Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

3 Days of Lijiang - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain - Lijiang
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang
The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a holy mountain in the heart of Naxi Minority. On the first morning of your visit, take bus No. 7 to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is 15km away from Lijiang, then ride a Yak Meadow cable car to Yak Meadow, where you will enjoy the snowscape, the beauty of Black Water River, and the serenity of the virgin forest. When you arrive, you will embark on an hour-long hike across Snowflake Lake, Yak Stream, a vast meadow and a hemlock forest. You will then arrive at your day's destination—an alpine meadow with an altitude of 3,500 meters. Set-up camp on the meadow. You will then have the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful mountain landscape.    
On day two, hike along the alpine meadow, the virgin forest and the Black Water River until you reach the Third Kingdom of the Jade Dragon. This is the Holy Land of Naxi Minority, often referred to as “Heaven on earth.” Hike down the mountain and take bus back to Lijiang. 
Our clients at the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Photo by our clients Mr. Karl Dutton & Mr. Mark James De Garis
On day three, if you still have energy, spend the day hiking along the alternate route to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Take bus No. 7 to the Dry Sea, which is a large natural pasture (with an altitude of 3,100 meters) about 23km away from Lijiang. As you walk along the valley's dry riverbed cliffs will surround you on three sides. Base Camp is in the pine forest, which lies beneath the crack of the cliff directly in front of the path. The Base Camp lacks flowing water, but as the land is shaded from direct sunlight, snow is readily available and can be melted into drinking water. From Base Camp, walk along the glacier (on the left-hand side of the cliff directly in front of the path, until the path comes to an end. You will then need to hike 150 meters up onto the side of the cliff. Continue on until you have passed the cluster of roosters, the meadow, and a section of glacier. You will then arrive at the Rolling Stone Slope. Hike along the left-hand side of the slope until you reach a small platform that is made of ice, snow and detritus. This is the No. 1 Camp (altitude 4,600 meters).
200 meters north of No. 1 Camp, it is detritus valley. Climb down to the bottom of the valley, then climb up the opposite mountainside. Continue upwards, along the 1,000-meter-long ice slope until you arrive at a small encampment. At this point, you will see an ice cliff. Climb carefully along the right side of the ice cliff and you will arrive at the destination, the icecap. Re-trace your path to return to the foot of the mountain.  
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Questions & Answers
Asked by Zena from UK | Nov. 03, 2019 00:15Reply
Yak Meadow day trip?
Is it possible to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Yak Meadow on a day trip, leaving and returning to Lijiang, as independent travellers? We do not want to do a 3 day tour or camp overnight or be part of a group or guided trip.
Answers (2)
Answered by Daniel Lou | Nov. 03, 2019 19:46

One day is possible to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Yak Meadow from Lijiang and return, bit the time is a little tight. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Tourist Buses are available from Lijiang Ancient Town to the entrance every day.
Answered by Zena from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 04, 2019 08:18

Hi Daniel Lou
Thank you for your response.
Asked by Ahmad Afif from MALAYSIA | Mar. 31, 2016 12:56Reply
Hello. I am planning for 6 days hiking trip to Jade Dragon.
Is there any teahouses for us to stay overnight there? Or we need to camping?

Thanks in advance
Answers (1)
Answered by Julie | Apr. 01, 2016 04:13

As I know, tourists can only hike in certain area of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. You can take cable car up to the mountain and then hike for one or two hours. There is no place to stay overnight and the camping is not allowed.
Asked by Mr.Mooney from USA | Nov. 07, 2009 08:27Reply
I am coming in late November and wish to hike and camp on the three-day tour.

Please tell me about availability, price, etc.


Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.P. Forte | Nov. 08, 2009 20:06

Which area in Lijiang will you hike to? Late november will be very cold in Lijiang.
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