Tiger Leaping Gorge - 虎跳峡


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Trail stats

14.56 mi
Elevation gain
3,570 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
3,110 ft
Max elevation
8,719 ft
Min elevation
5,988 ft
Trail type
One Way
10 hours 38 minutes
September 15, 2009
September 2009
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near Xiaqiaotou, Yunnan Province (China)

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Itinerary description

Hiking the length of the gorge is possible. The hiking path ("the high road") is well-maintained and marked, although sometimes narrow, and is used by the Naxi as part of everyday life. This trail is longer than the lower road, approximately 22 kilometres (14 mi), but more varied. It features a variety of micro-ecosystems, waterfalls, and a fair number of guesthouses for trekkers. These guesthouses are not well heated, which combined with the unpredictable nature of high mountain weather makes this trek unadvisable during the rainy season.

The lower road, stretching about 195 km (121 mi) from Qiaotou through the Gorge, is a stretch of pavement (until recently a simple mule track) crossed by several waterfalls, and frequently beset by rockslides. Some portions of the road have been known to disappear into the river below. The road follows the Yangtze, so there are more views of the river, and a stronger sense of being in a gorge than on the upper trail. Where the high road descends to meet the lower road, one can climb down to the river near the Tiger Leaping Stone, the point at which the tiger is said to have leaped. (From wikipedia:

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Comments  (4)

  • koppelhf Oct 12, 2010

    I downloade this track into my Garmin Oregon. It was REALLY helpful. Thank you very much Icelander. This was one of the most beautiful treks I've done.

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    Northern Mountaineer Oct 12, 2010

    Glad to know it was helpful for your trip koppelhf; indeed it's a magnificent area for hiking.

    MANY THANKS for your comment! :)

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    HenryAlmoradi Dec 18, 2012

    Thanks for your comment. I Hope, to do this treking next year in September.

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    Northern Mountaineer Dec 18, 2012

    Glad you like it Henry. It's an utterly beautiful hike with breathtaking views.

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