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

Be challenged by this active trip through 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 its awe. Snow-capped peaks, narrow winding trails and sublime views await those who make it to this part of China. Time spent in the chilled-out towns of Dali, Shaxi and Lijiang provide a relaxing contrast to the strenuous hike and a fantastic chance to meet the local people.

Start
Kunming, China
Finish
Kunming, China
Countries
China
Themes
Explorer
Code
CBRM
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 033kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

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.
Be captivated by Dali’s picture-perfect setting, which stars the spectacular Erhai Lake and the snow-capped Cangshan Range. Explore the cobblestone lanes and wooden houses of the Old Town or perhaps take a boat trip on the lake. Barter with Bai traders at the colourful markets or hire a bike and peddle around this tranquil lakeside town.
Step back in time while relishing the peaceful village vibes. Learn about the unique culture and heritage of this remote town that sits snugly among the shadows of the Himalayas. Trek into the hills with an expert local guide and see the incredible temple of Shibao Shan.
Experience the enchantment of Tibet's way of life in Shangri-La County and join local residents for an unforgettable night of song and dance. Perhaps enjoy hikes through the surrounding countryside or dine with a Tibetan family.
Hear the tale of the tiger who leapt across the Yangzi River, gifting this spectacular gorge with its name. Take an arduous but rewarding hike along the river, experiencing the jaw-dropping terrain of one of the world's deepest gorges. Stay in simple guesthouses and dine at local cafés en route.
Bliss out in Lijiang, home to the Naxi people. Explore a maze of stone streets in this World Heritage-listed Old Town and relish the atmosphere of this animated quarter. Perhaps catch a traditional music performance from the Naxi Orchestra.
Discover ancient temples and mosques as the journey comes full circle in Kunming.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Bus, Minivan, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Guesthouse (6 nights), Hostel (2 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge - guided trek

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Important 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.
2. A Single Supplement is available on this trip. Please see trip notes for further details

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Tiger Leaping Gorge trips score an average of 4.88 out of 5 based on 24 reviews in the last year.

Tiger Leaping Gorge , May 2015

Tiger Leaping Gorge , May 2015