Mt Shikha (4447m) Trek – A Trekker’s Paradise
The Shika range boasts spectacular wildlife, forests, alpine lakes, and the aroma of rhododendrons, azaleas, and wild irises. If you are lucky, you may see the fabled blue poppy in bloom.
Treks, combined with visits to Gyalthang’s Sumtsenling Monastery, to Gyalwa Ringa temple, and evenings savouring hotpots by the fireside at the Trinyi Community Center will give visitors an intimate glimpse into people’s lifestyles in this frontier region.
Day 1 Arrive Lijiang (2300m). O/N 3-4* Hotel Jian Nan Chun Wenyuan or similar
Day 2 Drive to Trinyi Village (3200m). O/N Tibetan home (BLD)
Day 3 Trek to Yi Gyi Gang Nomadic Settlement. O/N camp (BLD)
Start of 4-5 hrs hike to the nomadic settlement in the high plains of Shangrila, accompanied by local guide, helper and horses. The morning hike to Tsowaka, a nomadic settlement will take about 2-3 hours, at a altitude of about 3600m. After lunch, continue hiking for 2-3 hrs to Yi Gyi Gang settlement.
Day 4 Trek to Lake Nyata – Yikang. O/N camp (BLD)
Start of 3 hrs hike to the sacred lake of Nyata, through old-growth forests and rhodendendron woods. After lunch, trek to Yikang (another 3 hrs) and camp.
Day 5 Trek to Ahji Tsuyun. Abt 6-hrs. O/N camp (BLD)
Day 6 Trek to Hamugo – Napa Lake; drive to Shangrila. 6-7hrs. O/N 4-star hotel Gyalthang Dzong Hotel or similar (BLD)
Early morning, trek to Hamugo Village through the gorges on the foot of the mountain. From here, continue trek to Napa Lake, surrounded by beautiful grasslands and swamps. After a lakeside afternoon, drive to visit Sumsanling Monastery before check in to hotel
Day 7 Depart Shangri-La. (B)