Discover the Best-Kept Secrets of Shangri-La
7-Day Shangri-La and Meili Snow Mountain Adventure Tour
Where is the mystical Shangri-La? The answer is hidden in the wrinkles of the Hengduan Mountains in the northwest of Yunnan Province.
Shangri-La can be found in the chanting of the monks and lamas of Songzanlin Monastery. It can also be seen at the top of the Meili Snow Mountains, which have never been summited. You may find it in the valley of the Three Parallel Rivers or in the forest where the Yunnan golden monkeys live. This 7-day Shangri-La adventure tour will take you off the beaten path and help you find a hidden door to paradise.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Make a Wish by the Sacred Meili Snow Mountain
Indulge in the incredible view of 13 snowcapped peaks. Let the icy mountain and white pagodas purify your heart.
Discover the Tibetan Lifestyle in the Wrinkles of the Mountains
Drive alongside the Lancang River (Mekong River) and Jinsha River (Yangtze River) to discover untouched natural beauty and Tibetan people.
Get closer to Tibetan's life and learn about their beliefs in Shangri-La.
Visit the only Gothic-style Catholic church with Tibetan features.
Taste a glass of wine made from rose honey grapes, which are an extinct species in Europe.
Encounter the Only Primates Living at an Elevation of 4000 Meters.
Meet an incredible protected animal - the Yunnan golden monkey - in an old-growth forest.
Paint Your Own Tangka
Learn how to paint a tangka and take the good luck and energy from Shangri-La back home with you.
Enjoy a Moderate-Level Hike in the Forest
Hike along the stream in the forest up to a small meadow. In spring and summer, lovely flowers blossom and birds sing in the forest.
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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 guide at the airport. A private vehicle will transfer you directly to your hotel where your guide will help you to check-in. Relax for the rest of the day.
Visit the largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in Yunnan Province — Songzanlin Lamasery — which was built in the style of the Potala Palace in Lhasa.
Explore Shangri-La Old Town in the afternoon. Learn to paint a thangka('sacred tapestry') and bring the self-made souvenir and the good luck back home. Don't miss the Tibetan dancing on the central square in the evening.
Visit Pudacuo National Park in the morning. It retains the well-preserved ecosystem of the virgin forests. The must-see scenery in this park is Shudu Lake. Drive from Shangri-La to Tacheng in the afternoon. The beautiful countryside along the way is impressive.
Visit Yunnan Golden Monkey National Park after breakfast. This area is the hometown of the Yunnan golden monkeys. They are the only primates living at an altitude of 3,000–4,500 meters (10,000–15,000 feet) above sea level, apart from humans. The national park's staff feed the monkeys in the forest every morning. The monkeys appear suddenly when hearing the staff whistling.
You will drive alongside the Lancang River (the Mekong River) from Tacheng to Deqin. As the altitude gradually decreases, the landscape, vegetation, crops, and villages will change.
Stop at Cizhong Village. There, you will discover a Catholic church, which was built in 1921. It was built in a Gothic style, but combines features of Tibetan architecture.
Enjoy an incredible view of the Meili Snow Mountains at sunrise. When the sunlight shines on the snowy peaks and turns them sparkling golden, it is a magical moment when the chaos and routines of life can be forgotten.
Visit Mingyong Glacier to get close to Kawagebo, the main peak of the Meili Snow Mountains. As one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Yunnan Tibetan area, Kawagebo is still a virgin peak, which none have conquered due to the complicated terrain and fickle weather (not to mention respect for Tibetan beliefs and a government climbing ban from 2001).
Depart Deqin and go up to Wunongding Viewing Platform for a last panoramic view of the Meili Snow Mountains before saying goodbye. Drive along the Jinsha River back to Shangri-La.
Stop at a platform for a great view of the big bend of the Jinsha River, which is the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.
Visit Niding Tibetan village to get close to the daily life of the local Tibetan people. Enjoy an authentic Tibetan meal in a local family's house and a moderate hike in the forest nearby to a meadow with a fantastic view.
Your guide and driver will escort you 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: zd-2