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  • Shangri-la Benzilan Deqin Yubeng 7 Days Tour

  • Tpye: Trekking Tour
  • Departure: Shangrila
  • Destinations: Deqin
  • Travel Days: Seven
  • Best Time: all year round
  •  Meili Snow Mountain towers over the landscape in the west of Deqin County (Shangri-la) in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Also known as 'Prince Snow Mountain', it is the most sacred mountain the in the world. Meili Mountain has long been famous for Kang Karpo Peak, Yunnan's tallest mountain - 6,740m above sea level. Among one of the eight sacred mountains the Tibetans worship, it looks like gilded when the sun rises. There are 13 lesser peaks around it, each more than 6,000m above sea level. 


Dining: Arrange in Kunming city
Accommodation: Kunming hotel
Vehicle: Air+car
Altitude: 2000m
Mileage: 100km
Traffic: Good road


You will be met at the Kunming airport. At 1,890m (5,670 ft) above sea level, Kunming is known as the city of "Eternal Spring" as it enjoys cool, spring-like temperatures at even the height of summer. Despite being the capital and business center of Yunnan province, Kunming has a laid-back atmosphere and is a good place to explore on foot. Nearby your hotel is Green Lake, a charming area surrounded by little teahouses and cafes, and small boutiques. You'll sample local Yunnan specialties for dinner, and there will be a short presentation by the Nature Conservancy giving background information on the area you are about to explore.

Day02Kunming Air Shangrila bus Deqin

Dining: Lunch In the Hotel, Dinner in Old town
Accommodation: Deqin Hotel
Vehicle: Air + Bus
Altitude: 3400 meters
Mileage: 190km
Traffic: Asphalt Road


We will take an early flight to Zhongdian, a small town on the Tibetan Plateau. At 3,300 m (10,000 ft) above sea level, Zhongdian is much cooler than Kunming. We will start driving northwest towards Mt. Kawagebo. On the way, we will stop at Songzanlin Monastery, the largest monastery in Yunnan. We will also take a short half-hour hike to visit a Tibetan nunnery. Although severely damaged during the Culture Revolution, the nunnery has since been restored in the original style. On the way to Mt. Kawagebo we will pass over Baima Snow Mountain. At 4,200 m (12,600 ft), it is one of the most important bio-diversity sites for the Great Rivers Project sponsored by the Nature Conservancy. We will arrive at the town of Deqin (3,500 m/10,500 ft) late in the evening.

Day03Deqin Bus Xidan trek Yubeng

Dining: Packed Lunch, Dinner in the Guest House
Accommodation: Shenpu Guest House
Vehicle: Bus + Trek
Altitude: 3600 meters
Mileage: 70km
Traffic: Asphalt road + Mountain Trail


Early in the morning we will take a two-hour drive alongside the Mekong River to the trailhead. Today's hike will be strenuous - we will climb from 2,500 m (7,500 ft) to over 3,500 m (10,500 ft) at the pass - but will bring you through beautiful, pristine alpine forest. After a picnic at the summit (where there may still be snow in early spring), we will descend to the isolated village of Yubeng. We will spend the night in a small lodge.

Day04 Yubeng trek to Holy Waterfall and Back

Dining: Packed Lunch, Dinner in the Lodge
Accommodation: Shenpu Guest House
Vehicle: Trek
Altitude: 3600 meters
Mileage: 16km
Traffic: Mountain trail


Weather permitting, we'll wake up to a clear view of the Mt. Kawagebo glacier. After breakfast we will hike to the waterfall, from which Yubeng's name originated. Buddhists on a pilgrimage to the area circumambulate the waterfall 13 times with the belief that this act will erase all sins from this life. In the early afternoon we'll head back to the village lodge, visiting sacred sites along the way.

Day05Yubeng trek Xidang Bus Deqin

Dining: Lunch at Xidang,Dinner in the hotel
Accommodation: Deqin Hotel
Vehicle: Trek + Bus
Altitude: 3400 meters
Mileage: 70km
Traffic: Mountain Trail + Asphalt Road


Today we retrace our way back to the trailhead. Today's hike will include some tough, steep passes. Our car will meet us at the foot of the mountain, and drive us back to Deqin.

Day06Deqin Bus Shangrila Via Tibetan School

Dining: Lunch in Benzilan, Dinner in th old town Shangrila
Accommodation: Paradise Hotel
Vehicle: Bus
Altitude: 3300 meters
Mileage: 187km
Traffic: Aspgalt Road


We will spend the morning visiting a local Tibetan school. Started and run by an illiterate Tibetan entrepreneur, Ah Niu, the school's aim is to preserve Tibetan culture and to pass its traditions on to the next generation. We will take the rest of the day to drive back to Zhongdian.

Day07Shangrila Air Kunming

Dining: Not cluding
Accommodation: Not cluding
Vehicle: Air
Altitude: 2000 meters


We will board an early flight back to Kunming. End of trip.


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