Duration: 2 days
Start: Lijiang or Zhongdian
Wander two days through the Tiger Leaping Gorge. For those who love to hike and do not fear heights.
Are you a sporty type? An adventurer? Visiting Lijiang? In China between April and October?
Then, you definitely have to visit one of China's best-known hiking trails. That is The Tiger Leaping Gorge. A glimpse at the Himalaya, smile.
Walking in the Gorge at an average height of 2,500 m. Just at a two to three hours ride from Lijiang.
During this two-day hike, you walk together with a guide. Look down to see the famous Yangtze River, look up to see steep slopes up to 5,000 m.
Halfway, you spend the night in a guesthouse.
But, there is more to it: walk through a vegetable garden at height, experience rice fields, villages, farmers at work with or without their faithful oxen, and goats enjoying the same trail as you. Best of all: Feel China's character, dare to experience!
Start and End Tiger Leaping Gorge excursion
Best is to reach the Tiger Leaping Gorge coming from Lijiang or Zhongdian. We will pick you up after you had breakfast. We are heading to Qiaotou.
After two days of walking - day 1 is heaviest - we meet a road near the river. With motorized transport, we head back to Qiaotou and then to your next destination.
Tips, remarks, and ideas
- Would you like to enjoy an evening gazing at the most amazing starry sky? Bring warm clothes; in the evening it is pretty cold.
- Walk as light as possible, to maximize your hike: head back to Lijiang after the hike so you can leave your luggage in your accommodation, or leave your luggage at the starting point in Qiaotou. Just walk with a daypack.
- Bear in mind that with heavy rains, the hike will be canceled. In these circumstances landslides are common and the Gorge might be closed to visitors for a few days. This is most common in the months June, July, and August.
- You're in an amazing Gorge; there are no ATM's available. Bring sufficient cash.