13 Days Travel – Yunnan Trekking Tour
According to the Chinese, Yunnan is the most beautiful region of the country because it has preserved a part of its authenticity, its history, and its nature. This trip offers an immersion into the local culture, closer to the minorities of the South living in the rhythm of secular traditions. We offer you a journey full of encounters: the real adventure of Yunnan through the villages of the mist, between you, your guide, and the many ethnic groups within the region. Beautiful hiking trails in a lush and abundant nature, breathtaking landscapes, and treks off the beaten path await you…
|Highlights / Route :||Kunming, Dali, hike on Cangshan, Shaxi: Hike up to Shibaoshan, Lijiang: Yulongxueshan, hike to the tiger leasing gorges, Baishuitai, Shangri-la, Jiabe hiking trail, Feilaisi temple with Kawa Karpo view|
|Duration :||13 days|
|Style / Character:||Adventure/ trekking tour with overnight stays in hotels and guesthouses|
|Vehicles:||4×4, SUV, Van, Bus|
Daily itinerary for Yunnan Trekking tour
Kunming: Arrival in Kunming. Visit Stone Forest:
You will arrive today at Kunming Airport and be greeted by one of the team members. We will go to the hotel to put the luggage away and then go eat in a small restaurant full of charm. You will be immersed in Chinese culture and have a taste of its dishes. We will spend the afternoon in the stone forest around Kunming. We will have about ninety minutes of driving before accessing the site. It is an impressive site with its karst and limestone stones that give us the impression of being in an imaginary landscape. Everywhere around us will be rocky peaks. At the end of this crossing, we will arrive on a point of view overlooking the forest, which is really worth it. After this excursion and your recent arrival you will deserve a little rest…
Kunming – Dali: By speed train. Visit old town and:
We will take the fast train to Dali in the morning. This trip used to take several hours, now it’s only 2. This allows us to arrive very early to Dali and visit the old town and its cobbled streets. Small shops with wooden frontages and some streets where a river flows nearby. Dali is really peaceful and charming. We will have the opportunity to taste the local specialties, such as melted cheese with rose jelly, or the famous rice noodles. Your taste buds will awaken to new sensations!
Dali: Full day hike on Cangshan:
Dali is located 2,000 meters above sea level between Lake ErHai and the Canshan Mountains. Its geographical location makes it the ideal destination. Because it is landlocked, it’s never very cold in winter or too hot in summer. Many animals live here and today’s trek in the Canshan mountain range will be an opportunity to catch a glimpse of them! We will take the cable car to half of the mountain where there is a lovely hiking trail. Its 11 km of an easy walk, on a good steep stone path, which offers a splendid view of Dali, Lake Erhai, and the mountains. We will see waterfalls, temples, and an impressive variety of flora.
This hiking day in the mountains of Canshan can be adapted to your physical condition.
It is just as possible to go up to the peak, which is 4,200 meters high, in cable car and from there hike on the ridge of this wonderful mountain range.
Dali – Shaxi: Hike up to Shibaoshan:
We leave Dali today and go to the discovery of Shaxi. It is a village that was the heart and central node on the tea route. The atmosphere that one feels when arriving here is a feeling of sweet happiness. We are surrounded by buildings untouched by time. The houses made with lime transports us directly to the last century. It breathes life and authenticity, and that’s rare in China!
Before arriving in Shaxi, we will stop at ShiBaoShan Mountain. It is a real treasure, once again preserved. There are a multitude of troglodyte temples and caves on the mountainside with statues carved with a knife representing the kings of the Nanzhao period.
By coming early in the morning we will also have the opportunity to see a colony of monkeys living there!
Shaxi – Lijiang: Yulongxueshan:
We leave Shaxi early in the morning to reach Lijiang and enter its natural park. The Jade Dragon Mountain is a pure, raw gem belonging to the minority Naxi District. On the road to get there, if we are lucky, we will see the snowy peak! This park offers us several hiking options. We will be able to either go up to the plateau of Yak at 5,000 meters, and from there to walk on these incredible plates; we can go closer to one of its peaks and take a snowy path. Or we can also cross the waterfalls in azure terraces… and much more! The possibilities for this day are great and we will see what inspires you the most.
Lijiang – Shigu – Tiger Leaping Gorges: Start hike to Tea Horse GH:
Today we are on our way to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. But before that we will stop at Shigu. We can see the Yangtze River bend 180 degrees. This village witnessed significant historical events, including the passage of Kubilay Khan, a Mongol emperor, who crossed the river with his army
After this stop we will go to the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge. This is one of the deepest gorge in the world and the landscapes that can be seen here are breathtaking. We will cross this gorge for two days and spend the night in a pension that offers Western food and is surrounded by the surrounding mountains. The view of the sunrise is really worth it! It is here that we have the most beautiful hikes in the region.
Tiger Leaping Gorges: Tea Horse GH – Walnut Garden:
We start the second day of hiking in the gorge. This part of the hike will be less stressful than the day before, so it will be quieter. We will spend the night in a charming inn at Walnut Garden and rest after these intense efforts!
Tiger Leaping Gorges – Baishuitai – Shangri-la: Hike down into Tiger Leaping Gorges, then drive to Shangri-la:
Today we will see limestone terraces with crystal-clear water… a sacred place for the Naxi minority. The view from the top of the terraces is really beautiful!
After that, we will drive to Shangri-La and discover the first typical Tibetan landscapes. We are transported to another time and are subjugated by these vast expanses. Meadows with animals living in freedom against the backdrop of mountains, houses, and Tibetan temples! The old town of Shangri-la is full of charm. The wooden storefronts and small cobblestone streets are delightful. We will end the walk by visiting the largest prayer wheel in the world that is over 21 meters high!
Shangri-la – Jiabe:
We go to our Tibetan family a few hours away from Shangri-la. We will experience a real and authentic glimpse of Tibetan life. This large and comfortable house with typical Tibetan architecture will enchant you. Animals, vegetables, milk … everything here is fresh and homemade. A simple, but precious life sharing is offered here. From the roof terrace of the house we can see the surrounding mountains and especially Mount Kawa Karpo.
A nice hike from the village is possible and offers us a breathtaking view of the Mekong and surrounding mountains and valleys.
Jiabe – Ninong – Ubeng:
We leave Jiabe early in the morning to start our trek to Yubeng. We cross the Mekong, arrive in the Ninong Valley, and climb to reach Yubeng. We have about 8 km of hiking in the mountains; it will take us about 5 hours of walking.
About 30 minutes from Yubeng we can go to a waterfall and soak our feet. We will spend the night in a small pension in Yubeng.
Ubeng – Feilaisi:
The second day of the trek will take us to the Feilaisi Temple (the flying temple) where a view of Mount Kawa Karpo will be offered to us. Our day can end not far from the banks of the Mekong by a stop at the hot springs to relax our bodies in the hot water.
We will spend the night at a small hotel in Feilaisi.
Feilaisi – Shangri-la:
We return to Shangri-la. We will arrive relatively early so we can visit Napa Lake and enjoy the surroundings. We can rent bicycles and enjoy everything at a more leisurely pace, especially all the animals that graze nearby. The landscapes are enchanting and calm.
:It’s already the last day of this trip! We accompany you to Shangri-la airport and wish you a safe journey home.
- 12 Overnights stays in hotels and guest [icon houses
- English speaking tour guide
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch), Mineral Water
- Help with applying a Chinese visa
When is the best time for a trek in Yunnan?
We recommend avoiding the summer because there is a risk of heavy rain at this time of year. The trails are so slippery and therefore dangerous; we refuse to organize any walk at this time of the year. In winter (December to March), it will not be possible to hike in the Tibetan region of Shangri-la as it’s too cold. If you can choose your month to come trekking in Yunnan, then we recommend April and May as well as October and November.