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Safety Tips When Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge

Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes in China. A hike will see you pass quiet villages inhabited mainly by local Naxi, through pine and bamboo forest, waterfalls, and terraced farmland. On either side of the Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge is the snow peaked Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountains, in the middle there is a giant rock.

A hike can take from 1 day to 3 days, but one can consider a slower pace to interact more with the environment and the local people. You can choose either the lower trail or upper trail hike, and you can get trail locations on maps and guest houses. However, there is need to take extra care when hiking Tiger leaping Gorge, as there are some dangerous trails you will come across.

Unless you will be following the High trail, you need to have a moderate level of fitness to help you easily get around the gorge’s walls. Also there is a high risk of landslides if there has been a recent heavy downpour, therefore, it is not recommended to hike when it has been raining mostly between July to September.


You are required to keenly follow the procession of yellow arrows marked on the trails to ensure you do not veer off. Check with the guest houses and travel guidebook for more information about how you should follow the trails.

You can decide to take up a bus, it is important to note that many local people may engage in smoking even while inside the bus. Be careful if you have lung related problems through the journey.

There are three sections in the Tiger leaping Gorge which include the Upper, Middle, and Lower sections. If you do not want to have a strenuous hiking, you can take the upper route which is 9km away from the Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge. It features a paved trail and one can organize for bus tours for a trip up to the river. It’s the easiest of the three parts and does not have any risk through the trails. The middle section is cited as the most dangerous place, while the lower section there is a giant gully as you exit of the gorge. Note that there is a side-trail that leads to a crashing waterfall outside the Walnut Garden. This path is considered dangerous, and has been cited as impassable due to the risk of landslides.

Have a guide to ensure that the hiking will be safe; tour guides will be able to direct you at the favorite area while warning you of the dangers that lie ahead. Additionally, do the hiking during the day to avoid getting stuck in the forest, or risking your life due in the dangerous areas of the gorge.