Motorcycle Tour Beyond Off The Beaten Track

Best regions in Yunnan

This adventure let you experience remote countryside roads in one of the most beautiful regions of Yunnan. We follow hundreds of kilometers the azure blue Yangtze River through deep gorges, curvy tarmac roads and some of the most beautiful old towns China has to offer. Ride and rest with us next to 5500 meter high mountains and pure nature.

Yunnan …

… is a very beautiful travel destination. The landscape changed every day and we learned a lot about Chinese culture. The locals were very friendly and made this tour a unique experience.

Maren U.

A big thank you …

… to Tibetmoto Tours. The tour showed us the most beautiful places in Yunnan. Truly a great region.

Leonie G.


Great tour, beautiful roads, good route, nice group.

Timo K.

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8 days / 7 nights / 5 riding days

Motorbike trip with overnights stays in hotels and guesthouses.

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Beyond Off The Beaten Track – Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Dali

Airport shuttle to your hotel in Dali old town, where this bike trip begins. Dali is the former capital of the Nanzhao kingdom on the shores of the 42 kilometer long Erhai Lake. Depending on your arrival time visit of the old town and the 12 century old Three Pagodas.

Day 2: Dali – Shaxi – Tiger Leaping Gorge

After the delivery of the motobikes the journey starts by riding first along the shores of the Erhai Lake. After leaving the villages with the white Bai minority style houses we enter the mountains surrounding Dali and ride along the side of the Cangshan mountain range. We arrive in Shaxi in the early afternoon to visit the old town before we hit the road again. Shaxi has many well preserved historic buildings, an ancient town sqare dating back to the time of the Tea Horse Road, and a wooden theater state – a unique attribute of a town in ancient rural China. Later in the afternoon, after crossing Shi Bao Mountain we arrive at the Tiger Leaping Gorge. After a 20 kilometer ride through the gorge we arrive at a small guesthouse with a great view into the gorge. The gorge itself is one of the deepest gorges in the world, which 5500 meter high mountains raising above.

Distance: approx. 200 km

Day 3: Tiger Leaping Gorge – Wumu

After breakfast we leave the gorge for Wumu in the north. Quickly we gain height and from up here the gorge looks like a gigantic crack in the valley landscape. Together with our bike we take a ferry crossing the Yangtze River and arrive in Wumu in the afternoon. Wumu is located at the shores of the Yangtze River, most inhabitants belong to the Naxi minorty group. On the entire way to Wumu we cross mountains and enjoy the views of the surrounding valleys in which the locals grow wheat and vegetables.

Distance: approx. 150 km

Day 4: Wumu – Shitouchen Stone Village – Labo

From Wumu we ride further north to the small village of Shitouchen, which was build on a rock 7 centuries ago to protect the villagers from invading Tibetan troops. We cross again the Yangtze River and spend the night in Labo, a small town.

Distance: approx. 220 km

Day 5: Labo – Lugu-Lake

It´s a relatively short ride to Lugu Lake, where we arrive around lunch time. The landscape gets more green and lush, the farming village grow wheat, water mellongs and other fruits. We ride the bike for a short while along the Lugu Lake shore before we reach Lige, a small peninsula on the lake, where we will stay over night. From here you can take a boat to nearby islands.

Distance: approx. 100 km

Day 6: Lugu-Lake – Baisha

Instead of riding direktly to Baisha (Lijiang), we ride around the lake and explore some of the small beaches. Around the lake are small villages, Buddhist temples and thick pine forests. The road to Baisha offers again great views and curvy mountain roads.

Distance: approx. 220 km

Day 7: Baisha – Dali

Baisha is the less touristy counterpart of its bigger brother Lijiang, although only 10 kilometer to the north of Lijiang. Spread out in the middle of wheat fields is the small historic old town where cafes and some restaurant are offering a relaxed coffee or meal. In the embroidery center well know Chinese masters present and sell their art. From Lijiang it is possible to make an excursion to the famous old town of Lijiang, for many China travellers a highlight. From Baisha we take a different mountain road back to Dali. Depending on the time a longer road, along the east side of the Erhai Lake, can be taken, and visit a 450 year old temple was build on a small island (Xiao Putuo).

Distance: approx. 200 km

Day 8: The End

This journey ends in Dali. Transfer to the airport.

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