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A trip to Tibetan's Holy Mountain Tour Code:YUN002 

In NW Yunnan province and Southwestern corner of Tibet is the Tibetan sacred mountain Kawa Karpo. The peak is known to Tibetans throughout the Himalayas as far east as Ladakh, as a sacred mountain. They revere it as the eastern most abode of Shri Chakrasamvara, also known as Khorlo Demchok. This same Buddhist deity is also thought to abide in Mt. Kailash-all beautiful pilgrimage mountains spread throughout Tibet. Kawa Karpo, at 6,740m, is today one of the highest unclimbed peaks in the world. This is a pigrimage khora taken by Tibetan Buddhists. Hidden in the foot of Mt. Kawa karpo, Yubeng village is stunningly beautiful and isolated. We will travel through the great river trenches and encounter a few minority villages. Trek on pilgrim's trails to one of Tibet's most sacred mountains, visit the holy sites including the water fall and Prince Monastery on Mingyong Glacier.

Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1  Arrive in Kunming 
Either from Hong Kong, Bangkok or Beijing. Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2  Kunming to Lijiang
Take a morning flight to Lijiang, set at a refreshing altitude of 7,800 feet, is capital of the Naxi Autonomous prefecture. Its charming old center is a world of cobbled streets, canals, and stone bridges that date from the Ming Dynasty.  Overnight at a in the old town of Lijiang. (B,L,D)

Day 3  Along the Yangtse Valley
Leave Lijiang we will drive to Weixi, enroute we will visit Stone Drum Town. Follow the Yangtse River, we will pass some villages and drive through the gorge. We will then climb to Weixi County. (B,L,D)

Day 4  Traverse to Mekong Valley
Drive along the upper Mekong, we have crossed the two largest rivers of Asia. We will arrive at Cizhong and visit the Catholic Church of Cizhong built by the French Missionary in 1907. We stay at a guesthouse in Cizhong. (B,L,D)

Day 5  Trek to Yubeng
We will drive up to Yunling. Follow the water tunnel we will steadily trek up to Yubeng Village. Stay at a guesthouse in Yubeng. (B,L,D)

Day 6  Mt. Kawakarpo
Today you will hike to the Base Camp of the ill-fated Japanese expedition in 1991.(B,L,D)

Day 7  Mt. Kawa Karpo
After breakfast you will hike to the sacred waterfall, from which Yubeng's name originated. (B,L,D)

Day 8  Mt. Kawa Karpo
Today you will start hiking to Xidang. You will climb from 2,500m(7,500ft) to over 3,500m (10,500 ft) at the pass, but will bring you through beautiful, pristine alpine forest. (B,L,D)

Day 9  Mingyong Glacier
Hiking to Mingyong Glacier and visit the Prince Monastery. We will drive up to Feilaisi for a overnight.(B,L,D)

Day 10  Deqin to Shangri_la
Drive to Shangri_la,(10,827ft/3,300m).  Shangri_la is where the Tibetan and Chinese worlds meet. Until recently it was the northernmost open point for foreign travelers in Yunnan. You will visit the Ganden Sumtsaling Monastery which was founded in 1679 by the Fifth Dalai Lama (known as the Great Fifth for his services to Buddhism in Tibet). It is now flourishing with around 800 monks of the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Shangri_la/Kunming
You will take a flight to Kunming. Rest of time free on your own. (B)

Day 12 Kunming/Onward
You¨ll be transferred to the airport for your flights and connections to other destinations or home.  (B)

--Most meals

--All entry fees and sightseeing

--All overnights in hotels and guesthouses with double occupancy

--First Aid Kit

--Private Transfers

--English Speaking guide

--Pack horses

--Roundway Airfares


--All services not mentioned and all items of a personal nature

--Tipping or gratuities to guides and drivers

--Mandatory international travel insurance

--Excursions other than those specified in trips

--Extra cost if  tour is delayed or changed due to reasons beyond control


        Trekking to Mt. Kawakarpo
A hiker's paradise

GROUP SIZE : 2 - 12
START/FINISH: Kunming/Kunming
DURATION: 12 days, 5 trekking days
TRIP GRADE: Moderately difficult (EXPLANATION)
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotels and guesthouses
HIGHLIGHTS: Lijaing world heritage old city, Jade Dragon Mountain, Shangri_la, Sumzanlin Monastery, Yangtze Valley, Kawa Karpo Mountain
EXTENSION TRIPS: Beijing Extension
Guilin Extension
Lhasa Extension

Map of this Trip


"This trip offers a surprising, stereotype-breaking, view of the New China blooming from spectacular scenic landscapes. The very fact that we had no worries about
transfers, reservations, translation or wayfinding allowed us to gain a deeper insight and appreciation for the things we chose to experience whether that was the bird life, the wild flowers, the art, music or shopping. I
finished the trip feeling very positive about China looking for a fresh and inspiring view of the world."

Will Webber (U.S.A.)


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