Tiger Leaping Gorge
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5-Day Lijiang and Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tour

When you look at the tranquil white peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain from Lijiang Ancient Town, can you imagine that the roaring depths of Tiger Leaping Gorge are hidden just behind?

As one of the greatest gorges in China, Tiger Leaping Gorge deserves 2 days for you to explore its magnificence. The steep cliffs, the fast-flowing Jinsha River (Yangtze), and the back of Jade Dragon Snow mountain, which is not seen by less adventurous tourists, will give you a memorable hiking experience.


  • Explore the upper, middle, the lower sections of Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • View the First Bend of Yangtze River
  • Hike to the steep 28-bends and view remarkable scenery
  • Visit Lijiang' highlights like Lijiang Ancient Town and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Day 1Lijiang Arrival and Ancient Town Sightseeing


Your tour guide will be waiting for you at the airport on time and get ready to pick you up to the hotel. Located on the top of Lion Hill, Wangu is the landmark building of Lijiang Ancient Town. This pure wood building is 33 meters (108 ft) tall, overlooking the scenery of Lijiang at its foot, and looking out to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the distance.

Enjoys beautiful scenes of Lijiang Ancient Town, an indeed famous city with long history and splendid culture. It is very rare in China that such well-preserved minority ancient city still exists. The old town is quite busy in the afternoon and evening with an active atmosphere of the lights and crowd.

Hotel options:
Ivy Garden Resort Hotel
Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort

Lijiang Ancient Town Lijiang Ancient Town

Day 2Visit Baisha Murals at Baisha Village, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

breakfast and lunch

On the second day, you will visit Baisha Village and one of Yunan's outstanding snow mountains-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Painted over a thousand years ago, the murals at Baisha Village combine the cultures of Han, Tibetan and Naxi people displaying the life stories of the Tibet Buddhism, Confucian and Taoism.

Seen from a far distance, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain looks like a quiet beautiful girl wearing a pure white wedding gown. Find yourself in a real paradise far away from the hustle and bustle of cities, as you take a cable car up to the Spruce Meadow at over 3,000 meters altitude on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the holy mountain for the Naxi people.

Jade Dragon Snow MountainJade Dragon Snow Mountain

Day 3 Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking(7 hours hiking)

breakfast and lunch

In the morning, drive 2.5 hours from Lijiang to Changsheng village of Qiaotou town where the tiger leaping gorge hiking starts, view the First Bend of Yangtze en route. Today we will hike 17 KM for approximately seven hours to the Halfway Guest house. Firstly, hike two hours to Naxi Family Guest house, have a lunch there. Then continue to hike another 2 hours further up the steep 28-bends and the views were remarkable.

Another 2-3 hours on the way we will arrive at half-way guest house, with a great view of Yulong Snow Mountain and overlooking the Jinsha River Valley. Stay overnight in the Halfway Guesthouse.

Hotel options:
Halfway Guesthouse

Enjoy a great view at the Halfway GuesthouseEnjoy a great view at the Halfway Guesthouse

Day 4Continued Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking (4-5 hours hiking)

breakfast and lunch

Today, we will get up in the early morning, hiking down to Tina's Guest house (about 2 Hours) passed through Guanyin waterfall and canyons on the way. After have lunch at Tina's, 1 hour walking down the steep cliff to the bank of Jinsha River and middle tiger leaping gorge, worship the dangerous shoal of "Starriness", it is the most narrow part of the gorge, where a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River.

Walk 1 hour back to Tina's. Then go to Xincun village pier after half hour's drive and go down to Xincun village pier, the lower section of the Gorge where you will take ferry across the River to Daju pier. It usually takes about 1.5-2 hours from Xincun pier to Daju pier. After that, it takes about 2.5 hours' drive to Lijiang.

Hotel options:
Ivy Garden Resort Hotel
Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort

Hike along the Tiger Leaping GorgeHike along the Tiger Leaping Gorge
Get down to the bank of the Jinsha RiverGet down to the bank of the Jinsha River
Day 5Departure


Get ready for your departure today. Enjoy a trouble-free transfer and your private guide will escort you to the airport or train/bus stations.

Trip Notes

1. About hiking in Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge hiking is a rather difficult and serious hiking route in China. Get ready for a 7-hour hiking on the first day and 4-5 hours hiking on the second day.

2. Best time to hike

Spring and autumn are the best times, when the temperatures and humidity are lower.

3. What to pack

Wear walking shoes and clothes suitable for outdoor activities. Don't forget to bring water, sunscreen, sun-glasses, and cap etc. Take only necessary luggage for the hike and Leave the rest in Lijiang. There is a one night stay in the gorge area. This route is really tough, bring less luggage as you can.

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From USD819 p/p

based on 2 persons and 4-star hotel

Service Includes
  • 1-1 consultancy from an experienced travel expert
  • 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