Top 10 China tours 2024/2025 for first visits and returns: embark on a lifetime experience. Learn more

1-Day Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Hiking Tour

Pilgrimage to Joseph Rock's Favorite Mountain

—"I want to die among those beautiful mountains rather than in a bleak hospital bed all alone."

America explorer Joseph Rock said this in a letter to his friend to express his endless love for Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

In this one-day Jade Dragon Snow Mountain hiking tour, you will skip the cable car and find yourself walking in Rock's footsteps in the embrace of his favorite mountain. Feel Yulong Mountain with your feet and see its beauty with you own eyes. There are several hiking routes up to the mountain. We are happy to recommend the right one according to your interests.

Tour 'Wow' Points

Discover the Hidden Valley of the 'Milk River' and 'Snow Sea'

Skipping the cable car and tourist crowd, 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.

hiking in the valley
the view of the snow mountain

Hear the Adventure Stories of Joseph Rock in Context

Visit ground-breaking explorer Joseph Rock's former residence in Yuhu Village. Listen to stories about him and the Naxi people who he studied. Time-travel back to Yunnan of the 1920s as you see the pictures taken by Rock.

the naxi houses
the bed room of Rock

Discover real reviews of Highlights Travel Family's best-rated service across trusted platforms.

Tour Map


Itinerary Quick Look

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


Drive from your hotel in Lijiang Ancient Town to Yuhu Village.


Starting from Yuhu Village where 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.


From Yuhu Lake, you will walk uphill for about 40 minutes to Sansi River. In the rainy season (July to October), the water level could get up to your knees. The clean river water comes down from the snow mountain and flows down the valley to Lijiang Ancient Town.


After another 40 minutes' hiking, you will get to Bahe ('Frog's Pool' in Naxi). It is a pool in rainy season and a small patch of meadow at other times.


In the next hour, you will hike up the slopes of the mountain between the bushes and rocks. And then you will get to a big piece of meadow at Ganheba (干河坝 'Dry River Embankment'). There is no water in the stream there in spring, autumn, and winter. The pleasant breeze blowing over the grassland will make you want to lie down to look at the blue sky.

Ganheba is formed from scree washed down and out by the snowmelt. As you go west, the river bed gets more and more narrow. The peaks on both sides are covered by snow in winter and spring.


Hike on the Ganheba plain to Milk River. The white limestone makes the river look like milk. Relax and have some snacks or a simple packed lunch.


Hike uphill to a view point for the magnificent view of the snow-capped mountain range. Overlook the vast Ganheba and then go across 'Snow Sea'. It is at the end of the Milk River. The white rocks and sand make it look like a sea of snow. There is only water there in the rainy season. Then the color is a lovely blue.


Hike downhill and enjoy some free time for pictures at the meadow. And then transfer back to your hotel in Lijiang Ancient Town


1. 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. This time frame is just for your reference. On our private tours, you can adjust timings flexibly according to your pace and interests.

2. This hiking tour to Ganheba is not available from April 1st to June 15th, due to local government fire prevention requirements. Your travel advisor will suggest other hiking routes according to your interests.

FromCNY1060/USD158 p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, and number of people

Price includes:

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

Tour code: lj-5

Your 1:1 travel consultant will reply within 1 working day.

Number in your group

What's your hotel choice?

I prefer to be contacted via:

Start planning your tailor-made tour with 1-1 help from our travel advisors. Create Your Trip

Sign up to Our Newsletter

Be the first to receive exciting updates, exclusive promotions, and valuable travel tips from our team of experts.

Click to Sign up

Why China Highlights

Customize Your Tour

Customize Your Tour

  • Travel Advisors Rooted in China
  • Instant Response, No More Waits!
  • Direct Connections, Supreme Values
Maximize Your Flexibility

Maximize Your Flexibility

  • Your own personal guide and ride.
  • Explore at your own pace.
  • Unparalleled flexibility, impossible on a group tour.
Ensure Your Satisfaction

Ensure Your Satisfaction

  • The Top 20% nationwide guides at your service.
  • 20% more space on your group's transportation.
  • 24/7 emergency support.
Live Your China Story

Live Your China Story

  • Authentic local culture and lifestyles.
  • Understand the culture by living it.
  • Uncover fascinating histories and witness New China.
Rated 5 out of 5 | 98.8% Excellence
China Highlights International
Travel Service Co., LTD
Featured on
China Highlights was featured on these medias.

Address: Building 6, Chuangyi Business Park, 70 Qilidian Road, Guilin, Guangxi, 541004, China