7 Days Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tour with Extension to


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Tour Code: CTG-LJZD01

Tour Description

This is a tour full of surprise and chanllenge.  Besides the classic attractions of Lijiang Old Town, you will have a gorgeous opportunity to hike along mountain road to explore Tiger Leaping Gorge and hold the magnificent scenery in your arms. What's more, the beautiful lakes and majestic Tibetan Lamaseries in Shangri-la will feast your eyes and strike deep into your soul.

Explore the soul of Lijiang - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Marvel at breathtaking scenery of Tiger Leaping Gorge

Visit Songzanlin Monastery to know more about Tibetan Buddhism

Have close touch with Tibetan family to explore mysterious Tibetan culture and custom

Day 1 Arrive in Lijiang - Free time
Today's Activities

Upon your arrival, our guide will pick you up in Lijiang Airport and escort you to the comfortable hotel in Lijiang. Then you will enjoy free time. You can strool around the enchanting Lijiang Old Town to experience local peaceful and distinctive lifestyle. It is a unique experience to walk on the stone pavement and listen to the vaguely Naxi music from folk house on either side of the street. It feels like you have passed through thousands of years. At last, the busy Square Street appears in front of you. You can join in local ethnic people to sing antiphonal songs with them. And then place a lantern on the water to make a wish. Of course, don't miss the pub. Maybe you will have a sweet meeting here. Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Lijiang.

Day 2 Lijiang (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities

After breakfast, we will drive you to the spectacular Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is the largest snow mountain in the Northern Hemisphere. You will first enjoy the beautiful landscape at the Baishui River (White Water River). It flows at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The riverbed is made up of white marble and lime stones and the river looks white, hence the name of White River (Baishui).


Then proceed to Jade Water Village - a sacred palce of Dongba people. where you will visit a local Naxi family to get a close touch to the daily life of Naxi Minority.


Then visit the Jade Summit Lamasery, a famous Tibetan Temple with ancient forests clustering around . In its northern countyard you can enjoy the treasure of the temple - the giant Camellia Tree, which is more than 500 years old. Because its blossoming period lasts more than 100 days a year, and produces more than 20,000 flowers in 20 groups, it is renowned as "Ten-thousand-flower Camellia".


Afterwards catch a cable car  to the summit of the Yak Meadow, one of 13 peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The landscape rises and falls on the meadow. In spring and summer, you can find yaks with black and white skin wandering in grass and all kinds of flowers. In autumn and winter, you will wonder at the sharp contrast between the mild edge of the meadow and the peaks of the snow mountain. The view is unforgettable. Looking down at Ganhaizi and continuous mountains, you will find that the snow mountain is so close to you. Cool wind gently blows on your face. All the things here are so beautiful and peaceful.


At late afternoon you enjoy the famous movie director Zhang Yimou's musical show "Impression Lijiang". Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Lijiang.

 jade water village  jade summit lamasery impression lijiang          
Jade Water Village Jade Summit Lamasery Impression Lijiang show          
Day 3 Tiger Leaping Gorge (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities

Thrilling Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking start! On this day you will hike from Qiaotou to Halfway Guesthouse. After breakfast, you will be driven to Qiaotou Town, and start trekking through high trail. Today you will hike about 17 kilometers and approximately seven hours in total. First hike 2 hours to Naxi Family Guest house where you will have lunch break and get close touch with local people. Then continue hiking another 2 hours up the steep 28-bends before the next break, which is a real challenge. The amazing landscapes will feast your eyes. After another 2 hours' hiking, you will arrive at the half-way guest house which has a great view of Yulong Snow Mountain and overlooks the Jinsha River Valley. Sitting out on a deck, you will wonder at the magnificent scenery in front of you. Tonight you will stay in Half-way guest house. While your trekking, your driver will take your luggage to Tina's Inn.

jinsha river  tiger leaping gorge Stunning river valley          
Rushing Jinsha River Magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge Stunning river valley          
Day 4 Tiger Leaping Gorge (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities

In the morning, continue your trekking to reach Tina's Inn. On the way you will pass through some pretty waterfalls and canyons. After lunch break, walking for 1 hour down the steep cliff to the bank of Jinsha River to worship the dangerous shoal of "Starriness" and could see the "One Line Sky". It is the most narrow part of the gorge, where a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River.  Spending one more hour to climb up the gorge. Then continue hiking to the Walnut Grove. You can enjoy the wild, isolated nature along the treking way. Stay overnight at Woody Guesthouse.

wild nature scenery along hiking way  One Line Sky tiger leaping gorge hiking          
Wild nature scenery along hiking way One Line Sky Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking          
Day 5 Shangri-la (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities

After breakfast, you get on your coach and drive round the Haba Snow Mountain to reach Baishui Terrace (White Water Terrace), which is the largest area of sinter terrace in China, and is called 'a field left by fairie' by local people. After lunch, you will spend 2 hours in exploring this mystirous terrace. Amid the Haba Snow Mountain you will find a stretch of crystal terrace. In addition to the spectacular view itself, it is the place where the Naxi Culture originated, and now the holy place for Naxi ceremonies. You can also learn about the ethnic Naxi minority and folklore in the nearby Baidi village. Afterwards, transfer to Shangri-La (Zhongdian). Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Zhongdian.

baishui terrace  villagers around Baishui Terrace haba snow mountain          
Baishui Terrace Villagers around Baishui Terrace Haba Snow Mountain          
Day 6 Shangri-la (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities

In the morning you will take 2 hours to visit the fascinating Napahai Lake, the largest grassland in Zhongdian. Napahai is in fact a seasonal lake. When summer comes, snow on the adjacent mountains melts and flows down into about ten rivers forming a vast lake. You will appreciate a grand area of peaceful lake surrounded by snow mountains. In the dry season, Napahai becomes a boundless green grassland where you will find flocks of yaks, horses and sheep. Also you have chance to see the precious Black-necked cranes, of which only 6,000 remain in the world. During the dry season, this grassland is an ideal place for horse-back trekking. You can hire a horse from local people with a reasonable fare.


After lunch visit the ancient Songzanlin Monastery, which is the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monastery in southwest China. In the main hall you will appreciate a series of precious Buddhism-related objects like scriptures written on palm leaves, the Shakyamuni statues, etc. Standing on the roof of the temple, you will amaze at the magnificent landscape of front meadow and the town. The blue sky is so close to you as if you can reach it with your hand. Downhill along the hill slop, you will find smaller temples and monk's residences where about 700 monks live. If you want to deeply experience the Buddhists' life, you can join in the morning class or evening class. You will have a peacefull mind and remain in deep thought.


On the way back, explore a local village and be a guest in a Tibetan family with a taste of Tibetan specialities such as yak butter tea, yogurt & Tibetan barley. Then you head for the ancient Gyalthang Town, which was established in Tang Dynasty. Though it is small, the old town is quite different form others in Yunnan. You can find many Tibetan cultural facts such as Buddhist paintings and Tibetan residences side by side. A peaceful cobble path guide you to the Daguishan Hill where you can turn the biggest praying wheel in the world and take a birds-eye view of Shangri-la.  Tonight you will stay at the hotel in Zhongdian.

 napahai lake  songzanlin monastery gyalthang old town          
Napahai Lake Songzanlin Monastery Gyalthang Old Town          
Day 7 Shangri-la Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities After breakfast, your tour guide will escort you to Shangrila Airport for your flight. Wish you a thoroughly happy tour!
Package Prices & Details
Your Group Size 1 person 2 - 5 persons 6 - 9 persons Single room supplyment
Tourist Class (per person) US$ 1790 US$ 1080 US$ 750 US$ 152
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Hotel: accommodation in mentioned cities
Meals: 6 breakfasts provided by the hotel, 5 lunches and 1 dinner. Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver;
Water & Tissues: free purified water and tissues offered per day Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional attractions / tours / meals and international flights; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Lijiang
San He Hotel
Opened in 1995 and renovated completely in 2004, Sanhe Hotel is designed according to Naxi courtyard style and owns the characteristics of Ethnic customs. The hotel located in the golden area has convenient transportation and it is just 50 meters from the entrance of the ancient town. It has 47 various rooms with elegant decoration, which are equipped with modern sanitary facilities and broadband internet access.
Hotel in Upper Gorge
Half Way Guest House (local best)
Located on the only way of Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking, Halfway is a hostel on Haba Snow Mountain at the height of 3500-3600 meters (2.17-2.24miles). It has more than 50 beds, 8 double Rooms but more Tripe Rooms and Quad Rooms.
Hotel in Lower Gorge
Walnut Grove Woody Inn (local best)
Woody Guesthouse is located at the cross road of the Middle Section of Tiger Leaping Gorge and the Lower Section of Tiger Leaping Gorge. The main facilities are standard rooms and ordinary rooms with more than 50 beds; a sight seeing restaurant which can hold 60 people; 3 opening platforms and all-day hot water. 2 small passenger cars are offered by the hostel.
Hotel in Shangri-La (Zhongdian)
Holy Palace Hotel Shangrila
Situated in the downtown of Shangri_La, Yunan Holy Palace Hotel has unique district superiocrity. Because of its special outward appearance and Iuxurious decoration,the hotel is named "Little Potala Palace". There are 220 deluxe standard Rooms, 6 suits and 6 Single Rooms. The hotel also offers guests dancing hall, KTV boxes, sauna, business center, Beauty Salon,Coffee Bar and Clinic.

Meals in the Package

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 6 breakfasts provided by the hotel, 5 lunches and 1 dinner.
You can just feel free to make dinner arrangements as per your personal taste.

We promise worry-free dining quality, plus flexible choices regarding your preference. Any special requestment please tell our trip advisors directly. Other recommendations are as follow:


Because of the proximity to so many food styles, the cuisine of Lijiang is diverse. Great attention is paid to bringing out the natural flavors and there are a number of local delicacies worth trying. Square Street in the center of Old Town is an ideal place to find some of the best local dishes.

Yak Chafing Dish Cici Bean Jelly

Shangrila (Zhongdian)

The scenic area provides a peaceful backdrop for tasting various local food and drinks. Tibetan Cake, Zanba, Pipa Meat, Saimi Lamb, Guoben Hot Pot, butter tea, yogurt, and barley wine are amongst the most popular.

Shangri-la's featured dinner Buttered Tea
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Hi Nancy,

Thank you for your Email on our arrival home to Australia. We both enjoyed Yunnan Province very much. Dali, Lijiang and Shangri La are very beautiful Cities with so much to see & do. Your Tour Guides were all very good, especially Joan at Lijiang. Thank you for your Excellent Service as our tour operator, we do not have any complaints, & will Recommend You to our family & friends if they plan to travel to China.

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Customer:Mr. Manning

Destinations: Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - ShangriLa

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Hello Nick,

Lijiang was a wonderful place and we loved it very much... thanx Nick, your choice for hotel, at the Crowne Plaza was an excellent choice ... the Suite was fantastic and beautiful scenery from the hotel... great place...thanx for the recommendation ! We were glad that the city was great and good food was served... we had a good time !!!

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