Baishuihe River, take the chairlift up to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The cableway will be arranged according to the condition of the mountain. You will hike around 1 hour in the original forest in Spruce Meadow(3200M).

After lunch, you will enjoy the Impression Lijang Ethnic Show directed in Ganhaizi Meadow(3100M). A cultural show demonstrating the traditions and lifestyles of the Naxi, Yi and Bai peoples of the area. The show takes place inside Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Park at 3500m in an outdoor theater specifically designed to showcase the mountain which is used as a backdrop. The production itself was designed by Zhang Yimou, Fan Yue and Wang Chaoge, a cast of over 500 people, and a number of horses.

In the afternoon, you’ll stroll through Baisha Old Town, which is an enchanting traditional Yunnan village.  Visit the Baisha Mural about 600 years old, which is one part of the World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO 1997.

Day 3 Lijiang (2400m) – Qiaotou (1800m) – Halfway Guesthouse (2500m)

Sightseeing and Activities:trekking
Accommodation: Half-way Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At 6:00, drive to Qiaotou Town, which takes 2 hours on the trip.  Your hiking trip starts from the Qiaotou Primary School, trek two hours to Naxi Family and you will have lunch there.

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. Overnight at Halfway Guesthouse.

Day 4 Halfway Guesthouse (2500m) -Tina’s House-Middle Rapids (1800m)-Haba Village

Sightseeing and Activities: trekking
Accommodation: Haba Village
Meals: Breakfast, 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 dangerous shoal of “Starriness”, which is the most narrow part of the gorge, where a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River.

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.

When you trek to Walnut Grove Garden, you will take the car to Haba Village, after dinner, prepare for Haba Snow Mountain climbing. Overnight at Haba Mountain Guesthouse.

Day 5 Haba Village (2600m)-the Base Camp at the 4200

Sightseeing and Activities:trekking
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Haba village, we need horses to take our bags and all the camping equipments up to the mountain. We just carry a small bag with some food and drinks, and it takes about five hours and half to hike up to the Lake, through villages, meadows, forests and small rivers. Black Sea Lake, with an elevation of 4170m, is in front of the Haba Mountain, and you can see the reflection of the Haba in water just from the camping site.

There are some small lakes, grasslands and mountain passes in the area near the Lake, so we spend the day here to walk around the lakes and climb up to the mountain passes to get acclimatized to the altitude here. There are different kinds of the flowers and plants which grow in the area, esp. azalea, and you will see the different sceneries in different seasons.

Day 6 Base Camp-the Summit-Base Camp

Sightseeing and Activities:the Base Camp at the 4200 m- the Camp 1 at 4800 of Haba Snow Mountain -the top of Haba Snow Mountain (5396m)-the Base Camp (4200M)
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get up at 3:00 am, prepare for your equipment and have a simple breakfast. Examine your health condition before leaving for the top at 4:00 AM. You will leave most of your luggage at the Camp 1, just need to take your mountaineering tools, such as the rope, ice axe, ice pick, the bag, some solid food, a warm pot of water, clothe, headlight, climbing equipment for the climbing to the summit of Haba Mountain.
 
–Camp 1 is located just before the 2nd grey slab at about 4800 m. Usually people did not stay there but from what you could observe it seems quite unconfortable due to the very rocky and uneven surface. A small pond nearby provides water.

You will try to climb about 4 km to the top of the Haba Snow Mountain at the 5396m, which will take about 5 hours. It is the ice and snow trail from the camp 1 to the summit, the altitude up 500M. Usually, it will take you about 3 hours to the top. Enjoy the wonderful scenery of Haba Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with Yangtze River in the middle, take the pictures as souvenir. Here will be an unforgettable station of your life.
 
After having a picnic lunch, you will trek down to Camp 1 to take your luggage, then continue trek down to the Base Camp. Our service clerk at the BC will prepare good meals and waiting for you. Overnight at the Base Camp at 4200M.

Day 7 Base Camp at the 4200 m-Haba Village-Baishuitai-Shangri-La (3300m)

Sightseeing and Activities: Baishuitai
Accommodation: Shangri-La
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Trek down from Base Camp to the Long Wang Bian Village, with yaks taking your luggage, after lunch, drive to Shangri-La, you will visit Baishuitai (White Water Terrace).

After Baishuitai, you will drive about 100 Km more to Shangri-La. Then relax in Shangri La Old Town and enjoy Tibetan’s life.

Day 8 Shangri-La

Sightseeing and Activities:Sogzanlin Monastery, Pudacuo National Park
Accommodation: Shangri-La
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. Songzanlin Monastery has another alias – ‘the little Potala Palace ‘, so named because the whole monastery is in the traditional style with mysterious atmosphere.And afterwards you’ll visit the tranquil Bita Lake & Shudu Lake in Pudacuo National Park which is located in one of the most biologically-diverse regions of the world. While the region comprises only 0.7 percent of China’s land area, it contains more than 20 percent of the country’s plant species, about one-third of its mammal and bird species and almost 100 endangered species.

Visit Dukezong Tibetan Ancient Town in the late afternoon, climb up to the top of Guishan Hill or tortoise Hill, you will see the largest Prayer Wheel of the world and have a panoramic view of shangrila county and Dukezong Ancient Town. Finally, you will have an option to visit a Tibetan’s family to experience the local life in the bonfire party with Tibetan dance and music and you will try Tibetan home-made yak and cheese.

Day 9 Shangri-La Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:Shangri-La Departure
Accommodation:None
Meals:Breakfast

Free at leisure before be transferred to airport for the departure flight. Service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostel
Lijiang InterContinental Hotel Lijiang Wangfu Hotel Louwailou Hotel Baisha Holiday Resort
Tiger Leaping Gorge / / / Halfway Guesthouse
Haba Village / / / Haba local hostel
Haba Snow Mountain / / / Base Camp
Shangri-La Shangri-La Hotel Zhaxidele Hotel Shenqu Hotel Wu Fu South Yunnan Boutique Inn

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation with breakfast as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide and vehicle for transfers & sightseeing;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Two bottles of mineral water each day;
  • Horse fee for luggage at Haba Snow Mountain.

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.