This trek is on the borders of Yunnan and Tibet, alternating between walking and stopovers conducive to relaxation. Specially designed for occasional walkers, it incorporates pretty steps along the Tiger Leaping Gorge where the Yangtze winds its way, then Mount Kawa Karpo to the edge of the Mekong. A long walk between beautiful alpine landscapes, the powers of the mythical rivers that are the Yangtze and the Mekong, forests of rhododendrons, azaleas, snow-capped mountains, remote villages, etc. To penetrate deeply into the Yunnan region will give you an overview of the mosaic of cultures of minority ethnic groups: Naxi, Yi, Bai, Tibetan, etc.
Welcome by your driver and walk through the old town of Lijiang: visit the Zhongyi market and the Black Dragon Pool Park.
Transfer to the hotel located in Shuhe Village (20 minutes)
DAY 3: LIJIANG – BAOSHAN 2200 m alt.
Departure by mountainous road to Baoshan Village (4h30/5hrs).
Arrive at Baoshan Village, check in at your guesthouse.
Walk in the fortified village of Baoshan.
Important Info: The road to Wumu and Baoshan villages is narrow. For groups of more than 10 people, we need a 17-seats bus and an additional car to transport the luggage.
DAY 4: BAOSHAN – WUMU 2200 m alt.
Walk down from the village on the banks of the Yangtze River through alleys of stone houses.
Short driving of the boat (50 minutes) on the Yangtze River.
After the boat journey, you hike back to Wumu Village by a slightly steep path (3hrs/3h30).
DAY 5: WUMU – DAJU – TINA’S GUESTHOUSE 2000 m alt.
Mountainous road to the Daju valley (3hrs) and have the beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains: Jade Dragon and Haha.
After crossing the Yangtze River by ferry, you will have a short driving to Walnut Village of Naxi (30 minutes).
You walk down to the Yangtze River through terraces, then a flat hike in the lower gorge and goes up to the Tina’s Guesthouse (1hr).
DAY 6: TINA’S GUESTHOUSE – TEA & HORSE GUESTHOUSE 2100 m alt.
Start the walk with a rather steep climb to a small pass (2400 m, 1h30/2hrs), then follows a small path in the middle of the mountain to reach the Tea & Horse Guesthouse, the destination for the day.
Important Info: You will need to bring your personal belongings for the night spent in the guesthouse located in the high mountains. Possible to store your suitcases in the car.
DAY 7: TEA & HORSE GUESTHOUSE – QIAOTOU – SHANGRI-LA 3400 m alt.
Extend the hiking to Qiaotou (5hrs) by a path overlooking the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
After the hike, meet with your driver and go to the upper gorge to visit the Hutiaoshi viewpoint. You have to walk on a landscaped path that allows you to descend to the banks of the Yangtze River. (You can visit on foot or take the escalator at your own expense)
Depart to Shangri-La (2hrs). On arrival, check-in at your hotel, and free walk in the old town of Shangri-La.
The rates below are indicative, and they may vary slightly depending on the season or hotel availability.
Price per person based on
With driver + An English-speaking guide
1 495 $
2 160 $
1 065 $
1 425 $
1 203 $
The hotels are mentioned in the itinerary (includes breakfast).
Transfers by private vehicle with driver during the whole journey. For the group without a guide, if necessary, the driver will also act as a guide.
Accompaniment by an English-speaking guides from the 3rd day (if this option has been chosen).
For the group without a guide, a smartphone will be given on your arrival. You will always be in touch with our 24-hour service. We are going to offer you restaurants with its locations, you can also try cashless payment anywhere in China (FYI, we are using less and less cash in China for payment).
Accommodation and meals for your guides and drivers.
The high-speed train tickets: Kunming/Dali, Lijiang/Kunming (second class).
One bottle of mineral water per day per person.
The price does not include
Lunches and dinners.
Entrance tickets for tours and activities, to be paid directly on site.50% reductions sometimes for travelers over 60, free possible for those over 70.
Tips for guides and drivers (It is recommended of 120 RMB / day in total for the driver guide).
Accident, repatriation and health insurance.
The visa fees.
You can also check out our organized small group tours here
To facilitate your stay, we suggest that you change your quotes on arrival and departure at the current exchange rate. The formalities to be completed in Chinese banks are particularly tedious.
For each city, we have recommended two or three hotels for you to choose from below. The first hotel listed has been pre-selected by Ciel Yunnan.
You can do this tour throughout the year. The best seasons to do the trek are spring and autumn for the mild temperatures. The summers are pleasant, and the temperatures remain moderate. Although the monsoon can bring a lot of rains between July and September, this will not pose a big problem for this journey.
It is cold in Shangri-La between December and March, and the temperatures rise to 10 degrees during the day and drop below zero at night. Warm clothes are essential.
4 days | Wumu, Baoshan, and Tiger Leaping Gorge A superb hike in the Tiger Leaping Gorge with stops in two typical and charming villages. A nice break in the most beautiful mountain landscapes of Yunnan.