Tiger Leaping Gorge
- Walking / Hiking
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Last updated: 03/11/2009
Go on an amazing guided trek through the peaceful Himalayan foothills. Walk along the top of the gorge, passing through paddy fields and villages at an altitude of 2500m above the Yangtze River.
Lijiang - Tiger Leaping GorgeFrom Lijiang you'll depart on your two day hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge. You'll be picked at your accommodation by your guide in the morning and you'll take the public bus towards the starting point about 2 hours away in Qiaotou.
Once you leave the bus and pay the entrance fee (Y 50) you'll start on your hike along with your guide and you'll walk for two hours until you reach the Naxi guest house. This first leg of your hike won't be easy. You'll climb quite a bit, however if you have an average level of physical fitness it shouldn't be a problem. There are many side paths and forks in the trail that you could get lost on, so you'll be happy to have your guide along with you. While walking you'll see terraces full of vegetable, rice and other foods. After reaching the highest point of your hike (2.660m) you'll walk along the gorge, with the river flowing deep below you and only a short distance across from you you'll see a wall of granite shoot up into the sky to about 5000m above you. At some points the gorge is so narrow that legend says that a tiger being hunted by hunters jumped from side of the gorge to the other to safe its life. This is how the gorge got its name.
Once you reach the Naxi guest house you'll have made quite a climb and you'll have quite an appetite for lunch (not included). After recuperating for a bit, you'll continue along the path around 13:00 and you'll take the '28 bends' (= although there are much more than 28) to Halfway Lodge. This will take you another 4 hours, making your total for today 7 hours.Once you reach Halfway Lodge you can take off your Shoes and relax in one of the rooms in the wooden building and enjoy the mouontain view from the large veranda. Chnces are that despite the long and strenuous day, you'll be enjoying a few beers and tea while sharing stories with other travellers spending the night here. The veranda is the perfect place to see the moon, stars and the milky way on a clear night.
Tiger Leaping Gorge - Lijiang The following day you'll walk for another two hours, however since the path slowly descends it will be much less strenuous than during the first day of your hike. You'll walk on a level path for about an hour and then you'll pass a plunging waterfall. After this the path will go downhill. Eventually you'll reach the road that runs next to the Yangtze River. This is where you and your guide will take a mini van back to Qiaotou and then a bus back to Lijiang (a two hour drive). The drive is quite scenic; you'll pass pine forests at 3000m, glaciers and snowy mountain tops. Since you won't know for sure what time you'll return to Qiaotao, the mini van and public bus are not included in the price of the trip. You and your guide will return to Lijiang and you'll pay for your bus ride on the spot. You could also travel on to Zhongdian after finishing the Tiger Leaping Gorge and experience the Spend the night with the Tibetans module. There are busses that ride along this route, so we'll make arrangements for a private transfer that will take you to this picturesque town in about 3 hours.
- Inclusions -
- Transportation, accommodation, English speaking guide
- Exclusions -
- Meals and drinks, entrance fees (50 Yuan)
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