Tiger Leaping Gorge Overview

Travel to China and visit the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge. Starting from Kunming, visit Dali, Shaxi, Shangri-La and Lijiang, and see China's picturesque Yunnan province.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Tiger Leaping Gorge.

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

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

Experience the breathtaking natural scenery, historical attractions and rural lifestyles for which the Yunnan province is renowned for on this active trip through Tiger Leaping Gorge. One of Asia's finest geological wonders, the gorge is best beheld from the winding hiking trails high above the Yangzi River – so prepare for some trekking! Staggering panoramas of mist-draped mountain peaks, deep ravines and gushing river gorges await those willing to raise their heartbeats a little, while some time in the chilled-out towns of Dali, Shaxi and Lijiang offer an excellent opportunity to mingle with locals.

  • Trek out to the Shizong Temple
  • Explore China's Tibetan culture and landscapes in Shangri-la
  • 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 15
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

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

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

    Tiger Leaping Gorge - guided trek

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1033kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking in order for us to purchase your train tickets. 3. Please note that this trip has had itinerary changes due to a fire destroying Shangri-La Old Town in 2013. See Trip Notes for details.

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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 4-5 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 6-7 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 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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