Yunnan - Adventures in Tribal China

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• 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

Fact File

• 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: $4495 USD



Comfortable hotels with private bathroom facilities.

Comfort notes

6 days over 9,000 feet. Some rough/dusty, windy roads and long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kunming
Day 2: Stone Forest and Kunming
Day 3: Western Hills and Kunming
Day 4: Dali, Lake Erhai, Three Pagodas
Day 5: Dali, Boat Cruise on Lake Erhai
Day 6: To Shaxi
Day 7: To Shangri-La
Day 8: To Tacheng Nature Reserve
Day 9: Search for Golden Monkeys, to Deqen Via the Baimang Pass
Day 10: Mingyomg Glacier, Feilai Temple
Day 11: Explore the Himalayan Region, Return to Shangri-La
Day 12: To Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge
Day 13: Lijiang - Yufeng Temple, Traditional Naxi Village
Day 14: Lijiang - Black Dragon Pool, Fly to Chengdu
Day 15: UNESCO Panda Breeding Sanctuary, Chengdu City Tour
Day 16: Depart Chengdu
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