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Yunnan Explorer

16 days from $5,070pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Kunming
  • Dali
  • Shaxi
  • Lijiang
  • Lu Gu Lake
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Zhongdian
  • Visit the old town of Lijiang, home to the Naxi minority.

  • Get a taste of rural life in the village of Shaxi.

  • See pristine Lake Lugu, on the border between Sichuan and Yunnan provinces.

  • Visit the Mosuo people, one of the world's last practising matriarchal societies.

  • Trek along the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge.

  • Experience a taste of Tibet in the Tibetan town of Zhongdian.

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What our specialists say...

This comprehensive trip around China's Yunnan province is ideal for those who want to really get under the skin of this diverse province. Starting in Kunming, the region's capital, you move onto Dali, home of the Bai minority. After exploring this laid-back town you then move onto Lijiang, home to the Naxi people, with an extremely well-preserved old town. After time here, you'll drive onto Lake Lugu. Surrounded by mountains, the lake is extremely picturesque and unspoilt. It is also home to the Mosu people - one of the world's last practising matriarchal societies. Returning to Lijiang, you'll then embark on an overnight trek through the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek - one of the world's deepest, and a real highlight (shorter treks are available). You'll finish up in the Tibetan town of Zhongdian - high on the Tibetan plateau at 3,200 metres, with fresh mountain air and dramatic Himalayan scenery.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Kunming
  • Dali
  • Shaxi
  • Lijiang
  • Lu Gu Lake
  • Lijiang
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Zhongdian
  • Kunming

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Kunming

Kunming

Upon arrival into Kunming airport you'll be met by your guide and driven to your city hotel.

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Day 2 Dali

Kunming , Dali

This morning you drive or fly to Dali, which is the starting point for exploring the mountains of the northwest of the province. After checking into your hotel you have the rest of the day at leisure.

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Day 3 Dali

Dali

Spend today exploring Dali's Old Town by yourselves.

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Day 4 Dali

Dali

A further day at leisure to explore the delights of Dali; perhaps take a cable car into the Cangshan Mountains or cycle out to Lake Erhai.

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Day 5 Shaxi

Dali , Shaxi

Today you'll drive out to the village of Shaxi. This drive will take you into the countryside, through villages and rice paddies to Shaxi. Once there you'll have time to explore.

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Day 6 Lijiang

Shaxi , Lijiang

After more time spent in the village, you'll drive further north today to Lijiang, stopping off at the holy Buddhist mountain of Shibaoshan on the way.

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Day 7 Lijiang

Lijiang

Lijiang has a very well preserved old town and you'll spend the day exploring it by yourselves.

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Day 9 Lu Gu Lake

Lijiang , Lu Gu Lake

You drive onto Lugu Lake today - a stunningly picturesque journey, folllowing a tributary of the Yangtze some of the way, and passing through a handful of minority villages.

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Day 10 Lu Gu Lake

Lu Gu Lake

Have time around Lake Lugu today - visit some minority villages, go walking or even horseriding, or simply relax and take in the views - the choice is yours.

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Day 11 Lijiang

Day 12 Tiger Leaping Gorge

Lijiang , Tiger Leaping Gorge

This morning you'll be driven to Daju, start of the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek. Your guide will then accompany you for day one of the trek. This is the more strenuous of the two days, as you gain height to the upper path of the trek. Towards the end of the day, you'll approach a small guesthouse, where you spend tonight.

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Day 13 Zhongdian

Tiger Leaping Gorge , Zhongdian

After a restful night's sleep, you'll continue along the path - today is a little less tiring than the first day, with less climbing. You'll finish the trek and be met by your driver around the middle of the afternoon. You'll then be driven onto Zhongdian, sitting high on the Tibetan plateau at 3,200 metres.

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Day 14 Zhongdian

Zhongdian

Today your guide will accompany you to Songzanlin Monastery - the most important Tibetan monastery outside of Tibet. You have this afternoon at your leisure to explore Zhongdian by yourselves.

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Day 15 Zhongdian

Zhongdian

A final day at leisure to explore the beautiful surrounds of Zhongdian.

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Day 16 Return home

Zhongdian , Kunming

You drive to the airport this morning for your flight to Kunming, where you connect onwards to Hong Kong, ready for your international return flight.

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