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10 Days Yunnan - Meili Xueshan Hike

Meili Xueshan (Prince Snow Mt.) is located to the west of the Baima Xueshan ( White Horse Snow Mountain), and is regarded by local Tibetans as a sacred mountain. It was said that there are 13 holy mountains in Tibet and Mt Meili is ranked first because it is the only male. According to Tibetan legend, the highest peak, Kawakebo is a handsome prince. Each autumn, the Tibetan people from Yunnan, Sichuan, and Tibet will gather here for a pilgrimage trek around the holy mountain - to worship the prince, and to pray for a good future.


In this trip, we will enjoy the pretty Mt Meili at a distance, as well as the geographical wonder of Mingyong Ice Glacier, Sacred Waterfall, etc. The trekking is moderate. For a more challenging trek, you can make a half-month’s trek around Mt Meili like the local Tibetan kora.

 

Highlights

  • Activities: Overland drive, culture & nature sightseeing, trekking and / or horse-trekking, visits to waterfall, forest and Tibetan monastries
  • Trek to Nazongla Pass in Mt Meili at 3,750M
  • Trek along Mingyong Glacier
  • Visit to Tiger Leaping Gorge
  • Visit the Old Town of Lijiang (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Included
* Domestic flights Kunming-Shangri-La, and Lijiang-Kunming
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Full accommodation arrangement in boutique 4* hotels and local guesthouses
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Full transport arrangement & airport transfers in both 4WD & mini-bus / van with driver
* All meals on trek
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Entrance fees to parks and tour sites

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English speaking guide service
Excluded
* International airfares between Singapore & Kunming
* Optional: Impressions of Lijiang show ticket, entrance to park and transport to and from
* Tipping & gratuities to guide & local staff
* All meals outside of trek
* Horse / porters fees for personal riding at Meili Xueshan
* Personal travel insurance & pre-trip medical immunizations
* All expenses of a personal nature

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Duration: 10 days
   
Dates :

11 - 25 Sep 10

  15 - 24 Oct 10
   
Group Size : minimum 2 persons
   
Price: from S$ 2,180

Maximum Altitude
3,750-m alpine lake ( horse-ride or trek )
4,300-m mountain pass ( drive )

Grading:

Best Time To Go: Mar - May; Sep - Oct



Day 1
Singapore - Kunming - Shangrila
Day 2 - 8

After acclimatizing in Shangrila, we drive to Deqin, visiting some famous sites en route, passing over Baimang Snow Mountain Pass at 4,296M. We will trek through virgin forest and pass over Nazongla Pass at 3,750M in Mt Meili, and along Mingyong Glaciers. Driving back to Lijiang, make a stop at Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorge in the world, wedged between the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Mountain ranges, offering spectacular views. In the old town of Lijiang, feel free to explore every nook and corner to feel the ambience of a mountain community of the minorities. You may take the option of watching the “Impressions of Lijiang” directed by Zhang Yimou against the backdrop of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Day 9 - 10 Fly back to Kunming for an afternoon of last minute souvenir buying. Following day, we depart Kunming back to Singapore

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This is a full service package with everything pre-planned and organised before departure. It is not a "backpacking" style adventure. All local arrangements (meals, accommodation, transport etc.) are handled by an experienced local Chinese travel operator and the group is escorted by an English-speaking local guide who will see to all the trip arrangements while we just need to do what we're supposed to do = enjoy ourselves on the trip.

Some parts of Yunnan we are travelling through are very remote and road conditions in the mountains can be bumpy which demand better quality vehicles and experienced drivers, all of which add to the cost. Beware that this trip can be tough and cannot be done by unprepared people just looking for a comfortable holiday. The drives will be long and over rugged mountain terrain and remote regions so all participants must travel with an open mind and positive attitude. For the trekking part of the trip, the Meili Xueshan trek may be physically taxing as the trek is done at high altitude of 3000m and above. The good news is that it can be done on horseback for the "unfit". It's certainly not a regular tourist trip and NOT for the faint-hearted!

 

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