Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Classic Gorge Trek (经典峡谷跋涉)

Classic Gorge Trek (经典峡谷跋涉)

Region: Tiger Leaping Gorge
Itinerary: Qiaotou—Upper Gorge—Zhongnuoyu Village—28 Bends—Yongsheng Village—Bendiwan Village—Dragon Cave Waterfall—Middle Gorge—Tina's Guest House
Duration: 8½ hours one-way
Distance: 23 km one-way
Altitude in Meters: Start 1,850. Max 2,610. End 2,200
Elevation Gain: 1,200 meters
Rating: Challenging (2 days) or Extreme (1 day)
Hiking Times: Qiaotou to Zhongnuoyu Village (Naxi Family Guest House) 2:00 hrs. Yongsheng Village (Tea Horse Trade G.H.) 5:00 hrs. Bendiwan Village (Halfway G.H.) 6:30 hrs. Dragon Cave Waterfall 7:15 hrs. Tina's G.H. 8:30 hrs.

Route Summary

Route Summary


Experience the world-famous trek through Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡). The trek begins at Qiaotou Town (桥头镇) and ends at Tina’s Guest House (中峰国际青年旅舍). The gorge may be traversed in either direction. Strong hikers can complete the trek in one day, but most spend one or two nights at guest houses within the gorge. Hiring a trekking guide is not necessary for most people.


Route Description

Route Description


For a full description of the trek, including lodging options and transportation to and from the area, read Dan Siekman’s excellent guide. A more complete list of guest houses may be found on the Tiger Leaping Gorge page at WikiVoyage.org.


Other Gorge Hikes

Experience more of Tiger Leaping Gorge — below, above and beyond the classic trek. Here are some adventurous options!


  • Hike down to the Jinsha River, where “the true scale of the gorge and the ferocity of the river both become readily apparent”. Read more




  • Track the ultimate gorge trek through Haba Muru Sanctuary, a lost valley beneath Haba Snow Mountain’s savage East Face