Eight-day Trekking from Baoshan Stone Town to Lugu Lake in Yunnan
Tour Code: HT-S-002
Hiking Distance: about 80km
Hiking Time: 4.5-7 hours aday for 5 days
Good time to visit: from Jan to Jun, from Sep to Dec
Departure date: on request 2017
The Stone town is located about 110 km north of Lijiang in Yunnan province. It comprises of more than one hundred families on the top of a gigantic rock. This town was built in the late 13th century (Yuan Dynasty). In the Naxi tongue, it is called "La Bai Lu Pan Wu". La Bai was the first local Naxi leader, who lives here. Lu Pan Wu means white stone village. This town has such a long history due to it's unique geographic location. Below this stone town and towards the eastern side, lies the Golden Sand River. The other three sides are steep cliffs. The top of the cliff becomes a guarding post for the town.In this town, you may feel amazed at the sight of many household equipments which were make of stone. In most of the houses, their household items e.g. table, bed, water tank, fire stove are all carved out of big stones. You may wonder where do they do their farming of crops. They do their planting just below this uniquely perched village.
Travel route: Lijiang-Baoshan-Liucheng-Labo Village-Zhuangzi Village-Lugu Lake-Lijiang
Day 01 Beijing-Lijiang(by air)
Take flight from Beijing to Lijiang, meet and greet at the airport and transfer to a garden style hotel in Dayan old town(3 star or better).
Day 02 Drive from Lijiang to Baoshan(B/L/D, about 4.5 hours)
After breakfast, we will drive to Baoshan Stone Town, a small town with one hundred families on the top of a gigantic rock. This town was built in the late 13th century (Yuan Dynasty).Below this stone town and towards the eastern side, lies the Jinshajiang River. The other three sides are steep cliffs. The top of the cliff becomes a guarding post for the town. In this town, you may feel amazed at the sight of many household equipments which were make of stone. In most of the houses, their household items e.g. table, bed, water tank, fire stove are all carved out of big stones. After breakfast, explore the old stone town on foot. Overnight in Mu.s Guest house or the similar(two-bed, no private washroom).
Day 03 Trek to Liucheng (BLD, about 7 hours hiking)
This morning we could have one hour wondering around the Old Stone town and the nearby area. Mu’s Guest house is well located to overlook the Yangtze River valley and the upper part of the village. Then we will trek from Baoshan Stone Town to Liucheng village for about 7 hours, The first part of the hiking is hard as we will ascent from 1788m to 2499m(Taizhiguan Pass), After descend the peak, the beautiful Crown Gorge containing the Yangtze River now looks much thinner and quieter. It's exciting to walk through two tunnels with bending down. Instead of climbing over two stiff rock mountains, the tunnels were manually dug long years before. We walk into and move one step that brings us more close to the light. We find the blue sky much lovely after coming out from the tunnels, and then we will pass the through tranquil forest to Liucheng. Overnight Ho's house (public shower and toilet).
Day 04 Trek to Labo Village (BLD, about 7 hours hiking)
Today we trek for approximately seven hours and half to Labo, a ethnical Moso and Nakhi village. The Yangtze River lies at the foot of mountains. The village is scattered along the route. We will meet friendly and smiling villagers. Today we Crossing wooden irrigation canals and terraced fields, the last Nakhi village in our trek. There we crossed the Yangtze River by boat again, and continue to walk toward Labo village, a nice Moso village. Overnight Local Guesthouse (public shower and toilet)
Day 05 Trek to Zhuangzi Village(BLD, about 7 hours hiking)
Today we trek for approximately seven hours to Zhuangzi via Fengke(1850m) and Gewa(2650m), passing through beautiful Moso village, sometimes we have to stop for a short time while local farmers drive their cattle across the road. In the forest full of pine and oak trees, sometimes we heard the sounds of horse bell and horseman's before they come in sight. We will reach the Moso village--Zhuangzi. Overnight Xiong’s house (public shower and toilet) and all meals
Day 06 Trek to Lugu Lake (BLD)
Leaving Zhuangzi behind us, we continue to trek for approximately five to six hours to Yongning. We will first hike up over Zhangzi Pass(3,500m) and down the mountain walk through the tranquil scenery and memorable views to Yongning where our bus is waiting. Drive for about one hour to Lugu Lake. Overnight in the hostel on Lige Peninsula in Lugu Lake.
Day 07Lugu Lake Drive to Lijiang(B/L)
After breakfast, we will leave Lugu Lake and drive back to Lijiang. It is a long drive for about 6.5 hours, to avoid long time on the van, we will have some stop on the way. We will first stop at Ninglang County(about 2 hours drive from Lugu Lake) for a visit of local bazzar. From Ninglang to Lijiang, there are some small villages on the way, we could stop from time to time to have a short visit of some of the villages. And there is a part of the road have a very beautiful view of the Yulong Snow mountain from the other side where the normal tourists will never see at all. At arrive of Lijiang, free time to wondering around the old town. Stay in a garden style hotel in Dayan old town(3 star or better).
Day 08 Lijiang-Beijing or other destination(B,by air)
Group transfer to the airport for the flight back to Beijing. The end of the tour.
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(The cost for the child of 2-12 year old is free of any charges.Any baby less than 2 year old is free of any charges. If it turns out there is cost involved, we reserved to collect the cost.)
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The tour cost includes:
- Local transportation: A private vehicle (land cruiser in the desert or other off-road area as listed in the itinerary, bus or mini-van elsewhere in the area with good road) will accompany us for the entire tour. While we are trekking, our vehicle will transfer our food and luggage to the appointed site or hostel and wait or meet us at the end of the trekking tour.
- Equipment as required: tents and mats for sleeping bags when camping, rope (if necessary), water (4 liters per person per day), 2-way radios, compass , first aid kit, GPS
- Leader: Experienced English-speaking tour leader and one or more service persons along the trip as needed.
- Entrance fees: All first-entrance tickets to the tourist spots mentioned in the itinerary.
- Accommodation: 4-star hotels in the big cities, twin and tri-share clean hostel in the small counties or villages, occasionally private home if indicated, and tents in the desert and at certain unique camping spots mentioned in the itinerary.
- Meals: All meals as indicated in the itinerary, with some simple picnic lunches while trekking.
- Common carrier tickets: All domestic airfares and train tickets (soft sleeper) as listed in the itinerary, if applicable
- Extra supplier truck or staff (only needed when the area we will trek to is non-residential and not accessible for any :vehicles): truck for carrying food and all supporting equipments, and cook to prepare fresh food for the group when necessary（usually for a group more than 8 persons only）, yak/camel/horse and porter for carrying luggage while trekking/camping.
- Travel agency liability insurance.
The tour cost does not include:
- Personal gear required: if camping, a sleeping bag sufficiently warm to protect against minus 20°C (-4°F) in Jan-March, against -10°C or -5°C (14°F- 23°F) in April and May, against 0-5°C (32°-41°F) in June. Also: hiking boots; It may different from the area, we will provide you the exact information when you confirm a tour. Raincoat; cap; camera; sun-cream; sun-glasses; pocket knife; day-pack, etc.
- Expenses of a personal nature: favorite snacks, soft drinks, laundry , local or long-distance calls, etc.
- Tips to tour guide and driver.
- Tourist accident insurance. NB - you are strongly suggested to buy travel and health insurance before you start out from your home country.
- Any service persons to carry personal belonging while trekking (although this can be arranged, it should be unnecessary - participants should find that trekking with a single day-pack for personal items should suffice.)
- Single supplement costs (for those who want accommodation on a single basis)
- Visa to China
- Domestic and international flights and related airport taxes not listed in the itinerary
- Supplementary trips, entrance fees and services not mentioned, and extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
What makes our hikes different from the others ?
- Your English-speaking guide stays with you the entire trip (including the hiking).
- Our guides carry 2-way radios (and a cell phone) in case of emergencies.
- We use safe, reliable, government-licensed vehicles (e.g. mini-vans), not a dubiously-maintained family car or taxi.
- We use professional drivers, not a “friend” making some extra money.
- We save time by taking the direct routes, even if there are charges (rather than navigating back roads trying to avoid tolls).
- With us, there are NO “forced shopping” stops !
- There are NO hidden costs ! (e.g. fuel surcharge)
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