Tiger Leaping Gorge

Highlights

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

Tour description provided by Intrepid

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.

Itinerary

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.