Nizu 3-day Trek

Nizu (also spelled Niru) has a lot to offer and it’s hard to take it all in. However, this trip makes the best attempt possible. First, we enjoy the drive from Shangri-la to Nizu that passes by Pudacuo national park, over a 3900 m (12,800 ft) mountain pass, and down the winding road through Tibetan and Yi villages down to Luoji Township. From there, the road continues up a secluded valley and passes by villages of many different minorities and eventually into the Tibetan village of Nizu.

The first day affords time for a round trip day hike to Qicai “Seven Colored” Waterfalls with round trip hiking time of 6-7 hours. That evening is spent with a warm meal of Chinese food at the Nizu Roadhouse. This can be followed up by a light party with a set bar upon pre-order.

On the second day, the hardest hiking day, we set off after filling up on a local Tibetan breakfast at the Roadhouse. Starting at about 2,900 m (9500 ft), our goal for the day is either Selie pastureland and lake or Nanbao pastureland and lake both at roughly 4,000 m (13,100 ft). If you prefer, to lighten the load, all of the gear and food can be loaded on mules to be carried up to the campsite. After we arrive and set up camp, we will cook dinner over a fire inside a Tibetan style herder’s cabin.

The third day, is probably one of the longest, hiking back down to Nizu village, partly on some trail we haven’t yet covered, takes most of the morning and afternoon. Then we drive back through the secluded Nizu valley into Luoji township for a late afternoon hot meal. Finally, arriving back to Shangri-la in the evening weary travelers can enjoy a hot shower at their lodge of choice.

Trek Options: Hike into Nizu through Pudacuo national park. Take it easier, visit Pudacuo National Park in the morning on the way out to Nizu, hike on day two to Qicai “Seven Colored” Waterfalls, camp for the night and return to Nizu village then back to Shangri-la on day three.

Inclusions: the price for this trek includes all of the basics: camping gear, food, lodging, transportation, and a guide. Meals included are from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3.

Exclusions/Additions: hiking clothes, hiking shoes and other personal effects. Mules for carrying gear or riding. Mules can be arranged to carry gear or to ride on for an additional cost.

Booking: If you are interested in certain dates, please send a booking enquiry and we will get back to you with availability. If you are a small group, and unless otherwise requested, we will post those dates for others to join the trip to keep cost down for everyone.

Once your dates are confirmed, we will go with a minimum of 2 people. If you have dates you want to go, but only want to go if there is a minimum number of other people, please leave us a note in the booking enquiry form and we will do our best to promote for others to join.


2 people: ¥2000/person

3 people:  ¥1500/person

4 people:  ¥1200/person

5 people:  ¥1100/person

6 people: ¥1000/person

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