Secrets of the Yangtze
3-Day Tiger Leaping Gorge and Stone Village Hiking Tour
The great mountain ranges in the western corner of Yunnan Province create so much incredible scenery, which attracts hikers to explore. The Haba Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain massifs, which both rise to more than 5,000 meters (16,000 feet) above sea level, narrow the Jinsha (upper Yangtze) River and create one of the most magnificent gorges in China.
On this 3-day Tiger Leaping Gorge and Stone Village hiking tour, you will not only experience the great gorge and snow mountains, but also discover hidden Stone Village and a best-kept secret of the Jinsha River.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Essence of Tiger Leaping Gorge — Upper Trekking Route
Climb to the top of the 28 Bends and overlook the gorge and rushing river.
Your 15-km (10-mile) trek will be accompanied by Jade Dragon Snow Mountain scenery.
Unlock a Less-Traveled and Wilder Route — Mid-Height Trekking Route
A wild waterfall may try to block your way!
Be careful trekking on narrow paths between steep cliffs.
Challenge yourself on the "sky ladder" with steep slope of 70°.
Visit a Castle on the Cliff — Baoshan Stone Village
Trek to the village and see how Naxi people live in isolation.
People living there use the stone to the fullest — stairs, tables, beds...
China Highlights' Special Discovery Experience
Discover the best-kept secret of the Jinsha River. Hike to find an exclusive view, which is not seen by most visitors.
Enjoy a beer (or other drink) prepared by us on Halfway Guesthouse's viewing terrace for a beautiful sunset experience.
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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!"
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We have been travelling around Yunnan Province for 8 days and it’s been amazing. The culture, the food, the people’s kindness, all these things made our trip unforgettable. Especially our guide Nancy! The most helpful and friendly guide we could have. We really appreciate her knowledge about the local history and the culture. She’s really amazing and we strongly recommend her services. more
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
In the morning, we will drive from Lijiang to Qiaotou Town, which is the entrance to Tiger Leaping Gorge. On day 1, we will hike 15 km in approximately five hours to Halfway Guesthouse.
Starting from Naxi Family Guesthouse, you will hike about 2 hours up the steep 28 Bends, where the views are remarkable.
After another 2–3 hours on the trail, we will arrive at Halfway Guesthouse, with a great view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and overlooking the Jinsha River valley. Stay overnight in Halfway Guesthouse.
On day 2, we will get up in the early morning and hike down to Tina's Guest house (about 2 hours) passing through Guanyin Waterfall and Canyons on the way.
After another hour walking down the steep cliff, we will reach the bank of the Jinsha River and the middle of Tiger Leaping Gorge, where the dangerous ‘starry sky reef' marks the narrowest part of the gorge and a tiger can easily jump over the Jinsha River.
Taking our private car to the pier, we'll cross the river to Daju Town for lunch. Then we'll head for Baoshan Stone Village, which will take about 3½ hours.
Explore Baoshan Stone Village, hike around the terraced fields, and climb over the ridge to find the incredible Taiziguan (‘Prince Pass'), which will make you exclaim "wow". The Jinsha River is calm in this section, like a beautiful ribbon. The huge mountains dive into the river and form a very narrow gorge, and the Jinsha River flows towards you from this perilous pass. Why is it called ‘Prince Pass'? Let your guide reveal the answer.
Transfer back to Lijiang in the afternoon.
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.