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Lijiang Haba Snow Mountain Climbing Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking Shangrila Tour - 10 Days

Destination: Lijiang,Shangrila
Duration: Ten Day
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For those who love the outdoors and a challenge, than this is the perfect adventure hike for you. You¡¯ll get to climb Haba Snow Mountain, and you¡¯ll be accompanied by a professional mountaineering guide as well as yaks! You¡¯ll also get to trek through Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world¡¯s most impressive gorges, as well as being widely considered the best trekking route in China.You¡¯ll be immersed in the diverse and fascinating ethnic minority culture (such as the Naxi and Bai peoples) of Yunnan, visiting authentic minority villages and towns, which will give you insight on the day-to-day life of these intriguing ethnic groups.Visit the town of Shangri-La, which was once thought only to exist in legend. This real-life paradise will enchant you with its Tibetan tradition, grand monasteries, and above all it¡¯s people, and you¡¯ll get to visit and have dinner in the home of a Tibetan family in the town.
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Day 1: Lijiang Arrival

You will fly to the town of Lijiang, and upon arrival you'll be met by your English-speaking guide. Lijiang is an enclave of ethnic minority cultures, and the Naxi ethnic group is especially prevalent here. You will be taken to your hotel in Lijiang, and you'll have the evening to unpack and relax. If you like, you can spend the night walking along the Old Town of Lijiang.

The Old Town is made up of three old districts that retain a special character of Naxi and Han construction and Naxi customs, arts and culture. It was a former trading town and a stop for traders carrying goods on the ¡°Chama Road¡± trails. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 following an earthquake and reconstruction in 1996 that returned the city to a more ancient look. The UNESCO description says: ¡°The Old Town of Lijiang, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site, has retained a historic townscape of high quality and authenticity.


Day 2: Lijiang-Jade Dragon Snow Mountain-Lijiang (B)

Today we will be exploring Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which dominates the landscape of Lijiang. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountains are a small group of peaks close to the city of Lijiang. The nearest slope is only about 30 kilometers north of the Dayan Ancient City District, and the mountain can be clearly seen from the Black Dragon Pool next to the ancient district. The group of mountains is notable because they contain a small ski area, good hiking along Tiger Leaping Gorge, great scenic views, and a 15,000 foot mountain with a specially built stairway and path to make climbing to the summit easy. Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south, which is 15 kilometers (nine miles) away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon lying in the clouds, hence, the name Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.The Yangtze River runs through Tiger Leaping Gorge in the valley below. The mountains are a place to go to in Yunnan for skiing or fun in the snow in the winter and for hiking and enjoying the natural scenery the rest of the year.

By cable car and by foot we'll visit all the scenic spots of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and we'll also go by cable car to the mountain's peaks. The highest peak is named Fan Peak(Shanzidou in Chinese) which is about 5596 meters above sea level. Other notable area we will visit by cable car are the Glacier Park(4500M), the Spruce Meadow(3200M), and the Yak Meadow(3700M). Afterwards you'll get to view the Lijiang ethnic Culture Show, a song and dance extravaganza about the regions numerous minority cultures, and the show was created and directed by Zhang Yimou (he also directed the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony).

In the afternoon you'll have the opportunity to get better acquainted with the Naxi people at the village of Baisha. Baisha Old Town is one of the oldest towns in Lijiang. It is the earliest settlement of the Naxi people and is the birthplace of "Tusi", chief of the Mu clan. In the town there are many ancient buildings built during the Ming Dynasty, including Dabaoji Palace, Liuli Temple, and Wenchang Palace. The well-known Baisha Frescoes are located in Dabaoji Palace. Because of the white sand on the ground, the town was named "Baisha", which means "white sand". In the Naxi language, it is called "bengshi". The architectural complex is made up of two parts, folk residence and cultural sites. The folk residence is called "pengshizhi" which in the local language means "Baisha Streets". The streets all go from south to north. In the center of the old town there is a square where three thoroughfares intersect. Houses and small stores stand on the both sides of these streets. A crystal clear stream winds around all the houses flowing through the small town from north to south.

The center of town features a beautiful rendering of frescoes religious frescoes. The 44 pieces of Baisha frescos were drawn in the early Ming Dynasty. Most of the paintings are about religious stories of Taoism, Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism. The murals embody the artistic characteristics of the Naxi, Tibetan, Han and Bai ethnic groups. Among them the paintings about Kwan-yin and Sakyamuni are the most famous ones. Now Baisha Frescos, also known as Lijing Frescos have become precious data for the study of China's history of arts and religions.

We'll then return to Lijiang for the evening.


Day 3: Lijiang¨CQiaotou (1800m)-Halfway Guesthouse (2500m) (B, L, D)

Today we are going to get started on our hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge. Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the world's deepest gorges, and is tucked in between Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Mountain. At a length of 17km, Tiger Leaping Gorge is the birthplace of the ancient Lijiang culture, whose people lived in the many caves, big and small, in the side of Yulong Xueshan (Jade Dragon Snow Mountain). These caves were naturally formed houses. In some caves, rock paintings and artifacts shedding light on the life of these primitive peoples were found. The rock paintings have now become another attraction of Tiger Leaping Gorge. The gorge is regarded as one of the top ten hiking trails in China.

At 6 in the morning we will drive (2 hour drive) to the town of Qiaotou, which is where we'll begin our trek. We'll hike for two hours, and then stop for lunch at a Naxi family restaurant, and here we'll try some Naxi cuisine.

We'll then resume our hike, continuing to hike another 2 hours up the steep switchback called ¡°28-bends before the next break¡±. The views are unforgettable (you are at an altitude of over 3000m). After a break, we'll hike another one or two hours, and then we will arrive at the Halfway Guesthouse, which has a great view of Yulong Snow Mountain and overlooks the Jinsha (Golden Sands) River Valley. You can sit out on a deck facing the mountain, and there are hot showers and clean beds.


Day 4: Halfway Guesthouse (2500m)-Tina's Inn-Middle Rapids (1800m)-Haba Village (2600m) (B, L, D) (5-6 hours of hiking)

We'll rise early in the morning, and we'll continue hiking for about 2 hours until we reach Tina's Inn, and we'll spend about an hour there to have a break and a meal. Around mid-day we will reach the steep cliffs of Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, along the bank of the Jinsha River. At this point we will visit the narrowest point of the gorge, where it is said that a tiger could easily jump over the Jinsha River, hence the gorge's name. It is a tight spot with the whole of the Yangtze River confined to a 20-meter (70-foot) width.

We'll then climb up the gorge to Walnut Grove (Woody's Guesthouse), and depending on how tired you are, we'll go via either the Tianti or Yixiantian route. After we reach Walnut Grove Garden, we'll take the car to Haba Village, and after dinner, we'll make our preparations for climbing Haba Snow Mountain

We'll spend the night at the Haba Mountain Guesthouse.


Day 5: Haba Village (2600m)-Base Camp of Haba Snow Mountain (4200m)

Today we will begin our trek up Haba Snow Mountain. The Haba Snow Mountain, with its main peak 5,396 meters in height, also has a climate that is distinctly different from the foot to the summit because of elevation difference, and it has a temperature difference of up to 22.8 degrees. The Haba Snow Mountain covers 21,908 hectares, and is covered with a vertical distribution of forests. The attraction of the Haba Snow Mountain is attributed to the towering peaks and its alpine moraine lake, along with endless tracks of azalea flowers.

Besides snow mountains, lakes and azalea flowers, there are also many waterfalls here. Tumbling down the northeastern side of the mountain is Haba Waterfall, also known as the "Great Hanging Water", which is more than 200m high and pours down with an amazing momentum.

The mountain area is the final home to many species. There are many kinds of plants, animals in the snow mountain, and is therefore praised as the Natural Zoo.

We'll trek up the mountain for about 15km, and your luggage will be carried by the bellhops of Haba Snow Mountain, yaks! For lunch we will have a picnic meal during a respite from our hike.

After a few hours of hiking we'll arrive at the Haba Snow Mountain Base Camp, and we'll camp here in our tents for the night.


Day 6:  Haba Snow Mountain Base Camp (4200m)-Camp 1of Haba Snow Mountain (4800m) (B, L, D)

Today we'll be continuing our hike up Haba Snow Mountain. We'll climb up another 6km, and the hiking up here is a little more difficult and challenging, so it will take us about 6 hours. You'll be with your own professional mountaineering guide, and he/she will pick the most efficient climbing route possible. However, you will need to carry your own luggage today (sorry, no yaks!). For lunch we'll have another picnic, and the mountaineering guide will set up camp for the night.


Day 7: Camp 1 of Haba Snow Mountain (4800m)-top of Haba Snow Mountain (5396m)-Haba Village (B, L, D)

We'll get up bright and early today at 5, and you'll get a magnificent view of the sunrise. We'll then set to work on getting to the top of the mountain. This final leg of the climb will be 4km and will take about 5 hours. You'll be able to leave most of your luggage at Camp 1, and you'll just need to take your mountaineering equipment, such as your rope, ice ax, and ice pick. We'll then arrive at the top (you did it!) and we'll take some time to marvel at our achievement.

We'll set up a picnic for lunch, and then hike down to Camp 1 in order to get your luggage. Afterwards, we'll hike down to the base camp, and after all that hard work and perseverance you've put in, the cook at Base Camp will have something hot and delicious waiting for you.

We'll stay at the Base Camp for the night.


Day 8 Base Camp of Habba Snow Mountain (4200m)-Haba Village-Baishuitai-Shangri-La (3300m) (B, L, D)

In the morning we will trek down from the Base Camp to the Long Wang Bian Village, with yaks taking your luggage. After lunch, we'll drive on to Shangri-La (also known as Zhongdian), which is located in northwest Yunnan, and is in close proximity to Tibet. On the way there we will stop at White Water Terrace, which is known in Chinese as Baishuitai. White Water Terrace in Naxi (the local ethnic minority group) means 'growing flower'. Not only a place of beautiful scenery, it is also one of the birthplaces of Dongba Naxi culture, which is widely known around the world. It is said that the founding father of Dongba culture settled here to spread his beliefs on his way back from Tibet. On the eighth day of the second month of the lunar calendar, that is, the day when the founding father held his founding ceremony, people of various groups congregate round the terrace, singing and dancing and slaughtering chickens to pay tribute. White Water Terrace occupies an area of about 3 square kilometers with green plants and springs setting off each other, and is just like a "field in heaven".

We'll then drive the final 100km in order to reach Shangri-La. The mythical, yet real, Shangri-La, is the basis of much legend. The English writer, James Hilton's legendary novel ¡°Last Horizon¡± wowed readers with a paradise, characterized by snow-capped mountains, vast grasslands, lush vegetation, gorgeous gorges and idyllic lakes, and that is exactly what you'll find when we arrive.

When we arrive in Shangri-La we'll go for a stroll in the old town of the city, which is known as Dukezong. It is located in the southeast section of Shangri-La, and has a history dating back over 1300 years. Almost all the buildings are white in color and feature the Tibetan style architecture. You'll find busy markets, colorful homes, and the trace of Tibetan culture will be unmistakable.


Day 9 Shangri-La (B)

Following breakfast we'll get started on some Shangri-La sightseeing, and we'll first visit the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery. Beingthe largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, Songzanlin Monastery, also known as Guihua Monastery, is one of the famous monasteries in the Kang region. Construction of the monastery began in 1679 and was completed two years later. The monastery seems like a group of ancient castles and is composed of two lamaseries, Zhacang and Jikang. The gilded copper roof endows the monastery with strong Tibetan features and the 108 (an auspicious number in Buddhism) columns downstairs also feature the monastery with characteristics of Han nationality. The main halls in the monastery are magnificent, and on both the left and the right sides are wonderful frescos, depicting Buddhist tales and legends. The inside-halls are exquisite with cloisters running through. The cloisters are all decorated with beautiful sculptures and consummate frescos.

Then it is off for some relaxation at the Pudacuo Nature Reserve. This is a protected wetlands area that has a primitive forest of coniferous trees lakes, and lies 3,539 meters above sea level. Two lakes that accentuate the beauty of this park are the Shuda Lake and the Bita Lake. We will then follow this up with a visit to the Summer Pastures at Napa Lake, right outside Shangri-La.Several rivers flow into the lake, including the Naizi and Naqu Rivers. The lake is seasonal in that it is dry in the fall and winter seasons, naturally becoming part of the Yila Prairie. During this time, visitors can see many sheep and cows grazing in the lakebed.

Afterwards we'll return to the old town of Shangri-la for a bit before going over to Guishan Park, a lovely preserve with a temple one top that gives you a sweeping panoramic view of the entire city.

In the evening, you'll get to have some firsthand experience in the Tibetan culture of the area by visiting the home of a local Tibetan family, and if you're a good guest (and we're sure you will be!), you'll get to try some yak butter tea (yummy!), and even take part in some Tibetan dancing!


Day 10 Shangri-La-Kunming Departure (B)

In the morning you'll be taken to the airport, and you'll make the short flight to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan province, and from Kunming you'll fly on to your next destination, thus ending the tour.


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