Wenhai is located on the southern slope of Yulong (Jade Dragon) snow mountain and it is a part of the Lashihai provincial level Alpine Wetlands Nature Reserve. There are also unique wild flowers that bloom all four seasons. Including over twenty species of rhododendrons. Wenhai is also home to a variety of economically viable mushrooms and precious medicinal herbs.
The Naxis have lived in Wenhai for over 300 years. There are five clans in the Wenhai upper village, whose ancestors were of Tibetan and Han origins. Overtime, however, these people were regarded as Naxi by the other villagers. There are two clans in Wenhai lower village,whose bloodlines are from the Tibetans and the Bais, but are also being regarded as Naxi people now. north of the Wenhai villages is the Xuehua village where there lives a group of yis ,who still maintin their very simple and traditional lifestyle of the yi people.
Lugu Lake houses the Mosuo ethnic and the last practicing matriarchal society in the world; it is also one of the most beautiful lakes worldwide. it is quiet and serene, just like a fairytale, the local people worship the local Zhamei Temple, and the Matriarchal saint mountain: Gemu, which is named after the Local god, the legend goes that as she cried for her lover, the tears flowed all the way down to become Lugu lake, afterwards famously becoming a dating centre for lovers.
Day 1: Departure from Kunming to Dali, stroll around Dali ancient town, spent one night in Dali hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 2: Departure: 9 am in the morning, listen to legend about the Avaskavaya temple, and start the trek start from Gantong temple, adventure hiking through the valley, taking 4-5 hours, passing the waterfall and seven super ladies pool. Have a simple lunch in a tea house, and back Dali town. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Take a ferry or bus to Shuanglang village. Every 5/10/15/20/25/30th there is the local market and spent romantic day in 1000+year old ancient town, learning about the local culture, kayaking along the romantic lake. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Lijiang, rest. Arrive in Lijiang and spend the night in Lijiang Shuhe Old Town. Romatic bed.
Day 5: Trek to Jade dragon snow mountain. Pilgrimage from Shuhe - baisha - Yuhu village, trekking to Jade dragon snow mountain base camps, spent one night in Shuhe ancient town. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Lijiang trek to Wenhai. Leave 9:30 in the morning. Over 3 hours’ trek from the Yushui Stockaded village (2750m) to Yulong Snowmountain Pass(3250m). Another 1 hour’s trek to Wenhai Villiage (3100m). Visit the Wenhai swamp. (Large client luggage is kept on the bus that day) Hotel.
Day 7: Trek around Wenhai – Lashihai. Visit the mountain Yi Minority Ethnic village. Trek around the beautiful and quiet lake, horse back riding option, and take the trail to the mountain, enjoy the romantic day, where the birds singing and the surrounding forest and flowers. Camp or stay in the ecology.
Day 8: Wenhai trek to Tiger Leaping Gorge town. 5 Hours’ trek from Wenhai to Longpan villiage, visiting the snow flower villiage, changsongping on the way. Bus pick up at Longpan, and drive to Tiger Leaping Gorge town.
Day 9: from Qiaotou where we start our 6 hrs trek to the simple Tea Horse guesthouse, which is situated on the slope of the mountain at 2.400 m. Here we'll spend the night. The amazing view from this guesthouse includes the majestic snow-capped peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. (Hot shower available)
Day 10: Continue through the Tiger Leaping Gorge, for about 5 hrs until we reach Tina's Guesthouse (situated at the bank of the river on 1.800m). It's really impossible to describe the spectacular scenery. It is so beautiful that you want to scream. We'll have a picnic lunch on the way and in the afternoon we'll arrive at our comfortable guesthouse.(Hot shower available)
Day 11: Take private car to Lugu Lake, arrive Lige island, spend one night in the local Mosuo lake view honeymoon room hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Trek around Lugu lake, enjoy the beautiful and tranquil village, and listen to the legendary story of the Gemu god lady, spend one night in local Mosuo lake view honeymoon room guesthouse or home stay. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: Back to luoshui village, then back to Lijiang. Stay one night in Lijiang old town. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 14: Morning catches flight back to Kunming.
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