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8 DAYS HIDDEN CHARMS OF NORTHERN YUNNAN AND OPTIONAL GLAMPING HIKE

Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Benzilan, Meili, Shangri-La & Potatso NP

Great Walks, History & Culture

Highlights

  • Discover the fabled land of Shangri-La, themed as Heaven on Earth
  • Traverse outskirt ancient villages away from crowd outside Lijiang
  • Venture into Meili Snow Mountain and sunrise at Kawagebo peak
  • Sample 6 award-winning all-natural Shangri-La craft beers
  • Optional extension for off-the-beaten glamping hike into Abudje Lake

Discover both the legendary icons and lesser-known charms of Yunnan. Stroll across the quaint roofed houses of Lijiang and the undulating beauty of Shangri-La town, hike across the iconic Tiger Leaping Gorge and marvel at the snow-capped peaks of Meili.

This trip is designed to get beneath the surface, exploring lesser-visited villages where you can witness the locals knead and fire black potteries, make Tibetan wooden bowl painting and incense sticks.

For the adventurous, we can also offer premium glamping experience where you can truly get away from it all into the sacred Abudje Lake.

From

SGD 3,680 Per Person

8 Days 7 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Lijiang

Arrival in Lijiang
Lijiang
Dinner included

Depending on your arrival time in Lijiang, if time permits, enjoy Lijiang old town orientation walk with its Dongba culture, lovely alleyways and hike to Elephant Hill.

Day 02 Lijiang

Lijiang
Lijiang
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Let us whisk you off the tourist trail into off-the-beaten Longquan, Baisha and Yuhu villages. Thereafter, head to Black Dragon Mountain Pond, Dongba Institute and conclude with a fantastic evening Impressions of Lijiang performance.

Day 03 Lijiang / Tiger Leaping Gorge / Benzilan

Lijiang / Tiger Leaping Gorge / Benzilan
Benzilan
Breakfast included

Embark on a short hike of Tiger Leaping Gorge with its momentous river canyon before heading to Nixi Tangdui Black Pottery Village to witness the locals knead and fire black clays with a chance to DIY your own pottery! Continue to Benzilan where you will stay for the night.

Day 04 Benzilan / Meili

Benzilan / Meili
Meili
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Greet the morning at a white pagoda where local elderlies pray and Dongzhulin Monastery to admire the gilded Maitreya Buddha, White Drolma statue and Buddhas of Three Worlds. A cultural afternoon follows with option to visit Gonjo village to learn the arts of Tibetan wooden bowl painting, or Shiyi to witness the traditional making of Tibetan incense sticks.

Day 05 Meili

Meili
Meili
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

After morning sunrise at Kawagebo, we will visit Qudengge and Feilai Temples to appreciate the scenic mountain views. Then we drive to Kala mountain for 2-hour hike to Mingyong Glaciers.

Day 06 Meili / Shangri-La

Meili / Shangri-La
Shangri-La
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

After transferring to the fabled land of Shangri-La, you will visit the famous Songzanlin Monastery, which is Yunnan’s largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing walk through Shiga Mountain and local villages.

Day 07 Shangri-La / Potatso National Park / Shangri-La

Shangri-La / Potatso National Park / Shangri-La
Shangri-La
Breakfast included

Escape to the wilderness of Potatso National Park and Shudu Lake. On your return, you get the option to stop at Dukezong ancient town or the award-winning Shangri-La Highland Craft Brew to sample 6 distinctive all-natural Shangri-La beers.

Day 08 Departure from Shangri-La

Departure from Shangri-La
Nil
Breakfast included

Enjoy free time before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

OPTIONAL TRIP EXTENSION

5 DAYS SACRED CARAVAN HIKE TO ABUDJE LAKE (MID MARCH - NOV ONLY)

Discover the true face of Shangri-La as we embark into the wilderness, passing through jutting mountain passes of over 4,000 metres, all while you are accommodated in an elegant glamping tent. Hiking arrangement is on shared basis and special request for exclusive private hike can be arranged at extra cost.

Day 01 Shangri-La / Monk Grassland

Shangri-La / Monk Grassland
Glamping
Breakfast & Dinner included

Depart early afternoon to Zuomogu village, where you will begin your 3h/8km hike. Traverse through Ringha valley until the first pass at 3,790m with breathtaking Mount Sikha view. Continue to Monk Grassland (3,690m) where you will rest for the night.

Day 02 Monk Grassland / Muet Grassland

Monk Grassland / Muet Grassland
Glamping
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Today, we will hike 6h/15km through larch, fir and rhododendron forests. Pass through two mountain passes around 3,900m with a view of Yading Range and Abudje Mountains peaks before camping at Muet Grassland (3,750m).

Day 03 Muet Grassland / Abudje Lake / Muet Grassland

Muet Grassland / Abudje Lake / Muet Grassland
Glamping
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Today’s 8h/22km loop brings us through two major passes above 4,000m. After picnic on the banks of a forest lake, you will arrive in the majestic Lake Abudje around 3pm before returning back to your camp.

Day 04 Muet Grassland / Shangri-La

Muet Grassland / Shangri-La
Nil
Breakfast & Lunch included

Descend 7h/18km through a 3,905m mountain pass, Ringha Valley pastures, followed by a delicious picnic lunch at a pine tree forest. Thereafter, you will be transferred to your hotel to rest.

Day 05 Departure from Shangri-La

Departure from Shangri-La
Nil
Breakfast included

Enjoy free time before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

 

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 3,980
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 3,680
Single Supplement S$ 1,050

Jinmao Hotel Lijiang • Songtsam Lodge Benzilan • Songtsam Lodge Meili Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La

Lijiang

Lijiang

Jinmao Hotel Lijiang, Unbound Collection (Snow Mountain View Room)

An exquisite contemporary stay with a dash of traditional architecture and fantastic backdrop of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

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Benzilan

Benzilan

Songtsam Lodge Benzilan (Deluxe Room)

Inspired by authentic white-walled Tibetan homes, this retreat is nestled at green valley by the Yangtze River. The lodge looks into the view of a hilltop prayer house and the valley opens up to a starry night accompanied by serene stream and cow bells sound.

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Meili

Meili

Songtsam Lodge Meili (Deluxe Room with Snow Mountain View)

Comfortable retreat at the Tibetan settlement of Gujiunong with every window facing a blessed view of Mt. Kawagarbo flickering in the clouds.

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Shangri-La

Shangri-La

Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La (Deluxe Room)

A city hideaway enveloped with gardens, adorned with quaint Tibetan artefacts and blessed with panoramic mountain views from every room.

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Category 2

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 6,780
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 6,380
Single Supplement S$ 3,280

Amandayan Lijiang • LUX* Benzilan Retreat • Sunyata Hotel Meili Hidden Valley Resort Shangri-la 

Lijiang

Lijiang

Amandayan (Courtyard Suite)

Blending elegant Chinese fabrics,Yunnan pine and Dong Bei elm, each suite offers gracious courtyard or a terrace overlooking the quaint Lijiang rooftops, Lion Hill or the UNESCO-listed Old Town.

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Benzilan

Benzilan

LUX* Benzilan Retreat (Superior Room)

A riverside escape adorned with Tibetan elements, wooden residences, light colour palettes and airy living spaces.

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Meili

Meili

Sunyata Hotel Meili (Mountain View Room)

Designed by Zhao Yang Architects, this chic hideaway is set at a carefully restored ancient Tibetan house in the Wunongding village overlooking Snow Meili Mountain, flanked with natural materials, earthy colors and restrained aesthetics.

Shangri-La

Shangri-La

Hidden Valley Resort (Tibetan Tent)

Set at a serene valey between the reclining Buddha Mountains and lush forests, this boutique Tibetan residence and glamping tent offers farm-to-table dinner and a range of cultural immersions.

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS - 5 DAYS SACRED CARAVAN HIKE TO ABUDJE LAKE

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 3,350
+ 30% Exclusive
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 2,780
+ 20% Exclusive
Minimum 6 Pax S$ 2,480
+ 20% Exclusive

Hiking arrangement is on shared basis. Special request for exclusive private hike can be arranged at additional cost depending on group size.

Category 1

Category 1

Glamping: Caravane Liotard (Caravan Light)

Inspired by French writer Constantin de Slizewicz and the ancient Tea Horse Road legacy, choose from a selection of mobile glamping experience through the mystical Yunnan gems away from the beaten crowd.

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Category 1

Category 1

Shangri-La: Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La (Deluxe Room)

A city hideaway enveloped with gardens, adorned with quaint Tibetan artefacts and blessed with panoramic mountain views from every room.

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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS - 5 DAYS SACRED CARAVAN HIKE TO ABUDJE LAKE

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 4,880
+ 30% Exclusive
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 4,350
+ 20% Exclusive
Minimum 6 Pax S$ 3,780
+ 20% Exclusive

Hiking arrangement is on shared basis. Special request for exclusive private hike can be arranged at additional cost depending on group size.

Category 2

Category 2

Glamping: Caravane Liotard (Caravan Premium)

Inspired by French writer Constantin de Slizewicz and the ancient Tea Horse Road legacy, choose from a selection of mobile glamping experience through the mystical Yunnan gems away from the beaten crowd.

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Category 2

Category 2

Shangri-La: Hidden Valley Resort (Tibetan Tent or Tibetan Residence - Deluxe Room)

Set at a serene valey between the reclining Buddha Mountains and lush forests, this boutique Tibetan residence and glamping tent offers farm-to-table dinner and a range of cultural immersions.

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportation & transfer on an air-conditioned minivan
  • Local English-speaking expert guide in each city
  • All entrance fees in sights stated

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

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