Arrival in Kunming, transfer to the hotel. Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, is also called “Spring City” due to its fine climate all year round. Yunnan in Chinese means "to the south of the clouds". 2N in 4*Kunming Hotel
Day02 Kunming BL
After the breakfast drive to Shilin, a county of the Sani minority, to visit the Stone Forest. The bizarre karst stone rocks feature in various formation and some of them tower above to 30 m high. Drive back to Kunming, visit of the West Hill with the Longmen Caves.
Day03 Air Kunming – Dali BL
In the morning fly to Dali, where stroll in the alleys of the ancient small town. The well preserved ancient city gates and the historic buildings show the city’s long history. In the afternoon visit of San Ta Si (Three Pagoda Temple) in the northwest outskirts of Dali. Then boating on the Erhai Lake in the east of the city. The lake with an area of 249 square kilometers, is 40 km long and surrounded by high mountains such as Cang Shan. 1N in 4*Wing of Landscape Hotel
Day04 Dali – Lijiang BL
Drive northwards approx. 200 km to Lijiang (2600 m), the hometown of Naxi Minority. It is famous for its old wooden houses and the layout of the town’s streets. It has been listed as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Visit Hei Long Tan (Black Dragon Pool), which is located in the northern foot of the Elephant Hill. The summits of the Yulong Snow Mountain are clearly reflected in this pond. Afterwards visit Dongba Culture Museum. 2N in 4*Liwang Hotel
Day 05 Lijiang – Tiger Jumping Gorge – Shangri-La BL
Continue the journey to Tiger Jumping Gorge on the Jinsha Jiang (Golden Sand River), the upper reaches of the Yangtze River (the longest river of China, 6380 km). Short walking in the gorge and keep drive to Shangri-La (3330 m), the historic southern gateway to Kham and Tibet. Visit of the Sumzanlin Monastery, which was created in 1679 by the Fifth Dalai lama. Characterized by its Han-Chinese and Tibetan construction style, the monastery is the most important monastery of Gelugpa-sect in Yunnan province. 1N in 4*Guanguang Hotel
Day06 Shangri-La – Dechen BLD
Drive through the Hengduan Range along the Jinsha Jiang (upper reaches of Yangtze) to Dechen. Have a break in the beautiful small town Benzilan. Enjoy the panoramic view of the “first bend of Jinshan Jiang”. Before reach Dechen visit of the Dong Trubling Monastery. 1N in 2*Rainbow Hotel
Visit of Feilai Temple (3450 m) by car. Make a 4.5 hour-long trekking to the Xidang village (2300 m), about 2.5 hours. On the way to this Tibetan village visit of the Baijiu Temple. Then trekking to the Xidang Hot Spring (2400 m), about 2 hours. Stay at farmhouse
Day08 Xidang Hot Spring – Pass (3720 m) – Zhongdui trekking about 6 hours. BLD
Trek to the high pass, view on the summit of the snowy mountain Meili Xueshan. Then trek to the Zhongdui village (3250 m) in Yubeng. Stay at farmhouse
Day09 Yubeng – BC for climber (3550 m) – Foot of the glacier – Yubeng trekking 7.5 hours BLD
Trekking to the base camp for climber. Then trek to the foot of the glacier (3820m), go back to Yubeng village, about 2 hours. Stay at farmhouse
Firstly make a 2.5 hour trekking to the foot of Meili Xueshan, where Padmasambhava meditated. Then trek about 1 hour to the holy waterfall (3550m), go back to the Yubeng village, about 2.5 hours. Stay at farmhouse
Day11 Yubeng village – Xidang village trekking about 7 hours, Xidang – Dechen BLD
Trek via Ninong village to the Xidang village, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and the virgin forest in a valley. Drive back to Dechen. 1N at 2*Rainbow Hotel
Day12 Dechen – Shangri-La BL
Drive back to Shangri-La, stroll through the old city. 1N at 4*Guanguang Hotel
Day13 Air Shangri-La – Kunming B
In the morning transfer to airport, fly back to Kunming.
This journey is an adventure and only succeeds if you show understanding, patience and flexibility for the possible delays and program changes or imponderable situations. It requires the participants to have the sense of community and a cooperative spirit, and be ready to face very simple living conditions. Despite the careful planning, the program might change, sometimes in a short term, which may result in possible program modifications and the cancellation of some visits. Of course, the best for both our team and you is to respect the intented program. Besides we would like to point out that you are responsible for your own for all the possible dangers during the journey.
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