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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