Take a walk through Tiger Leaping Gorge and explore the maze of cobbled streeets in Zhongdian's old town; discover the art of Thangka painting at a local school and visit the 700-year-old Ringha Temple; savour local delicacies such as 'tsampa' and cross the Mekong River to reach the village of Mingyong. 

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Shangri-La Stairway to Heaven

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Day 1

Lijang - Zhongdian

Depart Lijiang for Zhongdian. Stop at Tiger Leaping Gorge and take a short walk through the gorge. After lunch proceed to Zhongdian’s old town, a maze of cobbled streets. You can observe or join in with the dancers in the square. Your final stop will be Baijisi Temple. (L)

Day 2


Your morning tour begins at Songzanlin Monastery. Discover the art of Thangka painting at a nearby school, and then head onwards to Napa Lake. The final stop for the day is the 700-year-old Ringha Temple. (B)

Day 3

Zhongdian - Deqin

En route to Deqin stop at the small pottery village of Nixi. You will then visit the home of a Tibetan family to try ‘tsampa’, a local staple comprised of yak butter, tea and flour. Continue onwards to the small city of Benzilan. In the afternoon, visit the monastery of Dhondrupling Gompa. (B)(L)

Day 4

Deqin - Zhongdian

Awake at dawn for sunrise over Mainri Snow Mountain. Cross the legendary Mekong River to reach the charming village of Mingyong. A 10km walk then ultimately leads to the Lotus Temple where prayer flags tirelessly flap in the wind against the backdrop of truly enchanting natural scenery. (B)

Day 5


Transfer to Shangri-La Airport where your trip ends. (B)

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