Two Days in the Gorge
At 18,000 ft a 2 day trek through the Tiger Leaping Gorge is no easy task (at least not for sea level people like us.) With the rest of China running full steam ahead the gorge was a nice respite from the swarms of tourists. The remote location and difficulty weeds out the masses. There is a viewing platform in the upper and lower gorge, the middle gorge still remains untouched. I can assure you there will be viewing platforms popping up and with that the tour busses are sure to follow so visit soon! The trek starts with a several mile hike uphill capped off by the "28 bends". The 28 Bends is a vertical hike comprised of 28 switchbacks. After the bends the trek is fairly easy the rest of the way. We visited early Nov. after the rainy season so we were dry, cool at night and warm during the day. There are several guesthouses along the way, we stayed at the Tea Horse Guesthouse. Don't expect to much from the guesthouses. A comfortable bed, a heating blanket and a western toilet were about all we got (and all we needed after a day of hiking). All or most guesthouses have kitchens so be sure to try the great Naxi cuisine. On the second day we finished the hike with a meal at Sean's Guesthouse.
By Dave Spoehr
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