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Meili Snow Mountain To Cizhong
9-day Trekking Adventure Tour 

Highlights:


• Hike and explore the majestic and mysterious Meili Snow Mountain, which is regarded as the holiest mountain in all of Tibetan Buddhism
• Wander and walk among traditional local villages, and experience their customs and lifestyle
• Spend time in Shangri-la, a place once thought to only be a fantastic legend, but actually a true and real paradise on earth

The best season for visiting Mt.Kawagebo(6,740m/22,107ft) is in the fall time and it must be clear day. The snow-capped Mountains, whose every peak is the subject of an enchanting tale. The glacier at the foot of the peak extends 11,000 feet downward to a surprisingly low level, seeming to plunge into the Lancang (Mekong ) River. Tucked away at the foot of Mt. Kawagebo, one of Tibet's most sacred mountains, is the stunningly beautiful and isolated village of Yubeng. With the exception of the occasional mountain climbing expedition and Buddhists on a pilgrimage to the mountain and sacred waterfall a half-day's walk away, Yubeng is rarely visited by outsiders. The villagers' timeless way of life - herding yak, plowing the fields and fetching water from the nearby glacier stream - has changed little over the centuries. This trip will start from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, and take us to the northwestern part of the province on the Tibetan Plateau. We will follow the same trail that pilgrims take on their way to Mt. Kawagebo.

Several attempts have been made to conquer Meli Mountain since 1990, but all failed. This pilgrim trekking has more than 600 years history, the scenery on the way is breathtakingly beautiful, the ecology system is well preserved, even the animals you meet are not afraid people because nobody want to hurt them, all the villagers are very friendly and hospitable. You will not believe it until you come to take this trekking by yourself. We think this is the most classic trekking route in China. You bet it will be unforgettable!

Itinerary


Day1: Kunming/Zhongdian (Shangri-la) (by plane )

You will fly to Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, and you will then transfer and make the short flight to Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-la. Upon arrival you will be met by your English-speaking guide. Many snow-capped mountains surround Shangri-la. Of these, the three well known ones are Meili, Balang, and Haba mountains. The Tibetans consider these mountains sacred. Meili Mountain is famous for its highest peak: Kang Karpo, towering over Yunnan at 6740 meters above sea level. Thirteen lesser peaks, each more than 6000 meters above sea level, surround it. Kang Karpo peak is shrouded in mists and clouds most of the time. Meili is one of the eight sacred mountains the Tibetans worship. Beneath Kang Karpo, the Mingyong and Sinong glaciers stretch down to a level of 2700 meters. Because of its changeable climate, Meili Mountain is fraught with danger and remains unconquered until today.

On your drive into the city, we will see the world’s largest Buddhist prayer wheel, and we will also make a stop at the Songzhanling Monastery, which is right outside the city. This Large Yellow Hat (Gelupa) Tibetan monastery has returned from the ashes and destruction that swept southeastern Tibet in the late 1950s and 1960s . Songsenlin was founded in the 17th century during the reign of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama , when the yellow Hat school came to full ascendancy in Tibet . it lies a few kilometers beyond the north end of town and welcomes visitors who behave respectfully.

The monastery once had as many as 1200 monks before, and now claims many hundreds, though most of these stay at home and work with their families, only coming together as a single body on area festival occasions . In 1980 the second delegation sent by the Dalai Lama to investigate conditions in Tibet stayed in Zhongdian , and since then there has been steady reconstruction at this sacred site.

You will then go to your hostel for the evening, and you are free to spend your time at your won leisure. You might want to rest up, because tomorrow we begin our journey!

Day2: Zhongdian (Shangri-la-Temple Flown from Afar (200km/124 miles of driving, B, L, D)

After breakfast in the hostel we will begin our drive to the Faeilaisi Temple (Temple Flown From Afar). Along the way we will stop to take pictures of the stunning scenery, and we’ll pass some authentic small Tibetan villages. We’ll also drive through the Baimang Snow Mountain Nature Reserve, where if the weather is clear, you can view Baimang Snow Mountain (4,200m/13,776ft). The nature reserve is one of the most vital and important sites for bio-diversity for the Great Rivers Project, which is sponsored by the Natural Conservancy.

After traversing some of the mountain ranges and having lunch at a local town, we’ll take some pictures of the First Bend of Jinsha (Yangtze) River, Dongzhulin Monastery, and Baimang (White Horse) Snow Mountain. The view along the way is fantastic with different kinds of trees, streams down the valley, prayer flags and stupas, and Tibetan villages.

Then we will arrive at the Feilasi Temple. It has a legend that the temple was built by one Sakyamuni Buddha who flying to here from Tibet. It is the place for Tibetans to pay homage to the sacred mountains and it is said that circumambulators must get the key in Qidengge. Circumambulators who are in inside circumambulation must get the key in Yongzongbajiu Temple at the bank of Lancang River besides the key in Qidengge. In recent years, Buddhist activities of various kinds are all held at the Wulongding Culture Square and Feilaisii Temple.

We’ll spend the night in a local hostel near the Feilaisi Temple, and if the weather is good enough, we’ll get a good view of all 13 peaks of Meili Snow Mountain.

Day3: Feilaisi Temple-Xidang Hot Spring (15km/9.3miles, 7 hours of hiking, B, L, D)

Early after breakfast, we’ll follow a trail descending steeply to the Mekong River, where we will begin our trek to Meili Snow Mountain. We’ll cross a bridge and climb up along the terrace fields to Xidang Village, where we will have our lunch. Xidang has electricity and several rustic lodges. We’d better hike 2km/1.2miles further up to Hot Springs (Wenquan), and we’ll stay overnight at the Wenquan Lodge in order to get a head start on the next day’s trek.

Day4: Xidang Village-Yubeng Village (14km/8.7 miles, 6 hours of hiking, B, L, D)

Today’s hiking will be long and hard, so be prepared for a very physical day. Following breakfast our first section of hiking will take about 4 hours to reach the Mountain Pass. The path zigzagging under the canopy of trees is quite damp and muddy. A Tibetan house, located at one-third of the route, sells snacks and drinks. A breathtaking view can be spotted at Nazongla Pass. Once we reach the summit we will have ourselves a picnic lunch, and if we’re in the early spring, there still may be some snow on the ground.

We will then begin our descent to the village of Yubeng where we’ll spend the night. Yubeng Village is a beautiful and miraculous place. When walking in the village, tourists will have a sense of walking at Shangri-la. Located at the back of the Meli Snow Mountains, it is surrounded by mountains. Because of its unique location, there are only 20 households living here and connects outside world only with one small road. Yubeng Village is divided into upper village and lower village. From upper village, tourists can go to the base camp of the Joint Sino-Japanese,while from the lower village, tourists can go to Yubeng Waterfall, Ancient Seal Character and other scenic spots.

The descent from Nazongla Pass to the upper Yubeng Village takes about 2 hours. Upon arriving at the village, we’ll take the trail turning to the left, walk further down to a stream, cross a bridge and climb a small slope up to the lower Yubeng Village. At the end of the village, you can find Aqinbu's Shenpu Lodge, where we’ll be spending the night.

Day5: Yubeng Village-Base Camp-Yubeng (18km/11miles, 7 hours of hiking and back, B, L , D)

In the morning, we will hike up to the Kawa Karpo Mountaineering base camp, starting with a climb up to the mountain pass through its virgin forests, and we’ll see many of the dead woods along the way. After enjoying the panoramic view from the mountain pass, we’ll walk down a horse road and reach the base camp. This base camp is where the daring adventurers of yesteryear would embark on their climb up Kawa Karpo. At the base camp we’ll enjoy the view of mountain ice caps, lakes of ice, and the rest of the sweeping scenery.

After spending some time at the base camp we will hike back to our hostel at Yubeng village, where we’ll spend the evening again.

Day 6:  Yubeng Village-Sacred Waterfall-Yubeng (14km/8.7miles, 4 hours of hiking and back, B, L, D)

If the weather is clear enough, we’ll wake up with a view of the Mt. Kawgebo glacier. After breakfast we will begin our hike to the Sacred Waterfall, from which the village of Yubeng got its name. On our way to the waterfall we will see a holy monastery called Lakang, with its distinctive white pagoda. We’ll get a close-up view of the grand peaks of Mianchumu and Jiwaren’an. We’ll also see archaic virgin forests, mountain willows, sand thorns, the original site of Yubeng village, where sits the practice cave of the Buddhist master Padmasambhava.

The waterfall is a sacred place for Buddhists on pilgrimage to the area, and they circumambulate the waterfall 13 times in the belief that this act will erase all sins from this life. Maybe you can give it a try!

After a picnic lunch on the pastures around the waterfall we will begin our trek back to Yubeng village, and along the way we will visit some more of the sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites on our way back. Our evening will again be spent at our hostel in Yubeng village.

Day 7:  Yubeng village-Yanmen town (25km/15.5miles, 8 hours of hiking, 1 hour of driving, B, L, D)

We will spend our morning walking down in the Yubeng Valley. The Yubeng River flows all the way into the Mekong River. Parts of the trail we will cover are actually a canal dig along the halfway mountain by local villagers. And the altitude drops also to 1,900m(6,232ft), causing quite different views on the way, and you might feel a little different yourself!

After giving lunch in the little village of Ninong, we will cross the Mekong River and hike for 2 more hours to Jiabi Village, and from there we will switch to a van and drive to the town of Yanmen. At Yanmen we will stay in a hostel for the night.

Day 8:  Yanmen town-Shigu Town (240km/149miles, 7 hours of driving, B, L, D)

Following breakfast we will drive for about an hour to the village of Cizhong in order to visit the Cizhong Christian Church, which was built by French missionaries in the last century. The Cizhong Church is one of the few churches in Tibet that survived the Cultural Revolution. The church, built at the beginning of the 20th century, is a unique fusion of French and Chinese architectural styles. The overhanging eaves and roof of the church are Chinese style, while the cross on top is Western style. The Cizhong municipal government repaired the church in 1989 and then opened it to the public.

In the afternoon we’ll take a bus along the Mekong River to the town of Shigu, where the First Bend of the Yangtze River passes by. On the way we will stop at the ethnic villages of Shuhe and Taiping. Shuhe Naxi Village, also known as Longquan Village by the local people, is the earliest habitation for the Naxi ancestors near Lijiang, and one of the most well preserved important markets along the Tea-Horse Ancient Road. The Taiping village is home to the Lisu ethnic group, a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group who inhabit the mountainous regions of Burma (Myanmar), Southwest China, Thailand, and the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. They mainly inhabit the remote country areas

We will then reach Shigu town, and it is only about 50 kilometers or 30 miles away from Lijiang. It is called the “first bend” because the river makes a 90 degree turn from south to east within a distance of 1 kilometer. It is only about 50 kilometers or 30 miles away from Lijiang. It is called the “first bend” because the river makes a 90 degree turn from south to east within a distance of 1 kilometer. The place was important militarily because big armies crossed the river at that point, and it was a place where Tibetans came down to trade with the people living in the area. The town of Shiguzhen is at the bend, and there is a market area where people come to buy and sell goods. The land around the river is passable on foot, but mountains block the region south and north of it, so it was an important route for armies marching through the region.

We’ll spend the night further exploring Shigu, and we’ll spend the evening in a hostel in the town.

Day 9 Shigu town-Lijiang (67km/41.6miles, 2 hours of driving, B)

Following breakfast we will make the drive to Lijiang, and you’ll be taken to the airport, where you will fly to your next destination, ending your adventure among the mountains.

Remarks before reservation:

. The participants we are looking for: without acrophobia, heart disease。Walking 7-10 hours plus a day; crossing high altitude passes over difficult terrain in remote areas; excellent physical condition required with a positive attitude and a strong determination; previous hiking/camping experience preferred. Please keep in mind that this is a general guide only. A variety of factors, including weather, may add to the challenge.
. This is a tentative itinerary. For the enjoyment of your trip a "go with the flow" attitude is necessary. Many factors will influence your trip, such as weather conditions, health, route conditions, etc. Please prepare two days more as "cushion" day in case of delays in travel due to unforeseen events.
. If there are less than six persons in a group, we reserve the right to cancel the expedition. In this case we inform you two month before the departure time and will return all the money you paid. Please understand!
. Regardless of your previous HA experience, it is crucial that you be self-confident, superbly fit, committed, and determined at the outset of the expedition and possess the necessary stamina and experience to be a contributing player in the ascent.
. The cloth and equipment list will be available after the reservation.
 


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