Preparing for the Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking Tour

If you are searching for the most memorable tour in China, then the Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking Tour will be a perfect choice. This is considered to be the best walk you can ever do in Southwest China. You will be amazed by the many eye arresting offerings which range from the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the Haba Snow Mountain and not to forget the breathtaking view of the Yangtze, which is one of the greatest rivers in China, running thousands of meters below where you stand. In spite of all the amazing things you will see, you will not enjoy the tour as much if you don’t know when to take the tour.

Best time to trek

Though you can take the tour at any time of the year, the best time is in late winter. At this time, you will not be troubled by snow in Yunnan and there is no need to pack heavy winter layers. Spring is also a good time to take the trek (May to June). At this time, the flowers and plants are usually in full bloom. Don’t plan your trip in July and August. This is the rainy season and there are risky swollen waterfalls as well as crumbly cliffs to deal with at this time. The Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking Tour is off-limit during the rainy season.

What to bring

The season during which you are trekking will determine how much you will have to bring. For example, if you trek in winter, you will need layers of clothing to battle the cold. Always look at the weather forecasts before packing. The essential things you will need include:

  • Enough money. You will not find any ATM in the villages.
  • Good hiking shoes.
  • A change of clothes for at least two days.
  • Plenty of water because the high attitude causes your body to lose a lot of water.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm.
  • Map of the area.

Do not over pack. Unnecessary things will make things harder for you. Only pack what is essential else your bags will weigh you down.


For most trekkers, the Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking Tour only takes two days. The first day’s trek starts in Qiaotou and ends in Halfway House after a 6 hour walk at a normal pace. The second day will start from Halfway House and end in Tina’s Guesthouse. This trek is about 3 hours long. You can stop here or go further to see the Yangtze raging waters. This may take an additional three hours. It is important to note that there are options for a slower trek which takes three or even four days.