Hiking Route for Tiger Leaping Gorge
Hiking Route for Tiger Leaping Gorge
The Scenic Area of Tiger Leaping Gorge is located in Hutiaoxia Town, Shangri-La City, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, 98 km away from Shangri-La and 90 km from Lijiang. It is a gorge formed by the Jinsha River going between Haba Snow-covered Mountain and Yulong Snow-covered Mountain at 5,596 m and 5,396 m above sea level, respectively. It is 23 km long, 213 m in drop, only over 20 m at the narrowest point, and 3900 m in elevation difference between the gorge bottom and mountain top. Tiger Leaping Gorge is famous for its majesty, oddness, precipitousness, and cragginess, as the main component of the World Natural Heritage, Three Parallel Rivers, and national 4-A tourist attraction. The scenic area includes the upper, middle, and lower Hutiaos as well as the high hiking route known as “one of the top ten classic hiking routes in the world." It is also the fourth largest gorges in the world, the second largest in China, and one of the ten most beautiful ones in China. According to legend, the tiger down mountain once jumped to the opposite bank with a boulder in the middle of water, after which the Tiger Leaping Gorge is named.
The hiking route of Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the top ten classic hikes in the world. The impression of complete tour can be described by one sentence: "beautiful scenery and amazing adventure", so many tourists from both home and abroad like this route.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge hike is very worthwhile. Two days is enough. You may take your friends or lovers there. Only hiking can yield the most beautiful scenery
1. Opening hours: all year round.
2. Ticket price: 45 yuan for full ticket, 22.5 yuan for student ticket.
3. Online ticket purchase: 45
Due to the newly added regulations in the scenic area, the online ticket purchase and admission shall be two hours apart from each other. For example, one successfully purchasing at 11:00 has to wait until 13:00 for admission.
1.(Going from Lijiang and Shangri-La by bus to) Bridge Head – Naxi Yage – 28 Bends – Shanmei Inn – Halfway – Tina's – Heaven Ladder – Zhang’s Home – Middle Hutiao – Thin Strip of Sky – Walnut Garden – Old Ferry – Daju (returning to Lijiang or Shangri-La)
Tips：By the route, the Middle Hutiao is followed by Lower Hutiao through the gorge road. If you have enough time and want to go to Yulong Snow-covered Mountain, this route is your best choice. Or otherwise, it is not recommended, because you may be charged a scenic area management fee of RMB 80 and required a ticket for visiting Yulong Snow-covered Mountain at Daju.
2. (Going from Lijiang and Shangri-La by bus to) Bridge Head – Naxi Yage – 28 Bends – Shanmei Inn – Halfway – Tina's – Thin Strip of Sky/Heaven Ladder/Zhang’s Home – Gorge Road to Upper Hutiao – Bridge Head (returning to Lijiang or Shangri-La)
3. (Going from Lijiang and Shangri-La by bus to) Bridge Head – Upper Hutiao – Gorge Road – 28 Bends – Tina's – Thin Strip of Sky/Heaven Ladder/Zhang’s Home – Halfway – 28 Bends – Naxi Yage – Bridge Head (returning to Lijiang or Shangri-La)
D1：Lijiang (Shangri-La) – Tiger Leaping Gorge (2h) – Bridge Head (keeping luggage) – Naxi Yage (2h) – 28 Bends (Ganyanfang, about 1.5h) – Chama Inn (1.5h) – Shanmei Inn – Halfway for hotel (3h)
D2：Halfway-Longdong Waterfall (1.2h) – Tina’s (1h) – Middle Hutiao (1.5h) – Thin Strip of Sky – Heaven Ladder – Zhang’s Home – Gorge Road – Upper Hutiao – Bridge Head (picking up luggage) - Shangri-La (Lijiang)
Both Shangri-La and Lijiang bus stations have shuttle buses to Tiger Leaping Gorge (You shall tell the driver that you will get off at Bridge Head) with a fare of RMB 40, which take about two hours to reach Bridge Head.
If shuttle buses are unavailable, you may choose to charter car and try to find more travelers for AA, which is very cost-effective, namely about RMB 50 for each person.
Around general bus stations are there many minibuses for commercial operation, so you may inquire more for price comparing.
Preparation before the journey
Hiking necessities: trekking pole (very useful for mountain climbing), two pieces of quick-drying clothes (against bad weather or sweat), a camera, some high-calorie food, and no too much water (which is sold by the route at affordable price).