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13-day Yunnan Odyssey by Bike

  • Tour Overview: This 13-day tour starts at the Tibetan area of Yunnan province from Shangri-la (Diqing) and ends at Dali, focusing on the world famous places in southwest of China. The tour includes the Tibetan culture visit at Shangri-la, amazing trekking on Tiger Leaping Gorge, biking into the most beautiful region on the Yunnan-Tibet border. White water Terraces, countryside of Eyuan, brooks and waterfalls at the gorge, the iconic snow mountains Yulong and Haba, Liiang ancient town, Erhai Lake and ancient cities will be explored. Let us take you to see the Alpine mountains of China version and experience the colorful cultures of different ethnic groups along your biking route.
  • Duration: 7+1 cycling and visit days,2 hike days.
  • Tour Code: CYT-LT-001
  • Price from: $2742
  • Difficulty: Mainly Paved, Hilly, Undulating, Big Mountain Areas

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arriving Shangri-La (Diqing)   (D)

Arrive at Shangri-la by flight arranged by yourself. The best transit airport to Shangri-La is Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. It is only 1 hour flight between the two cities.


Day 2 Shangri-La Warming up cycling ( B L D) 35KM

    

We may face more difficulties physically and spiritually than usual while cycling on high mountainous areas. To guarantee a safe return, we are supposed to make good preparations. An easy relaxing day for acclimation is suggested. Have a warming up ride in the afternoon on the famous Napahai grassland and lake, then visit Dukezhong Ancient town, which is the best place to know about Tibetan culture during the whole trip.
 

Day 3 Shangri-La Tibetan Temple Travel (B L D) 50KM


Today will be another chance to adjust to the high altitude of 3200M+. We will cycle and visit the Guishan Lamasery & Dabao Lamasery before getting back to the Shangri-la. If you are very confident of your physical condition, we can skip today's itinerary before confirming this tour. 

Day 4 Shangri-La Cycling to Baishuitai (the White Water Terraces) (B L D) 100 KM


Starting our ride from climbing up and down through beautiful valleys and awesome slopes until reaching the famed scenic spot at Baishuitai (means white water on terraces), we will see yaks there and enjoy the hospitality of Tibetans. Stay overnight in Baishuitai scenic spot.

    

Cycling to the White TerracesYaks are easy to be found at Tibetan area

Day 5 Baishuitai cycling to Haba-Hetaoyuan (B L D) 75KM


Shangri-la country is the highest place during our trip, if you feel not so comfortable for the first couple of days, don’t worry as we are cycling from a highland into less difficult areas. We arrived at the well-known Tina’s guesthouse today for rest. Our balcony will face splendid scenery of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, valley and waterfall of Jinshajiang River.

    Cycling along the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Day 6 Hetaoyuan-Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge trekking and rest (B L D)

Today we will cycle to Middle Leaping Gorge and leave our bikes. Then we start the highlight of our tour, the Tiger Leaping Gorge trekking.

    


Day 7 Trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge to Half Way Guesthouse (B L D)

We walk up to the highway of Tiger Leaping Gorge. It will not so easy to trek on the steep mountain by trails. the Yulong mountains is on our left side and finally arrive at Half Way guesthouse in late afternoon, a picture of the sunset and golden Yulong Snow Mountain will be our best reward today.

    


Day 8 Trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge to Qiaotou-Lijiang (B L D)

Today’s trekking is even more difficult than the first day, the road become narrower, we will get down from the famous 28 bends of Tiger Leaping Gorge today, when we arrive the Naxi Family, we will get close to the finish point of the trekking.There will be some local farmer trekking with us occasionally, aiming to sell some more expensive soda drinks, a shopping with them is regarded as a thank you to them as they are not only helping us for supply on such dangerous place, the rubbishes on the way are picked by those people. What else you can expect for after trekking on such a beautiful place with such nice people?We finish the Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking in the afternoon and stop at Qiaotou village, a small but important town connecting Lijiang city and the gorge. Transfer and drive to Lijiang with our bikes in our supporting van.

    

Day 9 Lijiang-Shaxi (B L D)

Lijiang is as famous as Yangshuo of Guilin in China so it is commercialized and crowded with lot of shops, bars and tourists. Therefore, GuilinCyclingTours arrange an half day staying there and we continue our trip driving to Shaxi Ancient Town located 90KM from Lijiang, to enjoy a more peaceful and quiet holiday. Shaxi is a town of great Chinese history over 2400 years. It was one of the main headstreams of bronze smelting culture and was a very important town for merchants and culture exchanges between our ancestors from Tang dynasty and the Tibetan regime in ancient China.

 Shaxi ancient town and cycle.Shaxi town near Lijiang, Shaxi old town of Jianchuan.

Day 10 Shaxi-Shibaoshan hiking (B L D) 15KM

Shaxi ancient town is also well-known for another scenic spot nearby - Shibaoshan (means a hill with rocks and treasures in Chinese). We will trek Shibaoshan Mountain today. The rocky treasure here is the unique Danxia landform rocks on the mountain. Beside the rocks, the forests, animals only existing on highland mountains over 2000-3000 meters, the specific grottos, the stone carvings, temples and giant Buddha on the mountain will definitely make our eyes and pace slower. Enjoy the trekking and rest before another cycling day. 

    

Cycle Dali and trek Shibaoshan MountainCulture and exchanges in ancient days between Tibetan and people from Tang Dynasty

Day 11 Shaxi-Liantie (B L D) 50KM


The first 40KM of today’s cycle are mainly downhill but lot of short climbing up are still blocking us, please save your power for the last 10 KM as we will finish our cycle after climbing up for about 1 hour. We bike through the rivers and valleys, passing by farmland, rice field and local villages and arrive at Liantian in the afternoon, a small but important town in ancient days for its tea, salt, silver and copper ware and chinaware.


Day 12 Liantie-Xiashankou (B L D) 60KM


The last big climbs exist today, we only cycle 60KM but it’s through the backbones of two big mountains. The cycling and climbs on mountains in the whole trip will be ended today. So be patient and cycle at your own pace, the flat and natural area full of water and mountains Dali area is waiting for us. 

    Bike around the Erhai Lake in Dali

Day 13 Xiashankou-Xizhou –Dali (B L D) 60KM


Cycling around the Erhai Lake is one of the most popular bike routes in China, and today we will be there! Enjoy the cycles to Dali ancient town for your last cycling day in this lovely province and touch the breathing of the Erhai Lake and smooth wind. Dali is a city with minority of Bai people and the ancient kingdom and culture of Dali was established as the capital here, surely one night is not enough for a good explore of the ancient city and the culture but sadly we are leaving soon tomorrow. Have farewell dinner with our kind cycling leader and supporting van driver and we will get drunk tonight as the memorable 13 days passed so quickly.

Day 14 Kunming Departure

Our service ends when seeing off at the train station of Dali, and you can decide to leave Dali with an overnight train to Kunming on Day13 or Day14, and then on the morning of Day15, you can continue your flight from Kunming back to the city where you will take another flight leaving China. 

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Guide Price

Dates: Upon your requests

2018 price:  USD2600 p.p (min. 2 people to start this tour)    Single room supplyment at USD320 .

PRICE INCLUDED  NOT INCLUDED
 12 nights' accommodation in comfortable hotels or guesthouses with twin share rooms, private bathrooms; Departuer airport transfrerring at Kunming;
  Transportation fee for the first cycling day outside Shangri-la.  Transfer from Kunming train station to your hotel on the last day or to the airport;  Hotel fee at Kunming on Day 14 ;
 Meals: all breakfasts, lunches and most dinners mentioned in the itinerary noted as B,L,or D; International airfares and airfares to China and to Shangri-la; 
 Water and snacks whilst cycling;  Visas;
 Entrance fees for Lijiang Ancient Town and Tiger Leaping Gorge;  Insurance*;
 Our cycling leader who can fix small bike problems;  Tips, gratuities, personal expenses;
 Air-conditioned support vehicle & driver (minimum 2 vacation seats);  Helmet or cycling gear (our bike pedals are standard and may not suit you).
  Quality well-maintained mountain bikes of 24/27 speed front suspension; 
  Bike tools, spare parts and a backup bike;  
 Overnight soft sleeper train ticket from Dali to Kunming . 

*Please note that obtaining your own travel insurance is required in order to participate on this biking tour. It will need to include a minimum coverage of medical expenses with emergency evacuation, personal liability and accident insurance. Our biking leader will need to see a copy of your insurance at the group meeting on the first day. We reserve the right to refuse you if you do not carry such an insurance policy.


 

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