This is a 4-day adventure to Yubeng Village, a hidden Tibetan haven nestled at the base of the revered Meili Snow Mountain. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes featuring snow-capped peaks, glaciers, lush forests, serene lakes, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque valleys. Delve into the cultural tapestry and spiritual essence of Tibetan Buddhism, walking the trails trodden by pilgrims for centuries. Experience the tranquility and warm hospitality of the locals, making this tour an ideal choice for nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers eager to explore one of China’s most exquisite and sacred destinations.
2. Upper Yubeng Village Exploration: Explore the hidden paradise of Upper Yubeng Village, where a small Tibetan community lives amidst snow-capped mountains and lush green forests.
3. Sacred Waterfall Hike: Embark on a transformative 6 km hike to the Sacred Waterfall, believed to possess healing powers, passing through scenic spots like the Big Stone and Sacred Lake.
4. Tranquil Descent to Lower Yubeng: Descend from Upper Yubeng Village to the serene Lower Yubeng Village, surrounded by mountains and forests, enjoying panoramic views of the valley and peaks.
- Day 1: Arrival in Shangri-La - Feilaisi Scenic AreaDongzhulin Monastery, Baima Snow Mountain, Feilai Temple Scenic Area
Upon your arrival at the airport, be greeted by your guide and driver. Begin your adventure at Dongzhulin Monastery, a grand Tibetan Buddhist sanctuary in Yunnan. Delve into the rich history and culture of Tibetan Buddhism as your guide narrates stories behind the intricate murals, statues, and thangkas.
Drive along the Lancang River, relishing breathtaking views of the sacred Baima Snow Mountain. Pause at an observation deck to capture photos of snow-capped peaks and possibly spot yaks, monkeys, and eagles.
Continue driving to Feilai Temple Scenic Area, offering a distant glimpse of the majestic Meili Snow Mountain. Check in at your hotel, unwind, and later, take a leisurely stroll to the Feilaisi Observation Deck. Witness the enchanting sunset over Meili Snow Mountain and marvel at the 13 white Tibetan pagodas against the backdrop, symbolizing the 13 peaks of the Meili range.
Accommodation: Near Feilaisi Observation Deck
- Day 2: Feilaisi - Yubeng Village (B)Xidang Spring, Upper Yubeng Village
Start your day by rising early to witness the breathtaking sunrise over the Meili Snow Mountain from the Feilaisi Observation Deck. Indulge in a hearty breakfast before embarking on the next leg of your adventure.
Drive to Xidang Spring, the launching point for your trekking escapade. Board a tourist SUV, navigating through muddy roads that lead to the secluded haven of Upper Yubeng Village, nestled at the base of the Meili Snow Mountain.
This quaint Upper Yubeng Village, home to around 20 households, boasts a simple yet charming lifestyle. Surrounded by verdant forests and snow-capped peaks, it provides a mesmerizing backdrop with a clear view of the Kawagebo Peak—the pinnacle of the Meili range, revered and considered sacred. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and spirituality of this Tibetan village.
Upon arrival, check in to your chosen guesthouse and seize the remainder of the day to explore the enchanting beauty of Upper Yubeng Village. Take leisurely strolls through the village, engage in friendly conversations with the welcoming locals, or pay a visit to the nearby Yubeng Monastery.
Accommodation: Upper Yubeng Village
- Day 3: Hike to Sacred Waterfall & Lower Yubeng Village (B)Upper Yubeng Village, Sacred Waterfall, Lower Yubeng Village
Marvel at another sunrise before breakfast, gear up for a day filled with captivating hiking adventures.
Your journey commences with a scenic trek from Upper Yubeng Village to the Sacred Waterfall—an esteemed site for Tibetans. Fed by the melting snow from the majestic Kawagebo Peak, this waterfall is believed to possess healing powers. Take a moment to make a wish, offer a prayer, or simply revel in the invigorating spray and the vibrant rainbow.
The hiking trail to the Sacred Waterfall spans approximately 6 km, requiring around 3 hours to complete. Along the way, encounter picturesque spots such as the Big Stone, the Sacred Lake, and the Yak Meadow. Marvel at the sight of rare and exquisite plants and flowers, including rhododendrons, azaleas, and orchids.
Following your visit to the Sacred Waterfall, trek back to Upper Yubeng Village, then descend to the equally enchanting Lower Yubeng Village. This scenic hike covers approximately 4 km, taking around 2 hours to complete. Traverse the trail, cross a wooden bridge spanning a river, and savor panoramic views of the valley and peaks along the way.
After check into your guesthouse in Lower Yubeng Village, the rest time is free for you to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village.
Accommodation: in Lower Yubeng Village
- Day 4: Yubeng Hiking - Shangri-La Departure (B)Lower Yubeng Village, Ninong Bridge
Commence your day with breakfast and a hike from Lower Yubeng Village to Ninong Bridge, marking the end of your trek. Traverse Ninong Valley, a narrow gorge adorned with a roaring river and lush vegetation, witnessing waterfalls, caves, and rock formations. This less-crowded, adventurous route offers a unique perspective.
Your driver will pick you up from Ninong Bridge, transporting you to Shangri-La airport for your departure.
Good to know: For a seamless journey, consider booking a flight departing after 20:00, ensuring ample time as you are expected to arrive in Shangri-La around 18:00.