HIKING THE TIGER LEAPING GORGE IN CHINA

Tiger Leaping Gorge in China is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world.

Named after a legend hunter who once fled a tiger by jumping the narrowest point of the gorge to the other side, the gorge is famed for its narrow, craggy rock surface which often has snow-capped peaks in the winter and lush greenery in the spring.

If you’re not sure what to expect or how to complete this 2 day hike, then keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the Tiger Leaping Gorge hike.

Day 1 Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge

The trail begins with a slightly uphill track through villages and farms taking you up to the edge of the mountains with splendid views of the muddy Yangtzee river below.

As we began the hike in the evening and we weren’t pushed for time, we only trekked for 1.5 hours before we reached our first sleeping place the Naxi guesthouse.

Day 2 Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Although the first hour was difficult with a 3,000m summit hike, the view as the clouds cleared to reveal the jagged mountain tops opposite made it all worthwhile.

The walk then leveled out through pine forests, past waterfalls and snaking along the cliff edge for spectacular views.

We found another guesthouse along the way where we stopped for spicy cucumber salad, Naxi bread (to die for) and rejuvenating green tea.

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