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Lijiang and Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tour

lj-3: 5-Day Lijiang and Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking
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Experience one of the great gorges of China on this 25-kilometer hike for two full days. Walking about 5 hours per day to finish the hike over steep terrain, ending in the valley at lower part of Tiger Leaping Gorge. The spectacular Jade Dragon Snow Mountain scenery is the backdrop. Enjoy Lijiang’s must-see scenery and night life.


  • Explore the upper,middle,the lower sections of Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • View the First Bend of Yangtze River
  • Hike to the steep 28-bends and view remarkable scenery
  • Visit Lijiang’ highlights like Lijiang Ancient Town and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

What's Included

  • Entrance to scenic spots listed in the itinerary
  • Private English-speaking guide and driver service throughout the tour
  • Lunches mentioned in the itinerary
  • Recommended hotels accommodation with breakfast
  • Private transfers between the airport/train/bus station, attractions, and hotels

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Flight to Lijiang, Lijiang Ancient Town
The Lijiang Ancient Town

Meal: Lunch

Recommended Hotel in Lijiang: Lijiang Hexi Hotel (3 star)

Your tour guide will be waiting for you at the airport on time and get ready to pick you up to the hotel. Located on the top of Lion Hill, Wangu is the landmark building of Lijiang Ancient Town. This pure wood building is 33 meters (108 ft) tall, overlooking the scenery of Lijiang at its foot, and looking out to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance.

Enjoys beautiful scenes of Lijiang Ancient Town, an indeed famous city with long history and splendid culture. It is very rare in China that such well-preserved minority ancient city still exists. The old town is quite busy in the afternoon and evening with an active atmosphere of the lights and crowd.

Good to know: An early morning visit will be less crowded in the Lijiang Ancient Town.

Day 2Visit Baisha Murals at Baisha Village, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Meal: breakfast & lunch

On the second day, you will visit Baisha Village and one of Yunan’s outstanding snow mountains-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Painted over a thousand years ago, the murals at Baisha Village combine the cultures of Han, Tibetan and Naxi people displaying the life stories of the Tibet Buddhism, Confucian and Taoism.

Seen from a far distance, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain looks like a quiet beautiful girl wearing a pure white wedding gown. Noted as the highest tourist cable in China, the Large Cable way goes up to Shanzidou (Shanzi Peak) the main peak of the snow mountain, with the an entire length of 2,914m, a top altitude of 4,506 km, and a perpendicular ascent of 1,150m. The cable car will take you into the clouds, where you will be far away from the worldly hurly-burly, and find yourself in a real paradise. Many visit Ganhanzi, Baishuihe (White Water River), and Glacier Park from this cableway.

Day 3Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking(7 hours hiking)
Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking

Meal: breakfast & lunch

Recommended Hotel in Tiger Leaping Gorge Area: Halfway Guesthouse

In the morning, drive 2.5 hours from Lijiang to Changsheng village of Qiaotou town where the tiger leaping gorge hiking starts, view the First Bend of Yangtze en route. Today we will hike 17 KM for approximately seven hours to the Halfway Guest house. Firstly, hike two hours to Naxi Family Guest house, have a lunch there. Then continue to hike another 2 hours further up the steep 28-bends and the views were remarkable.

Another 2-3 hours on the way we will arrive at half-way guest house, with a great view of Yulong Snow Mountain and overlooking the Jinsha River Valley. Stay overnight in the Halfway Guesthouse.

Trip Note:Take only necessary luggage for the hike and Leave the rest in Lijiang. There is a one night stay in the gorge area. This route is really tough, bring less luggage as you can.

Day 4Continued Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking (4-5 hours hiking)
Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking

Meal: breakfast & lunch

Recommended Hotel in Lijiang: Lijiang Hexi Hotel (3 star)

Today, we will get up in the early morning, hiking down to Tina's Guest house (about 2 Hours) passed through Guanyin waterfall and canyons on the way. After have lunch at Tina's, 1 hour walking down the steep cliff to the bank of Jinsha River and middle tiger leaping gorge, worship the dangerous shoal of "Starriness", it is the most narrow part of the gorge, where a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River.

Walk 1 hour back to Tina's. Then go to Xincun village pier after half hour's drive and go down to Xincun village pier, the lower section of the Gorge where you will take ferry across the River to Daju pier. It usually takes about 1.5-2 hours from Xincun pier to Daju pier. After that, it takes about 2.5 hours' drive to Lijiang.

Day 5Departure

Meal: breakfast

Get ready for your departure today. Enjoy a trouble-free transfer and your private guide will escort you to the airport or train/bus stations.

Trip Notes

1. About hiking in Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking is a rather difficult and serious hiking route in China. Get ready for a 7-hour hiking on the first day and 4-5 hours hiking on the second day.

2. Best time to hike

Spring and autumn are the best times, when the temperatures and humidity are lower.

4. What to pack

1. Wear walking shoes and clothes suitable for outdoor activities.

2. Don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, sun-glasses, and cap etc.

5. Booking Procedure:

Step 1: Submit your name, email address and traveling dates for the tour. The price may vary according to the location of your hotel.
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Step 3: Receive a reply within 24 hours. The tour will be tailor-made to meet your requirements and the booking confirmed.
Step 4: Enjoy the tour!

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