Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge is a canyon on the Yangtze River – locally called the Golden Sands River , located 60 km north of Lijiang City, Yunnan in southwestern China. Around 15 km in length, the gorge is located where the river passes between 5,596 metre Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and 5,396 m Haba Xueshan in a series of rapids under steep 2000 metre cliffs. Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter; a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 metres wide), hence the name. Tiger Leaping Gorge is a contender for the world’s deepest river canyon, depending on the exact definition used. The inhabitants of the gorge are primarily the indigenous Naxi people, who live in a handful of small hamlets. Their primary subsistence comes from grain production and foreign hikers.

The hiking path (“the high Trail”) is well-maintained and is used by the Naxi as part of everyday life before 1958. It features a surprising variety of micro ecosystems, waterfalls and a fair number of guesthouses for trekkers.


Basic Itinerary (Subject to changes)

Day 1: Arrive Lijiang — abt 2200m O/N Hotel


Day 2: Lijiang/ Tiger Leaping Gorge  — abt 2500m O/N Guesthouse

  • High trail
  • Late lunch at HalfWay guesthouse
  • Accommodation in “Bendiwan” hotel (twin-share) or similar

Day 3: Tiger Leaping Gorge —– abt 2500m O/N Guesthouse  

  • Trek 2hrs down the gorge to Zhongxia hotel,
  • Visit “ZhongHuTiao” (middle leaping gorge)
  • Climb the “Yun Ti” (heavenly stairs)

Day 4: Tiger Leaping Gorge – Haba Village — 2660m O/N Guesthouse 

Day 5: Haba Village – BaiShuiTai – Tibetan Village — 3200m. O/N Tibetan home 

  • Continue trekking/ by vehicle to BaiShuiTai – limestone terraces
  • Afternoon, drive to Tibetan Village in Shangrila
  • Explore the area and enjoy the warmness of the local Tibetan family.

Day 6: Depart Shangri-La


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