Yunnan Hiking Tours

Yunnan is largely mountainous but with diverse terrains that ranging from limestone plateau to tropical jungle, from snow-capped peaks to massive canyon, making Yunnan a hiking and adventure paradise in China.

Yunnan Discovery is run by pioneer trekking expert and cross-country race and marathon runner Mr. Simon Yi who has run and completed 50-100 km marathons for many times to different destinations of Yunnan, including Mount Gaoligong, Wumeng Mountain, Pu'er, etc.

All of our walking, hiking, trekking tour programs across Yunnan are designed by people that truly understand adventure. All tour itineraries and services can be customized to suit your pace and preference. If you are planning to hike Tiger Leaping Gorge with kids or senior hikers seeking for Yubeng Village trekking advice, please feel free to contact one of our Yunnan trekking specialists.

Walking, Hiking & Trekking in Yunnan

Opportunities for active walking and hiking in Yunnan are endless. Our travel experts and guides will find you the very best places and routes in this kingdom above clouds. We've got a dozen hikes and treks scattered all over Yunnan, including the iconic ones. And if you're not into the high-intensity hikes, we also prepare you the low-impact walks.


Stretch and exercise your legs with our pleasant walking trips to discover Yunnan's amazing diversity of landscapes and cultures. You don't need to walk hard and far, just about one to two hours each day, and then you get a comprehensive recipe: fresh air, living old town, remote village, open wild outdoor. Enjoy yourself walking through the Old Town of Lijiang and Dali, Stone Forest, around the Ehai Lake, and ShangriLa's vast plateau grasslands.


If you're looking beyond a holiday and conquering hikes is your type, we have exactly what you want. Our hiking trips cover some of the best routes in China and even on this Planet - Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yubeng Village, Meili Snow Mountains (Kawagebo) Base Camp, Bingzhongluo in Nujiang, Cangshan Mountain. Hike on the farmland ridges, rugged mountain paths, small tracks, river banks and old Tea-horse Road trails and hike above the mist and clouds.


The wild Yunnan is calling. Trekking, more challenging and rigorous than hiking, is sometimes the only way to discover the real hidden gems of Yunnan. Outdoor buff and nature lovers take it as a treat, exercising both the body and mind, getting a close inspection of Yunnan's dramatic landscapes, and pursuing your love of discovering and learning. We have the best local guides for Yunnan treks to Dulongjiang, Balagezong-Shangri-la Grand Canyon, Biluo Snow Mountain (southeastward range of Himalayas), Haba Snow Mountain, etc.

Suggested Hiking Tours in Yunnan

Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tour
3 days
Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking Tour

Guided hike program designed for active travelers and nature lovers to explore one of the most popular hike trail in China.

  • One of the best hiking trails in the world.
  • Enjoy stunning views of Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest and most beautiful canyons in the world.
  • Trace the horse caravans' footsteps on the legendary Tea Horse Road.
  • Venture into an untouched natural world where you'll see the real rural China.
Yunnan Hiking Tour with Cultural Discovery
10 days
Yunnan Hiking Tour with Cultural Discovery

In-depth Yunnan hiking tour package to venture into the the wild of Yunnan by hiking Cangshan Mountain, Shibaoshan, Wenhai Lake and Tiger Leaping Gorge.

  • Scenic and adventurous hike with amazing highlands scenery.
  • Tourist highlights of Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La.
  • Experience different ethnic cultures and lifestyles of Bai, Naxi and Tibetan people.
  • Lost in Shaxi Ancient Town over the age of 2000, and trace the Ancient Tea Horse Road sites.
Shangri-La & Yubeng Trekking Tour
8 days
Shangri-La & Yubeng Trekking Tour

Relish your holiday by taking a romantic trekking adventure to one of China's best-kept secrets and off-the-beaten-path wilderness.

  • Trek from Shangri-La to Yubeng, a piece of heaven on earth.
  • Experience a life of a recluse in the remote Tibetan villages.
  • Unspoiled natural beauty of UNESCO-listed Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas.
  • Stand in awe before Meili Snow Mountain and the breathtaking Mingyong Glacier.

Yunnan Hiking & Trekking FAQ

It is a little hard to say, as Yunnan boasts diverse terrains. Most of the areas are 600 to 3000 above sea level. Some of the best Yunnan hikes, such as Tiger leaping Gorge and Yubeng Village are at 2000 to 3500. If hiking with a high altitude, you may feel that the air is thinner than that of the place you live.

So you'd better not do any strenuous exercises, but walk slowly and steady to acclimate to high altitude. Normally you don't have to worry, nevertheless, if you don't feel good and even suffer altitude sickness, please inform your Yunnan Discovery guide immediately.

Yunnan's climate is complicated too. But most places have the rainy season in July and August, when you'd better avoid hiking. Besides, you're not suggested to trek Yubeng in winter (December to February), as heavy snow may seal the mountain passes. The rest of the year is good time to hike in Yunnan.

When hiking the remote mountainous area of Yunnan, the accommodation is usually very basic, without star rating. But still you can have your own rooms with private bathroom and necessary facilities, providing that you take our private guided Yunnan hikes.

For most Yunnan Discovery's treks and hikes, we arrange for our clients the local flavor meals at local restaurants. In this way, you can also have a culinary adventure. You're suggested to bring some snacks to replenish energy on the way. During some remote treks, when we find no restaurant en route, we will enjoy picnic meals.

And please inform us in advance, if you have any special cuisine request.

  • A functional hiking backpack
  • One or two pairs of good quality and well-fitted professional hiking shoes
  • Alpenstock if necessary
  • Wet-weather gear
  • Suitable clothes
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Anything else if necessary
  • Consult with us and pick the hikes and routes according to your fitness and experience.
  • Get knowledge about your destination before the trip.
  • Be prepared physically and mentally.
  • Pack appropriately.
  • Make sure you always respect local customs and people.
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