Xishuangbanna Tropical Trekking and Villages 4 days

Xishuangbanna China Aini girl

The best time for a trek in Xishuangbanna is the dry season which is from October till March/April. The other months are warm/hot and because of the rain trails can be muddy. This trip is a combination of light trekking through rainforest, along tea plantations and minority villages. It’s also suitable for families with older children. Overnihgt you can either stay in the villages or in local hotels.

This hike takes you through bits of jungle and forests along 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 older hilltribe people still live in the villages. You’ll pass Bulang, Aini and Dai villages. During trekking days you’ll hike about 3 hrs a day.

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 hike across rainforest from one Jinuo village to another (around 10 km, 3 hrs). After that you’ll drive via Jinghong on to Nannuo mountain. Hike up the mountains to an Aini village (around 6 km, 2 hrs). Have dinner in the village and stay overnight in a village house (basic room).

Day 2 Walk down the mountain (around 8 km, 3 hrs) and drive to Menghai (about 1 hr), visit a traditional temple on the way and on to Jingmai (about 2,5 hrs). Then walk around to see ancient tea tree plantations (about 4 km, 1,5 hrs) and visit some traditional villages in the valley. In the afternoon, visit a Lahu village (about 1,5 hrs).
Have dinner in the village and stay overnight in a village house (basic room).

Day 3 Drive back to Menghai (about 2 hrs), visit a traditional paper-making village and in the afternoon hike from an Aini village to a Bulang village (10 km, 3 hrs). Then drive across mountains along forest, farmland and villagers’ tea plantations.

Stay at local hotel in Menghai

Day 4 Drive across the mountains to Gelanghe area (about 1,5 hrs) which is the most traditional area of Aini people when they moved in around 1000 years ago. Visit a visit famous tea village of Aini people, hike around the village (about 3 kms, 1 hr) to see more ancient tea plantations and experience local life. Return to Jinghong.

2 people: 4620 Chinese RMB per person
4 people: 2845 Chinese RMB per person
1. homestays on day 1 and 2
2. local hotel in Menghai day 3
3. English speaking guide
4. private transport according to program
5. dinners at the homestays

1. hotel in Jinghong on day 4
2. other meals
3. tips for guide and driver

Ake people

Xishuangbanna market

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