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.(lj-3)
Tour 'Wow' Points
Explore One of the Most Magnificent Gorges in China
Hike on Haba Mountain. Admire the peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain reaching to the sky and the rushing torrents of the Jinsha River flowing off into the distance.
Marvel at Stone Village, Created by the Brave Naxi People
Explore Baoshan Stone Village, hidden above the Jinsha River. Experience a one-night stay in the village and witness the wisdom and hard work of the local Naxi people.
Discover a Best-Kept Secret of Jinsha River
Hike to find an exclusive view of the Jinsha River, which is not seen by most visitors. Take in the spectacular landscape
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Since 1959 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.
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.