If you are a hiking lover, you shall not miss Yubeng in Shangri-La, Yunnan, Southwest China! As one of the most popular hiking trails in China, Yubeng Village hiking under the magnificent holy Meili Snow Mountain is dreamed and achieved by a lot of nature and adventure fans. And, this 5-day hiking trip arranges 1 day for your arrival and an advantageous overlook at Meili snow peaks and shows you all the fantastic primitive scenery at the hidden Yubeng with a memorable challenging but worthy trekking above 3000-3700 meters above sea level. Of course the must-see sacred lake, waterfall, village households, stream, etc. are covered to ignite your 4 full days’ trail! Our valuable private Yubeng tour package including experienced travel consultant, local professional private tour guide, comfortable private car controlled by a skillful driver, etc. will help you save much energy and have a great trip experience. Please contact us to get the good quotation directly if you are interested in the wonderful Yubeng trekking tour! Just discover on your steps!
Day 1 Shangri-La Arrival - FeilaisiArrive in Shangri-La & visit Feilai Temple
Welcome to Shangri-La (Zhongdian, altitude: 3459 meters), the Garden of Eden! Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by our local guide at the arrival hall of the airport who is holding a sign on which says your name. Then the guide and driver will transfer you to visit Feilai Temple Scenic Area in Meili Snow Mountain with about 4 hours’ driving. Check into your hotel at nearby Feilaisi Observation Deck and take some rest. Meili Snow Mountain, known as Prince Snow Mountain, is one of the most sacred mountains of Tibetan Buddhism. There are 13 peaks standing magnificently on the ground with altitudes over 6,000 meters, hence being called Prince’s 13 Peaks. The highest Kawagebo peak is rising about 6740 meters, making Meili Snow Mountain the highest mountain in Yunnan. In the late afternoon, go to enjoy the beautiful sunset and see the 13 white Tibetan pagodas. Stay overnight near Feilaisi Observation Deck.
Arrival Ideas: At present, Diqing Shangri-La Airport has direct flights from/to Kunming, Chengdu, Lhasa, Guangzhou, Chongqing, etc. It is about 6 kilometers (15mins’ transfer) to old town of Shangri-La.
- Diqing Shangri-La Airport
Day 2 Feilaisi - Yubeng (B)Today’s highlights: Meili Snow mountain sunrise from Feilai Temple, Yubeng Hiking (Xidang Spring - Upper Yubeng Village, about 6~7 hours)
On this day, try to get up early and capture the incredible scene of golden sunrise shining upon its dramatic snow-capped peaks from Feilaisi Observation Deck (3,470 meters). (Sunrise time for reference: 06:40-07:40 in spring, 06:25-06:45 in summer, 07:00-07:30 in autumn, and 07:55-08:10 in winter.)
After the magic time, have your breakfast and start today’s hiking trip. First, drive about 1.5 hours from Feilai Temple to Xidang Spring (2,700 meters) to reach trail head. The following hiking is divided into two parts. The first one is from Xidang Spring to Nanzong Pass (3,729 meters) with a distance of about 6.1 kilometers which takes about 3-5 hours for hiking. During this section, the altitude will ascend about 1,000 meters which will be a little tough for you and you can recharge yourselves at three resting stops and have some snacks along the way.
The second part is from Nanzong Pass to Upper Yubeng Village (3,160 meters). The distance is about 3.3 kilometers with height descending about 600 meters. You’ll finish this route within 1-2 hours with easy hiking experience. Yubeng Village, a Land of Idyllic Beauty, is situated at the foot of the Niancimu Peak of Meili Snow Mountain with holy attractions scattered around. Regarded as the miniature of mysterious Shangri-La, Yubeng is divided into Upper Yubeng and Lower Yubeng. Today, you’ll stop at Upper Yubeng and have a good rest at the guesthouse there.
Important Notes for Hiking:
1) Average Temperature in Four Seasons: 6°C-20°C in spring, 15°C-26°C in summer, 10°C-23°C in autumn, and 0°C-12°C in winter. Try to come in spring and autumn season. 2) What to Bring: Since your hiking will last for several days, it is a good idea to make full preparation. You need to bring a hiking bag (30-40L), personal clothes, hiking shoes and socks, water, camera, some snacks, alpenstock, kneecap, gloves, small flashlight, sunscreen products, medicines, oxygen tanks, etc. 3) Road Condition: The trail belongs to earth road and sometimes will be muddy. To save your energy instead of hiking, you can rent a horse from Xidang Spring to finish the trail. Also, you can take the tourist SUV (need extra payment) from Xidang Spring to Upper Yubeng Village to shortcut your hiking trail. 4) Altitude Sickness: The hiking to climb the Nanzong Pass is steep, with height ascending about 1,000 meters to 3,729 meters that you should walk slowly to avoid high altitude sickness.
- Meili Snow Mountain
- Feilaisi Observation Deck
- Upper Yubeng
- Yubeng Hiking
Day 3 Yubeng Hiking (B)Today’s highlights: Yubeng Hiking (Upper Yubeng Village - Xiaonong Base Camp - Ice Lake - Upper Yubeng Village - Lower Yubeng Village; about 7 hours)
After having a simple breakfast, start today’s exciting hiking to Ice Lake, which is divided into three parts. The first part is from Upper Yubeng to Xiaonong Base Camp (3,623 meters), which is about 3.7 kilometers long, taking about 1.5-2.5 hours. You’ll stroll through a forested valley and along the river draining from the glaciers in the mountains above. This part is relaxing. The second part is from Xiaonong Base Camp to Ice Lake (3,900 meters) for 2.3 kilometers which needs about 1-2 hours.
Ice Lake, the holy lake of Meili Snow Mountain, is an emerald green lake formed by snow water from Meili Snow Mountain. It is the main water resource of Yubeng Village. One side of the lake is the mountain ridge and the other side is the vertical cliff and dangling huge glacier. A startling interplay of blue sky and white mountain makes the Ice Lake more like a paradise. Spend some time resting by the lake and appreciate the holy surrounding scenery.
After some rest, it is time to trek back to Upper Yubeng and spend another 30-40 minutes hiking from Upper Yubeng to Lower Yubeng (3,090 meters). It is about 1.6 kilometers in between with complex road. Upon arrival at Lower Yubeng Village, take a good rest at your guesthouse there.
- Ice Lake
- Lower Yubeng
- Xiaonong Base Camp
Day 4 Yubeng Hiking (B)Today’s highlights: Yubeng Hiking (Lower Yubeng Village - Sacred Waterfall - Lower Yubeng Village; about 5 hours)
After breakfast, you can enjoy the beautiful sunrise with golden light illuminating the peaks. After that, enjoy your last full-day hiking journey to Sacred Waterfall (3,657 meters).
Compared with the hike to Ice Lake the previous day, today’s hiking is easier and shorter. The views at the start of the trek are immediately stunning - a ridge of brilliant and craggy snow-capped peaks standing against the azure sky. At the mouth of the valley and the end of the village, a Tibetan Buddhist temple basked in the glory of its surroundings. The way to the falls is never a problem, as huge strings of prayer flags are stretched from point to point along the valley floor and up its sides. When you reach the top, the Sacred Waterfall will take your breath away. This hiking lasts about 6 kilometers, taking about 1.5-2.5 hours for single way. It is said that Yubeng waterfalls are the holy water that God of Kawagebo gets from the heaven, which can tell the fate of people and eliminate disasters. Hence, numerous Tibetan pilgrims come to bathe in the waterfall to purify their spirits. Walk around the waterfalls for 3 circuits and spend some time gazing up before turning back to Lower Yubeng.
Stay overnight at Lower Yubeng Village.
- Sacred Waterfall
- Lower Yubeng
Day 5 Yubeng Hiking - Shangri-La & Shangri-La Departure (B)Today’s highlights: Yubeng Hiking (Lower Yubeng Village - Ninong Grand Canyon - Ninong Bridge; about 4 hours)
This will be the last day to hike out Yubeng Village and get back to Shangri-La. After breakfast this morning, you need to hike around 18 kilometers from Lower Yubeng Village to Ninong Bridge (2,060 meters), which takes about 4 hours. If weather is fine, it will be a very enjoyable journey to finish the hike. Altitude descends with Yubeng River and and scenery changes along the way. After arriving at Ninong Bridge, you’ll be picked up there and be transferred back to Shangri-La (about 5 hours).
After the tour, you will be escorted to the airport for your evening flight to next destination. Tour ends!
Departure Ideas: As you will arrive in Shangri-La around 17:00~18:00 in the late afternoon on the last day, we suggest you arrange a night flight departing after 20:00 at least. Besides, if you fail to arrange a suitable flight or want to have a better rest, you can tell your travel consultant to add one more day into your trip so that you can leave Shangri-La on the next day without any hurry!
- Ninong Grand Canyon
In this trip, you will explore two of the most charming places in Yunnan: Lijiang - the Kingdom of Naxi People and Shangri-La - Garden of Eden! Here, you are in a world of minority people, temples, old towns, ancient streets, lakes, rivers, mountains…splendid culture and breathtaking scenery are waiting for you to explore.
In this 4 days Lijinag & Shangri-La highlights tour, you’ll graspe every second to enjoy yourself on the incredible land – have panoramic view of Lijiang Ancient City, explore the authentic Naxi Village to feel the special Dongba Culture, visit Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, and take a light hike to Tiger Leaping Gorge that is the world's deepest gorge. You will just find the tour fabulous every moment!
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