from US$1275 per person

Hiking from Lijiang to Lugu Lake with the TLG

Lijiang, Shangri-La

This trip is not rushed. You will be able to take your time, stop for photographs and to explore local villages.
Best time for hiking: March to May, September to November.

  • Tour Code:
  • YN09
  • Length:
  • Cities Visited/Stayed:
  • Lijiang, Shangri-La
  • Highlight Attractions:
  • Lugu Lake, Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Experience & Features:
  • Enjoy fatanstic scenery when hiking from Lijiang to Lugu Lake
  • Physical Rating : 4
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is given a Physical Rating, which indicates how much physical activity is required to participate in it.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Always very easy to go! Sometimes getting around on your own, up and down steps and carrying your own small backpack.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : Light walking or hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : May include moderate hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking and other activities that require only an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy.
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : May include high altitude hiking of up to 4-6 hours per day some days of the tour or other activities that require a moderately high level of fitness.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : High altitude trekking suitable only for those with a higher level of fitness and endurance.
  • Cultural Shock Rating : 3
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is also given a Culture Shock Rating, designed to help you choose a trip that is suitable to your travel tastes and preferences.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Little or no adjustment at all is required. The comforts of home are here for the most part.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : A generally easy trip but there may be the occasional local home accommodation, remote lodging or some public transportation, simple meal or language barrier.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : Expect an occasional cold shower and remote or even multi-share accommodation, and public transportation or train ride without shower on board…Remember though, this is all part of your CET authentic travel experience!
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : Expect to rough it here and there. This may mean a packed public bus, very remote and rustic accommodation, and no access to western-style food.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : You are totally off the beaten track with none of the comforts of home, and are exposed to a totally foreign culture to what you are accustomed ... Sounds fantastic, doesn't it!
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Trip Notes
Day 1: Lijiang/ Shangri-la – Qiaotou

Bus from Lijiang or Shangri-La, 2.5 hours driving get to Qiaotou, then start trekking in tiger leaping gorge. After 2 hours hiking, stop for lunch in the Naxi family Guesthouse. After lunch we walk up hill 2 hours along the trail to get on the top, and then walk down 1.5 hours to the Tea-horse Guesthouse.

Overnight in Tea-horse Guesthouse.

Meals: (L/D)

Day 2: Qiaotou – Daju

After breakfast we walk along the trail about 1.5 hour get to the Bendiwan village, another half hour you will see the waterfall. Go down1.5 hours get to the road. Stop for lunch in the Tina's Guesthouse. After lunch we drive 9 kilometers get to the village, and then walk another 2 hours get to the ferry. After crossing the Yangtze River, walk another half hour get to Daju.

Overnight in Daju Inn (public shower and toilet).

On the way to Tiger Leaping Gorge you will see many Naxi minority villages, beautiful mountain with terraced fields full of mustard flowers and other plants. The trail is naturally divided into three sections. The first section, which is the narrowest and uppermost section, is the mouth of the fast flowing Yangtze River. In the midst of the river's mouth is a large rock that is positioned at the gorge's narrowest section - only 30 meters wide. An ancient legend says that tiger used this rock as its stepping stone so it could leap across from one side of the gorge to the other, which is how the gorge got its name. As the river enters the middle section, it drops another 100 meters and its flow rate increases to an amazing speed. Here the thunderous rushing water slam into sharp, large rocks and crash down into the river forming swirling whirlpools. Can it be more exciting? 

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 3: Daju – Baoshan

After breakfast we drive 100 kilometers, pass Jade dragon Snow mountain, and then get to Guolu Naxi village, 3.5 hours later we stop for lunch in the village local restaurant. After lunch drive a little bit further to the top, then 3 hours walking down to the stone city in Baoshan.

Overnight in Mu family Guesthouse (Public shower and toilet). 

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 4: Baoshan – Liouqing

2 hours hiking along the trail, pass some Naxi villages, and get to the foot hill Prince mountain. Today we twice crawl through hewed tunnels in the rock. The first one is about 60 meters while the second one is 90. Climb up to Prince mountain (3 hours to get to the top), picnic lunch on the way then another half hour get to the village Liouqing.

Overnight in the Naxi family home stay (public toilet, no shower). 

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 5: Liouqing - Fenglian

In today’s 6-7 hours hiking we’ll pass through many Naxi villages along the Yangtze River. Picnic lunch in the village.

Overnight in the Guesthouse (public shower and toilet).

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 6: Fenglian - Gouwao

After breakfast 1.5 hours walking down to get to the ferry, take boat cross Yangtze River. Walking the other side 1 hour to the Mosuo village called Labo, stop lunch in the village. After lunch we walk up 3 hours to Gouwao village.

Overnight in home stay Mosuo family. Not possible for shower.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 7: Gouwao - Zhuangzi

4-5 hours hiking. Pass some Mosuo and Pumi village, picnic lunch in the village. Afternoon get to Zhuangzi village.

Stay Pumi family guesthouse (public shower and toilet).

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 8: Zhuangzi – Yongning – Lugu lake 

After breakfast we walk along the stream and beautiful forest, you will see many plants and azaleas trees, rhododendron in spring. 3 hours get to the pass, continue walk down get to the Yi people village. Picnic lunch on the way. After lunch, walk about 3 hours get to Yongning town. Finish walk, take a local taxi drive to Lugu Lake.

Overnight in Mosuo family hotel.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Day 9: Lugu Lake - Lijiang

Early morning cruise on Lugu lake and visits Mosuo village. Lunch in Ninglang Yi people town. After lunch 4 hours drive back to Lijiang. 

Meals: (B/L)

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Group Size 1 person 2-5 persons 6-9 persons ≥10 persons
Tour Cost $2545 $1745 $1475 $1275
* Price in every box above is for each person.
* Price is in US dollar. It may vary a little bit according to US dollar exchange rate fluctuation, car fuel price change and government tax adjustment, etc.
* The price is only for your reference and  it is subject to seasons, high or low.Please send us your inquiry if you are interested.

Service Included:
A. Admission fees for the scenic spots, attractions, performances and other tour activity expenses specified in the itinerary
B. Personal English-speaking Guide to be with you all the way
C. Experienced Driver + comfortable Private car/van/bus
D. All meals specified in the itinerary are included. (B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner)
E. Guest houses or family hotels specified in the itinerary

Service Excluded:
A. Gratuities, Tips to the locals, guide and driver
(Although not compulsory, if you think your guide and driver have done a good job at the end of the tour, we suggest you tip them at you own decision to show your appreciations.)
B. Other Personal Expenses.


* During the 6 days when we explore in the village of the local hill tribes, accommodation is in basic conditions’ guest houses but the hospitality is warm and welcoming. You will trek through some mountains and valleys that the sceneries are unbelievable. It is a rare opportunity to see first hand the farmers’ way of lives.

* During you 8 days trek, you only need to carry a day pack with the things you require during the day. For the 6 days from Goulu to Yongning, your trek is full porters and horses support you. For 2 days trek on the tiger leaping gorge your bags will be transported by vehicle.

How to Dress (only for reference):
Comfortable walking shoes
Long, loose and comfortable pants
Shorts for summer months (June – September)
Warm clothes (Fleece, Jacket, hat and gloves etc.) for Nov-April
Umbrella or waterproof jacket in a cloudy day or rainy day
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry in case of rain

What to Bring (only for reference):
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
Insect Repellent
Bottled Water
Small towel
Camera, film and memory chip, battery

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