Wedged between the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Haba Mountain, the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge is reputedly the world’s deepest canyon. You walk along a scenic trail high above the Yangtze River in fresh air and stunning views of the snow capped peaks of the Jade Dragon Mountain. This tour ranks amongst the best scenic treks you can undertake in China! It is also suitable for families with children above 8 years old.

Your host, Adrian Stalder

Adrian Stalder

A Swiss National, passionate traveler and outdoor expert. He graduated from the Swiss business school of commerce and was supposed to start a banking career soon after. More out of curiosity he took an interim job as a tour guide for one of the leading tour operators in Switzerland and that is when he discovered his love and affection for foreign countries and their fascinating cultures and history. In between his assignments he shouldered his backpack and started to explore the remotest corners of the Asian continent. After one year in Thailand he then moved to neighboring Myanmar where he worked as the country manager for a German tour operator for almost 5 years.

He then decided to move on to Kunming, where he realized a long time dream by starting his own travel company, and to share with others his extensive travel experience and profound knowledge about China and South-East Asia. Chinese is just one of 5 languages he speaks fluently. In his spare time he is practicing Tai Ji and studies the Chinese history.

Tour Information

Hiking the high trail of the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan, China

Many would argue that the trail leading through the Tiger Leaping Gorge ranks amongst the most scenic treks one can undertake in China. We couldn't agree more!

Reputedly the deepest canyon in the world, the Tiger Leaping Gorge measures 16km long and a staggering 3900m from the waters of the Jinsha (Yangtze) River to the snowcapped mountain tips of the Haba Mountain Range to the West and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the East. It got its name from a story describing how a tiger escaped it’s hunters by leaping across the Yangtze River in one go.

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.

Deep below the roaring waters of the Yangtze River squeeze their way through the, at some places only 15m wide gorge, while, on the opposite side, the sheer cliffs of the Jade Dragon Mountains rise up to the 13 peaks of the 5’596m high Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

You stay overnight in rustic, clean guesthouses along the trail and enjoy the hospitality of the friendly locals.

This trek is also suitable for active families with children above the age of 8. Ask us about details. A minimum amount of fitness is required for this trip.


Customer Reviews

"...the walk through the Tiger Leaping Gorge was one of the highlights..."
   John from Australia

"...the scenery in the Tiger Leaping Gorge is out of this world..."
   Yvonne from Switzerland

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Tour Itinerary


Trekking through the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan China

Scenic drive by public bus from Lijiang to Qiaotou. Qiaotou is located at the entrance of the Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) and is the starting point for our Trek.

Walk from Qiaotou to Bendiwan Village: Walking Time 2 hrs/6.5km
The path climbs steadily while it follows the hillside in a north-eastern direction into the gorge.

There are already some spectacular views of the Yangtze River below. After a two hours walk we arrive at the Nuoyu Village where we stay for the night.

There is some time to relax, enjoy the well earned beer or to explore the village and its surroundings. 

Accommodation is at the Naxi Family Guesthouse, a very simple guesthouse which is run by a friendly Family.

Day 2:   NUOYU VILLAGE – BENDIWAN VILLAGE: Walking time 4-5 hrs/11.5km

The ideal family Yunnan vacation: Hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge

After breakfast you head out to face the “28 bends”, the steepest and most strenuous part of the trek.

The rewards for the effort are spectacular views of the Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia) and the “5 Fingers” of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

From there the path is mostly level to the ground or downhill for another 2 hours until you reach Bendiwan Village.

The scenery with the Jade Dragon Mountain and the Yangtze River deep below is magnificent!

You stay the night at the “Halfway Guesthouse” which has a nice balcony with great views of the Tiger Leaping Gorge! The right place to put your feet up, relax and enjoy the scenery!

Dinner is served at the restaurant of the Guesthouse.

Day 3:   BENDIWAN – WALNUT GROVE Walking time: 2.5 hours/3.5km

Spectcular scenery of the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan Province China

After a good breakfast we leave the Bendiwan Village, from where the path is mostly downhill towards Walnut Grove. We recommend to have lunch at Walnut Grove.

After that a local taxi takes us back to Qiaotou.From there we head back to Lijiang by public bus or you can book the following connecting program:

Book your connecting program with us: Continue you journey by private car and driver either through the Tiger Leaping Gorge via the magnificent Baishuitai Limestone terraces to Zhongdian, drive 2.5 hrs. or continue jour journey to Shaxi, an beautiful village which used to be an important stop along the ancient Tea-and Horse trade route.


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Trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge

3-5 days
3 days of breathtaking scenery
Tour Type:
Active Tours, Golf & Trekking Trips