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Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge 1The Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge) is about 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of Lijiang Old Town and is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world.

Around 15 km in length, the gorge is located where the river passes between 5,596 metre Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountain)  and 5,396 m Haba Xueshan in a series of rapids under steep 2000 metre cliffs. Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 meters wide), hence the name.

Tiger Leaping Gorge is a contender for the world's deepest river canyon; depending on the exact definition used. The inhabitants are primarily the indigenous Naxi people, who live in a handful of small villages along the gorge.

Their primary subsistence comes from grain production and foreign hikers.
 
From the top of the gorge you look down the steeply angled (70-90 degrees) mountain sides to the rushing Golden Sands (Jingsha) River with its 18 frothing rapids more than 200 meters (about 700 feet) below.
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Naturally divided into three sections, the first section, which is the narrowest and uppermost section, is the mouth of the fast flowing Jingsha River. In the midst of the river mouth is a large rock that is positioned at the narrowest section of the gorge-only 25 meters wide.
 
As the river enters the middle section, it drops another 100 meters and its flow rate increases to an amazing speed, the third and lowest section is renowned for being the wildest section of allTiger Leaping Gorge 2

The cliffs over-looking this section are even steeper and much more dangerous, here, the river twists and turns all the way down to the valleys below.


There is a touristy 2.5km walk, that is worth doing as its a flat 2.5kms on a well laid path along the side of the river.

You get good views of the water and scale of the gorge.

Its good for famies etc that do not wish to walk far but still get a good feel for gorge.

 

Below is a nice 5 day Itinerary of Lijiang and the area that includes the 6hr hike of the gorge

 

Day 1 – Fly to Lijinag 
Transfer from the airport to your hotel

Day 2 –Lijiang (B)
See the Lijiang Impression show in the morning then the Snow capped Glacier "Yulong Mountain", on the way down the mountian see the Baishui River and the Yushui Village
Note – in the winter months the mountain is usually easy to see, in the summer months very difficult to see
This Glacier is at 4600m, so please buy some bottled oxygen in town before you head up the mountain just for on the safe side 


Day 3 –Lijiang (B)
Free to explore

Day 4 –Lijiang (B)                           
Visit the Tiger Leaping Gorge, the Gulf at the start of the Yangtze River, dropped off at the 14km point and then walk 2 hrs to the Halfway guest house, have a nice lunch here (Not included) then continue the walk to Seans Guest house (3 to 4 hrs). Stay overnight at Sean’s guest house.
Note for client - take enough gear for the hike, the driver with the rest of your her luggage will meet yopu at Sean's guest house. In the winter months it will be cold so please prepare for this  

Day 5 –Lijiang / Shangri-la or back to Lijiang (B)
Collected from Sean’s Guest house and transfer on to Shangri-la or return to Lijiang

 

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