Secret villages only recently revealed, majestic mountain peaks, steep glaciers feeding mountain streams and waterfalls. These are the reasons to trek through Yubeng.
Day 1: Drive from Shangri-la to Feilaisi (roughly 5 hours). Stay the night at Once Upon a Time in Meili in Feilaisi (dinner not included). Feilaisi looks out over the Mekong (Lincang) River valley below 2000m across to the Kawakarpo range reaching 6740m at it’s highest peak. If the season and weather are right, you may be one of the few to have a clear view of the peaks.
Day 2: Hike into Upper Yubeng village. In the morning, we will take a shuttle van from Feilaisi to the Xidang Hot Springs where the trek begins. We’ll hike for 9km starting at 2400m, going over a pass at 3700m where we start getting views of the valley where Yubeng is situated. After a descent to 3100m, we’ll set up in a trekker’s lodge in Upper Yubeng Village.
Day 3: This first day trek we will take from our base in Upper Yubeng Village is to the sacred waterfall. From Upper Yubeng, we first go down to cross a river at 3000m and then again ascend until we reach the waterfall at 3600m. If you think you can brave the cold water, you can follow the example of Tibetan pilgrims and bath in the glacier fed waterfall.
Day 4: Today is devoted to visiting base camp and glacier lake. This day’s hike is 13km round trip beginning through a narrow valley. We then pass through the wide pasture where base camp is located and up the final stretch to reach the glacier lake at 3800m. Tonight we again enjoy the respite of a tea-house style trekker’s lodge in Upper Yubeng Village.
Day 5: This is a long, but easier trekking day. We will leave Yubeng village following the river all the way down to Ninong village, which is situated along the Mekong River at the very base of Kawakarpo. This will be a long day, for after the long, downhill hike, we will take a shuttle back to Feilaisi, meet up with our vehicle and then drive all the way back to Shangri-la.
Inclusions: Guide, transportation, meals except noted, lodging, entrance ticket to Yubeng village.
Exclusions: Mules or horses for carrying gear or riding. Entrance tickets to other scenic areas along the way. These are optional and can be purchased upon arrival.
2 people: 3000/person
3 people: 2600/person
4 people: 2200/person
5 people: 2000/person
6 people: 1800/person
Enquire for groups over 6 people.