Day 36: Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

Day 36: August 27th

Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest gorges in the world. Bill and I had this on our radars a number of years ago and we were excited that we were finally doing it. The hike itself is a 23 km long hike through the Gorge and is known for its stunning scenery. The best way to do the hike is to do it over two days…and stay overnight in one of the few guesthouses along the way.
We left Mama Naxi’s at 8 am… Apart from Oli, Will and Soriya, we also had Emily(American), Asaf(Israeli), and Pao and Maite (Spanish couple). All of us were on the same schedule and so we decided to do it together.

Turned out to be the best idea ever! The group gelled like magic… Everyone got along brilliantly..and most importantly, we managed to stay together the entire time.

Two hours into the hike, we stopped for lunch at Naxi’s guest house. It was a mildly strenuous uphill climb up to this point. We were told the toughest bit was the next two hours after lunch…and boy, were they right! The maps showed that there were 28 steep bends…I lost count of the number of bends at two…but they were certainly steep! For the next two hours, all nine of us huffed and puffed our way up the hill! We knew it was mostly downhill from the top…so all we had to was to just keep going!

Meanwhile, the views have been consistently mind blowing! The Yangtze River was flowing way below us through the gorge….surrounded by really high rugged mountains with no vegetation… They provided a stark contrast to the blue skies! Just stunning!

We were exhausted by the time we rolled into the halfway guest house at 7:30pm. Quick showers later, we had a lovely meal followed by relaxing on a balcony right on top of the guest house. I know I’m repeating myself but the views from there were amazing. I don’t think pictures can do justice to the gorge!

Next up, waking up early to watch the sun rise from behind the mountains. Since the mountains are so high, the sun only comes up from behind them at 7:30am. Time for a well deserved rest!

20130830-082312.jpg
Just starting out

20130830-082502.jpg
Us on the trail

20130830-082721.jpg
Winding around the mountain

20130830-083053.jpg
The Yangtze below us

20130830-083334.jpg
Wow!

20130830-083723.jpg
Afternoon shadows

20130830-084001.jpg
Waterfall crossing

20130830-084255.jpg
Modernization coming to the Gorge

20130830-084802.jpg
We keep walking

20130830-085157.jpg
Steep drops

20130830-161948.jpg
As the sun sets

20130830-162124.jpg
View from the courtyard of the Halfway Guesthouse

Advertisements

One thought on “Day 36: Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

  1. Loved reading this – i did the trek back in 2010. One of the best things I’ve ever done. Virtually didn’t see another sole. A cold beer on the terrace of one of those guest houses was an absolute life saver. Looking forward to seeing your pics!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s