One of the most popular trekking adventures in Yunnan is to Yubeng Village, a hidden Tibetan trekking haven nestled at the base of the Sacred Meili Snow Mountain. Find yourself immersed in the breathtaking landscapes surrounded by snow-capped peaks, glaciers, lush forests, tranquil lakes, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque valleys while delving into age-old cultures, experiencing the true essence and spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism.  These are trails that have been used by pilgrims for centuries. As you walk into their lands, experience the tranquility and warm hospitality of the nomadic Tibetans which will touch your hearts.

1. Watch a Feilaisi Sunrise: Witness the enchanting sunrise of Meili Snow Mountain, when the morning rays cast a golden glow on the 13 sacred peaks of Kawagebo .
2. Walk around Upper Yubeng Village: Explore the hidden paradise of Upper Yubeng Village, where a small Tibetan community continue to live amidst snow-capped mountains and age-old pine forests.
3. Sacred Waterfall Hike: Embark on a transformative 6 km hike to the Sacred Waterfall, believed to possess healing powers, passing through alpine forests carpeted by mosses and following the cool icy waters of the river.
4. The Ninong Gorge Hike: As we depart from Yubeng Village, the long but flat path allows you to enjoy panoramic views of the valley and peaks.

Day 1: Lijiang – Shangri-La – Feilaisi Scenic Area

Highlights: Dongzhulin Monastery, Baima Snow Mountain Pass, Feilai Temple Scenic Area

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.

Shangri-la Dongzhulin Monastery
Dongzhulin Monastery

Baima Snow Mountain: 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

Feilai Temple
Feilai Temple

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.

"/Meili Snow Mountain

Drive to Xidang Spring, the launching point for your trekking adventure. Board a tourist jeep operated by local villages, 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 guesthouse and spend the rest of the day exploring 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

Yunnan Yubeng Village
Hikers’ Paradise – 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.

Yubeng Sacred Waterfall
Sacred Waterfall

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

Lower Yubeng Village
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.

Ninong Valley
Ninong Valley

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • Private land transportation in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver;
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide service as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Main entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation, meals, and activities as listed in the itinerary;
  • One bottle of water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance;
  • Government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Any optional shuttle bus/horse ride/boat cruise etc. inside the attractions;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Gratuities are highly appreciated if you think we did a great job;
  • Flights to/off Shangri-La.