5 Days | 4 Nights
Exploring The Beauty of Northwest Yunnan
For thousands of years, only humans and horses treaded the mountains of Southwest China as they followed an ancient pathway through the Chinese hinterlands and the Tibetan Plateau. Along the unpaved and rugged pathway that was formed, commodities like tea, salt and sugar flowed into Tibet. Meanwhile, horses, cows, furs, musk and other local products made their way to the outside world. The road was called the Ancient Tea-horse Road, and it stretched across more than 4,000km, mainly through Southwest China Sichuan and Yunnan and Tibet.
History remembers Shangri-La original name as Gyalthang, and Lijiang as Sadham, because of the lush beauty green fields that cover the valley floor for much of the year. Both places are great valley once acted as a significant staging and departure point for the most grueling portion along the Tea Horse Road, a 1,800 kilometers stretch to the great Himalayan market town of Lhasa. If they survived this perilous section, they carried on to further destinations of Nepal and India. Arro Khampa have built hotels in Lijiang and Shangri-La which enable guests to experience the different cultures and landscapes inherent in these regions. By combining stays at the different Arro Khampa properties our tour takes you into the heart of the Ancient Tea-horse Road.
This trip is for adventurous travelers looking for an experience that offers the physical and cultural activities. From the charming and tranquil old town of Lijiang to roaring water of Tiger Leaping Gorge and finally to the paradise on the earth - Shangri-La.
All activities are designed so that guests can experience authentic living heritage, which includes:
- Hiking and horse-riding
- Ancient Town visit such as Baisha, Shuhe and Dukezong Old Towns
- Important Tibetan Monastery visits such as Songtsam Monastery in Shangri-La.
- Local Tibetan family visit to learn about customs and life style of Tibetan people
- Yoga class for healthy and proper breathing exercise
Throughout the journey guests will be staying in Tibetan and Nakhi style boutique hotels. Both Arro Khampa properties feature an exquisite level of amenities, handpicked antique furniture and art collections, and a level of service that one wouldn’t expect for such places. Arro Khampas are the perfect place to revive a weary spirit and take welcome refuge from the long and winding road.
Program starts in Lijiang and ends in Shangri-La. All information in this itinerary is accurate to the best of our knowledge but please note that changes to our trips can and do occur.
Arro Khampa Lijiang
Day 1: Welcome to Beautiful Lijiang
Pick up from Lijiang Sanyi Airport, and drive to Shuhe Old Town(about 1 hour)
Check into Arro Khampa Lijiang By Zinc Journey
Dinner at the hotel (Naxi Special Local Chicken Hotpot)
Roam around Shuhe Old Town after dinner
Day 2: Exploring Tea-horse Road
Have Yoga class for 1 hour before breakfast at 8 am.
After breakfast, ride horse to Fairy Lake to find out the source of Lashi Lake, pass through the primeval forest, and have hiking experience the original Ancient Tea-horse Road
Have picnic lunch nearby Fairy Lake
After lunch, hike around half hour to explore the original ancient tea-horse road, from there we can enjoy the jaw-dropping panorama of Lashi lake and others
Return back to hotel for afternoon tea
Dinner at the hotel to enjoy Local Naxi cuisine
Day 3: Going into Great Shambala
Lijiang+Tiger Leaping Gorge+Shangri-La
After breakfast drive to middle Tiger Leaping Gorge(around 2 hour), pass by the Upper Tiger Leaping Gorge
Have lunch at Sean’s Restaurant or Tina’s Guest house
After lunch, hike down to Yatze river side ( about 2 hours) (should leave at 8:30 if wanna hike in Gorge)
Drive to Shangri-La Old Town
Check into Arro Khampa Shangri-La By Zinc Journey
Dinner at the hotel (Tibetan Special Yak-meat hotpot)
Day 4: Discovering the beauty of Shangri-La
Lhakar Temple+Songtsam Monastery+ Napa Lake
After breakfast, hike to Lhakar Temple for about 20 minutes, from there we can enjoy the picturesque panorama of Shangri-La town, especially
the Dukezong Old town
Drive to Songtsam Monastery to visit the so-called Little Potala, where we can observe the different type of wall painting.
Lunch at Local restaurant
After lunch, drive to Napa lake, where we can see traditional Tibetan villages, Barley field, Tibetan Yaks, Horses, and varieties birds. We will stop
off at many points for sightseeing
Dinner at Local Tibetan Family home to taste Buttered tea and local cuisine
After breakfast, transfer to Shangri-La Airport.
Airport transfer from Lijiang Sanyi Airport
Deluxe room in Arrokhampa
Good night milk
Transportation during the trip
Scenic Spot Ticket
Meals during the trip
Airport transfer to Shangrila Diqin Airport
Shangri-La Arro Khampa
Lijiang Arro Khampa