Yunnan Discovery

Price from
US$ 2,600
Duration
12 Days / 11 Nights
Distance
477 km
Tour Code
CHN-CYD
Next departure
07-Apr-2019
Number of Cycling Days7
Average Distance Per Day: 68
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 1235
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance477 kilometres
AccommodationIncluded
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 185
Single SupplementUS$ 425

All About this Tour

Vibrant and diverse aren't necessarily words that have come to define China today, yet they perfectly describe the southern province of Yunnan. Graced with spectacular natural landscapes, diverse cultures, and clean air, Yunnan offers the perfect mix of great cycling and local flavor.

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Itinerary

Day 1

We meet at Shangri-La Airport and transfer to our hotel. We will visit the spectacular Ganden Sumsanling Monastery, built at the instruction of the fifth Dalai Lama in the 17th century and then have a Tibetan welcome dinner.

Day 2

After a bike fitting, we ride around scenic Napa Lake. After lunch, the rest of the day you are free to explore this Tibetan town.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

A rest day to explore the the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge of the Yangtze River. Cycle or hike, or do both!

Day 6

We have an easy 12 km cycle back through the gorge again towards the Yangtze ferry where we will cross the river and then start a 30 km steady climb of 1,500 metres! Some undulating hills with long downhills takes us to Blue Moon Valley. We stop here and transfer to Lijiang.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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.

Day 9

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.

Day 10

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.

Day 11

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 12

Day free until onward flight.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Shangri-La Loop Ride 25km. +315m / -315m.
Day 2 - Shangri-La Loop Ride 25km. +315m / -315m.

Reviews

The most incredible scenery I have ever experienced on a bicycle. This trip should be on every cyclist bucket list.

Gary DoolittleSeptember 2018

Tony, our tour guide, was great and attended to every need. The trip was a close look at old and modern China. It was a foodie delight.

Rick LancasterSeptember 2018

THE SWEET-SPOT between 5-star "upscale" and "budget" tour-company. Always felt a fine balance between the biking, accommodation, and meals/snacks.

Lawrence FumoOctober 2015

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