Travel to Lijiang – Hike through the Tiger Leaping Gorge2024-01-06T11:10:12+01:00

Travel to Lijiang – Hike through the Tiger Leaping Gorge

This activity-filled tour takes you on a journey to some of the most beautiful places in Yunnan. In addition to other sights, this tour includes a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang and a stopover at the first bend of the Yangtze River where it twists 170 degrees while exiting the Himalayas. This tour’s main attraction is the multi-day and child-friendly trek through the Tiger Leaping Gorge where we come in close proximity to China’s magnificent landscapes and remarkable people.

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6 days / 5 nights

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Travel to Lijiang – Hike through the Tiger Leaping Gorge – Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Lijiang Airport

You will be picked up and transferred to a hotel in the Old Town of Lijiang. A Guided Walking Tour of Lijiang with a visit to the Black Dragon Pool will be arranged according to your arrival time. Dinner will then be served, which include dishes from Yunnan.

Day 2: Lijiang – Shigu – Tiger Leaping Gorge

If the prior day did not allow time for the Lijiang Old Town walk, it will be included in this day’s morning activities. We will drive to Shigu where the Yangtze turns a sharp 170 degrees and then go on a brief 15-minute walk to a nice vantage point. From there, we’ll traverse into the canyon and begin the hike. Our stay will be arranged in a guest house in the mountains with a Naxi family, during which time we may visit the village and enjoy the terrace views. The initial leg of the hike is pretty easy to handle but, if any difficulty is experienced, horses can be arranged as well. Luggage does not need to be carried on person, since the guest house is accessible by a dirt road on which a car can be driven. Thus, only a small backpack need be carried on person.

Day 3: Tiger Leaping Gorge

The day begins with a hike to the eponymous Half Way Guest House that is located in the gorge’s central part. A plethora of switchbacks up to the highest point of the Mountain Trail will be experienced for which horses can be taken. This is thought to be the most difficult part of the hike.

Hiking time: 4 hours

Day 4: Tiger Leaping Gorge

This will involve hiking through the final section of the gorge. This is necessary for part of the path, since the horses are capable of being ridden only a certain distance. The afternoon will find us returning to the paved road, from where we will proceed to a guest house – replete with a huge garden and a breathtaking view – for an overnight stay.

Hiking time: 3 hours.

Day 5: Tiger Leaping Gorge – Baisha (Lijiang)

The morning will commence with a hike into the canyon (as opposed to the other days on which we chose to travel by the high road) that takes us close to the Yangtze River. In the center of the river, there is a large rock which we will ascend – this is a great opportunity to take photos. Horses can be ridden here also. Once the hike is over, a drive to Baisha (near Lijiang) is in order. A serene and traditional Naxi village is located here in a location that affords a wonderful view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Range (5500 M). A visit to the weaving center takes place in the afternoon, where a plethora of masters of the craft can be found – this center almost got destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. A lot of information about the legends and gods of Naxi can be garnered here.

Day 6: Departure from Lijiang

Transfer to the airport will be completed.

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Included Services

  • Overnight stays in mid range hotels and guesthouses
  • Tibetmoto guide
  • Vehicle with driver, luggage transfer between guesthouses in the gorge
  • Meals, snacks, mineral water
  • Help for applying a Chinese visa
  • Flight booking service

Questions & Answers

Will every tour take place exactly as described in the tour itinerary?2021-01-08T23:13:47+01:00

All our itineraries give you a good overview what you will experience and discover when booking with tibetmoto. The itineraries are nevertheless best understood if they are seen as a suggestion rather than as a 100% planned and a thousand times done way of traveling. We like to keep every tour, every adventure, every trip unique and special. We are proud to say that we have never done a trip two times exactly the same way. Our team does not like to offer mainstream tourism tours, and we believe that people enjoy their time best when they have freedom and possibilities to choose from. Freedom and flexibility are very good ingredients to cook an exceptional discovery or adventure, to meet unusual people and visit off-the-beaten-track places.

How does camp life look like on expeditions?2020-11-12T18:02:03+01:00

After arriving at the camp ground we pitch up the tents, our team will set up the mobile kitchen, the electricity generator is being started and we can think of having a cold beer. All supplies and the luggage is carried by our supply truck. We do not have always pre-chosen camp grounds which are always frequented by us, since every expedition is different. Depending on the time in the afternoon we start looking for “the perfect spot”. Perfect spots have a water source such as a river or a lake and a flat piece of land for the tents. Some spots we use more frequently since they are so perfect that the location is hard to beat. Camping together with nomads offers an opportunity to experience their way of live, culture and habits. Sitting in the evening together in a nomad tent somewhere on the Tibetan grassland and listening to Tibetan nomads` songs is a truly genuine experience.

Dinner is being served in a large dining tent where we have tables and chairs to comfortably sit together, eat and drink. The separate, smaller, sleeping tents are designed to accommodate each two people, but if you choose the “single room” option (you will find that option below each expedition itinerary) you will have your own tent. Our tents are army tents where you can almost stand upright. The sleeping “hard wear” is a foldable army field bed, which puts your body about knee height away from the ground. We provide you with the entire hard wear, plus blankets and insulation mats. The only item you should bring along is your personal sleeping bag. If you don´t want to bring your sleeping bag all the way to China we can provide you with a new sleeping bag for a reasonable price.

How is the climate in Tibet?2020-11-11T22:27:20+01:00

The temperature differences between day and night are around 10 degrees or more. Especially in the Himalayan areas it can often get very cool, especially when the sun is not shining. During the travel times of the Tibet motorcycle tour, rain can only occur in exceptional cases. However, you should be prepared for everything and have warm and water-repellent clothing in your luggage.

How are the hotel in Tibet?2020-11-11T22:25:06+01:00

The hotels in which you stay have a decent, but typical three to four star standard. All rooms have a private bathroom, with the exception of the Rongbuk Monastery.

Do I need vaccinations?2020-11-11T22:24:05+01:00

Vaccinations are not required for the Tibet Motorcycle Tour.

Altitude Sickness and Oxygen Supply2020-11-11T22:22:16+01:00

from Lhasa we will provide medical oxygen. This can support a person with oxygen for up to 24 hours. Before starting the Tibet Motorcycle Tour, you should also contact a doctor who will prescribe a Diamox. Diamox is a drug that can be taken prophylactically against altitude problems. As a result, groups that take Diamox hardly or not at all experience altitude-related symptoms. For a smooth running of the Tibet Motorcycle Tour, the personal health and well-being of each participant is important. We therefore strongly recommend that you consider taking Diamox.

Which documents do I need?2020-11-11T22:35:03+01:00

You will need your passport, a pass picture, national driving license, international driving license and flight ticket. Please be sure to make photocopies of all of your important travel documents and carry them separately. They can be invaluable in an emergency.

We also need a scan of the Chinese visa six weeks before the tour starts.

All scanned documents should be sent to us on an A4 sheet of original size

What can I expect from an overnight stay with a tibetan host family?2020-11-12T18:01:15+01:00

A home stay is an opportunity to get access into another culture by joining the host family for dinner and breakfast and sleep under their roof, as their guest. Most families live together in a several generation house, from children to old grandparents. A lot of home stays are semi-farms with at least a few cattle such as chicken and cows around the house. Often are fields attached where family member go to work after breakfast. Here, local family and work life can be experienced as it is instead of “only” observing it from the outside.
We believe that joining a home stay is on of the best ways to get in touch which what surrounds you in a foreign country.

How well do I have to be able to ride a motorcycle?2020-11-11T21:59:51+01:00

You should be able to ride a motorcycle safely, especially on winding mountain roads. An uncertainty is common, but you quickly get used to the local traffic. Our tour guide will give the group useful and good tips on riding in China. Before the start of the Tibet and China Motorcycle Tour, there will be an introduction to road traffic behavior.

Do I need a driving license?2020-11-11T21:57:31+01:00

For the Tibet and China motorcycle tour you need a valid national and international driver’s license.

What is the currency in China?2020-11-11T21:56:01+01:00

In China, the currency is the CNY (Chinese Renminbi). The exchange rate is around 1€ to 7.56 CNY (as of 05/2020). The CNY is not a freely convertible currency, so you cannot get it at every bank in Europe. The exchange rate, which is determined by the Bank of China, can be observed under the following link:

However, we recommend withdrawing a larger amount of CNY from an ATM with all major credit cards or debit cards after arriving in China. Our on-site tour guide is happy to help. Due to the often very poor exchange rate for the CNY in Europe, it is not worthwhile to exchange significant amounts of CNY in Europe. There are also many ATMs in Lhasa where you can withdraw money. Our experience shows that the majority of our participants spend around 20€ a day.

What about my luggage? Where can I transport it?2020-11-11T21:51:45+01:00

The luggage will be transported in the support vehicle. Don’t forget that on domestic flights, the pastries usually cannot exceed 20 kg!

What clothes should I pack?2020-11-11T22:26:29+01:00

For a motorcycle tour you should bring motorcycle clothing including a helmet. Of course you also should pack warm clothing (as layers or as undersuit). It can get cold! You should also bring gloves and a rain suit.

How is the Road Condition?2020-11-11T21:45:13+01:00

The roads on the motorcycle tour are mostly paved (with a few exceptions). Due to the new asphalting of road sections, it can temporarily lead to a poor condition of the road. The paved roads are mostly in good condition. However, there may be isolated potholes or gravel lying on the ground. The route on the motorcycle tour also includes sections with new asphalt, on which you can enjoy European standards or even better. These routes are wonderful to ride! Due to moisture and the difficult to see oil or diesel traces, however, extreme caution is always required!

What is the deposit for renting a motorcycle?2020-11-11T21:42:45+01:00

Deposit for a rental motorcycle (partial cover):

The following cash deposits are required:

Shineray X5 400: EUR 500
BMW G 310 GS: EUR 1,000
BMW F 800 GS: EUR 1,500

If the participant/motorcyclist causes damage during the Tibet motorcycle tour, the deposit is the maximum amount.

Do I need a chinese visa?2020-11-11T21:39:18+01:00


All participants in the Tibet and China motorcycle tours require a visa to enter China. The passport must be valid for another six months. You have to apply for the visa yourself at a service center, the Chinese embassy or on behalf of an agency. Due to frequent changes in the application procedure, we recommend that you use an agency. This is slightly more expensive than filing your own application, but it saves you a lot of work and time.

We will apply for all of the necessary Tibet permits for the motorcycle tour.

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