Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La

Chinese New Year Adventure with Hiking in Tiger Leaping Gorge

Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La

Why This Tour

  • Explore one of the most magnificent gorges in China.
  • Find the trails of the lost Ancient Tea Horse Road.
  • Discover the mysterious ethnic minorities in southwest of China.

Tour Date and Price

Tour Date Price Single Room Supplement
Jan. 22nd, 2022 CNY4899 per person CNY1332 per person
Jan. 31st, 2022 CNY5499 per person CNY1720 per person

Tour Highlights

Celebrate with a beer or two after hiking through the Tiger Leaping Gorge

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.

Hiking in the gorge
enjoy the mountains with the cloud and the waterfall

Recall the Fading Memories of Caravans in Shaxi Ancient Town

Visit the last remaining market town on the ancient Tea Horse Road — Shaxi. The shining wall, the ancient stage, bridge, and grand courtyard still tell stories about the horse caravans.

Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La
Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La

Enjoy a Moderate Hike along the Ancient Tea Horse Road

Walk to explore the village near Shaxi Town. Enjoy the peaceful countryside. Local people might be working in the fields. An old man walking with his goats might be on his way home.

Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La
Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La

Talk with a Shaman of the Naxi People

Understand more about the mysterious Naxi culture by visiting a shaman's house. Learn some Naxi characters and enjoy a piece of old Naxi music. Be impressed by the local people's passion for their culture and homeland.

Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La
Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La

Visit a Nonpublic Dormitory of Songzanlin Monastery

Talk with a monk in his dormitory's study room, which is not normally open to tourists. If you are lucky, you might meet a living Buddha!  

Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La
Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La
Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La

Discover the Mystery of Prayer flags at Songzanlin Monastery

Experience a Tibetan ceremony of blessing behind Songzanlin Monastery, which is not seen by ordinary tourists. Learn how the local people pray toward sacred Songzanlin Monastery.

Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La
Yunnan Mini Group | 7-Day Lijiang to Shangri-La

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Day by Day Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive in Lijiang

Hotel: Doof Resort Hotel or similar

Transfer from the airport to the hotel is your own arrangement. Enjoy your free time to explore the Lijiang.Old Town.

DAY 2 Shaxi Old Town

Meals: breakfast

Hotel: Doof Resort Hotel or similar

After breakfast, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and take you to Shaxi Old Town, the last remaining market town on the Ancient Tea Horse Road.

Visit a private museum about Tea Horse Road trade caravans. you will see a lot of caravan paraphernalia that once traveled the Tea Horse Road, such as bells, saddles, horsewhips, and some other things you might have never seen before.

Enjoy a short hike (2.5 miles) from Sideng Street. Cross the Yujin Bridge and walk along the Heihui River to the north where you can enjoy the peaceful countryside. If you stop at Beilong village, you will be surprised that there is a beautiful bookstore. The building used to be a factory of processing crops.

When you get to the Duanjiaden village, you can find a well-maintained traditional stage with a history of more than 150 years.

DAY 3 Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Meals: breakfast

Hotel: Doof Resort Hotel or similar

Head to the holy mountain of the Naxi people — Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Take the cable car up and look out over the stunning and varied natural beauty with spruces, meadows, pines, and clouds.

You will have a chance to stroll around Blue Moon Valley and enjoy a clean blue pool. In the afternoon, visit a shaman of the Naxi people in the village nearby. It is a great chance to learn more about Naxi people and their history and culture.

DAY 4 Tiger leaping Gorge Hiking

Meals: breakfast

Hotel: Halfway Guesthouse or similar

On day 1 of your TLG trek, you will hike 15 km (10 miles), which takes approximately 5 hours.

In the morning, drive from Lijiang to Qiaotou Town, the entrance to Tiger Leaping Gorge. Hike about 2 hours up the steep 28 Bends and enjoy the remarkable view there.

After another 2–3 hours on the trail, you will arrive at Halfway Guesthouse. Admire spectacular views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the narrow Jinsha River Valley.

DAY 5 Tiger leaping Gorge Hiking

Meals: breakfast 

Hotel: The 5th Meteorite · Light-Year Hotel or similar

On day 2 of your trek, get up early and hike down to Tina's Guesthouse. It will take around 2 hours. Don’t miss the impressive waterfall and canyons on the way. 

If you still have energy, you can walk down the steep cliff to reach the bank of the Jinsha River and the middle of Tiger Leaping Gorge. The round trip takes about 2 hours.

Meet your driver and continue your journey to Shangri-La.

DAY 6 Shangri-La Highlights

Meals: breakfast 

Hotel: The 5th Meteorite · Light-Year Hotel or similar

In the morning, explore the largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in Yunnan — Songzanlin Lamasery, which is also known as the ‘Little Potala Palace. Then follow your guide into a lama’s dormitory. It is a great chance to find out more about their devout lifestyle and religion.

Finally, experience a Tibetan ceremony of blessing, and see how Tibetans pray on the hill behind Songzanlin Monastery.

Pay a visit to Shangri-La Old Town in the afternoon. Slow down your steps and feel the holy religious atmosphere. 

Don’t miss the Tibetan dancing in the central square in the evening.

DAY 7 Shangri-La Departure

Meals: breakfast 

Say goodbye to the amazing Yunnan. Airport transfer will be your own arrangement. We wish you a safe journey home! 

Tour Notes:

  • Single supplement feewill not be charged on your account unless you ask for a single room or if there is no one else of the same gender to share with.
  • The minimum number of people for this trip is 4 and the maximum is 12. We can open another date for you if you have a group of 4 or more people and prefer a different departure date.
  • Vehicle Type:7 seats vehicle or same level for 4 people, 14 seats vehicle or same level for 5 - 7 people, 17 seats vehicle or same level for 8 - 10 people.
  • Luggage: One traveler is allowed to take a 24# suitcase and a small bag. We will not responsible for any extra charges due to excess baggage. 

*Let us know if you prefer different dates, we might be able to open a new date for you if you are a group of more than 4 people)

Price Includes:

  • Air-conditioned vehicle with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, attractions tickets, and meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Hotels listed in the itinerary or similar options
  • 24/7 helpline while you are traveling
  • Insurance

Tour code: lj-4 GP

Price Excludes:

  • Transportation to Lijiang and from Shangri-la
  • Tips for the guide and the driver
  • Personal expenses

Cancellation Policy

Best cancellation policy in the business!

  • Cancellation due to the travel restriction of Covid-19: 100% refund
  • Cancellation received up to 21 days before departure: 100% refund
  • Cancellation received 14 to 20 days before departure: 90% refund
  • Cancellation received 3 to 13 days before departure: 50% refund
  • Cancellation received 0 to 2 days before departure: 0% refund


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