All, Outdoor Trails, Cultural Trails

Small group:Shangri-La and the Three Parallel Rivers – Discover Mysterious Yunnan

All, Outdoor Trails, Cultural Trails

Small group:Shangri-La and the Three Parallel Rivers – Discover Mysterious Yunnan

All, Outdoor Trails, Cultural Trails

Small group:Shangri-La and the Three Parallel Rivers – Discover Mysterious Yunnan

  • Destination

    Yunnan & Guizhou & Guangxi

  • Trip duration

    8 days, 7 nights

  • Price

    From 12800 cny

  • Availability period

    1 Jun. 2020 - 30 Nov. 2020

  • Min/Max travelers

    Min. 8

  • Transport

    Van

  • Accommodation

    Hotel

  • Luxury boutique hotels: stay in Lijiang five-star hotels and Songtsam boutique hotels enjoy the comfortable accommodation and meticulous service;
  • Naxi blessing: Naxi is a local minority, you will receive the unique blessing ceremony by distinguish Dongba, learn to write Naxi characters and learn about their customs;
  • Tibetan family visit: visit local Tibetan family, enjoy the cuisine and learn about their authentic lifestyle.
  • Interesting Hands-on experience: you will learn to make Tibetan prayer flags, and take some farm work along the way, experience the true meaning of Tibetan life;
  • “Lost Horizon”: This is the place of Shangri-La that mentioned in the book, you could visit the French church left here and join the mass if chance.
  • Off the beaten trail: without crowded scenic spots, you will walk into untouched villages, experience the local folkways and customs, and feel the simplicity and enthusiasm of people;
  • World Gene bank: The “Three Parallel Rivers” area contains the largest number of biological communities and got a name as the world gene pool. Walk into nature and feel the rich flora and fauna here;
  • Face to face with Yunnan golden monkey: Go to the nature reserve, you will have a chance to see the endangered monkey face to face.
  • Delicious Yunnan Cuisine: Yunnan’s delicious food is well-known in China and you will have chance to experience the authentic food that local people are proud of.

Yunnan, China

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Day 1

ARRIVE LIJIANG

Met and greeted by local guide in the Lijiang Airport. Upon arrival, transfer to Baisha Old town. Lunch is arranged in a local famous restaurant to taste the authentic Naxi flavor. The highlight in the afternoon is to pay a visit to local distinguished Dongba, the religious leader of local village, who will give you a local blessing ritual and teach you how to write traditional Dongba character.

Food

-/L/-

Accommodation

5 star hotel

Day 2

LIJIANG - TACHENG

After breakfast, depart for Tacheng passing the First Bend of the Yangtze River and visiting Shi Gu Village on the way.Stop off for lunch at a local restaurant or opt for a lunch box.

Continue onto Tacheng along the valley of the Yangtze River and arrive in the afternoon. Once checked in, relax and take in sights of the beautiful rice and flower fields and the surrounding ancient village. Dinner at the lodge.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

5 star hotel

Day 3

TACHENG

After breakfast, visit the Dharma Cave and take a walk along the road of pilgrimage.Return to the lodge for lunch.

Visit Hada Village in the afternoon to learn how to make soy milk and tofu with a local family in their courtyard.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

5 star hotel

Day 4

TACHENG - CIZHONG

After breakfast, visit the Yunnan Golden Monkey National Park and hike for 1-2 hours into the nature reserve.Drive to Cizhong along the scenic upper Mekong River.

Arrive at Cizhong in the afternoon and explore the nearby Catholic Church. Dinner at the lodge (option to join the church mass after dinner – available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday evenings).

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

5 star hotel

Day 5

CIZHONG - MEILI

After breakfast, depart for Meili stopping off at Qudengge, where local people get the “key” to worship Mt. Kawagebo.Check in and have lunch at the lodge.

In the afternoon explore the surrounding village and visit a local family to learn how to print Tibetan prayer flags. Dinner at the lodge.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

5 star hotel

Day 6

MEILI

Today, we suggest you get up early and enjoy the sunrise, which is also called as Sunrise over the golden mountain.

After breakfast, go for a full day hike in the valley of snow mountain natural reserve. This area is also called as the world gene bank, where you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the pasture, the snow mountains, untouched villages and beautiful landscape. This hiking route will pass 3 pastures, anyway, you can shorten the hiking according to your condition.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

5 star hotel

Day 7

MEILI- BENZILAN- SHANGRI-LA

After breakfast, head to Benzilan. En route, we will pay a visit to a local temple. During the drive about 2.5 hours, you might feel the dry valley weather caused by the vertical altitude difference. Continue to shangri-la, have a stop at a wetland, where you will take a splendid view of the wetland, together with villages, farmlands, cattle and horses far away.

After reaching Shangri-La, you will pay a visit to a Tibetan family, go into their tibetan houses, try their homemade dishes, and dress in their traditional ethnic costumes and immerse in the Tibetan life.

Food

B/L/D

Accommodation

5 star hotel

Day 8

DEPART SHANGRI-LA

After breakfast, visit a Tibetan center, where will try to make the Tibetan Incence. It is said that the incence is developed by living Tibetan Budda, and you can choose your favorite frangrance and learn to make your own incence.

After lunch, transfer to Shangri-La Airport. If you want to stay longer, we are more than happy to help you with your post trips.

Food

B/L/-

The Three Parallel Rivers area of Yunnan encompass a majestic land hemmed in by the mighty Yangtze, the free-flowing Mekong, and the wild Salween.

Yunnan

Songtsam Boutique Retreats & Tours

Songtsam have built a series of hotels and lodges in five carefully selected locales, which enable guests to experience the different cultures and landscapes inherent in these regions. By combining stays at the different Songtsam properties our circuit tour takes you into the heart of the Three Parallel Rivers area and lets you explore this magical land.

The Three Parallel Rivers area of Yunnan encompass a majestic land hemmed in by the mighty Yangtze, the free-flowing Mekong, and the wild Salween.

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