5 Days Shangri La Highlights Tour with Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking

Stretching Legs & Releasing Heart


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.

Highlights of this tour

  • Hike along Tiger Leaping Gogre,the most deepest gorge in the world;Visit the Little Potala Palace, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan;
  • Get the breathtaking visual feast of nature in Pudacuo National Park.

Basic Trip Information

  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Shangri La / Tiger Leaping Gorge / Lijiang
Travel Length:
5 Days and 4 Nights
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Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Shangri La Arrival

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Welcome to Shangri-La (Zhongdian), the Garden of Eden! Clear the customs and retrieve your baggage by yourself upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the Arrival Hall who is holding a sign on which says your name. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of the day is on your own to discover this charming city.

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Day 2 Shangri-La (B, L)

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In the morning, your guide will pick you up at hotel. Today, you’ll have a full day sightseeing in Garden Sumtseling Monastery, Nixi Pottery Village, Dukezong Old Town and Guishan (Tortoise Hill) Park.

Garden Sumtseling Monastery: also called Songzanlin Monastery. Built in 1679, the monastery is not only the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, but also the most important monastery in southwest China. Sometimes it is referred to as the Little Potala Palace.

Nixi Pottery Village: the most “Shangri-La” part of Shangri-La. Nixi Village is well known for the century-old art, making pottery. Around 70 out of the 100 families in the village are engaged in this traditional art. Visit a Tibetan Family and watch how they make pottery at home.

Dukezong Old Town: with 1300-year-old history, it is the largest and best-preserved Tibetan city among China’s 147 Tibetan counties. It is also site of the largest ancient Tibetan community. Guishan (Tortoise Hill) Park is behind the old town where you’ll witness the largest prayer wheel in the world.

Nixi Pottery VillageSongzanlin Monastery
Day 3 Shangri-La (B, L)

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After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at hotel. You’ll visit the tranquil Bita Lake and Shudu Lake in Pudacuo National Park. Later, pay a visit to a local Tibetan family and experience the highly-praised hospitality of Tibetan people.

Pudacuo National Park: it is the first national park in China, mainly comprised of Shudu Lake and Bitahai Lake. Shudu Lake is a famous pasture, herds of yak and goat grazing beside the lake the shepherd’s shelters dots on the grassland. Bitahai Lake, regarded as a pearl of the Plateau, is an intact natural attraction with outstanding landscapes. In May every year an azalea forest on the lakeshore is in full blossom, stretching several kilometers. Staying beside the lake, you can deeply feel the quiet and leisurely life of high-land people.

Pudacuo National Park
Day 4 Shangri-La - Tiger Leaping Gorge

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After breakfast, drive about 50km to Qiaotou, the upper of Tiger Leaping Gorge. Stop on the way for a dramatic view of the Yangzi's near-180-degree turn.

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. Keep hiking from Naxi Family Guest House, then you need to climb up some steep narrow paths, such as the challenging hiking section of Tiger Leaping Gorge – the 28 Bends. Keep hiking until you reach Tea & Horse Guest House.

Accommodate at Tea & Horse Guest House.

Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge
Day 5 Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking - Lijiang (B, L)

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If possible, you can try to get up early to enjoy the breathtaking view of sunrise, then go to have a breakfast. Today, you will hike from Tea & Horse Guest House to the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Firstly, take a 2-hour hiking to get to Halfway. Then start to hike downhill to the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, which will take about 3 hours. Many hikers regard this part as the best highlight of all hiking in the gorge during which you can get vivid views of the sweep deep gorges, furious Jinshanjiang River, huge rocks,etc.

Climb up the hiking paths back to the highway where your driver will pick you up, and drive ahead to Lijiang.

Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking

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