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Shangri-La -Yunnan’s Tibetan Valleys

Along the southeastern tip of the Tibetan Plateau lies a collection of humble villages that blend harmoniously into their surroundings. From mingling with shamans and monks to discovering ancient villages and snub-nosed monkeys, we’ll enjoy life at a slower pace; letting the trip leisurely unfold so the area’s atmosphere and nuances can truly be appreciated. Although the region’s landscapes consistently leave us slack-jawed, it’s the charm of the people you’ll meet along the way that makes this journey unforgettable

  • Share views on village life and the modern world with a sha-man-cum-chief
  • Chant sutras with a Lama in Dongzhulin Monastery
Day 1-2
Lijiang (B)

Begin your journey in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang.
Set out across Wenhai Valley to a remote village where the ‘Bimo’, or village shaman, will share his perspective on local life and his ancient faith

Day 3-4
Tacheng (B)

Arrive in Tacheng, located in Yunnan’s most rugged and mountainous northwest region.
Barter with locals at the fresh produce market and look out for local delicacies such as wild honey and rainbow trout.
Visit one of China’s rarest and most adorable creatures, the snub nosed monkey.
Stop in Kena village, a tiny town in Yunnan’s vast countryside and spend time with a local family, learning about life at altitude

Day 5
Tacheng (B)

Shangri-LaWitness monks going about their daily routine and learn about their lives at Dongzhulin Temple, the second largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery in Yunnan.
On the way to Shangri-La, set out for the ephemeral Napahai Lake which recedes into green grassland during dry season, only to be revived by fresh snowmelt.
Explore the winding lanes of Dukezong Old Town, filled with multicolored Tibetan prayer flags, outdoor markets and prayer halls

Day 6
Shangri-La (B)

Wander through the gilded pillars and incense-filled rooms of Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan lamasery in Yunnan.
Duck into the foliage of Pudacuo National Park for a chance to escape the crowds as you wander deep into the heart of Shangri-La’s wilderness

Day 7
Depart Shangri-La (B)

Say zaijian (goodbye) to your local hosts as you transfer to Shangri-La Airport.
Your WildChina guide will help you check in for your departure flight as your WildChina journey draws to a close

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