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Yunnan Shangri-la Grand Traverse 13D12N, Fully Guided

Yunnan Shangri-la Grand Traverse 13D12N, Fully Guided

Yunnan Shangri-la Grand Traverse 13D12N, Fully Guided

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13-day grand traversing in southern Yunnan through Dali, Lijiang, Tacheng, Cizhong, Meili, Benzilan and Shangri-la, a voyage of breathtaking landscapes and wonderful cultures for adventurous travelers. Discover China's rich ethnic diversity as you walk one part of the Ancient Tea and Horse Road between Dali, Shaxi and Lijiang. En route you'll meet Naxi and Bai ethnic minority people whose old ways endure. Hike into the Meili Snow Mountains and explore untamed and wild terrains at the most sacred mountain in the world. Bike beside pristine highland lakes, journey into valleys and climb up mountains, enjoying the wonderful world of wildlife including golden snub-nosed monkey and impressive flora. Being awed by natural scenery, you'll also be spoilt by delightful boutique accommodation and authentic Yunnan and Tibetan cuisines throughout the journey.

Yunnan, which literally means 'South of the Clouds', is home to some of the most diverse cultures, ecology, and landscapes in China. With verdant low-lying valleys, spectacular white-capped mountains, rustic towns and villages and vibrant ethnic minority communities, Yunnan has long inspired both poets and travelers. As a very distinct part of China, Yunnan is home to the 'Eighteen Oddities', eighteen aspects of life that distinguish it from other provinces.

On this grand traversing journey, you'll explore Yunnan's stunning landscapes, experience minority culture, and travel along part of the Ancient Tea and Horse Road. Travel to the southeastern tip of the Tibetan Plateau to discover this collection of exquisite world-class retreats that blend harmoniously into their surroundings. Rise with the sun to a view of Yunnan's tallest and holiest summit. Practice yoga amidst fertile mountain valleys and immerse yourself in rich Tibetan culture as you taste local cuisine and chant sutras with a Lama. You'll have plenty opportunities to explore local traditions, sample country cooking and enjoy tea ceremonies…

Tour Map

tea horse road walking tour map

Away from colourful tales and adventures by day, you’ll stay and rest in 5-star or boutique hotels by night. All the hotels' architecture and interiors strongly reflect an influence from the local cultures with contemporary design touches and offering stunning views.

This trip is considered a moderate adventure. Moderate adventure includes full days outside the hotel, with drives of up to 3 ½ hours on mainly well-maintained, paved roads. We may spend up to 4-5 hours walking, hiking or biking. However, we can tailor make itinerary to suit your fitness level.

Though you'll be traveling in some of China's most spectacular mountainous regions, high altitudes often make activities more difficult. In the unlikely event of altitude sickness, emergency evacuation measures will be taken. Your field guides is well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies. However, travel insurance is highly recommended.

2017 Departure Dates:
October: 15

2018 Departure Dates:
March: 25
April: 22

Please contact us for more information and availability. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • FEATURES

    Yunnan: Yunnan, which literally means 'South of the Clouds' due to its location just south of the Tibetan Plateau, is home to some of the most diverse cultures, ecology, and terrain in China. With verdant low-lying valleys, spectacular white-capped mountains, rustic towns and villages, and a lively mix of ethnic minority communities, Yunnan has long inspired poets and travellers alike.

    Yunnan's mountains have historically isolated groups of people from one another, which has fostered the unique ethnic cultures that flourish in the region today. Yunnan is a rainbow of different ethnic traditions, clothing and cuisine.

    This journey is a grand traversing in the southern Yunnan through the Dali, Lijiang, Tacheng, Cizhong, Meili, Benzilan and Shangri-la.

    Trip Highlights
    Dali Old TownBuilt in the 14th century and surrounded by both moat and wall, Dali Old Town is reputed for its graceful living and delightful Bai architecture.

    Meili Snow Mountains China walking tourCutting across the northwestern quadrant of Yunnan, Meili Snow Mountain Range is a frigid territory bounded by the Salween River to the west and the Mekong to the east. Hike into the Meili Mountains and wake up with a view of the Kawagarbo Summit, the highest summit in Yunnan .

    Lijiang Old Town China Walking TourTake a stroll down quieter side lanes of Lijiang Old Town.

    Tacheng China Walking TourVisit the local nature reserve in Tacheng. Pass by the Baima Snow Mountains and track these magnificent but rare snub-nosed monkeys, accompanied by a local who knows the area well.

    Benzilan-China-Hiking-TourHead deeper into the Tibetan region, past small villages and grazing yaks, to, an important stop on the Tea and Horse Road. Enjoy Tibetan Cuisine.

    Erhai-Lake-China-walking-tourBike through Erhai Lake’s verdant surroundings and villages.

    Shaxi-old-town-china-walking-tourUntil the middle of last century, the village of Shaxi flourished thanks to its position on the Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Trail and southern Silk Road.
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  • Accommodation

    Go off-the-beaten path in comfort. Throughout the journey, you'll stay in 5-star or boutique hotels:

    Sky Valley (5 Star)
    The building of Sky Valley is one of the 200 national heritages listed private houses in Xizhou. This restoration and renovation project was born from the vision to develop an ensemble of historical heritage building and transform it into an elegant and exclusive destination. Inspired by the Bai's rich artistic heritage, the original arts and crafts from this historical building are well preserved. 
    Sky-Village-dali-night-china-walking-tour
    InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort (5 Star)
    Situated inside the Ancient Town with direct vehicle access to and from the main street, the hotel's architecture and interiors strongly reflect influence from the local Naxi and Dongba Cultures with contemporary design touches integrated into the public areas.
    InterContinental-Lijiang-china-walking-tour InterContinental-Lijiang-china-hiking-tour
    Songtsam Tacheng Lodge, Altitude 2000 meters, (Luxury Boutique)
    Part of a mixed Tibetan/Lisu farming community, Songtsam Tacheng enjoys a comfortable climate and boasts the region's most fertile land. All 9 spacious yet cozy rooms face beautiful terraced rice fields. This lodge is elegantly designed to showcase fine Chinese art and style; big windows and balconies enable guests to take in the beautiful rural scenery from the lodge. The year round mild climate yields an abundance of fruits and nuts, growing alongside terraced fields of rice, wheat and grapes.
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    Songtsam Benzilan Lodge , Altitude 1900 meters, (Luxury Boutique)
    Nestled in an intimate green valley by the Yangtze River, Songtsam Benzilan features 10 spacious guest rooms, all decorated in modern Sino-Tibetan style. The lodge is surrounded by authentic white-walled Tibetan homes and has views of a small prayer house that rests atop a hill.
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    Songtsam Meili Lodge , Altitude 3600 meters, (Luxury Boutique)
    Each year, local Tibetans and global travellers come to worship Kawagebo, the major peak of the Meili Snow Mountain Range and one of the holiest mountains in the larger Tibetan region. Specifically designed as a respite along this spiritual pilgrimage to Kawagebo, the Songtsam Meili lodge was built in an untouched village away from any tourists and overlooking the majestic mountains.
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    Songtsam Linka Retreat Shangri-La , Altitude 3300 meters, (Luxury Boutique)
    Located in Shangri-La, a mystical paradise on earth, Songtsam Linka, is nestled within a typical Tibetan farming village. The 75 rooms and villas, dining facilities, spa and other amenities are housed in lovingly hand-built stone structures spread over 21 acres of hillside surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Be inspired by panoramic views of the mountains and the Songzanlin Monastery.
    Songtsam-Linka-Retreat-hiking-tour

    Please contact us for accommodation upgrades.E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • Food

    This trip offers unique opportunities to taste local cuisine, sample country cooking and enjoy tea ceremonies.

    Of China's 55 classified ethnic minorities, 51 can be found in Yunnan. As the province with the largest number of ethnic minority groups, Yunnan cuisine is vastly varied and offers gastronomic experiences for food lovers. You’ll taste Bai, Naxi and Tibetan cuisines.

    Some culinary highlights on the trip:
    - Experiencing a traditional Bai tea ceremony, which uses three flavours of tea to symbolise the three stages of life
    - Hone your cooking skills in a cooking lesson in a local home in Zhoucheng village
    - Enjoy a refreshing, locally-sourced dinner at a Naxi family house
    - Savour Tibetan dinner in Meili
    Songtsam-Linka-Retreat-tibetan-restaurant-china-walking-tour Sky-Village-dali-tea-china-walking-tour

    Please contact us if you have special dietary requirements. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • Experiences

    Included:
    - Experience a traditional Bai tea ceremony, which uses three flavours of tea to symbolise the three stages of life.
    - Immerse yourself in the traditional Bai architecture of Xizhou.
    - Bike through Erhai Lake’s verdant surroundings and villages.
    - Follow in the footsteps of traders long gone by traveling along part of the Ancient Tea & Horse Road.
    - Dine with locals in a Tibetan village.
    - Chant Sutras with a Lama in a local monastery.
    - Hike in Tacheng and get up close to the endangered golden (snub-nosed) monkey at the national gardens.
    - Hike into the Meili Mountains and wake up with a view of Kawagarbo Summit. Every year many Tibetans as well as travelers travel from all over the world to worship Kawagebo, the major peak of Meili snow mountain range.

    Other Activities at Additional Charge:
    - Airport private transfers
    - Beijing tours
    - Shanghai tours
    - Guilin tours
    - Xi’an tours
    - Helicopter flights over the Great Wall of China
    - Cruising along Yangtze river



    Please contact us to tailor make your itinerary. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • What's included

    - All overland transfers with chauffeur and in-transport refreshments (Refine Van in Yunnan)
    - All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
    - All meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water (No alcohol included)
    - All services of an English-speaking guide
    - All accommodation, based on twin-share and including breakfast, service charge, and government tax
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    Please contact us for more information. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • WALKING GRADING

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  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Dali, located in China’s southwestern Yunnan province, on the shores of Erhai Lake.
    - Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Dali.

    For hassle free and seamless transfers for your China trip, please contact us for transfer arrangements. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Weather and Climate

    Yunnan has the subtropical monsoon climate with large daily temperature difference and clear dry and wet seasons. The average temperature, in the hottest month (July) is 19 ℃ ~ 22 ℃, in the coldest month (January) is 6 ℃ ~ 8 ℃. The best time to travel in Yunnan is in spring and autumn, especially March to April, and September to November.

    Dali Temperature

    Dali Temperature

    Lijiang Temperature

    Dali Temperature

    Shangri-La Temperature

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  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    Evacuations
    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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