A Tented Stay in China’s Shangri-La

A Tented Stay in
China's Shangri-La

A rare opportunity for a canvas-style overnight address, surrounded by many tales of Shangri-La

WHY THIS TOUR?

Nothing short of ‘magical’, ‘mystical’ and ‘breath-taking’ – these are recollections of former tea trail caravanners of Northern Yunnan which is a true Shangri-La. Modern-day travellers can share these early traders’ experiences with an exploration of the land of snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes and dizzyingly deep valleys. Yunnan, which means ‘South of the Clouds’ offers visitors diverse ethnic cultures, colourful history and exceptional landscapes.

 All this sounds like a perfect pitch for small groups in finding their way at their Shangri-La; glamping in this magical town in Yunnan has become reality. The western-managed tented camp offers 2 days | 1-night packages that include temple visits, dining at a local farm and walking tours to explore the old town and Ringha Valley. The camp operates in collaboration with local experts who know the region inside out.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 | 2 Days A Tented Stay in China's Shangri-La

Day 1

Shangri-La                                                                                                                             [L, D]

A late morning pick up (around 10 am) from the guests’ accommodation by the team behind this pitched concept in the heart of Shangri-La. A team of local experts with a sound knowledge of what goes around inside and outside one of Yunnan’s most well-known towns will commence this 2-days tour with a walk around the old town. The foundation of the intriguing blend of ethnic minorities and cultural richness of what the highlands of China has to offer.

Your guide for the day explains the ins and outs of how the town became the capital of the former Zhongdian region. Currently, Shangri-La flourishes now as the starting point for hikes and treks through the vastness of the Yunnan Province. Some parts of the old town have been destroyed after a destructive fire engulfed large parts of the old town: many of the destroyed buildings and houses have been rebuilt in the original state. The walk through the cobblestone paths, the stone houses and shops and meeting the ever-so friendly residents will take approximately 1.5 hours.

Lunch is included at the Flying Tigers Café

A Shangri-La is not complete with heading into the Ringha Valley. Sandwiched between Tibet, Myanmar and China’s Sichuan Province, the fertile grounds of this part of greater Shangri-La are home to various farms. Large patches of agricultural land weave through the valley and the afternoon is not complete with a short visit to the Dabosi Temple, an important religious centre for the hospitable people living and working in the region. The famous tea trail made its way through this part of China, and remnants of its importance are found throughout the landscape. Tea certainly plays a big role in the life of a farmer and his family and joining one of these tea-leaves specialists in their garden for a cuppa connects guests straight with what gave this region its name and trading fame.

A region as expansive as Shangri-La and the Ringha Valley has its own tales to tell, be it mythical or partially based on true events. Your local Insider for the day, whilst you enjoy a small aperitif, will elaborate on the legends and stories that still flow through the valley.

We make our way back to Shangri-La for a set dinner and prepare to check-in at our tented camp, exclusively set up for your group. As the evening may still be young, the night will end with a gathering around a campfire with local villagers dancing and singing songs, reflecting their lives and culture.

Overnight in the tented camp in the heart of Shangri-La

Day 2 | 2 Days A Tented Stay in China's Shangri-La

Day 2

Shangri-La – Departure Shangri-La                                                                            [B]

Breakfast is served at a local farm near your tented camp

Matching breakfast with your scheduled departure time from Shangri-La to our next destination will be something worth considering on the final day of this glamping package. Following the resort’s check-out times and conditions, our guide and driver will be waiting for you at the resort to bring you in comfort back to the airport, train station or other starting points for your onward journey.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • Tours with licenced English-speaking guiding services / assistance. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Accommodation in sharing twin/double at a local guest house en route
  • Transportation for tour and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, unless otherwise stated
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All meals as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns)
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Guests are requested to stay one night prior to the commencement of this package in Shangri-La.
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day
  • The accommodation used during this tour is simple accommodation with basic amenities. This may include no air-conditioning (fan only), lack of Wi-Fi and/or warm water. Due to the location of our overnight address and aligned with the concept of this soft-adventure experience.
  • This tour includes driving over uneven paths, surfaces and off-road bumpy roads, unsuitable for pregnant women, people with neck and back problems and those with limited mobility.
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control
  • This tour is not recommended for families with children under the age of 12 years old.

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