We hiked along Tiger Leaping Gorge for two days. We had two mules with us to help carry our luggage. The views were incredible. Fields of pumpkin plants and fruit trees, and as we climbed higher we were rewarded with mountains and waterfalls. Along the way we passed friendly local faces. People who live and farm up in the mountains. Some ran guest houses or restaurants and other sold supplies… fruit, weed, pipes, drinks, needles and cotton. It was physically tough, especially some of the waterfall and river crossings and the 28 bends. The 28 bends, as the name suggests is 28 bends walking uphill for 7km to the highest point of the hike. Once you reach the top the views are incredible and it is only downhill from there to the guest house. The guest house was amazing. Very comfortable beds. A much deserved chicken biryani for dinner. And we woke up in the clouds.
Our second day started with apple and banana pancakes and more incredible views. More friendly faces. Walnut and sichuan pepper trees. A tungsten farm and a shepherd with his sheep. The hike ended with lunch and just when we thought we were done hiking we found out we had to cross a landslide to get back to the van that was picking us up. This was probably the scariest part, walking along a very narrow ledge with a cliff below clinging to the hill while some very nimble footed locals passed in the opposite direction carrying supplies. Once everyone was safely across we visited the narrowest part of the gorge where the name came from. Fast flowing water and a stone in the middle where legend has it… the tiger leaped across!
Last Stop: Lijang
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