The two days long hike at Tiger Leaping Gorge leads through one of the deepest gorges in the world, with a maximum depth of around 3,700 meters (12,434 feet) from river below to mountain peak above.
The gorge is located in Yunnan province, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Lijiang City.
Hiking in the gorge must not to be taken casually, and even for those in a good physical shape, it is a tough a workout.
The path constricts at several points, and can be alarmingly narrow and dangerous in some places, with a dizzy, deep drop-off side. One with a fear of heights will find it highly troublesome to pass these parts.
When it rains, rocks on the narrow path can be slippery, and in the rainy season, in July and August, even landslides or swollen waterfalls can block the path.
Several hikers, including foreign travelers, have lost their life in the gorge.
Despite the dangers, it is a magnificent hike every single step of the way.
Inhabitants of the gorge are primarily the indigenous Naxi people, who live in small villages along the trail. Unless you can walk continuously from early morning till dark (I would mark this as close to impossible given the steepness and the elevation of the path), the hike can only be done in two days, so you will need to stop overnight at one of the guesthouses in one of the tranquil Naxi villages along the trail (Yacha Village or Bendiwan Village).
Where did I sleep when hiking at the Tiger Leaping Gorge?
1st night in Bendiwan village, halfway the hike:Horse and Tea Hostel
Comments: The location is absolutely amazing, and the rooms/dorms are all clean and nice. The food is fine. Book in advance!
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2nd night, at the end of the hike:Tina’s Hostel
Comments: The location is beautiful, but it is really busy and noisy. This is a huge guest house. The food was below average.
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