Still planning the China trip for March, have decided to go to Lijang and (hopefully) do the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek, particularly as it now seems that it is going to be flooded at some point in the near future.
My question is: How fit do you need to be? And how long do you need to do it comfortably?
we did it very comfortably in 2 days. in one day it will be too much if you are not super fit. there are some steep parts (particuarly one), but otherwise it is an easy hike, the distance can be tiring (only first day), thats it. the scenery is beautiful and the view down into the valley breath taking. and as you already mentioned they are also going to flood this beautiful piece of earth... so it's almost a must do!
I got email for traveling helper, so here I am.
Well, buddy, it really depends on how do you want it to be. Generally, I say it takes a week or half to go all the things. The places are really beautiful, Lijiang is fine, but it's getting worse in recent years due to pollution caused by large number of tourists. Still, it is very beautiful. Actually, on Wikipedia there is very detailed information about various ways of traveling. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Leaping_Gorge
If I were you I would go to Xi Shuang Ban Na or Tian Chi or Shangri-La, especially Shangri-La is called the last pure land in China.
hi rob, i did it a few months ago with my full pack (18kg) and managed it fine. i started from the west side and walked east. covered about 16-18 km the first day which saw us set off at 10.00 am and finished at the halfway house (great hostel with stunning view from toilet) around 5.00 p.m. it was hard going up the 28 bends about an hr into the trek which involves a very steep climb with lots of switchbacks but after that it is a pleasant walk. take a good supply of water and a flask of tea! there are people selling snacks at the first section. i stayed overnight at a hostel before setting off in the morning of the first day. the 2nd day of walking saw us descend to the very bottom of the gorge which was amazing! didn't cover much distance that day, prob 8 kms and stayed at seans guesthouse which was reasonable. took a minivan to zhonghdian with a stop at the baishuitai limestone terraces which are really cool. if you have time and the inclination you could take a bus (12 hrs & bumpy but amazing scenery) to dongcheng and from there a minivan (about 4 hrs) to yading national park. it is beautiful as you can see from the few photos i have in my china gallery. accomm there is extemely basic and overpriced but i've never been anywhere like yading before or since! enjoy, pete
Cheers Pete - that's good info. Looking forward to it.
2-3 days would be enough to do it at a comfortable pace. As long as you don't usually need walking aids, I think you should be fine! My personal physical fitness level and sense of balance is really rather crap and I still managed to do it in 2 days. Albeit bit off too much for the 1st day and was very tired and cranky.