Intensive, 2-leg trekking on Yunnan’s 2 highest mountains . Starting in Lijiang, a 3½-day trek on the slopes of Jade Dragon Mtn, home-staying in Naxi and Yi villages. Then a 2-day jeep drive north to Kawa Karpo for 4½ days trekking & camping on slopes of 6746m Kawagebo.
Naxi, Yi, Mosuo & the Trek to Lugu 14 days /
Trek (Gr. 2)
Takes in a broad sweep of the Naxi, Yi and Mosuo minorities of NW Yunnan. Baoshan Stone village, set above the Yangtze, is the jumping off point for this 7-day trek (see ext. if 7 days not enough for you!) to high altitude Lugu Lake. The focus is on the peoples of the area, homestaying in villages.
Naxi, Yi, Mosuo & the Trek to Lugu Ext. 20 days /
Trek (Gr. 2)
This pre-extension onto 004 makes for a lengthy 20-day trip, taking in a broad sweep of the Naxi, Yi and Mosuo minorities of NW Yunnan; 3½ days' trekking around Jade Dragon Mountain, staying at Naxi and Yi villages, then a 1/2-day’s drive along Tiger Leaping Gorge to Baoshan Stone village.
Gods & Mountains: Yading from the East 14 days / Trek (Gr. 3)
Yading National Park - one of the true wilderness areas left in Kham Tibet, with 3 ~6000m sacred peaks and remote natural beauty. Begins with a high altitude horse trek from Lugu Lake so to avoid the crowds, eventually hooking up with the pilgrim’s path around one of Yading’s sacred peaks.
Gods & Mountains: Yading from the South 14 days /
Trek (Gr. 3)
Focus still on Yading, but going deeper and climbing higher. Starting near Zhongdian, climbing fast for 9-day trek north, crossing some 4500m+ passes into the 3-peak sanctuary of Yading. For experienced trekkers only, it is one of the most dramatic and beautiful treks of the area.
Below is a listing of the treks we offer, along with a brief description. Click on the trek name (in yellow) to go to the corresponding trek info page (with detailed itinerary, pricing, maps, etc.) -
lf you have any questions or would like
further information - please get in touch.
We run two types of treks – the more traditional camping trips, using pack horses to take us into wilderness areas, self-supporting and generally requiring at least a day’s drive to get to the trailhead
(e.g. Yading - Gods
& Mountains #1 & #2). These tend to involve a fair amount of high altitude trekking
and we recommend them for reasonably experienced trekkers only. On the
other hand, we run treks generally somewhat gentler in pace and at lower
altitudes where we overnight mostly in locals' homes, be they isolated
farmhouses or villages (e.g. Where
the World Meets the Sky) where the focus is as much on these homestays
as on the trekking. These tend to start directly from towns such as
Trail Length & Extensions: It's usually possible to clip days off the start or finish of an itinerary. Conversely, for those who do actually live in an ideal world, many of the trips have optional extensions of up to 8 days.
Grading: None of our treks can be considered technical - there’s no need for rope work, crampons, etc. But when considering a trek, please take note of the gradings - this is not so much because it can be dangerous not to, (though that certainly can be a factor), but largely to save yourself the type of discomfort that can lead to an unpleasant experience! Obviously judging the difficulty and your ability is an inexact art, for us and you, but please try to be honest with yourself (and us!). If you want to discuss your suitability for these trips, please feel free to get in contact. Grade One Gently paced, 2000+m altitudes, actual hiking time rarely exceeding 5 hours/day, few extended periods of steep ascent or descent. You need to be reasonably fit, partial to the occasional hiking holiday, and used to carrying a light pack.
Altitudes up to but rarely exceeding 3500m, actual hiking time rarely exceeding 6 hours/day, occasional periods of steep ascent or descent, and very few creature comforts. You need to be fit and experienced in multi-day trekking and camping at altitudes of 2-3500m plus light pack. Grade Three
Altitudes occasionally exceeding 5000m, actual hiking time often exceeding 6 hours/day. Risk of adverse weather conditions (other than rain), frequent steep ascents and descents. You need to be experienced in high altitude and multi-day trekking (at the heights mentioned), camping, and carrying a medium weight pack.
Usually we’ll give a trek an overall rating. Having said that, as treks often vary their route and pace, depending in part on the group's abilities and desires – these day by day ratings are a little difficult to pin down. But as indications they’re useful.
Optional Single Tent Supplements: It's possible to have a tent for yourself, but you would be charged a single supplement fee.