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Exploring Three Parallel Rivers - Yunnan In-depth Tour - 9 Days

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Lijiang - Tacheng - Cizhong - Meili - Shangri-La
This trip is for adventurous travelers looking for an experience that offers physical and cultural activities, wildlife discovery, and untouched off the beaten path regional exploration. From the stunning views of the highest snow peak in Yunnan to the lush and floral Mekong valley, this trip takes you through the heart of the Three Parallel Rivers area and reveals its living heritage.
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Spotlight

-Important Tibetan monastery visits.

-Local family visits of different ethnic minorities: Tibetan, Naxi and Lisu.

-Cizhong Catholic Church and the charming upper Mekong River valley.

-Nixi handicraft workshop to learn how to make traditional black pottery.

-Incense burning and Tibetan holy site worshipping.

-Meeting with the Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys in Tacheng.

Day 1 Lijiang

dinner

-Pick up from Lijiang Sanyi International Airport.

-Take part in a Dongba calligraphy class to learn about the Naxi hieroglyphic language and ancient Naxi culture if able to arrive early.

-Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Songtsam Linka Lijiang (Altitude: 2,400m)

Day 2 Lijiang - Tacheng (by automobile)

breakfast, lunch, dinner

-After breakfast, depart for Tacheng.

-Pass the First Bend of the Yangtze River and visit Shi Gu Village on the way.

-Stop off for lunch at a local restaurant or lunch box

-Continue onto Tacheng along the valley of Yangtze River and arrive in the afternoon. Once checked in, relax and take in sights of the beautiful rice and flower fields and the surrounding ancient village.

-Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight at Songtsam Tacheng Lodge (Altitude: 2,020m)

Day 3 Tacheng

breakfast, lunch, dinner

-After breakfast, visit the Dharma Cave and take a walk along the road of pilgrimage (30 mins drive).

-Return to the lodge for lunch.

-Visit Hada Village in the afternoon to learn how to make soy milk and tofu with a local family in their courtyard.

-Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight at Songtsam Tacheng Lodge (Altitude: 2,020m)

Day 4 Tacheng - Cizhong (by automobile)

breakfast, lunch, dinner

-After breakfast, visit the Yunnan Golden Monkey National Park and hike for 1-2 hours into the nature reserve.

-Drive to Cizhong along the scenic upper Mekong River (4 hours drive).

-Have lunch at local restaurant or lunch box.

-Arrive at Cizhong in the afternoon and explore the nearby Catholic Church (option to join the mass after dinner – available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday evenings).

-Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight at Songtsam Tacheng Lodge (Altitude: 2,020m)

Day 5 Cizhong - Meili (by automobile)

breakfast, lunch, dinner

-After breakfast, drive to Meili, stop at Qudengge, where local

People get the “key” to worship Mt. Kawagebo

-Drive to Meili and have lunch at the lodge.

-In the afternoon explore the surrounding village and visit a local family to learn how to print prayer flags

-Return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at Songtsam Meili Lodge (Altitude: 3,600m)

Day 6 Meili

breakfast, lunch, dinner

-Experience the golden sunrise over Mt. Kawagebo.

-After breakfast, take part in a small ceremony paying homage to Mt. Kawagebo with the prayer flags you printed yesterday.

Daily activity plan - choose one of the following:

*Plan A: (only valid from May to Oct)

Follow in the footsteps of plant hunters to the alpine pasture and discover the local way of life.

*Plan B:

Day hike into Baima Snow Mountain area for 4-6 hours with a picnic lunch.

*Plan C:

Ride a bicycle or take a leisurely walk along the road around the Feilaisi viewing platform, which faces Meili Snow Mountain.

-Free leisurely time in the afternoon to relax.

-Dinner at the lodge.

Overnight at Songtsam Meili Lodge (Altitude: 3,600m)

Day 7 Meili - Shangri-La (by automobile)

breakfast, lunch, dinner

-Experience the golden sunrise over Mt. Kawagebo.

-After breakfast depart for Shangri-La, visiting Dongzhulin Monastery and the Moon Bay of the Jinsha River on the way.

-Stop off at Songtsam Lodge Benzilan for lunch.

-Continue onto Shangri-La and stop off at Napa Lake.

-Arrive in the late afternoon and have dinner at hotel.

Overnight at Songtsam Linka Shangri-La (Altitude: 3,300m)

Day 8 Shangri-La

breakfast, lunch, dinner

-After breakfast, visit Sonzanlin Monastery.

-Return to the hotel and enjoy an outside BBQ lunch overlooking the monastery.

-Visit local Tibetan family in the afternoon to explore the local life, and have a cup of butter tea or explore the Dukezong Old Town.

-Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Songtsam Linka Shangri-La (Altitude: 3,300m)

Day 9 Shangri-La

breakfast

-After breakfast, airport transfer to Diqing Shangri-La Airport.

Service ends.

Tour Includes :

-All land transfers on best-in-class local transportation indicated in the itinerary.

-All admission fees and activities indicated in the itinerary.

-All accommodation based on double occupancy.

-All meals starting from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day.

-Drinking water and snacks throughout the trip.

-Complimentary soft drinks, coffee, tea, and drinking water at all Songtsam hotels and lodges.

-Service of local guides.

Tour Excludes :

-Medical, travel insurance or evacuation insurance plans.

-Domestic or international airfare to Lijiang and from Shangri-La.

-Personal telecommunication.

-Excursions and activities not included in itinerary.

-China visa.

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