China
Tibetan Flags
Stunning views
Stunning views
Tibetan Village
White Horse Snow Mountain

Cycle China - Yunan

The Magic and Majesty of Shangri La

Trip Details Cycling Dates
Price:   2695 USD
Duration: 15 days
Start Point: Kunming
End Point: Lijiang
From Zhongdian to Lijiang
Cycling Days: 10
Distance: 650 km
Grade: Strenuous Strenuous Strenuous Strenuous
Quick Itinerary Highlights
Day Activity Location

Our newest Yunnan trip is one that we get really excited about! This unique itinerary takes you into Yunnan’s frontier Tibetan region with its fascinating culture and dramatic scenery. The tour starts in the old Tibetan town Zhongdian, renamed Shangri La, heads north to the sacred pilgrimage site of Mei Li Snow Mountain on the border of Tibet and Myanmar, before turning south and taking in the rapidly changing scenery along the Mekong River. This region was made a UNESCO protected area in 2003 due its incredible biological diversity, including the Golden Haired Monkey, one of China’s most endangered species, and unique land formations. This region is dotted with villages of several minority groups including Tibetan, Naxi, Lisu, Yi and Bai and we stay in a combination of local guesthouses, hotels, a Tibetan monastery, a 100 year old Christian church and one night camping so there are plenty of opportunities to explore these diverse cultures and awe-inspiring landscapes. The roads on this tour defy the imagination and the cycling features several climbs, including a 60 km climb up to our highest point at 4200m split over two days, and incredibly long sweeping down hills into the Yangzi and Mekong River Valleys. This tour gets you right out there into little traveled regions with Yunnan’s best cycling.

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Arrival Kunming
Fly to Shangrila. Warm up ride around Napa Lake cycling distance 37km
Day Hike to Hot Springs
Cycle to Benzilan cycling distance90k
Cycle to Bai Ma Snow Mountaincycling distance 40km
Cycle to Mei Li Snow Mountain.cycling distance 70km
Free Day Mei Li Snow Mountain
Cycle to Si Zhong cycling distance 83km
Cycle to Kangpu cycling distance 80km
Cycle to Weixi cycling distance 70km
Cycle to Tachceng cycling distance 77km
Cycle to Monastery stay cycling distance26k
Cycle to JinJiang cycling distance 81km
Free Afternoon Lijiang
Departure Day

Shangri La – Unesco Three Parallel Rivers Protected Area– Tibetan, Naxi, Bai, Yi and Lisu minority cultures – White Horse and Me Li Snow Mountains – hot springs – big climbs and long descents – ancient Tea Horse Caravan route – village markets – Christian churches and Buddhist monasteries – Stunning, wild scenery – Golden Haired Monkeys

Kunming
Zhongdian

Zhongdian
Benzilan
Camp
Deqin
Deqin
Sizhong
Kampu
Weixi
Tacheng
DaMoMu Shi
Camp
Lijiang