Begin walking in Qiaotou Town (桥头镇), the starting point of the classic trek. Spend the first night in the gorge at a guest house along the way. Day two, continue through the gorge to Luke’s Hostel (古道栌克青年旅舍).
On day three, ascend to a high point at 3,200 meters. The extensive birds-eye view up and down the gorge and across the Jinsha River (金沙江) to Daju Village (大具乡), makes the effort worthwhile. Descend to Ennu Village (恩努村) north of the gorge and overnight there. On day four, conclude the trek at Haba Village.
The last two days, from Luke’s Hostel to Haba, require better physical fitness and navigation skills than the first two days in the gorge. There is substantial elevation gain and the trail is sometimes obscure. A guide is recommended for this portion of the journey. For details on hiring a guide for the Luke-Haba Route, please read the final section below. For general information, see the Guides page.
Theoretically, hikers can complete the trek from Luke’s Hostel to Haba Village in one long 10-hour day. Spending the night in Ennu breaks the trek down into 7-hour and 3-hour hikes. Homestay lodging in Ennu will have to be organized beforehand.
For complete details on days one and two of the classic Tiger Leaping Gorge trek, read Dan Siekman’s excellent guide. For info on days three and four, keep reading below. Please note that reliable water sources along the Luke-Haba Route are limited. Between Luke’s Hostel and Ennu Village there are just two: Watership Tank Meadow and Water-Trough Junction. Beyond Ennu Village there are none until a forest brook shortly before reaching Haba Village.