• Visit ancient Dali and Lijiang and a traditional Naxi village
• See the Stone Forest
• View the Upper Yangtze and Mekong rivers
• Explore Lijiang - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Boat ride on Lake Erhai
• Visit the UNESCO Panda Breeding Sanctuary
• Search for the rare golden monkey
• 16 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Kunming, finish in Chengdu
• All meals included
• Includes 1 domestic flight
• Activity Level: 2
Yunnan's diversity of natural wonders includes Himalayan peaks, fertile valleys, tropical rainforests, tranquil lakes, nature reserves and thundering rivers. The snow-capped mountains and glaciers feed two of the world's great rivers, the Mekong and the Yangtze. Culturally, the area is a veritable cornucopia of 24 colorful and exotic ethnic groups including Yi, Lisu, Bai, Naxi, and Li.
Starting in Kunming, we visit the Western Hills and a temple carved out of the mountainside. In the town of Dali, we explore ancient streets surrounded by remnants of the city wall that once protected inhabitants from invaders. In the background, the Cangshan Mountains rise to snowy heights. We cruise on beautiful Erhai Lake before traveling to the town of Lijiang and walking along footpaths over ancient canals and alongside merchant shops.
We make our way to higher altitude as we begin our journey to Shangri-La (formerly called Zhongdian) and Deqen on the Tibetan Plateau. We encounter locals in their traditional villages, plowing fields with yaks in this truly rugged, spectacular and seldom-visited Shangri-La. We also travel to Tacheng Nature Reserve in search of the very rare Yunnan golden monkey.
Finally, we board a plane to Chengdu in Sichuan province, where we conclude our trip with a visit to the UNESCO Panda Breeding Sanctuary.
FROM: $4295 USD
has guaranteed departures
Comfortable hotels with private bathroom facilities.
6 days over 9,000 feet. Some rough/dusty, windy roads and long drives.
Stone Forest and Kunming
Western Hills and Kunming
Dali, Lake Erhai, Three Pagodas
Dali, Boat Cruise on Lake Erhai
To Tacheng Nature Reserve
Search for Golden Monkeys, to Deqen Via the Baimang Pass
Mingyomg Glacier, Feilai Temple
Explore the Himalayan Region, Return to Shangri-La
To Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge
Lijiang - Yufeng Temple, Traditional Naxi Village
Lijiang - Black Dragon Pool, Fly to Chengdu
UNESCO Panda Breeding Sanctuary; Chengdu City Tour