Like many tourists on the Dali - Lijiang - Shangrila tour a stop to hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge was a must on the list. A beautiful 15km walk that is usually done in two to three days. Along the way you have Jade Dragon Snow mountain on one side and Haba Snow mountain on the other. Between the two is a deep canyon with rapids at the bottom.
Along the way you pass through villages of the Naxi people, some of whom opened guesthouses that you can stay at. The hike itself is not too difficult, though it does have some moments of strenuous effort and slippery near-dangerous paths. I ended up hiking it in one day as I thought the people I was meeting up with were ahead of me but it turned out that they actually started after me. So I kept chugging along and trying to pick the pace up to catch up with them.
There is a reason why so many people love this hike and I hope the pictures below give you some hint of why this is. Though they don't do it nearly any justice.
lunch time. Naxi bread, bowl of kimchi, yaks butter tea (more tea than butter) and eggplant. A delicious way to break up the day
Along the way was tons and tons of fresh lavender. It would be so refreshing to breathe it in. I'd constantly pick some and just bring it to my nose to smell it. There also was a ton of marijuana growing around the path. pot and lavender.. a new age freaks ideal trail.
one small part had this little beach of sorts. It was pure sand, I'm guessing that it was just where rock was constantly eroded or wore down.
The bathroom at the hostel in the middle of the trail, The halfway house. They say that this is one of the worlds best bathrooms. I think having just squat holes would prove that statement incorrect. :)
Another beautiful waterfall, only this one is a bit different. See the next picture to understand why
we had a staring contest to pass each other. He was afraid i'd hurt him, I was afraid he'd kick me as I passed.
A huge and beautiful waterfall. I filled my water bottle up here and I have to say that it tasted delightful
Teacher Zhang's wife and grand daughter. I gave the grand daughter some food and she thanked me and kept bowing to me, it was very adorable.