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At around 3,000 meters (9,000 feet) above sea level and 28 and a half degrees above the equator, the Mingyong glacier is both China’s lowest and most southerly glacier. This makes for a wonderfully biodiverse hiking and sightseeing as you hike up a few thousand feet.
Mingyong Glacier is also unusually accessible for a glacier from major population centers since it is in Deqen County about 6 or 7 hours by bus from Shangri-la. Shangri-la has a domestic airport. The relatively quick transport and low elevation makes hiking and sightseeing easier.
Meili Snow Mountain is considered one of the Most Beautiful Snow Mountains of China. So a visit to the area provides spectacular scenery. The main peak is called Kawagebo that is the highest in Yunnan Province. Mingyong Glacier flows down from Kawagebo.
The sunrises and sunsets are sometimes magnificent when conditions are right.
Deqen County Town is about 182 kilometers (113 miles) from Shangri-La Town.
You can get to the Meili Snow Mountains by bus or by renting a vehicle from Shangri-La. There are direct flights from Kunming (1 hour), Chengdu (1 and a half hours), and Chongqing (1 hour and 40 minutes).
Our China Highlights private drivers can provide direct and comfortable transport between the airport and the mountain. For more about how to go to Shangri-La, see Shangri-La Transport.
Plan your tour of Mingyong Glacier with an experienced China Highlights tour guide today! We can customize your trip to suit your needs.
Visiting Deqin and Mingyong Glacier can be included in these popular Yunnan itineraries.
Please feel free to contact us if you need any assistance in trip planning and arrangement.