Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-la
Trek through Tiger Leaping Gorge and explore one of Asia's finest geological wonders. This is one of the finest treks in China, offering breathtaking natural scenery, diverse landscapes and historical attractions that China has to offer. This hiking adventure boasts six days of views that will leave the most seasoned traveler inspired.
Three hours drive from Lijiang, vertical cliffs rise dramatically from the turquoise waterways to the Tibetan glaciers - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (5596m) and Haba Snow Mountain (5396m). The Jinsha River, a tributary of the mighty Yangtze River, cuts its way through the gorge, carving a twisting path through verdant terraced farmlands, imposing limestone ridges, and quiet villages.
Set off on your journey by following the legendary Jinsha river, accompanied by the sound of it crashing against the rock walls as you head to Walnut Grove. A new day sees you turn uphill, falling in single-file behind the farmer and packhorse carrying produce destined for Naxi villages along the road. Be welcomed into the home of locals to savour a pause and a cup of Pu'er. Finally, descend into fabled Shangri-La to explore golden-roofed temples and Tibetan market fare.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of China's finest trails, awaits those willing to raise their heartbeats a little!
Chinese tea and Tibetan horses were long traded on a legendary trail, known as 'The Ancient Tea Horse Road' or 'chamadao'. Led by Jeff Fuchs, an explorer, mountaineer and writer, you'll follow the trail back to its roots on this authentic and life-changing journey. Walking along tea's most ancient trade route, discover how the raw and unadulterated tea culture was born in subtropical Xishuangbanna and transformed into the fragrant Tibetan beverage of the fabled Shangri-la. Hiking through the forests of the first tea trees and stepping into the homes of descendants of the first tea cultivators, discover how tea has woven itself into the historical fabric of the three-dozen cultures found along its pathway to Tibet.
The Ancient Tea and Horse Road is a harsh 2,250km trail stretching from China's Sichuan Province to Tibet's capital city of Lhasa. The world's favourite beverage has enchanted monarchs and built empires. But it began as a simple thirst quencher for fieldworkers under the hot Himalayan sun. Following tea to its roots in Yunnan, famous for Pu-erh tea and with the largest population of minorities in China, you’ll discover how it has infused itself into the culture of the villages along its most ancient trading route.
You will have a unique experience to get to the heart of the culture and history of the Ancient Tea and Horse Road with your tour leader Jeff Fuchs, an award-winning explorer, mountaineer, writer and tea expert, fluent in both Mandarin and Tibetan. He is referred as the first documented westerner to trek the entire Yunnan-Tibet Ancient Tea and Horse Road.
Combing history, nature, wildlife, culinary and hiking adventures, you'll soon understand why National Geographic refers to the tour as a thirst-quenching 'Tour of a lifetime'.
13-day grand traversing in southern Yunnan through Dali, Lijiang, Tacheng, Cizhong, Meili, Benzilan and Shangri-la, a voyage of breathtaking landscapes and wonderful cultures for adventurous travelers. Discover China's rich ethnic diversity as you walk one part of the Ancient Tea and Horse Road between Dali, Shaxi and Lijiang. En route you'll meet Naxi and Bai ethnic minority people whose old ways endure. Hike into the Meili Snow Mountains and explore untamed and wild terrains at the most sacred mountain in the world. Bike beside pristine highland lakes, journey into valleys and climb up mountains, enjoying the wonderful world of wildlife including golden snub-nosed monkey and impressive flora. Being awed by natural scenery, you'll also be spoilt by delightful boutique accommodation and authentic Yunnan and Tibetan cuisines throughout the journey.