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.

Kunming, China
Kunming, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
953kg pp per trip


  • 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


Travel to China and indulge in Kunming's old-world charm by exploring its quaint backstreets or tracking down a bargain at the bustling local markets.
Bound by spectacular Erhai Lake on one side and snow-capped mountains on the other, visiting Dali is a real treat. Explore the cobblestone lanes and wooden houses of the old town or perhaps take a boat trip. Barter with the Bai people at the colourful lakeside markets - a bargain hunter's dream.
Step back in time and enjoy the village atmosphere of Shaxi. Learn about the unique cultures and heritage of this remote town which lies in the shadow of the Himalayas.
Be immersed in the Tibetan way of life in Shangri-La County, joining local residents at night for singing and dancing.
Legend has it that a tiger leapt across the Yangzi to escape a hunter, granting the gorge its name. Arduous but rewarding, this hike along the river traverses the spectacular terrain of one of the world's deepest gorges. Stay in simple guesthouses and eat at local cafes en route.
Peaceful and pretty, Lijiang is home to the Naxi people, descendants of Tibetan nomads. Explore the maze of stone streets in this World Heritage-listed town. Stay in the town's atmospheric old quarter and perhaps catch a traditional music performance.
Discover ancient temples and mosques as the journey comes full circle in Kunming.
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Bus, Minivan, Overnight sleeper train, Public bus, Taxi
Guesthouse (6 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Shaxi - guided day trek
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge - guided trek


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Tiger Leaping Gorge , October 2015

Tiger Leaping Gorge , October 2015