Below you will find the day-to-day tour of the Songtsam High Mekong Tour, beyond the Northern Yunnan Mountains. This trip can be adapted according to your possibilities, your desires, your budget and your available time for this trip through the minorities of the province of North Yunnan. It includes the selection of the beautiful Songtsam Lodges, but we can also offer you more modest hotels in Tacheng, Cizhong, Meili, Benzilan and Shangri La.
Songtsam Lodges Hotels
Welcome to the Tibetan universe of comfort and charm together, in places full of history and authenticity, where the vestiges of the past are reborn and happy with their secrets.
The five addresses along the Jinsha, Lancang and Yangtze rivers and streams offer modern, international comfort in valleys formerly reserved for well-equipped adventurers. Throughout the history of each of these stages, you will go back in time and discover a sacred mountain on the border with administrative Tibet, magnificent monasteries, a missionary church and its vineyards along the Mekong, unusual monkeys, and all the varieties and colors of the minorities distributed between the first Himalayan valleys, Tibetans, and their neighbors of the lower Mekong and Burma.
Each lodge offers heating in the rooms, excellent food, plentiful, very comfortable bathrooms and attentive and friendly service. Big favorite for these addresses of choice, exceptional!
Daily program: Songtsam High Mekong Tour (8 days)
Day 1: Lijiang - Shuhe ~ 40min transfer. Altitude: 2400m
Arrival in Lijiang (airport or train station), welcome by your driver. Depending on your arrival time, visit the old town of Lijiang, then transfer to Naxi village of Shuhe. Installation at the beautiful hotel The Bivou, you can then walk quietly through the village. Overnight at The Bivou 4 *
Day 2: Shuhe - Tacheng (B, D) ~ 4h drive. Altitude: 2000m
Meet with your driver at 9:00. Crossing Tibetan villages along Lake Lashihai, then visit the Tibetan temple Zhiyun. Lunch en route. Continuation of the road to the Tacheng area, with a short stop at Shigu village (site of the first curve on the Yangtze River) and various stops in small Naxi and Lisu villages. Installation at the beautiful Tacheng Lodge Hotel. Dinner included in the hotel restaurant. Overnight at Songtsam Tacheng Lodge.
Day 3: Tacheng - Cizhong (B, L, D). 3h30 drive. Altitude: 2200m
Departure from your hotel at 8:00 to go to the Baima Nature Reserve, to observe in freedom the golden monkey of Yunnan, protected species. Return road, possible visit along the way of Naxi minority villages, as well as the village close to the hotel, beautifully surrounded by vineyards, and which also produces very good traditional honey! After lunch at the hotel, drive to the amazing village of Cizhong, populated by Tibetan Catholics. Dinner included and overnight at Cizhong Songtsam Lodge.
Day 4: Cizhong - Meili Mountains (B, L, D) ~ 3h drive. Altitude: 3300m
Depart early this morning for the road leading to the beginning of the path to the Mingyong Glacier below the Kawa Karpo Summit and the Meili Mountains. Nice hike to the glacier and a local temple (about 3 hours round trip). Possibility to go up and / or down in electric minibus (recommended because the hiking path has been eliminated on this part of the trip.) A picnic will be provided Dinner and night included at the beautiful hotel Meili Songtsam Lodge.
Day 5: Meili - Benzilan (B, L, D) ~ 3h drive. Altitude: 2300m
Beautiful sunrise on the Meili Mountains. Then drive to Benzilan through the three mountain passes of the white horse. On the way, very pretty points of view on the massif then on a beautiful curve of the Yangtze. In Benzilan, visit the Tibetan monastery of Dongzhulin, located on the Yangtze River. It is a popular place for locals, known for hosting several “living Buddhas”. If time permits, find not far from a small local nunnery. Installation at your lodge, well located in a tiny valley protected and quiet. Dinner and overnight at Songtsam Benzilan Lodge.
Day 6: Benzilan - Shangrila (B, L, D) ~ 3h drive. Altitude: 3200m
Departure after breakfast to the Shangrila Valley. On the way, stop at the village of Gonjo, where you can visit a craftsman making traditional containers in lacquered wood, as well as at new potters craftsmen in the village of Nixi, the black earth of the region is well known for its qualities. Arriving in Shangrila, exploration of the shores of Lake Napa, reserve of fauna and flora of the valley. Settle at your lodge at the end of the day, at the foot of Songtsanlin Monastery. Dinner and overnight at Songtsam Lugu Lodge in Shangrila
Day 7: Shangrila (B, L, D). Altitude: 3200m
Day of visits with guide and driver. Discovery of the beautiful Tibetan monastery of Songzanlin, populated by about 500 monks. Lunch at the lodge, then stroll to the local market, and stroll through the old town, including to the Bai Ji Si temple with beautiful views of the Shangri La and Shika Mountains. Dinner and overnight at Songtsam Lugu Lodge in Shangrila 5 *
Day 8: Departure from Shangrila (B) ~ 30min transfer
Free time before your transfer to Shangrila airport for the flight to your next destination. End Songtsam circuit, beyond the mountains of North Yunnan along the Mekong, we wish you a pleasant return home, beautiful memories in mind!