Yunnan trekking

Yunnan with its stunning mountains and diverse climate is a great place for trekking. Overnight stays are in small villages with families or in small guesthouses. A local guide will accompany you during the trek.

Tiger Leaping Gorge trek 2 days

Tiger Leaping Gorge trek 2 days

The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek is a great hike through some of the most naturally beautiful and diverse landscapes Yunnan has to offer. The higher trail runs from the northern side of the gorge passing through quiet Naxi villages, shady patches of forest along green terraced farmland. The view is spectacular with the snow covered peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (5596m) and Haba Snow Mountain (5396m) towering on either side of the gorge. Looking down you’ll see the fast moving Yangste river beneath you. The trek goes up quite high and paths can be narrow at times so the trek is not for the faint hearted. Route details: day 1 car & guide from Lijiang to Qiaotou (about 2 hrs drive), trek for about 5-6 hours on the high path to half way the gorge and stay overnight in a basic guesthouse (room with bathroom) day 2 hike down with a guide to the to lower path (about 2-3 hrs) and take a private car either back to Lijiang or on to Shangrila Price: 2 persons- 1700 Chinese renminbi per person, 4 persons- 1100 Chinese renminbi per person Incl: private transport, guide, one night accommodation with private bathroom Excl: all meals, entrance fees, tips for guide and driver More photos on Facebook of the trek through the Tiger leaping gorge Other (non-touristy) (day)trips: Dali trip to Yi market Dali – Lijiang – Shuhe car via Shaxi & Shibaoshan temple dali: car around Erhai Dali: car to Yi market Lijiang bike trip South China China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Non touristy daytrips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

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Lijiang – Baoshan Stone City – Lugu Lake 5 days trek

Lijiang – Baoshan Stone City – Lugu Lake 5 days trek

This 5 day trek sees few travellers and is an authentic and beautiful experience. The hike explores the unknown but stunning mountainous area in the remote north east of Yunnan. You’ll hike on small mountain paths and halfway you cross the Yangtse river. You stay in small farmer’s villages with local families like the Pumi, Mosuo and Naxi in their homes. Nature is impressive and ever changing and the people are genuinely friendly and welcoming. You can start the trek in Baoshan Stone City, a small village perched on a giant rock in a deep valley. Traditionally, the stone was carved to form benches, beds and stoves inside the homes. Today the stones serve as steps and alleyways that connect the families. From here you trek for 5 days through magnificent rugged mountain landscapes where every bit of suitable land has been cultivated. Colours are changing from brown and yellow high up in the mountains to a fresh green down in the valleys. The traditional villages are surrounded by steep terraced fields. During the trek you pass occasional villages where all people live off the land. Local people also walk the mountain paths to get from one place to the other as there are hardly any motorroads. Somewhere in the afternoons you will arrive in the villages to stay the night. The houses are built in courtyard style and rooms are basic. There are no daily showers and toilets are sometimes outside. Electricity can be unstable. The next day you will be woken up by the roosters, have a healthy breakfast and get ready for another day of beautiful hiking. At the last day you’ll catch a glimpse of your final destination: Lugu Lake. Its altitude at 2,685 m makes it Yunnan’s highest lake. The village close by is actually quite small but it feels big after so many days of hiking in the mountains. We’re back in ‘civilization’. The drive from Lugu lake to Lijiang takes you through a beautiful mountainous area called ‘the lesser cooler mountains’. It’s a sparsely inhabited area with small villages, home to mostly Yi and Mosuo peoples. On the way you’ll see Yi-people walking alongside the road. The women wear spectacular huge black hats and colourfully striped long skirts. With a bit of luck you will meet them in one of the markets on the road. New trips and photos on Facebook The ride from Lijiang to Stone City takes you through a high mountainous area with spectacular views on the Haba and Jade Dragon Snow mountains. The trek can be done either way, starting in Stone City or Lugu lake. day 1 public bus from Lijiang to Baoshan Stone City or Lugu lake day 2-6 trekking for 5 days in the mountains day 7 public bus back to Lijiang The trek is moderate and anybody in good shape can do it, you’ll walk 5-6 hours a day. The average height is around 2500 m. If you have less time the trek can be shortened. The hike can be extended with the 2 day trek through the Tiger Leaping gorge. Price: 2 people- 4050 Chinese RMB per person Price in other currencies Included: during the trek- 6 nights in basic accomodation and basic meals, English speaking guide, public busses from Lijiang to Stone city and Lugu lake to Lijiang Excluded: entrance fees (Lugu lake 100 rmb p.p.), all other meals, horses to carry luggage, accomodation in Lijiang Optional/ extra costs: horses to carry your luggage, private car from Lijiang to Stone city and Lugu lake to Lijiang Tip: if you start and finish in...

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Lijiang hiking: Tiger Leaping gorge, Lugu Lake and Stone City 6-7 days

Lijiang hiking: Tiger Leaping gorge, Lugu Lake and Stone City 6-7 days

Hike the magnificent mountains of Yunnan and spend the night in minority villages. Enjoy the clean air, the peace and quiet. The trek through the Tiger Leaping gorge is popular but surely not touristy as all tourgroups stay on the lower road and don’t go trekking. The combination with the trek from Baoshan Stone city all the way to Lugu lake is great for people wanting to spend more time hiking on less travelled paths. Day 1 from Lijiang with guide and public bus or private car to Qiaotou, trek in the Tiger Leaping gorge on the high path for 5-6 hours Day 2 trek down 3-4 hours to Walnut Grove on the lower path, take the ferry across the Yangste river, take a private car to Boashan Stone City Day 3-4-5-6 trek in 5 days to Lugu Lake Day 7 arrive at Lugu Lake Day 8 public bus or private car from lugu lake to lijiang (about 6-7 hr ride) If you have less time we can shorten the trek. Price: for 2 people with public bus on day 1 and day 8 is 4550 Chinese RMB per person Price for 2 people with private car on day 1 and day 8 is 4900 Chinese RMB per person Included in the price: Transport according to program (private car/ public bus) Overnight in basic room in basic guesthouses or with local families, sometimes with public bathroom Simple melas during the trek from Stone city to Lugu lake on day 3-6, after arrival at Lugu lake meals are own costs. (basic) English speaking guide for the treks Excluding: Entrance fees for the Tiger leaping gorge and Lugu lake Horses for carrying luggage Meals during the trek in the tiger leaping gorge accomodation in Lijiang Tips for guide and drivers (in case of private cars) Meer foto’s op Facebook van de Stone city naar Lugu lake trek Other (non-touristy) (day)trips: Dali trip to Yi market Dali – Lijiang – Shuhe car via Shaxi & Shibaoshan temple dali: car around Erhai Dali: car to Yi market Lijiang bike trip South China China highlights Yunnan trekkings Family trips Non touristy daytrips Dali: Jim’s Tibetan hotel City tours Tibet...

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Lijiang- Yuhu/ Baisha- Wenhai trek 2 days

Lijiang- Yuhu/ Baisha- Wenhai trek 2 days

The trek is moderate and anybody in good shape can do it. Averagely you walk 4-5 hours a day. This trek can be extended with 2 days if you want to continu to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. This beautiful area lies on the slopes of the Jade dragon snow mountain and is not very touristy. Altitude is between 2500 and 3100 m. You will start the trek in Yuhu and end at lake Lashihai. On the road you will meet friendly herdsman tending their cattle and see many local varieties of the rhododendrons. On Wenhai lake you will find peace and quiet. The shore of the lake is a favourite spot for grazing horses. Overnight you will stay in a basic local guesthouse. Dinner is a home cooked family meal with plenty of homegrown vegetables. The next day you will pass an Yi village and with a bit of luck you can taste grandmother’s homemade honey. It’s amazing to see how simple life is up the mountains and how busy and bustling life is in Lijiang town which is not too far away. Differences couldn’t be bigger… Price: 2 people- 1500 RMB p.p. day 1 private car from Lijiang to Yuhu, trek to Wenhai day 2 trek from Wenhai to Lashihai, private car to Lijiang Price: 2 persons 1500 RMB per persoon Incl: accomodation 1 night in Wenhai incl breakfast, English speaking guide, private car from Lijiang from/to start-/ending point of trek Excl: meals, entrance fees, when you are satisfied with the service: tips for guide and driver (50-100 yuan per day for guide), accomodation in Lijiang Other treks & trips: Tiger leaping gorge, Guizhou, South China trip, China highlight trip, Yunnan...

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Xishuangbanna Tropical Trekking and Villages 5-6 days

Xishuangbanna Tropical Trekking and Villages 5-6 days

The best time for a trek in Xishuangbanna is the dry season which is from about October till March/April. The other months are warm/hot and because of the rain trails can be muddy. This trekking is a combination of light trekking, a colourful market and a Dai Buddhist temple. This trip is also suitable for families with older children. If you’re interested in a trek with hiking of several hours a day then we recommend our other trek in Xishuangbanna. This hike takes you through bits of jungle and forests along waterfalls, sugarcane- and tea plantations. Xishuangbanna is the subtropical part of China bordering on to Laos and Burma. Except for Jinghong and its direct surroundings, this area is not very developed for tourism. Many of the hilltribe people live in villages which can sometimes only be reached by foot. You’ll pass Bulang, Aini and Dai villages. During the trekking days you’ll hike 3-4 hrs. Jinghong, the capital of Xishuangbanna has an airport and can be reached from Kunming, Dali or Lijiang. From Xishuangbanna you can cross the border into Laos. Day 1 arrival Jinghong airport and transfer to hotel Day 2 private car and guide to a tea plantation and a walk through a part of a rainforest with 300-800 year old tea trees. On the way you can have a cup of tea on a local tea plantation run by Aini people. Then drive on to Menghai. Day 3 First see a colourful market in Menghai visited by Lahu, Hani, Dai, Aini and Bulang people and visit a beautiful countryside temple. On the road you stop at a Dai village where they still make paper by hand. This is a special kind of paper used for wrapping the pressed tea bricks. Afterwards you hike for about 3 hrs through the hills passing Aini and Bulang villages. Overnight in an Aini village. Day 4 Continue the trek along fields, forests and tea plantations to another Aini village. Overnight in an Aini village. Day 5 Continue the hike across hills and through Bulang villages towards the end. Take a private car back to Jinghong. Day 6 Transfer to Jinghong airport for a flight to your next destination. Price for 4 people: 3085 Chinese RMB per persoon Including: hotel in Jinghong, basic local guesthouse in Menghai, English speaking guide, transport according to program, during the trek dinners at the guestfamilies Excluding: other meals, tips for guide and driver Other trips City tours China highlights Yunnan 7 days Family trips South China trips South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Yunnan trekkings Non touristy trips Tibet West china/...

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Xishuangbanna Tropical Trekking and Villages along the Mekong river 4 days

Xishuangbanna Tropical Trekking and Villages along the Mekong river 4 days

The best time for a trek in Xishuangbanna is the dry season from about October till March.  The other months are too hot and trails can be muddy because of the rain. This trip combines hiking across ancient tea plantations, rain forests and villages of the Aini, Bulang and Jinuo. In between you’ll visit local markets and temples. This trek is suitable for people with a normal/good condition. Xishuangbanna is the subtropical part of China bordering on to Laos and Burma. Except for Jinghong and its direct surroundings, this area is not very developed for tourism. Many of the hilltribe people live in houses which are built on stilts. Sometimes they only be reached by foot. This trip is a combination trekking and taking a car. You’ll pass Aini, Bulang, Jinuo and Dai villages. Daily hiking is about 2-5 hrs. You carry your own day backpack. If you want someone to carry your luggage we can arrange it (excluded in price). Jinghong, the capital of Xishuangbanna has an airport and can be reached from Kunming, Dali or Lijiang. From Xishuangbanna you can cross the border into Laos. Day 1 From Jinghong you’ll hike across an ancient tea tree plantation, drive to Menghai and Huiming. The hike is about 15 km, 4 – 5 hrs. Overnight in a simple local hotel. Day 2 Hike on the Jingmai tea mountain and visit traditional villages in the valley. The hike is about 6 km, 2 hrs. In the afternoon, return to Menghai by car. Overnight in a simple local hotel. Day 3 Visit a local daily market, a countryside temple and a paper-making village. Today’s hike takes you to Aini and Bulang villages and is about 10 km, 3 hrs. By car back to Jinghong enjoying forests, mountains and valleys. Overnight in a hotel in Jinghong. Day 4 Drive along the Mekong river to Ganlanba and visit a Dai village. In the afternoon, hike through rainforest from one Jinuo village to another, it’s about 10 km, 3 hrs. Overnight in a hotel in Jinghong. Price: 2 persons- 4190 Chinese RMB per person Including: English speaking guide, accomodation in hotels according to program, private car with driver Excluding: entrance fees, tips for guide and driver, meals Other trips City tours China highlights Yunnan 7 days Family trips South China trips South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Yunnan...

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Gaoligongshan mountain

Gaoligongshan mountain

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