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6-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La Adventure Tour

Written by LancyUpdated Apr. 7, 2024

An Exceptional Adventure in Northwest Yunnan

Lijiang and Shangri-La could well be Yunnan destinations that are most full of the explorer's spirit. This is not only because the great explorer Joseph Rock pioneered the atmosphere of adventure there, but also because the awesome landscapes and the old and mysterious cultures create a natural and cultural adventure for travelers today.

In this 6-day Lijiang to Shangri-La tour, you will visit the must-sees in an off-the-beaten-path way and also experience the local culture in the aspects of religion, art, food, and lifestyle.

Tour 'Wow' Points

Discover a Hidden Valley of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Skipping the cable car and tourist crowds, you will hike through the bushes, wade across a little stream, and enjoy the exclusive views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain that only hikers can.

valley with snow
snow mountain

Explore a Hidden Fairyland of Purple Azalea (option for tours in May)

Enjoy a leisure walk on the purple meadow. The yaks might be wandering around the beautiful plateau lake.

purple meadow
walking people in the purple flowers

Lie down on an Alpine Meadow with a Breathtaking View of Haba Snow Mountain

Discover a hidden treasure on Haba Snow Mountain, which is unknown to 99% of tourists. You will be jealous of the yaks living on this meadow! It is unbelievable that Haba Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain can be seen so superbly at the same time.

Haba Snow Mountain
snow mountain and forest

Visit a Non-Public Dormitory of Songzanlin Monastery

Talk with a local Tibetan lama in his dormitory's study room, which is not normally open to tourists. If you are lucky, you might meet a living Buddha!

give a white ribbon to a lama
a lama with red cloth

Discover the Mystery of Prayer flags at Songzanlin Monastery

Experience a Tibetan ceremony of blessing behind Songzanlin Monastery, which is not seen by ordinary tourists. Leanr how the local people pray toward sacred Songzanlin Monastery.

Hang prayer flags
the coloerful prayer flags

Walk in a Tibetan Family's House

Avoid the commercial house tours and visit a traditional Tibetan family's house near quiet Napa Lake. There, you will enjoy some homemade Tibetan snacks and friendly conversation.

the colorful wooden house
the living room of a Tibetan family

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Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

DAY 1 Lijiang | Arrival at the Little Kingdom of the Naxi People

Meet your private guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Explore Lijiang Ancient Town. Discover the splendid history of the Naxi minority. Enjoy a panoramic view of the town from Lion Hill at sunset.

DAY 2 Lijiang | Pilgrimage to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Walk around Yuhu Village where American explorer Joseph Rock lived for 27 years, you will see typical stone houses of the Naxi people and villagers in their traditional dress on their way to their farms or fields. You will visit Rock's former residence and listen to his adventure stories. And then follow in his footsteps in the embrace of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Skipping the cable car and tourist crowds, you will hike through the bushes, wade across a little stream, lie down on an alpine meadow, and enjoy the exclusive views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain that only hikers can.

The hike is about 12.5 km (7.7 miles). There is about 600 meters (2,000 feet) of ascent, and normally people need about 5½ hours.

DAY 3 Lijiang to Shangri-La | Great Gorge and Hidden Scenery

You will drive from Lijiang to Shangri-La in the morning. On the way, you will stop at magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge. Listen to the roar of the Jinsha River (upper Yangtze).

After lunch, discover a best-kept secret of Haba Snow Mountain. During a 2-hour hike on an alpine meadow, enjoy exclusive views of Haba Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Continue to Shangri-La by a brand-new highway. Be impressed by the amazing scenery along the way and another super project of China.

DAY 4 Shangri-La | The Spirit of Shangri-La

Visit the largest Tibetan Buddhist Lamasery in Yunnan, Songzanlin. Discover the beating heart of local Tibetan belief, which reflects the elevated purity and awe of its surroundings.

Visit the dormitory of a lama, which is not normally open to tourists. If you are curious about their lifestyle, religious beliefs, practices, and discipline, this is a great chance to ask a lama face to face. Prepare some questions!

And then you will walk to the back of the monostery to experience a Tibetan ceremony of blessing.

Walk around Shangri-La Old Town in the afternoon. Turn the huge prayer wheel on the top of Guishan hill (if you like) and overlook the old town.

DAY 5 Shangri-La | The Life of Tibetan People

On day 5, you will discover the natural beauty and the life of local people in Shangri-La. The plateau lake and forest are the scenery you cannot miss. You will skip the well-developed scenic areas and just visit the lake and forest, which local people live around.

Explore Nixi Tibetan village. Get close to the daily life of the local Tibetan people and also experience making their famous Nixi black pottery.

Visit a Tibetan family's house. Sit and chat with the host and enjoy some traditional Tibetan snacks.

Driving alongside Napa Lake, you'll see yaks wandering on the grassland, verdant wetlands, and the clouds "floating" on the bright lake.

DAY 6 Shangri-La Departure

Private transfer to the airport

Hotel Selection

—the Icing on the Cake

Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.

the coutyard of the hotel
the night view the hotel
the bed  room of the hotel
FromCNY8,160 / USD1,270 p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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