Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Trekking– Lijiang, Yunnan
China: Yunnan, Lijiang
Update: In response to the May 2021 Gansu Ultra-marathon Disaster, local authorities in Yunnan have limited access to some area trails. Contact us for up to date information on this trek. Most visitors to Lijiang get to see Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (18,360 ft. / 5,596 m) from town or from the viewing platforms and boardwalks in the national park. This one-day trek gives you the opportunity to climb its southern flanks up to an altitude above 13,000 ft. (4,000 m) and enjoy its diverse plant species and mind-blowing vistas from close by!
Begin at the trailhead in the morning. Hike along a horse trail to a 11,155 ft. (3,400 m) meadow with amazing views of the surrounding peaks on clear days. Continue the hike on an even steeper trail to a 12,467 ft. (3,800 m) mountain hut that looks out over the plains below. Depending on the level of fitness and response to the altitude, hikers can continue to follow the trail as it becomes even steeper and reaches an alpine meadow at some 13,780 ft. (4,200 m) and a mountain ridge of some 14,436 ft. (4,400 m). Across a deep glacier basin, the peak of Jade Dragon Mountain is now clearly visible. The hike returns along the same trail. Total hike can be up to 11 miles (18 km), requiring 9.5 hours, including one hour of rest.
This day hike is available year-around, although we would not recommend it if it is raining or snowing as breath-taking views would be limited. Be aware of the altitude of this hike. The elevation gain is at least 3,600 ft. (1,100 m). Pack horses are available as are horses for riding. Please inquire for details and rates for horses. Highland leeches have been spotted during the wet season. Bring repellent or clothing that covers the body.