The Tiger Leaping Hiking is a mature adventure trail. There is no need to worry too much about the supply of food, water, also the accommodation even though they are generally basic. No strong hiking is involved, and you can even choose some certain sections to hike according to your physical condition.
You will firstly get to Lijiang where you can take a shortstay. Then transfer to Tiger Leaping Gorge. The hiking takes 2 days to go from Qiaotou to the Halfway. And with this tour, you go the classic trail which offer fatanstic landscape and local village custom.Check Details
Shangri La, known as the Garden of Eden, is a great place to experience some spectacular and interesting landscape and culture which can't see in other parts of the world. After touring Shangri La, go to take the lifetime hiking - Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek which takes 2 days to go.Check Details
Lijiang's trekking routes feature some of the most striking landscapes found in the world including the trek near Tiger Leaping Gorge and along the banks of the Jinsha River. this tour offers you a chance to experience one of the great gorges of China on this 25-kilometer hike for two full days. The spectacular Jade Dragon Snow Mountain scenery is the backdrop.Check Details
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Generally, one and a half day is needed to hike the highlighting section from Qiaotou to the Middle Gorge. If you want to hike all three gorges, at least two days are needed. Naxi Family Guest House, Tea & Horse Guest House and Halfway Guest House are three main bases for accommodation and dining where you can stop your hiking and get down to the concrete road to Lijiang and Shangri La.
1. Qiaotou to Naxi Family Guest House / 2 hours
Departing from Qiaotou (Hutiaoxia Town), buy the ticket, then walk a few minutes to the High Road which refers the hiking paths on the upper region of mountains. You will hike about 1.5 hours to Naxi Family Guest House. The landscape you can see from the High Road is brillian – wandering Jinshan River, tidy terraces, blue sky…
2. Naxi Family Guest House to Tea & Horse Guest House / 3 hours
Keep hiking from Naxi Family Guest House, then you need to climb up some steep narrow paths. After one hour, you get to the most challenging hiking section of Tiger Leaping Gorge – the 28 Bends. As you can imagine from its name, this section goes up with large gradient, and is filled with dusts. One need 1~3 hours to finish it. From the 28 Bends, the walking gets relaxing until you reach Tea & Horse Guest House.
3. Tea & Horse Guest House to Halfway Guest House / 2hours
Continue your hiking after a short rest in Tea & Horse Guest House, after 1.5~2 hours’ trek, you will get to the famous Halfway Guest House located in Bendi Wan. Most parts of road are near to the river, which is easy for you to get close to the surging water. The final section before your arrival at the Halfway Guest House is easy. The Halfway Guest House is located in a village near to the highway. This region is the best place to view the sunrise and sunset of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
4. Halfway Guest House to Middle Gorge / 3 hours
Many hikers regard this part as the best highlight of all hiking in the gorge. Leaving Halfway Guest House, you will two beautiful waterfalls. After a short ascent, start to take a long downhill, and pass a quiet forest, you will reach Zhongxia which is the oldest hiking route in Tiger Leaping Gorge. Then you need to hike about 1~2 hours to the bottom of the gorge – Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. There are two famous high ladders connecting upper place to lower place because of no available road. Get down to the river side, you will see the Jinshan River shrinks in a narrow valley, and get blocked by several huge stones. Listen to the deafening voice of water flapping at the stones, and explore the nearby.
From the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, you have two choices: back to Halfway, and transfer back to Qiaotou, or keep hiking to next destination – Hetaoyuan.
5. Middle Gorge to Hetao Yuan / 1 hour
Heading to Hetaoyuan, there are two choices: get back to the highway, then walk straight along the highway to Hetaoyuan. Another route is the Yixiantian which is a walking path built on the rocks. But there is a short section which has possible blinding falling down from mountains. Then the road gets easy to walk.
6. Hetao Yuan to Daju / 1. 5 hours
Leave Hetaoyuan, walk down 1500 meters to the Low Tiger Leaping Gorge. Then you have to take a boat to cross the river. Walk several minutes to the park lot, then drive back to Lijiang.
Where to stay for accommodation
There are many guest houses along the hiking trails, but the facilities are basic as this region is rural and far from cities. Convenient highways connect many villages. There are public washrooms, bathing room and hot water supply. The prices are ranging from 30 RMB to 200 RMB differing by facilities and location. Most guest house offer Chinese food. Some better guest houses also provide some basic western food and drinks.
What to pack
Due to the mountainous steep and narrow road, a pair comfortable strong walking shoes are very necessary. Also pack light shirts and warm jacket. It is sunny, and gets hot easily because of hiking. While in the night, it is usually cold and windy. Before hiking, remember to pack with some water. An alpenstock is also necessary. You can also take a flashlight for the possible outage of electricity. A pair of gloves is helpful when passing some steep roads. Sun creams are MUST to prevent from the strong sunlight.
Recommended Top China Tours including Tiger Leaping Gorge
Have more days to spend in China? Why not travel Tiger Leaping Gorge with other popular travel destinations in China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Mount Emei, Lijiang,Tibet etc. Following are several recommended tour packages with private service and budget price.
- 10 Days Yunnan Tibet Discovery Tour
Kunming / Lijiang / Shangri-La / Lhasa
- 10 Days Classic Sichuan & Yunnan Highlights Tour
Chengdu / Leshan / Emei / Chengdu / Lijiang / Shangri-La / Kunming
- 14 Days China Tour with Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking
Shanghai / Kunming / Lijiang / Shangri la / Xian / Beijing