Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge
2 days hiking with breathtaking scenery in Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan ProvinceMap
TRAVEL INFORMATION ABOUT TREKKING THE TIGER LEAPING GORGE IN 2 DAYS
For the skilled hiker the scenic 2 day walk through the Tiger Leaping Gorge is the “can’t miss” experience while travelling the Yunnan Province in the South-West of China. The hike along a scenic trail high above the gorge along the Eastern slope of the Haba Mountain offers some of the finest views in Yunnan.
Wedged between the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the East and the Haba Mountain Range in the West, the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge is reputedly the world’s deepest canyon. Here the waters of the mighty Yangtze River are roaring through a, at some places only 20m wide gorge - a spectacle especially impressive during the summer month, when the water levels of the Yangtze River are the highest due to the melting snow in the Himalayas and the sometimes heavy rains in the mountains.
Tiger Leaping Gorge is 16km long and measures a staggering 3900m from the waters of the Jinsha (Yangtze) River to the highest peak of the 5596m high Jade Dragon Mountain. It got its name from a story describing how a tiger escaped it’s hunters by leaping across the Yangtze River in one go.
You stay overnight at a simple guesthouse high above the gorge with amazing views of the “5 fingers” of the Jade Dragon Mountain on the opposite side. A minimum amount of fitness is required for this tour. For those prefer a more leisurely pace, we recommend the 3 day tour with two overnight stays in the Gorge.
"...glad we stayed overnight at the Tea Horse Guesthouse...we found the scenery amazing..."
John from Australia
"...the Tiger Leaping Gorge was impressive indeed, thanks for the tip..."
Markus from Switzerland
Day 1: LIJIANG - TIGER LEAPING GORGE - HIKE TO TEA HORSE GUESTHOUSE
By private car you drive from Lijiang to Qiaotou, located at the entrance of the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the starting point for our hike through the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
HIKING FROM QIAOTOU TO TEA HORSE GUESTHOUSE
You first walk from Qiaotou to Yacha village. The total walking time is about 6 to 7 hours.
The path first climbs steadily while it follows the hillside in a north-eastern direction into the gorge. The further you walk into the gorge, the more impressive the landscape gets.
After two hours you reach Nuoyu Village where you stop for lunch.
After that we face the “28 bends”, the steepest and toughest part of the trek.
From the top one has spectacular view of the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the “5 Fingers” of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
From here the path is mostly downhill for another hour until we reach Yacha Village where we stay for the night at a simple guesthouse high above the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
The view of Jade Dragon Mountain and the Tiger Leaping Gorge from your accommodation in the Tiger Leaping Gorge is simply breathtaking. You stay overnight at a simple guesthouse high above the gorge. Total walking time about 5 hrs.
Day 2: HIKING THE TIGER LEAPING GORGE FROM YACHA VILLAGE TO WALNUT GROVE / TINA’S
Today’s walking time is about 5 hours and probably the most scenic part of the trek.
This second part of the Trail offers once again spectacular views of the Yangtze valley below and the surroundings.
After about 2 hours we reach Bendiwan Village where you have a well earned coffee-break.
After that, continue for another two hours downhill to Walnut Grove Tina's where our drive will be waiting for us.
You can either head straight back with our driver to Lijiang or continue your journey via the white water terraces of Baishuitai to Zhongdian or to the picturesque village of Shaxi.