Arrive in Kunming
Take a flight to Kunming either from Hongkong, Bangkok or Beijing. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide. Kunming, called the City of Eternal Spring, is more than 2200 years old. Stay at the highly favored 3-star Hotel. Enjoy good food in the hotel.
Take a flight to Lijiang and transfer to Grand Hotel first. Hike to the Puji Monastery, a Red Hat Tibetan Buddhism temple of 800 year history. Walk through the fields and Naxi villages. Drive back to Dayan Old Town of 800 year old. It is now on the list of United Nation????s World Heritage. Explore the Square Market and small panes in the old town.
Upper Tiger-Leapiing Gorge(4 Hrs) Drive to Qiaotou town, trek on upper trails of Tiger-Leaping Gorge to Walnut Groove(4 Hrs), enjoy the awesome gorge view with the Yangtze running down in the gorge. Stay at Wood????s Guesthouse.
Upper Gorge/Lower Gorge/Yangtze River(5 Hrs)Trek to Heika(3 Hrs), a small Naxi village sites beside the Golden Sand River. Go down to the river shore(1Hr) to see the river that feeds millions of Chinese people. Stay at a local guesthouse.
Trek to Haba Village(5 Hrs), this is a beautiful trek aroud the Haba Snow Mounatin. Stay at Snow Sea Guesthouse where you will see the snow peak in the courtyard.
Drive to Sanba Village, visit Baishuidai(White Water Terrace) where the Naxi people originated. It is now the holy place for Naxi ceremonies.Picked up and drive to Luoji Tibetan Village. Stay with a Tibetan Family.
Trek along the Luoji River to Niru village(5 Hrs), a nice Tibetan Village with very low altitude and well-preserved primary forrest. Spend your night with a Tibetan Family.
Trek to Shudu Lake(6 Hrs), a pristine alpine lake. Visit the Nomadic Tibetans live around the lake. Transfer to Zhongdian.Stay at Gyalthang Hotel.
Enjoy the exquisite drive to Deqen, the gateway to Tibet. Experience authentic Tibetan culture in this mountainous region. You????ll spend most of your time at altitudes above 4200m. On the way visit Napa lake where Black-Necked Cranes spend their whole winter cycling around. Explore the Dongzhulin Monastery of the Yellow Hat Sect(the gelupas).Overnight at a 3-star Hotel at Deqen.
Visit Feilai Lamasary and observe the great sunrise above the highest peaks of Yunnan. Drive to Xidang village(46KMs), down to the Mekong River valley, walking on the ancient Tea Horse Road from Yunnan to Tibet and India. Hiking through primary forrest to Yubeng (20KMs). Camp or stay with the locals.
Yubeng-Holy Water Fall
Hike through the forrest following the trails to Holy Water Fall(8KMs) where Tibetans Buddhists get their knees down and pray. You will see some highland pastures, meadows and meet some nice local people. Stay at Yubeng.
Yubeng back to Xidang. Stay at Xidang hot spring hostel Take a warm spring bath.
Hike to Mingyong village(6KMs), stop for lunch at Mingyong Village. Continue hiking up to Mingyong Glacier(2600m) which is the low altitude glacier of the lowest latitude in the world. Visit the Prince Lamasary. Hike up to some distance on the glacier.Stay at Glacier Guesthouse.
Walk down to Mingyong Village, drive back to Deqen. Stop for lunch at Deqen. Drive to Cichong along the Mekong River. Visit Cichong Cathlic Church which is built by French missionaries, and once served as the Catholic centre of Yunnan. You????ll have a chance to taste some wine brewed by Tibetan Catholic believers. Stay at the church.
Drive along the Mekong, observe the big river that feeds Chinese, Burmese and Thai people. Visit Lisu ethnic people live by the riverbank.Stay at Qizong, a small town sites by the Golden Sand River.
Drive along the Goden Sand River to the Stone Drum Town where the big river makes its great turn northward. Climb up to the Cloud Hill to get a whole view of the bend.Stay at Lijiang Grand Hotel.
Take flight back to Kunming
Departure Kunming Airport