An Exceptional Adventure in Northwest Yunnan
6-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La Adventure Tour
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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About China Highlights
Since 1998 we've guided everyone ranging from US presidents, Australian Geographic and retired backpackers. Our goal is to create unique trips that take you off-the-beaten path, helping you discover China in a more authentic way. Our motto: "Discovery Your Way!"
Lijiang Trip July 2021
Kudos to Alisa Liu from the agency who I must say was on hand almost 24/7 for requests and queries. Even though our trip was marred with the onset of the Typhoon In Fa with various flight and train cancellations but Alisa was quick to arrange for alternative solutions under the circumstances and made the most effort to make our journey as comfortable as possible whilst we made our way back to Shanghai. As for the itinerary, Alisa understands her clientele’s different needs very well and for the most part my expectations were met. I love private tours with a very relaxed itinerary and comfortable accommodation and some of us prefer more exclusive accommodation vs a packed itinerary trying to go to a hundred location type of tour. more
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Private transfer to the airport
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.
- 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
Tour code: lj-4