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11 days Inner Trek pilgrimage circuit of holy Mt Kawa Karpo


Day01: Arrives at Kunming, transfer to hotel. 

Day02: Kunming-Lijiang
Visit Erhai by boat; Lijiang old city.

Day03: Lijiang - stone drum - tiger Leaping Gorge - Zhongdian Visit first Bend of Yangtze River; tiger Leaping Gorge.

Day trip in ZhongDian , Songzanlin Monastery, the largest monastery in Yunnan, local village. 

Day05: ZhongDian
Drive to DeQing 7.5hours , on the way to Deqin, we will visit Dongzhulin Monastery, pass over Baima Snow Mountain at 4,200 m.
It is one of the most important bio-diversity sites for the Great Rivers Project sponsored by the Nature Conservancy. 

Day06: DeQing – Xi Dang Village- YuBeng Village
We drive from Deqing to Xi Dang village (1 hour driving). On the way we will visit Feilaisi Temple where we can have the clear view of Mt. Kawa Karpo Glacier. From Xi Dang Village we begin our trekking (5 hours) to get YuBeng Village.

Today's hike will be strenuous - we will climb from 2,500 m to over 3,500 m at the pass - but will bring you through beautiful, pristine alpine forest. After a picnic at the summit (where there may still be snow in early spring), we will descend to the isolated village of Yubeng. We will spend the night in a small lodge-guest house.  

Day7: YuBeng- Ice Lake, Base Camp- YuBeng
We will trek 5 hours to get the Ice Lake. On the way we will go crossing the virgin forest and enjoy the view of the Glacier close by. Have the picnic lunch at Base Camp, and then go back to YuBeng Village and stay at the guest house.

Day8: YuBeng- Holy Water Fall - YuBeng
In the morning, we will view the sunrise from Mt. Kawa Karpo Glacier and then trek 4 hours to Holy Water Fall- Tibetan Buddhists on a pilgrimage to the area circumambulate the waterfall 3 times with the belief that this act will erase all sins from this life and get the bliss.  In the early afternoon we'll head back to the village lodge, visiting sacred sites along the way. 

Day9: YuBeng- Mingyong Village
Today we are going to Minyong Village (6 hours). On the way we will visit Mekong River.  Have a lunch in local Tibetan family. Stay in Mingyong Village. 

Day10: Mingyong Village- DeQing
In the morning, we will go to visit the largest Glacier in Yunnan: Mingyong Glacier. We can trek there (3 hours) or take a horse riding there (1.5 hours).  We will have lunch at Mingyong village.  Afternoon we drive back to Deqing.

Day11: Deqing- Shangri La
After breakfast, the same way back to Shangri La to catch the flight to Kunming.

The better season is May, June, September, October, November


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