Yunnan Discovery

Price from
SGD 3,588
Duration
12 Days / 11 Nights
Distance
503 km
Tour Code
CHN-CYD
Next departure
09-Sep-2018
Number of Cycling Days8
Average Distance Per Day: 63
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 990
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance503 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. The afternoon is free for exploring this town that once was a trading centre between Tibet, Burma, and India.

Day 2

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.

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

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.

Day 6

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.

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 36km. +315m / -315m.
Day 2 - Shangri-La Loop Ride 36km. +315m / -315m.

Reviews

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

Just returned from of recent cycling trip to Yunnan in China, Just wanted to complement Jah and his team on a great trip.

As you know, we have done a number of spiceroads tours and they stood out as the best guides we've encountered. They were exceptional and went out of their way to provide the highest level of service.

Very impressed.

Roger LevyOctober 2014

Understood the challenge of the ride (4 chilis) and the elevation but well beyond my capability. Not an issue with Spice Roads description but rather my unrealistic optimism. Enjoyed nonetheless.

Food, real highpoint of the trip.

Trip was overall excellent. The companionship was excellent, rest days well spaced out and in interesting spots.

James PeckApril 2014

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