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Tiger Leaping Gorge Lijiang Lugu Lake Trekking - 10 Days

Destination: Tiger Leaping Gorge Lijiang Lugu Lake
Duration: Ten Day
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Transportation: Vehicle & Trekking
Best Travel Time:Mar - Nov
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The Matriarchy Community of Mosuo people
Mosuo people is the dominant ethnic people living around the Lugu Lake at the border of Yunnan and Sichuan Province known by its unique matriarchy . The total 10 thousand Mosuo people was falsified as a part of Nakhi people which is a major ethnic in Lijiang. Part of the reason would be the language they use is similar to Nakhi language so considered a "dialect" of the Nakhi language. Mosuo people believe both in Tibetan Buddhism and their own handed down Daba system. It is obviously a good group for researches of matriachal and feminism: Females being the decision makers and wedlock between man and woman is a moral responsibility other than a legal bondage. Tourism has flourished the Lugu Lake in recent years when this genuine tradition is gradually disappearing.


Pumi People
Pumi People is one of the ethnic people living in northern Yunnan, originally migrated from the Tibetan Plateau as one of the Qaingic people. Pumi means "the white people" indicating their relatively whiter skin comparing to the other ethnic groups live in this area. Now it has a total population of over 330 thousand. They only have spoken language and use the Chinese as official language currently. They have similar costumes and festivals to the Nakhi people but also under the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. One can usually tell the difference by their hairstyle: women usually with thick braided hair coiling up over head.


People of Yi
Yi nation is one of ancient nations in Yunnan. Their ancient people were related with Qiang nation, now the population of 4.05 million . They are distributed over Chuxiong, Honghe, Ailaoshang and areas of Xiaoliangshang in Yunnan. Their language is a branch of the family of Tibetan and Myanmar languages. Yi lives in a type of house of wood timbers battlement. The fire of fireplace ( a hollow dug on the ground) is never put off a year around in their houses. It is the living center of the family so called "Fireplace Culture". Yi's nature is so forthright, good at drinking, singing and having a felt on the back. The family system is the structure of a husband and one wife forming a small family. They prefer to the black color, so in the history the Yi nobleman was always in black, the white represented the "Wazi" meaning the serfs. The man has a black scarf around the head and a set of black clothes. But the woman is in colorful shining clothes. Yi nation believes in the Master of Soil and multi-Gods religion. Their main holiday is the "Festival of Torch" (Around in March) .


Baoshan Stone Village
Baoshan Stone Village is not a "town" or a "city" as we may find from some sources but a village used as a fortress that is built on a giant stone. Local ethnical Naxi people have built their crimson houses on the giant hump with three sides facing  barrancas. It was first built in the 13th century when Kublai's troop passing here to their Yunnan expedition and named this fotress Baoshan Stone fortress for its steepness and difficult accessibility). Instruments and devices are all made of stones like stone beds, stone pillows, stone tables, stone stools, stone hearth, stone vats, etc. Walking in the small valleys in the village we can see the lot of constructions compacting together in a natural order. Over 100 families live here on farming by the terrace fields they have assorted around this village. October is a good time to have a stay here when rice terraces are all golden in the valleys.

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Day 01:Lijiang
First day arrive in Lijiang, and explore the old town of Lijiang and Jade Dragon Snow Moutain.

Meal: Lunch, Dinner       Overnight:Hotel

Day 02:Lijiang/Qiaotou - Tea-Horse Guesthouse
Ride from the old town of Lijiang to Qiatou, our trek starting point. Reach the tollgate of Tiger Leaping Gorge at Tiger Leaping Town after a couple of hours' ride. Pass a school and the views of the Tiger Leaping Gorge shows itself gradually as we walk in the path right on the side of Haba Snow Mountain. Across the Jinsha River(Upper part of Yangtze River) is named the Yulong Snow Mountain(both soar over 5000 meters high) or locally Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in between the Jinsha water rushes down in the very narrow gap the narrowest of 25 meters--considering the No.1 river that flows across south China thousand miles towards East China Sea. Ascent the 28 switchbacks after lunch we get good views of the gorge: a total of over 3500 meters fall from the mountain top to the water surface within this gorged valley. Continue walk to Tea-Horse Naxi Guesthouse to have an overnight stay. Excellent mountain views from the guesthouse. (Approx 6 hours)
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner    Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 03:Tea-Horse Guesthouse - Walnut Grove/Baoshan
Wake up to enjoy alpenglow view of the Yulong Snow Mountain from the back. After breakfast, we set off walking on a rather flat trail still on the mountain side. Great gorge views of cliff faces erect on both sides of the gorge, hanging waterfall and snow-capped peaks followed by a dramatic descent before we walk on the "Low Trail"(which is actually a road). Reach Walnut Grove and drive to ferry, cross the Jinsha River and continue ride to Baoshan. Overnight in a local Naxi family. Have fresh farm terrace views en route. (Approx 5 hours)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner    Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 04:Baoshan - Baoshan Stone Village
Have the views of the Naxi village in the morning glow before we trek out of this village. Green fields rolling out on the mountain on both banks of the Jinsha River is an excellent picture of an ancient Naxi style. Today is an acclimatizing walk, we can spot the Stone Village short after we set out. The trail is on the other back of the mountain facing the rushing Jinsha River. Altitude drops below 2000 meters as temperature rises along. This Stone Village is built on a giant stone. This vilalge was first built in the 13th century when Kublai's troop passing here to their Yunnan expedition. Stone beds, stone pillows, stone tables, stone stools, stone hearth, stone vats, etc are everywhere. Walking in the small valleys in the village we can see the lot of constructions compacting together in a natural order. Over 100 families live here on farming by the terrace fields they have assarted around this village. Check in one of the guesthouses and start to wander around this small village with good views of the farm terraces and Jinshan River as well. Optional excursion to the riverside below. (Approx 4 hours)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner        Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 05:Baoshan Stone Village - Liuqing
Experience the Naxi village in the morning and after breakfast we walk out this village along the Yangtze River valley. We gradually ascend for 4 hours or more, elevation gains over 700 meters until we reach the top at 2500 meters by passing two tunnels at Taizi Pass. Before the tunnels we walk on a narrow trail cutting on the edge of the cliff. The tunnels, one 60 meters and the other 90 meters long, at the pass are the only passage that connects the villages from each side of the pass built in 1960s. They are very basic tunnels that were rather made for Asians, so be care for not bump your head against the roof in the tunnels. Panoramic views of the Stone village at back and in front, we have grand views of the Jinsha River. The gorge here is reputedly "the second gorge" after Tiger Leaping Gorge in terms of views and sudden plungings. After the pass we descend in the forest. Stay overnight in the Naxi family in Liuqing. (Approx 6 hours)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner        Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 06:Liuqing - Labo
Wake up early in the morning to catch the great sunrise view in the valley. Great views of terrace landscape and Jinsha river along our gradual trail. Pass by the Naxi villages and sometimes with a group of children running around. The village on the other side of the river looks isolated. It is a different ethnic group over there. This area has an obvious small population as we can only find resident in the villages, for most of the time we walk in the forest or open field or just arid slops. After a long trail walk we reach by the ferry site named Genang. Get across the Jinsha River on a very basic boat and reach our today's overnight spot, a Mosuo village named Labo. (Approx 7 hours)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner        Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 07:Labo Vilalge- Zhuangzi Village
This is a hard day. Up ahead is the uphill trail leading into the scattered bushes or rocks, behind us is the Jinsha river and the randomly folding landscape we have traveled. We pass the Yi, Han, Pumi and Lisu group mixed village of Gewa halfway. Outside of the village are fields and dried ditches on the slopes. Be aware of the scotching sunlight in a sunny day. Ocassional steps on a very basic road that during the rainy season usually gets flushed away by the rain in some parts. More houses and fields there and here and more open view of the Jinsha River behind as we ascend. Zhuangzi, a small village of Lisu people, is the place where we stay tonight. Feel the unique construction and weaving craft in Zhuangzi.(Approx 7 hours)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner        Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 08:Zhuangzi Village - Lugu Lake
Last day trek starts by ascending from Zhuangzi in the morning mist or clear sunlight. Pass the primary forest at the mountain pass at an altitude of 3500 meters. This part is an extremely less-touched part of the trek. Stream will be frozen if travel in winter, prayer flags(also called wind horse flags) of Tibetan Buddhism are hung at the pass like at every pass elsewhere in Tibetan Plateau. Across the pass we get open views of the Ninglang area, the Lugu Lake is about to be in sight. It is a green world(only golden in winter) here. We keep descending on the yellow earth, passing a group of villages, forest sometimes until we reach a road, which is also the terminus of our Tiger Leaping Gorge and Lugu Lake combined trek. Ride to the lake check in the hotel in Lige. (Approx 7 hours)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner        Overnight: Hotel

Day 09:Lugu Lake - Lijiang
Enjoy the morning at Lugu Lake before transferred back to Lijiang. Then visit Shuhe Old town in Lijiang.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner        Overnight: Hotel

Day 10: Lijiang Departure
Send you to airport for departure.Tiger-Leaping-Gorge and Lugu Lake Trekking trip ends in Lijiang.

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