We meet at Shangri-La Airport and transfer to our hotel. The afternoon is free for exploring this town that once was a trading centre between Tibet, Burma, and India.
After a bike fitting, we ride around scenic Napa Lake. After lunch, we visit the spectacular Ganden Sumsanling Monastery, built at the instruction of the fifth Dalai Lama. The rest of the day you are free to explore this Tibetan town.
We depart Shangri-La with a short morning transfer to start riding outside the town. We climb up and down through valleys and across mountains with spectacular scenery and arrive in Bai Shui Tai in late afternoon.
We have a few short climbs and rolling sections in the morning and are rewarded with views of Haba Mountain towering above a beautiful valley. Then we head down to the Naxi village of Haba for lunch and continue riding towards the Yangtse River Valley. When we reach Yonke village, we turn to Tiger Leaping Gorge and cycle through one of the deepest and most dramatic gorges in the world.
We cycle through the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge on the road that leads us to Qiaotou Town where we switch to another road along the Yangtse River to Naxi town, an ancient small city dating back over 800 years.
We explore the Lijiang countryside by riding north on quiet back roads that take us to Suhe Village. We pass through a few Naxi villages as we ride to scenic town of Baisha. After taking a sip of some ginger tea, we climb up to reach a view point for a picnic then ride down and cruise back into Lijiang.
We take morning transfer into the heart of rural Yunnan. We ride over a pass, descend to a valley, and ride along the ‘Old Tibet 214 highway’ to Shaxi where we overnight at a wonderfully local courtyard hotel.
We rest today in the interesting town of Shaxi. This old town nestled in a valley is a perfect place to explore the surrounding villages and countryside.
We start with another beautiful day of riding on the once very busy tea horse caravan route. We follow the Heihui River and pass through villages to Liantie Town. We end the day in Xia Shan Kou where we can soothe our sore muscles in the famous hot springs.
On our last riding day, we head to the historic town of Dali, cycling along a flat paved road between the towering Canshan Mountain range and Er Hai Lake.
We take a bus to Kunming and overnight there. The rest of the day is free to explore the city before we meet again to have a farewell meal together.
Day free until onward flight.