Trekking / Cycling / Kayaking
Between the Cangshan Mountains and ErHai Lake (Literally!), Dali offers almost limitless possibilities for mountain climbing, trekking, cycling, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. There's no one who knows the Dali region better than we do. We have spent years exploring the surrounding areas and are proud to offer itineraries and take people to places that other tourists rarely visit. Rather than offer generic "tours," which are boring for both our guides and the participants, all of our programs are tailored to your ability, interest, timeframe, and budget. If there is a specific combination of activities or landscape that you want to experience, let us know, and we'll make it happen!
* For our mountain climbing and trekking programs, click here.
* For road cycling and mountain biking, click here.
* For sea and river kayaking, click here.
For independent travelers, there is literally a lifetime of trekking to do be done in Yunnan, and also a fair amount around Dali. We are currently working on putting together the first English-language Yunnan trekking guidebook. It will probably be completed in 2011. For now, feel free to browse our rudimentary listing of Yunnan treks.
Other sources of information for hiking in (western) China are China Backpacker and China Trekking, which also have a handful of free maps. For hiking in the Cangshan Mountains, download the trail map below, which was dutifully put together by the folks at the Higherland Inn and Amiwa Trek. Be advised however that accidents (and even the occasional death) in the CangShan mountains are not uncommon, and that you should make sure you have a hiking partner and plenty of provisions if you plan to leave the designated tourist trails.