On this trip, we will explore 120 miles of the Great Bend’s spectacular Class IV rapids by raft while meeting charming and prideful Naxi people along the way. We’ll trek the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, cycle around the Old Town of Shangri-la, visit a monastery, hike to Binghu Ice Lake of the Meili Snow Mountain and much more. Fascinating cultural encounters, heart-pumping adventure, and breath-taking scenery abound on this once in a lifetime adventure.
May 04 to 18, 2019 – US $6,598.00
Optional Tour Choices:
$1600 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
$550 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom but share a bathroom)
$375 Upgrade to Garden Room at Villa
$375 Upgrade to Courtyard Room at Villa
All transportation within China, Airport transfers on arrival and departure days; All hotel service charges, government taxes, porterage, and gratuities for included meals; Lodging in boutique hotels for all nights; All meals beginning with welcome dinner on Day 2 through breakfast on last morning of Day 15; Services of knowledgeable, bilingual local guides and HE Travel Tour Director once a certain client number is met; Entrance fees to all sites listed on the itinerary; HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Airfare to and from starting and ending points; meals on Day 1 and lunch on Day 2; Personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls; gratuities for guides and HE Travel host.
We begin our journey at the Qiaotou Primary School and head to Changsheng Village where we’ll pay a visit to Changsheng Hope Primary School. After we’ve met a few smiling faces, we’ll continue onward to Zhong Nuoyu village where we’ll arrive around noon for lunch in a Naxi Family Guesthouse. Once we’ve enjoyed our lunch, we’ll take on our first challenge; the 28 Zigzag Bends trail. The lovely Tea Horse Guesthouse is our final destination for the day and where we’ll stay for the evening.
After lunch, it’s back on our bikes to pedal over to Napa Lake and its Nature Reserve. This reserve is the country’s largest grassland and most scenic area of the plateau. We’ll have time to walk around and take in its splendor while enjoying authentic Tibetan culture. Don’t forget to bring a camera, there will certainly be plenty of things to photograph today. We’ll return back to our hotel this evening for a delicious dinner together. You’ll want to get plenty of rest this evening, we have a big and exciting day ahead of us tomorrow!
After a delicious lunch, we’ll drive to visit Moon Bend, the First Bend of the Jinsha River, which is the boundary between Sichuan and Yunnan. The Moon Bend is a wonderful place to take in the impressive scenery of the surrounding mountains. If weather permits, we’ll have the rest of the day viewing spectacular sights of impressive Baimang Snow Mountain and a spectacular sunset view of Meili Snow Mountain from a sightseeing Platform where we’ll also catch a view of a cluster of pagodas appropriately named “Prince’s 13 Peaks.” Today is an activity free day to allow for acclimating to the elevation.
In the Glacier Park, a beautiful river walk lined with spruce trees and jaunts over wooden bridges will give us a wonderful view of Mt. Kawagebo Glacier. Our adventure will take us to Ice Lake, located just at the foot of the glacier. After we’ve taken some time to take in all of the splendor of the day, we’ll trek back to Upper Yubeng to stay overnight in a local guesthouse.
Next, we’ll drive to visit Tongle Village, the most original and ethnic village in the Yunnan Province and home to Lisu and Naxi people. People here reside in charming, traditional houses built with wooden walls and tile roofs.
In the late afternoon, we’ll arrive in Tacheng Town to pay a visit to the Tacheng Black Snub-Nosed Monkey National Park, home to hundreds of the magnificent animals. We’ve reached our destination for the evening so we’ll enjoy dinner together before turning in for the night.
After we’ve had a chance to take in the culture of the city, it’s time to jump on our bikes and head to Lashihai Lake. Lashihai Lake is a nature reserve rich in biodiversity, here we’ll have the opportunity to pedal around the lake at our leisure. If we carry our lucky charms with us today, we may get the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the endangered black-necked crane. We’ll loop around the lake, beginning on a paved road which leads us through Naxi villages where Naxi and Yi minorities call home. Have no fear, you adventurous souls, the terrain transitions from pavement to rougher terrain as we loop back around.
Note: While we plan to follow the itinerary as much as possible, weather, trail conditions, river crossings, and other circumstances may force us to alter the itinerary in this remote and relatively untraveled region.
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