4 Days Trekking in the Yellow Mountains

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4 Days Trekking in the Yellow Mountains

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From US$829 p/p

Based on 2 persons & 4-star hotels for reference

The Yellow Mountains are some of the most magnificent mountains in China. A trekking tour will allow you to hike down to the less-traveled paths to appreciate the undisturbed beauty away from the tourists. You will know why "climbing Huangshan" is on most Chinese people's bucket list.


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1Huangshan Arrival

Once you arrive, you will receive a warm welcome from your personal guide outside the luggage claim area. Your professional private driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. They will go the extra mile, making sure you have everything you need. Have a good rest and prepare for the following adventure.

Good to know:
Travel light! Please take a small bag or backpack for your overnight stay on the mountain. Your guide will assist you to store big suitcase in your hotel in Tunxi for free. You can collect it on your way back. You can also store the luggage at the foot of the mountains. The cost is about CNY20 (US$4) for each piece.

One night in Tunxi: Huangshan International Hotel (4-star)/Crowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng (5-star).

Day 2Hike up the Yellow Mountains via the Eastern Steps

Today's trek is about 10.5 kilometers (6.5 miles) and takes approximately five hours.

After breakfast, you will be driven to the foot of the Yellow Mountains and start your trek from the Yungu Temple. Ascend the mountains via the Eastern Steps and you will trek pass several natural peculiarly-shaped rocks, especially the Stone Table and the peak of the Immortal Pointing the Way. It takes about three hours to arrive at the White Goose Ridge. After a rest and a buffet lunch in a hotel, you will continue on to the Flying-over Rock and the Bright Top for approximately three hours in the afternoon. The sunset at the Cloud-dispelling Pavilion is a highlight. Enjoy a buffet dinner at your hotel to regain some strength.

One night on the mountain: Beihai Hotel (4-star)/Xihai Hotel — South Wing/New Wing (5-star).

Good to know:
To save time and strength, you can take Yungu Cable Car to go up (10 minutes) and Yuping Cable Car to go down (15 minutes). The cost is CNY80 (US$13) per person for Yungu and CNY90 (US$14) per person for Yuping.

The Clouds of the Yellow MountainsThe Clouds of the Yellow Mountains
Day 3Trek in the West Sea Grand Canyon

Today's trek is about 12.5 kilometers (7.8 miles) and takes approximately six hours.

After watching the sunrise at the Refreshing Terrace, hike to the Cloud-dispelling Pavilion and then down to the West Sea Grand Canyon. The hiking trip covers the most essential parts — the 1st ring, 2nd ring, Button, Plunk Way, and Fairy-Walking Bridge — taking about five hours to finish the circuit. Lunch will be arranged flexibly by your guide. It takes about one hour to hike to Baiyun Hotel. Enjoy buffet dinner at the hotel.

Good to know:
Short Cut. From the Cloud-dispelling Pavilion to the button of West Sea Crand Canyon, it's down stairs all the way and some sections are very narrow and steep. Therefore, trekking in the West Sea Grand Canyon can be a big challenge, especially to your knees. A monorail is available to help you save time and strength. It runs between the bottom of the Canyon and the main peak area, which is about 300 meters (0.2 miles) from the Baiyun Hotel. The 893 meters (0.6 miles) takes less than five minutes and the cost is CNY80 (US$13) per person.

One night on the mountains: Baiyun/Tianhai Hotel (4-star).

The Sunrise at the Yellow MountainsThe Sunrise at the Yellow Mountains
Day 4Hike Down the Yellow Mountains via the Western Steps and Departure

You will trek about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) which takes about six hours.

After watching the sunrise at the Bright Top, you will hike to the One Hundred Ladders for one hour and then to the Jade Screen Pavilion to see the famous Greeting-guests Pine. Then hike to the steepest peak of the mountains, Celestial Capital Peak, for about two hours and then down to the base at Lima Temple for approximately two hours.

After the physically demanding adventure, it’s time to relax and have a nice lunch at Tunxi Ancient Street.

Your private guide and driver will accompany you to your station or the airport for your next destination.

The Yellow Mountains under the SnowThe Yellow Mountains under the Snow

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Trip Notes

1. Tailoring Your Tour

This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest, and schedule. If you would like to book the hotels on your own, we can remove the hotel cost from quotation. Please inform your travel advisor about your preference.

Simple fun to enrich your itinerary:

Overnight trains from Shanghai arrive in the morning. Flights from Shanghai and buses from Hangzhou usually arrive in the afternoon. Flights to Shanghai and Xian depart in the late evening. Here are some additional options to fill in the possible gap:

Options to further extend your tour:

Feel free to tell us your requirements and interests, and we will be happy to help you arrange a trip with our professional knowledge and experience.

2. Reminder:

West Sea Grand Canyon, Celestial Capital Peak and Lotus Peak usually close from December to March of the following year due to the snowy weather. Guide will adjust the itinerary to cover other highlights to make most of your time.


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