Tiger Leaping Gorge Overview

Travel to China and visit the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge on a trip from Kunming, via Dali, Shaxi, Shangri-La and Lijiang, and see China's picturesque countryside

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Visit China's Tiger Leaping Gorge on a trip from Kunming.

Travel to China and be challenged by this active trip through the Yunnan province and the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge. This is one of Asia's finest geological wonders and hiking high above the Yangzi River is the best way to experience it. China's snow-capped peaks, narrow winding trails and sublime views await those who make the trek. Time spent in the chilled out towns of Dali, Shaxi and Lijiang provide a relaxing contrast and is a great chance to meet the local people.

  • Trek to the hillside monastery of Shibao Shan
  • Explore China's countryside in Zhongdian
  • Hike the stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Bag a bargain in Kunming
  • Relax in China's picturesque Dali
  • Soak up the village atmosphere of Shaxi
  • Stroll Lijiang's atmospheric old quarter

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Kunming, China
  • Finish:

    Kunming, China
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (6 nts), Hostel (2 nts), Hotel (3 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Minivan, Overnight sleeper train, Public bus, Taxi
  • Included activities:

    Informal Chinese language lesson, Shaxi - guided day trek, Tiger Leaping Gorge - guided trek

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    953kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.

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Day 1 Kunming

A laidback city to visit, Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province and is known as 'the city of eternal spring' due to its temperate climate.

Days 2-3 Dali

Dali has a relaxed atmosphere that is enhanced by its spectacular surroundings - snow-capped mountains on one side and the vast Erhai Lake on the other.

Days 4-5 Shaxi

A charming historical market town, Shaxi retains its old-world feel and has none of the mass-tourist feel that plagues many other places in China.

Days 6-7 Shangri-La

Renamed Shangri-La to promote tourism, Zhongdian is a lovely town with rugged scenery and a strong Tibetan culture evident.

Days 8-9 Tiger Leaping Gorge

Sixteen kilometres long and rising up to 3,900 m above the waters of the Yangzi River, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest gorges in the world.

Days 10-11 Lijiang

Set among stunning mountain scenery, World Heritage-listed Lijiang is home to old-world China and the local Naxi people - a matrilineal society descended from Tibetan nomads.

Days 12-13 Kunming

Although Kunming is a large city, a relaxed vibe still exists and there is plenty of culture and traditional sites to be found among the increasingly modern landscape.
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