Let me begin by introducing …drum roll please… the beautiful, the magnificent, the gorgeous, T i g e r L e a p i n g G o r g e !
(too bad i don’t have a wide angle lens)
That blue-hooded gal is Bee — see how tiny she is compared to those mountains?!
In southern Ch1na, there is no hike as spectacular as the one in Tiger Leaping Gorge. It’s well-worn trails hug the cliffs of one of the deepest gorges on earth, winding through beautiful rugged landscapes, hundreds-of-years-old N@xi villages, and even passing over a cascading waterfall, all while facing the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
Bee and I set out for the trailhead last Tuesday, prepared to hike the nearly 7 hours (depending on how fast you hike) to Halfway Guesthouse. After a fairly easy first couple hours, we began to come upon some steeper inclines leading up to the 28 bends, which lead to the peak on the west side of the river. Bee could have sworn she counted 33 bends and said it felt like 52. She demands a recount.
We weren’t the only ones who needed to cross – look at the cute little calf!
But after what we saw them do in it — well, don’t drink the water.
There is never not enough corn in this country. Never.
Travelers looking to tackle this hike usually take 2 days. The first to hike the 28 Bends to the top, and the second to hike down to the raging Yangtze riverbed. Completing the first day felt great! Especially since we knew the second day would be only a couple of hours to hike – the big chunk of the work was finished 🙂
We ended up meeting a German couple and a Chinese guy that we had the pleasure of hiking with. The German couple had been traveling around the world for about two years now and had some great stories. It’s always fun to share these kind of adventures with people you meet along the way.
Looking down toward the world’s 3rd largest river…There are truly no words to describe the beauty.
There are some amazing views from the tops of cliffs literally kilometers above the beautiful Yangtze River below. However, it can be quite a struggle to catch your breath if you are not acclimated to the altitude!
While a good portion of the hike is at a breathtaking height of only about 9000 feet, the opposite peaks (which are not part of the hike we did) reach head-spinning heights of more than 18,300 feet tall.
It was SO loud.
Although Bee had a rather difficult time because of the altitude, with a few rests along the way, we were both able to reach the top. I was so proud of her for pushing through! Despite the difficulty, being able to sit up there was definitely worth the struggle.
The trek still wasn’t over.
On our way back we had to walk a couple kilometers to find a bus. We wouldn’t have had to walk if it weren’t for the
that took out an entire section of the road three weeks prior. The pictures hardly convey how extreme the damage was. They’ll have to cut through it to re-build the road. For now, people have to drive about 200 km out of their way around the other side of the mountain to get to the town just beyond the rock-slide.
Our trip was beyond amazing. If you ever find yourself in Liji@ng, don’t pass up the opportunity to do this hike.
Now that we’re back we’ve shopped, celebrated birthdays, hung out with friends and now find ourselves packing up our Liji@ng home and getting ready to start the trek back to Be!jing, then finally to the States. We’ll try to keep you posted during our travels back home. Just a handful of days left!? Blows our minds.
Oz & Bee