Yunnan trekking vacation, Mt Meili to Cizhong

“Fly from Chengdu to Yunnan as part of a small group and embark on five solid, sometimes strenuous, treks (avg 16km) at altitude whilst staying within basic accommodation.”


Leshan Great Buddha | Chengdu | Zhongdian | Mt.Meili | Mingyong Glacier | Mingyong village | Nazongla Pass | Yubeng Tibetan village | Mt. Kawagebo glacier | Yubeng Valley | Kangpu Monastery | Golden Snub-Nose Monkey nature reserve | Lijiang Old Town |

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15 Apr 2019
US $ 2554
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13 May 2019
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14 Oct 2019
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04 Nov 2019
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Top tip:
Make sure you bring some extra provisions, such as energy bars, for the trekking. Also, don't forget a reusable bottle and a plastic bag for collecting rubbish.
Trip type:
Small group.
Activity level:
Moderate. Some strenuous treks at altitude (max 3700m).
4-star city hotels and basic hostels in rural villages and remote towns. Some may not have enough water for showers.
12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners.
Accommodation, local transport, entrance fees, English speaking guide and trekking team and horse to carry luggage.
About this vacation company:
This company specialise in tailor made active vacations across China for people who prefer independent travel away from tourist hot spots. They work closely with local businesses and communities to offer an authentic experience that benefits both travelers and local people alike.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Yunnan trekking vacation, Mt Meili to Cizhong


Our itinerary will take you to one of the quieter (and more beautiful) regions of China in the north-west area of Yunnan province. It helps ensure that the impacts of your visit to this stunning and spectacular location are minimised. Indeed, all of our tours maintain a great respect for the cultural and natural surroundings in which we visit and travel, and we have opted to use only essential methods of public or private transport for this itinerary.

This pilgrim trekking has more than 600 years history, the scenery on the way is breathtakingly beautiful, the ecology system is well preserved, even the animals you meet are not afraid people because nobody want to hurt them, all the villagers are very friendly and hospitable. We maintain a great respect for the cultural and natural surroundings in which we visit and travel, and we have opted to use only essential methods of public or private transport for this itinerary. In addition, the car can only get to Xidang Village and travelers have to walk to Yubeng Village to get to the hotel. Big luggage can be left in the car, and travelers can get there with only backpacks. As we will spend large parts of the tour on foot, this will help us reduce our carbon footprints by using transport only when necessary.

As we all know every traveling produces†a†surplus†of†waste†and†hard-to-use†biomass that is†best†kept†in the†food†chain†by†feeding†it†to†livestock. Before our hiking†, we will buy from local markets to prepare foods as the supply in moderation, such as bread, milk, instant coffee, jam, vegetable, sausage... We will try to eat them all, do not †leaving something†too much†on each scenic spots or picnic lunch site. And we will pack all unrecyclable waster into a certain bag and get rid of them at a suitable place.

It is certain that the water is very important during a trekking tour. We encourage our passengers to refill a water bottle from water 'bubblers' where available to avoid unnecessary purchasing of bottled water and the subsequent waste disposal issues. Even though the tap water is not drinkable in China, all of the hotels and restaurants we use will have a kettle which can be used to boil. Such measure could really reduce the amount of rubbish we produce.

It is advocated to recycle paper and ink cartridges to reduce the waste in landfill sites. We turn off printers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances.


Yubeng has few hotels; Xueyuzangjiale Hotel is one of the local best hotels, Yubeng is short of water, so maybe there is no water for shower. We will stay and have meals in rural villages, away from the standard tourist trail. Wherever possible, we use locally-owned guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and services to ensure that local communities and business prosper in a highly competitive market. An added bonus of using locally-owned services and people is that they will often be highly enthusiastic, generous and proud to welcome you into the places where many have been born and raised.

Food and drinks:
The food and merchandises in Yubeng are transported from outside, as vehicles cannot get to Yubeng so things are expensive there. Travelers are advised to take food themselves such as biscuits, bread, milk, yoghurt, mineral water and fruit.

Local services:
We use all local guides and drivers so that we learn about the culture and way of life directly from those who live it and put money into local hands and economies. All receive fair wages and are provided with training opportunities both direct from us and from the local tourism bureau.

On the income of the family:
The whole north-west area of Yunnan province has been the under-developed areas compared to the eastern part of Yunnan, not mentioned to the coastal province, because the economy mostly relied on basic agriculture and forestry, in 1990, on average the income of each normal family was around 2000.00RMB, which only can narrowly feed the family. But now, the tourism has brought the opportunity for more money. The local people can earn money as being the local guide, local logistic material carrier, cook, pony fleet supervisor, etc. without any special training, local people just use their daily life skill, they can earn money from tourists, especially in the peak season, the profit is quite good.

1 Reviews of Yunnan trekking vacation, Mt Meili to Cizhong

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

There were many memorable moments which included extraordinary vistas such as the glacier melting into streams and then the lake, challenging hikes in
high altitudes, interesting meetings with local minority people, learning about different religions, customs and beliefs of the people.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Some of the guides are dedicated and informative and others are less. There are at times unexpected changes with guides based on the area and population youíre visiting. The changes are at times interesting because it gives you the
opportunity to hear differing perspectives on politics, religious beliefs and more.
The treks are at times more challenging depending on the weather but all are doable if youíre in shape. We enjoyed the hike and didnít rush them because we like looking at the views and plants and flowers on the way so the projected times which were given to us were not accurate. Also since we were
there in the raining seasons the paths at times were washed out and or very slippery which made it more challenging. We were advised to bring a sleeping bag and walking sticks which we didnít use but some people may find it helpful
if they normally use walking sticks. We found the sleeping facilities were fine as long as youíre open to many different kinds of experiences.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely it helped the local economy and we were definitely supporting conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Overall we had an excellent time with some nice challenges and we learned a lot. It is just important to be open to change and the unexpected

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