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Tour Overview

Zhangjiajie hiking should be on your list if you are a nature-loving adventurer. Unlike a traditional visit to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, this trekking trip will take you deep into some unusual and less-crowded areas, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in nature. Join us on this 4-day Zhangjiajie hiking tour where you can get an exceptional experience!

Highlights of this tour:

1. Set foot in unusual places of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to completely immerse yourself in the natural oxygen bar and feel the refreshing air.
2. Walk upstairs along the Bali slope and climb up a 32-step iron ladder to reach the peak of “One Step to Heaven”.
3. Capture the different sizes and shapes of the sandstone pillars of the Hallelujah Mountains with your eyes and camera.
4. Hike to the bottom of the National Forest – Golden Whip Stream, a beautiful valley with clear water all year round.
5. Experience a series of thrilling challenges such as the Ghost Path and 999-Steps in Tianmen Mountain.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to our 4-day Zhangjiajie hiking tour! Your local driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park area in about 45 minutes. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the small village.

    Accommodation: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park area

  2. Start our adventure from Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. This carefully selected, crowd-avoiding tour is particularly for those who love hiking and trekking in the forest.

    Wulong Village (2.5 hours)

    Wulong Village is the place where Xiangxi bandits lived, which was later renamed according to the TV series "The Story of Wulong Mountain". On a hike up the mountain, you will encounter three "gates of hell ", including "one step is difficult" where one must cling to the rock wall and turn slowly, "who dares not bow", a place you can't get through unless you bow down, and "off the door" where one has to turn sideways to slowly ascend.

    The rugged mountain roads are natural barriers. It is challenging but rewarding - you will have a full view of the beautiful natural scenery of Wulong Village.

    Zhangjiajie Wulong Village
    Steep staircase after "who dares not bow"

    One Step to the Heaven (3 hours)

    One Step to the Heaven, the highest peak of Yangjiajie, is a mountain peak aka一步登天 (yī bù dēng tiān) in Chinese that is 1,130 meters above sea level. Visitors need to walk upstairs along the Bali slope, and climb up a 32-step iron ladder to reach the peak of "One Step to the Heaven". At the top is a flat stone, 5 meters long and 4 meters wide, and the gorgeous view is definitely worth a long walk.

    Accommodation: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park area

    Zhangjiajie One Step to the Heaven
    One Step to the Heaven

  3. After breakfast, continue your hike in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park to explore the Jinbianxi (Golden Whip Stream), which is named for its flow through the Golden Whip Rock. Running through the cliffs and peaks, Golden Whip Stream is a beautiful valley with clear water all year round, so it is called a "Landscape Gallery".

    You will have a leisurely hike of about 2 hours, during which you can relax in the beautiful mountains and fresh air.

    Zhangjiajie Golden Whip Stream
    Golden Whip Stream

    Yuanjiajie - Avatar Mountain (Classic & Popular / 2 hours):

    Explore beautiful scenery during your ride on the Bailong Elevator made of see-through glass before ascending to Yuanjiajie Mountain. Visit Yuanjiajie's summit with a 2 hours soft walk into the South Heavenly Pillar, the inspiration for Hallelujah Mountains in the movie Avatar. From there, proceed to the Oblivion Platform for the nearby peak views before walking across the First Bridge Under Heaven.

    Yuanjiajie Bailong Elevator
    Bailong Elevator - the highest outdoor elevator in the world

    Sky Field Garden (2 hours )

    It’s more than 1,000 meters above sea level, and below it is a deep valley with 3 hectares of sloping terraces. Here the green peaks, towering trees, and floating clouds constitute a vigorous landscape painting.

    Accommodation: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park area

    Yuanjiajie Sky Field Garden
    Sky Field Garden

  4. Today's hike can start a little bit late if your departure flight is after 6:00 pm.

    Tianmen Mountain (4 hours)

    You will ride the longest alpine cable car in the world from the modern city atmosphere directly into the pristine greenery.

    After reaching the summit, walk along the Ghost Path, 1,400 meters above the ground. Along the way, you can enjoy attractions such as the Celestial Mountain Top and the Glass Path. You will surely marvel at sites such as the 99-Turn Road and the 999-Steps, which lead to Heaven's Gate. You can choose to take the cable car to see Tianmen Temple or walk along the footpath. Then we will take the escalator to reach Heaven's Gate.

    Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain
    Glass Path of Tianmen Mountain

    At the end of the tour, your driver will escort you to the airport for your flight home or other destinations.

    * Note: You are advised to book a flight home after 6:00 p.m.

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Price Includes

  • Private van with good air conditions
  • Excellent English-speaking guides & experienced drivers
  • 3 nights in well-selected hotels with daily breakfasts
  • Entrance tickets to the scenic spots as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Cable car in Tianmen Mountain
  • Bailong Elevator ride in Yuanjiajie
  • China Travel Insurance
  • 1 bottle of mineral water for each person per day

Price Excludes

  • Flights to or off Zhangjiajie
  • Lunches or dinners throughout the itinerary
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others
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