Exploring Shangri-La & Three Parallel Rivers

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  • 8 Days
  • Private Tour
  • Multi language
  • Lijiang, Tacheng, Meili, Benzilan, Shangri-La

The Three Parallel Rivers Area of Yunnan encompasses the majestic land hemmed in by the mighty Yangtze, the free-flowing Mekong and the wild Salween. Many of the twenty five different ethnic minorities currently living in Yunnan can be found in this area which features snow-capped peaks more than 6,000 meters high, glaciated gorges and terraced fields. These peaceful people have for generations not only preserved, but also nurtured this “Shangri-La”.

Throughout the journey, guests will be staying in Tibetan style boutique Hotels – Songtsam Linka Retreats and Songtsam Boutique Lodges. All feature exquisite level of amenities, handpicked antique furniture/art collections and services that guests wouldn’t expect for such remote places.

Discover breathtaking landscapes not easily accessible for the most
Rich cultural experience with Tibetan, Naxi and Lisu ethnic groups
Boutique accommodations with exquisite amenities and services
Road travel using Range Rover vehicle with comfort and safety


Private tour with daily departure.

Pickup from Lijiang airport.


Day 1 Arrive Lijiang (D)

Arrive in Lijiang (2400m above sea level). Guide meet and transfer to hotel for check in upon arrival. If time permits, visit Lijiang Old Town. Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 2Lijiang - Tacheng (B, L, D)

Visit Dayan Ancient Town – Discover the Forgotten Kingdom. Afternoon, drive to Tacheng (2020m above sea level) along the valley of Yangtze river (3.5-4 hrs). Relax and enjoy a walk in the tranquil town where you’ll see the beautiful rice and flower fields, and minority villages.

Day 3Tacheng (B, L, D)

Morning visit the Dharma Cave and take a walk along the Pilgrimage Road. After lunch visit Hada village and learn how to make soy milk and Tofu in a local family to enjoy the local life.

Day 4Tacheng - Meili (B, L, D)

Morning visit Yunnan Golden Monkey National Park and take a 1-2 hours hike into the nature reserve. After lunch, continue driving to Meili (3600m above sea level) in afternoon and enjoy the amazing scenery. Upon arrival, visit local family and learn how to print prayer flags.

Day 5Meili (B, L, D)

Morning enjoy the sunrise over Mt. Kawagebo from lodge balcony. Morning tour visit Qudengge and experience the local Tibetan praying ceremony. Activity options for the rest of the day:

A: Follow in the footsteps of Plant Hunter’s to alpine pasture and discover the local way of living. (From May to Oct only)
B: Hiking trip to Baima Snow Mountain area (4-6 hours).
C: Leisure walking or bicycle riding along the scenic route around Feilaisi temple to admire the amazing view of the Meili Snow Mountain.

Day 6Meili - Benzilan - Shangri-La (B, L, D)

Morning enjoy the sunrise over Mt. Kawagebo from lodge balcony. Transfer to the town of Benzilan and visit the Dongzhulin Monastery on the way. Built in 1667 AD, it is the earliest birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism in Yunnan. Here you’ll learn and explore the myth of Shambhala. Afternoon, transfer to Shangri-la (3300m above sea level) and visit the Napa Lake along the way.

Day 7Shangri-La (B, L, D)

Morning visit the Songzanlin Monastery, also know as the “Little Potala Palace”, it’s the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan. Enjoy an outdoor BBQ lunch overlooking the monastery. Afternoon, you may explore the Shangri-La old town on own or participate a Tibetan mediation course at the lodge.

Day 8Shangri-La - Departure (B)

Free till transfer to airport for flight departure.


Local boutique lodge and resort

Price Includes

  • Boutique Hotel with breakfast and dinner
  • All meals included
  • Private tour guide (English and other languages available)
  • Admission
  • All local transportation with private car and driver

Price Excludes

  • Tipping for guide and driver
  • International flight
  • China Visa
  • Optional tour, service not mentioned in itinerary