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Trek Along the Yangtze (16 days)

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Trek Along the Yangtze (16 days)

During this tour, you will visit Lake Erhai and Mt. Cangshan in Dali where Bai people live, visit the thousand year old grottoes in Shibaoshan, travel around Mt. Jade Dragon. Meet up with the people of Bai, Naxi, Yi and Mosou. The trek along the Yangtze river from Tiger Leaping Gorge to Lake Lugu will bring you closer to the people and nature.

DAY 1

Arrival in Dali

Pick up at Airport and transfer to the hotel in the ancient city of Dali, Dali is the homeland of the Bai people lived between the Cangshan Mountain and Lake Erhai. Once the Nanzhao Kingdom was establish here and it was the center of Yunnan.

Dali 2 nights
DAY 2

Three Pagodas & Mt. Cangshan

Visit the thousand-year-old Three Pagodas and Congsheng Buddhist Temple with hundreds of Buddhist images. Hike to Cangshan Mountain at 2550m, visiting Zhonghe Temple and taking a walk on the Clouds Road for a couple of hours ,where you can have a bird’s eye view of Dali and Lake Erhai.

Dali 2 nights
DAY 3

Visit Xizhou drive to Shaxi

Visit Xizhou morning market where people sells food, vegetables and daily uses, walking into the village to visit some traditional old houses of Bai people and meeting up with locals. Drive to visit Shaxi Square Market which used to be an important stop on the Tea and Horse Trail. Time has gone but we can still see the remains of the history. All the houses are well protected. Read more

Shaxi 1 night
DAY 4

Tiger Leaping Gorge

One and half hour walk from Shadengqing up the hill to Stone Bell Temple, visiting the thousand year-old grottoes which were carved out during the period of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms. Visit Baixia Temple which was built on a cliff with some walks. Drive to visit the First Bend of the Yangtze where the Red Army crossed the Yangtze by ferries during the Long March. Drive to a village in Tiger Leaping and ready for the trek. Read more

Naxi Family Guesthouse 1 nig
DAY 5

Trek the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Today we start with our seven day trek from the Tiger Leaping Gorge to Lugu Lake. Start from Naxi Family Guesthouse we trek up the hill on zigzags called 28 Bends via villages, terraces, with great views of the Gorge and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on the other side, and reach the top at 2640m within four hours, taking a rest. Another one and half hour walk in the forest and bushes to Sanjiaren village. Read more

Tea and Horse Guesthouse 1 n
DAY 6

Trek in the Gorge

Four and half hours trek in the Gorge via waterfalls and down the hill to the main road at middle of the Gorge at Tina’s Guesthouse. Drive and walk down to the Yangtze, cross the river by ferry and climb up to Daju side and another hour and half walk to Daju Guesthouse in the village.

Daju 1 night
DAY 7

Stone Village Baoshan

Two and half hours drive to Yangzi Laoke at 3200m, and you will see the different faces of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain during the drive and also see the Haba Mountain on the other side of the Yangtze. We will make stops in the Yi villages along the road for photos. Six hours trek in a valley to Baoshan Stone Village via forests and terraces on the way. Baoshan is a remote Naxi village built on a huge rock near the Yangtze, with beautiful terraces around the village. Read more

Baoshan 1 night
DAY 8

Trek to Liuqing

Seven hours trek along the Yangtze to the north direction to Liuqing, passing by a couple of Naxi village and going through two tunnels in the Taiziguang Mountain, with great views of the Yangtze in all directions. After coming out the tunnels, there is another two easy walk, and then we will arrive at Liuqing. Read more

Liuqing 1 night
DAY 9

Trek Laobo

Continue trekking to the north for four hours to Fengkou, and then follow a road and hike in the terrace down to Yangtze, cross the Bridge to Laobo village.

Laobo 1 night
DAY 10

Trek to Lamake

Six hours uphill through a valley pass by a few villages and terraces along the path, you can have a very good view of the Yangtze and mountains when you hike up. Overnight in a farm house and we may need to cook dinner ourselves.

Lamake
DAY 11

Trek to Zhuangzi

Five hours easy hike to Zhuangzi on a country road, passby a few villages of Pumi people, we can look into some farmhouses during the trek and visit a small Temple in one of the village.

Zhuangzi 1 night
DAY 12

Trek to Yongning

Eight hours’ trek to Yongning. We start with a big tree to walk through the forests, climbing up to a pass at 3560m and then trekking down to Yongning. On the way, we will pass by a couple of Yi and Mousou villages and see the changes of the plants and flowers growing here. Bus will meet up at the end of the trek, and drive us to Lugu Lake. Read more

Lugu Lake 2 nights
DAY 13

Tour of Lugu Lake

Take a boat trip on Lake Lugu to visit an island with a temple, travelling around the Lake to explore Mosou villages to learn about the life of Mosou people. Mosou is a branch of the Naxi minority. They still live in matriarchal society. The oldest women has the power in the family and makes the decisions, with the property passed down to the daughters only. People don’t get married but men will come to stay with their lovers at night and leave the next morning. Children don’t know their fathers but men help their sisters to take care of their children. People take care of each other and live in a harmony way. Read more

Lugu Lake 2 nights
DAY 14

Drive to Lijiang

Drive to Lijiang via Ninglan with visits to see some Yi villages along the way. Yi is the biggest ethnic group which lives in Yunnan: more than three millions in Yunnan, and there are many sub tribes of Yi. Hopefully, we will see a market of Yi people somewhere during the journey. Visit the old town of Lijaing. Read more

Lijiang 2 nights
DAY 15

Villages and Monastery

Drive to Puji village where we start to walk. Climb up the hill through pine forest for an hour before we arrive at Puji Monastery. Puji monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery which was built three hundred years ago, with copper roofs. Not many people come here but we can meet a few lamas and locals who take care of the Monastery. After visiting the Monastery, we drive to Yuhu village where the explorer Dr. Rock used to live for his research. It is a very beautiful Naxi village in front of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Visit the village and meet up with people. Visit Ziyuan Monastery and listen to lama chatting. Overnight hotel and tour ends. Read more

Lijiang 2 nights
DAY 16

Tour ends

Transfer to Lijiang for your departure flight

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Dali
Hotel Landscape Hotel
Day 3
Location Shaxi
Hotel Aoxiu Zige Hotel
Day 4
Location Tiger Leaping Gorge
Hotel Naxi Family Guesthouse
Day 5
Location Tiger Leaping Gorge
Hotel Tea and Horse Guesthouse
Day 6
Location Daju
Hotel Daju Guesthouse
Day 7
Location Baoshan
Hotel Home stay
Day 8
Location Liuqing
Hotel Home Stay
Day 9
Location Laobo
Hotel Guesthouse
Day 10
Location Wanyi
Hotel Home Stay
Day 11
Location Zhuangzi
Hotel Home Stay
Day 12
Location Lugu Lake
Hotel Lake View Hotel
Day 14
Location Lijiang
Hotel Village Green Inn

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Porters from Baoshan to Lugu Lake
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • The price is based on twin share, if you want to have a single room for the trip, single supplement is US$ 290.00.

REVIEWS

3 Reviews

Amy, United States

Our customized tour of Yunnan province for 16 days far exceeded our expectations. It was a fascinating journey through some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen. There is a lot of unique geography and interesting ethnic groups throughout the region. We traveled through many areas of relatively remote mountains and river gorges. Really off the beaten track! But even on somewhat treacherous roads, we were comfortable and felt secure. One reason we chose Edward Adventures was because they were able to provide us with one guide and driver that would be responsible for us the whole trip. The high level of service and consistency of this approach was really exceptional and very tailored to our preferences. We felt like a family friend was showing us around his home territory. The meals were really something special! Our guide knew all the local specialties in each place we visited and we tried them all. It seemed he handpicked our food for us and made sure of the best quality everywhere we went. Our hotels were very comfortable. The most impressive thing about our tour was probably the way our guide seemed to always know where to go to get away from the crowds, to see the most amazing scenery and interesting sites in a very personalized way. And the many Chinese people he introduced to us everywhere were so friendly and warm. We didn’t even feel much like tourists travelling with him! It was really a fabulous trip that we will always remember! Read more

Joan & Pat, Australia

Edward helped the two of us plan a two week trip to fascinating places and people in China. Edward took us on a cultural and scenic adventure. The scenery was wonderful. The people were so very hospitable, and the food great. We never felt that we were on a typical touristy tour but rather that we were with an old friend learning all about his country and having a trip of a lifetime. We still keep in contact with Edward and cherish our new friendship. Read more

Ian Noakes, United Kingdom

We did a 3 week tour from Lijiang to Chengdu ( 3 of us ) with Edward as our guide and driver. It was a most memorable experience with Edward intimate knowledge of the best scenery , the best cultural experience and local customs and events. Wherever we went we got an insight into the local way of life and tried all the local food specialties. We also did some trekking and were taken to some really special places such as Thousand Tortoise Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Yading Nature Reserve. The scenery is really spectacular and for us fortunately also were the wildflowers. We have previously toured in Western China and had a fantastic time but Edward Adventures provided us with a far superior experience from start to finish. Read more

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