9 Days Shangri-La and Lijiang Cycling Tour with Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking Adventure

This Shangri-La cycling tour is involved in Lijiang and Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, you will visit the main highlghts of Shangri-La and Lijiang. This is not only a cycling tour about natural landscapes, but also a tour of culture exploration, you will step into ancient towns and ethnic villages to discover ancient history and diverse ethnic cultures. Moreover, you will trek along the grand Tiger Leaping Gorge to fully appreciate the charm of  the gorge.

Highlights:

  • Explore the earthly paradise with Tibetan Lama monastery, primitive forest, crystal lakes and hospital people.
  • Cycle from Shangri-la to Lijaing, feel the true charm of nature.
  • Lose yourself in Tiger Leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.
  • Step into the fantastic Lijiang Old Town and know the mysterious Dongba culture.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Shangri-La Arrival
  • Day 2: Shangri-La
  • Day 3: Shangri-La-Baishuitai
  • Day 4: Baishuitai-Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Day 5: Tina’s Hotel
  • Day 6: Tina’s hostel-Daju
  • Day 7: Daju-Lijiang
  • Day 8: Lijiang
  • Day 9: Lijiang Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Shangri-La

Sightseeing and Activities: Arrive in Shangri-La
Accommodation: Shangri-La
Meals: None

Arrive in Shangri-La, meet your tour guide and driver at the airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 Shangri-La

Sightseeing and Activities: Songzanlin Monastery, Naphai Lake, Dukezong Ancient Town, Guishan Hill, Tibetan Family
Accommodation: Shangri-La
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Cycling to visit Songzanlin Monastery in the morning, after lunch, ride around Naphai Lake and the grassland. Visit Dukezong Ancient Town and the largest prayer wheel on the top of Guishan Hill. Join the Tibetan Family with Tibetan dance and music at night.

Day 3 Shangri-La-Baishuitai

Sightseeing and Activities: Baishuitai, Cycling, Pudacuo National Park 
Accommodation: Baishuitai
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

We begin with a short transfer out of town, passing through arid plateau towards Pudacuo National Park where to start the day’s cycling. We set off on the bikes with a downhill stretch on good road and continue cycling through a series of valleys and mountains, as well as a changing rural scenery gradually descending to the village of Baishuitai. Our final stretch of the route brings us through conifer forest. Located below the Haba Snow Mountain (the other side of Tiger Leaping Gorge), Baishuitai is famed for its natural white water terrace created by calcium carbonate depositing from the melting mountain spring water.

Day 4 Baishuitai-Haba Village-Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge

Sightseeing and Activities: Haba village, Yangtze River Valley, Cycling
Accommodation: Tina’s Hostel
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

We set off today with a few gentle hills before challenging a more serious climb. Once we reach the top of the pass we will have views of the magnificent Haba Mountain peaks. The highest point is at a dizzying 5,396 meters. With alpine moraine lake, endless clusters of azalea and waterfalls cascading down snow-covered cliffs, the glacier on the Haba Snow Mountain is the southmost glacier in China. We make a short descent into Haba village, whose resident minorities include Naxi, Hui (Muslim) and Yi peoples, as well as a few Tibetans. 

This afternoon, we climb to our next pass then cycle down into the Yangtze River Valley. At the village of Yonke we will turn into the legendary Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world’s deepest ravines.

Day 5 Tina’s Hostel-Bendiwan Village-Tina’s Hostel

Sightseeing and Activities: Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, Bendiwan Village, Guanyin Waterfalls
Accommodation: Tina’s Hostel
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today you will visit Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. You will spend your half day trekking and half day free in the gorge. After breakfast, trek from Tina’s Guesthouse up to Bendiwan Village, you will visit Guanyin Waterfalls, Bamboo Forest, Guanyin Temple, Wuzhishan (Five Fingers) Mountain, Dashengou Waterfalls, Sheshen Cliffs, Qianyan Stone House.
 
You will have lunch in Halfway Guesthouse in Bendiwan Village. Halfway Guesthouse is the best position to enjoy the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the thirteen peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. After lunch, trek about one hour down to the road and your driver will pick you up and transfer back to Tina’s Guesthouse. You will be free in the afternoon and explore the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge by yourself.

Day 6 Tina’s Hostel-Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge-Daju

Sightseeing and Activities: the Lower Tiger Leaping Gorge, Middle Rapids, Walnut Grove Garden Village, Xincun Village, Daju Town
Accommodation: Daju
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

In the morning, you will trek down to the Middle Rapids of Jinsha River, you will witness the narrowest part of the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Trek through the Yixiantian(Tiny Sky), which is considered as a very dangerous section of a few dozen meters long. You will trek to the Walnut Grove Garden(Hetaoyuan in Chinese) and drive back to Tina’s Hostel for your lunch. After lunch, ride to the Lower Part of  Tiger Leaping Gorge. You will arrive at HaLong Meng Guesthouse and have a panoramic view of Daju before cross the Daju Ferry. Take the bike down to Jinsha River and take the boat to Daju Town.

Day 7 Daju-Jade Dragon Snow Moutain-Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities:Jade Dragon Snow Moutain, Yake Meadow, Ganhaizi Meadow, Baisha Old Town and Murals, Lijiang Old Town
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

In the morning, the driver will pick you to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and then take the chairlift up to Yak Meadow(3700 meters), which is the best location to enjoy the nice view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You will pay a visit to the Lama monastery and walk around the Yak Meadow.

Take the chairlift back to the Bus Station and continue the cycling to Ganhaizi Meadow for your lunch in Dongbala Restaurant. In the afternoon, ride down to Baisha Old Town and visit Baisha Murals. Ride 10 km more to Lijiang Old Town, finish your cycling and visit the night view of Lijiang Old Town.

Day 8 Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Lijiang Old Town, Lashihai Lake, Shuhe Old Town, Black Dragon Pool and Dongba Museum
Accommodation: Lijiang
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Around 9 o’clock in the morning, drive 30 minutes to the entrance of the Lashihai Lake. Then start biking around the lake for 2-3 hours and visit some Naxi villages, Zhiyun Monastery, and the different crops in the farmland. Lashi Lake is a Nature Reserve and is a haven for migratory birds. More than 70 species of birds come to nest in this area during the winter. At noon, you will ride to have some delicious local food for your lunch at a friendly Naxi family.

After lunch, you will ride down to Shuhe Old Town , which is the important town of the Tea Horse Trade Caravan from the upper Mekong River to Tibet and India. You will visit the Tea Horse Trade Caravan Museum in Shuhe Old Town.

After Shuhe, you will ride about 4 Km to Black Dragon Pool , which is the main headwater of the Yushui River that goes through the Old Town. It is just like the bright eyes of the town, shining with the wisdom. Pay a visit to the Dongba Ethnic Museum and learn the Naxi Dongba culture. Ride back to Lijiang Old Town and stroll around by your own.

Day 9 Departure from Lijiang

Sightseeing and Activities: Departure from Lijiang
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy your leisure time before going to Lijiang airport for the departure flight. Service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostel
Shangri-La Shangri-La Resort E-outfitting Hotel Bodhi Boutique Inn Guzang Xiangbala Wu Fu Diannan Bountique Inn
Lijiang InterContinental Hotel E-outfitting Hotel Liwang Hotel Flowers Hall Inn
Daju / / / Local Guesthouse
Baishuitai / / Hejia Hotel /

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;
  • 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.