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Trek along glaciers where prayer flags flutter in the breeze and watch the sun rise over the stunning Meijia Mountains. Take a closer look at Tibetan culture at Songzanlin monastery and sip yak butter tea with the locals.
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Four nights accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing as specified, services of a private car and driver and a local English speaking guide.
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Walk Tiger Leaping Gorge
Discover the art of Thangka painting
Sip yak butter with a local family
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Depart Lijiang for Zhongdian. Stop at Tiger Leaping Gorge and take a short walk through the gorge. After lunch proceed to Zhongdian’s old town, a maze of cobbled streets. You can observe or join in with the dancers in the square. Your final stop will be Baijisi Temple. (L)
Your morning tour begins at Songzanlin Monastery. Discover the art of Thangka painting at a nearby school, and then head onwards to Napa Lake. The final stop for the day is the 700-year-old Ringha Temple. (B)
En route to Deqin stop at the small pottery village of Nixi. You will then visit the home of a Tibetan family to try ‘tsampa’, a local staple comprised of yak butter, tea and flour. Continue onwards to the small city of Benzilan. In the afternoon, visit the monastery of Dhondrupling Gompa. (B)(L)
Awake at dawn for sunrise over Mainri Snow Mountain. Cross the legendary Mekong River to reach the charming village of Mingyong. A 10km walk then ultimately leads to the Lotus Temple where prayer flags tirelessly flap in the wind against the backdrop of truly enchanting natural scenery. (B)
Transfer to Shangri-La Airport where your trip ends. (B)
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