Classic Hiking Route

6 Days of Lijiang - Wenhai - Lashi Lake - Tiger Leaping Gorge - Walnut Grove - Jingsha River -Daju - Lijiang
Lijiang Old Town
On the first day, take bus No. 7 or hire a car to Yufeng Temple which is one of the five lama temples in Lijiang. After visiting, hike 3 hours to Wenhai Village. It is a Xanadu where the strangers are seldom reach. You can enjoy the marvellous landscape of the lake and the pasture near the village. Stay overnight at Eco-Lodge which is joint operated by the local 56 families.

On the second day, hike 4 to 6 hours from Wenhai Village to the Meiquan Village which locates on the west side of Lashi Lake. Lashi Lake is the first wetland natural reserve in Yunnan Province. You can ride horse to visit the Old Forest, the Headstream of the Holy Spring and the headstream of Lashi Lake (the Seven Fairies Lake). Ride accrose the Tea-horse Road and the alp pasture, then return to Lashi Lake. Stay overnight in the camp.
On the third day, hire a car and drive to visit the Stone Drum Town and the First Bend of the Yangtze River. Continue to drive to Qiaotou and start hiking. Walk on the high way, it takes about 2 hours to reach the Naxi Family. Take a rest at the Naxi Family, then hike for 1 hour to arrive at the "28 Bends". The "28 Bends" is a section of winding ascent. It takes more than half an hour to finish hiking the "28 Bends" and reach the summit. Overlook the Tiger Leaping Gorge and climb down the mountain. Stay overnight at the Half Way Hostel.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
On the fourth day, continue to hike to the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. About three hours later, you will arrive at the Tina's. Tina's is a guest house operating by a local person who is named Tina. After lunch, you can walk down to the bottom of the gorge. The road to the bottom of the gorge is a little steep, so it takes about 45 mintues to the bottom. There, you can see the torrent and the stone of the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge in a close distance. When you finish the visiting at the Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge, you can return to the Tina's by the way you came. Or you can walk through the sky ladder. From the bottom of the gorge, you will pass the Tiger Leaping Stele first. Then walking for 30 minutes, you will reach the sky ladder. The sky ladder is divided into three sections. The longest section is the second section. It is more than 10 meters long and has 29 steps. It sticks to the rock with the angle of almost 90 degree. Passing the sky ladder, you have to walk on a short section of winding mountain road and then walk on the flat road. Along the road, you can walk back to the Tina's and stay overnight.
On the fifth day, hike in the Tiger Leaping Gorge, pass the Yixiantian and arrive at the Walnut Grove at noon. You can take a rest and have lunch at Woody Hostel or Shanquan Hostel. Then go ahead to hike for 2 hours to arrive at Laodukou Port. Take a ferry to the other side of the Jingsha River. Walk for about 4km to Daju and stay overnight at Snow Flake Guest House.
On the last day, take bus back to Lijiang. If you want to visit the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, you can get off the bus at the Yak Meadow, the Baishui River from where you can go to the Spruce Plateau or the Dry Sea from where you can take the grand cable car to the snow mountain. From the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, you can take bus No. 7 back to Lijiang.
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Dung from VIETNAM | Aug. 08, 2016 07:25Reply
Tiger leaping gorge reverse hike
Hello. We are planning to go to Tina's first as we do have quite heavy luggage. Is it ok to hike in reverse?
From Lijiang in this case we should take bus directly to Tiger Leaping gorge i/o Qiaotou? How is it possible during our stay to go from Tina's back to Qiaotou or reverse?
We dont speak Chinese, thus it's quite difficult to communicate here.
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Lily | Aug. 08, 2016 21:11

Hi, I do suggest you take minimum luggage to hiking the Tiger Leaping gorge. You can carpool a car from Lijiang to Tina's directly and hike the middle and bottom of Tiger Leaping Gorge, after that back to Tina's for overnight. In the second day, hike to Qiaotou and then take bus back to Lijiang.
Asked by E.T. Lee from SINGAPORE | Jul. 24, 2016 08:33Reply
Recommended day hike
What is the most scenic route if I trek from Qiaotou at 10:00 and wanting to return there by 17:00? Thanks.
Answers (2)
Answered by Cindy | Jul. 24, 2016 21:33

Starting from Qiaotou, walk on the high way, it takes about 2 hours to reach the Naxi Family, then contiue hiking to the "28 Bends". After finishing the "28 Bends", get back to Qiaotou.
Answered by E.T. Lee from SINGAPORE | Jul. 31, 2016 03:43

Thanks, Cindy.
Asked by Lorena Devlyn from USA | Apr. 13, 2016 15:18Reply
Two day hike in Tiger Leaping Gorge
I would like to do this hike in two days, starting in Qiaotou. Hike the first day to Halfway House (do I need to make a reservation in advance?) and the second day to the Old Ferry port. How many miles/hours each day?
How do I get back to Lijiang?
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Answered by Carlos | Apr. 13, 2016 21:27

It takes around 7 or 8 hours to hike from Qiaotou to Halfway House. Stay overnight and head to Old Ferry port(about 3 hours), from where you will take another one hour to Daju and catch the bus at 12:00 or 13:00 back to Lijiang. I suggest you reserve the hostel in advance.
Asked by Holly Blair from HONG KONG | Aug. 17, 2014 23:35Reply
could you tell me the cost of 6 day trip ? Does it include a guide and sleepign materials ?
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Answered by David | Aug. 18, 2014 21:20

it looks they do not sell this route.
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