The Deepest Gorge in the world – The Tiger Leaping Gorge

24 Jan

While researching for things to do around Lijiang; the most recommended item that I came across was a 2 day hiking trip around the Tiger Leaping Gorge. I had heard of gorges and tigers but was quite intrigued by this name as it kind of brought back images of the movie Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and the gorgeous landscapes around which the movie had been shot. Further research yielded that the Tiger Leaping Gorge is actually a canyon and considered to be deepest gorge in the world on the Yangtze River. It is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site and is divided into three sections – Upper, Middle and Lower Hutiao. It is called the Tiger Leaping Gorge as at one particular point of the river a tiger had leaped from one corner to the other to escape a hunter.

Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

About the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

About the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

On further research I came across loads of articles and blog posts on this trek; all filled with stunning photographs of the gorge and the snow-capped mountain peaks all around. I was not surprised to know that this area is known for some of the best and most naturally beautiful and diverse treks in China. Numerous trails run high in the gorge passing through beautiful landscapes, sleepy villages, verdant forests, terraced farmlands and the snow-covered peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Haba Snow Mountain. However due to multiple reasons such as shortage of time, no local guides (these are self-guided treks), etc we couldnโ€™t trek in this area.

Various treks around the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Pic Courtesy - Travel China Guide

Various treks around the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Pic Courtesy – Travel China Guide

Hence we chose the cheatโ€™s way of seeing this area. We drove through the high roads and captured some shots of the beautiful scenery around, many small waterfalls, high mountain ranges all around and a river flowing below. Though we got a sense of the general landscape it was no way close to the pictures that I had seen of the treks. Hence if you travel to this area, try to trek around.

Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

We then climbed down the numerous steps (at least 200) to the viewing platform to see this mighty river up close and personal. The river though docile and sweet mannered in other parts, takes a different avatar in this section and is literally roaring and ready to wreak havoc at anyone who dares block its path. However if you are short of time, this section is quite avoidable.

The viewing platform of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

The viewing platform of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

Views around the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

Views around the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

A small bridge on a dry waterfall, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

A small bridge on a dry waterfall, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

The might Yangtze, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

The might Yangtze, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

We also had a mini adventure when a small landslide blocked the way and we had to wait for the crane to clear the road. We utilized this time with some photography and revising lessons in physics when these massive rocks rolled down the mountains and either disintegrated into small stones or caught speed and rolled down perfectly intact in the river. Hence if you travel through this area, plan for such eventualitiesย and time accordingly.

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20 Responses to “The Deepest Gorge in the world – The Tiger Leaping Gorge”

  1. Margaret January 24, 2015 at 22:44 #

    Beautiful mountains! Thank you for your visit, You have a great blog here, lots of information, well done. I will keep coming back. Greetings from Scotland ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. traveller soul January 25, 2015 at 00:34 #

    Wow, it looks amazing! That must have been quite an adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Param January 25, 2015 at 09:05 #

    This is amazing! What a trip! Do write something about your stay, experience with food etc. Planning to make a trip.

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    • getsetandgo January 26, 2015 at 21:15 #

      Thanksโ€ฆ. I intend to write about the entire trip and am working towards itโ€ฆ Its just been slow ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  4. Juliana Lightle January 26, 2015 at 01:41 #

    A rather daunting road to say the least.

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    • getsetandgo January 26, 2015 at 21:15 #

      It was and I kept wondering how the driver was managingโ€ฆ

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  5. Danika Maia January 27, 2015 at 00:27 #

    Omg that looks incredible!

    http://www.danikamaia.com

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  6. Joseph Nebus February 4, 2015 at 10:46 #

    Wow; that’s an astounding place.

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  7. wanderlustress786 February 16, 2015 at 11:02 #

    Your pictures are surreal! Just started following you on Twitter. Keep travelling!

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  8. Sue Slaght February 20, 2015 at 21:39 #

    What a stunning spot! I would love to do the trek. Glad to hear the landslide was a small one without injury!

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  9. JPei March 17, 2015 at 08:00 #

    Whoa, this looks pretty awesome from the photos.

    http://itsjpei.wordpress.com/

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  10. Darshik Mehta March 18, 2015 at 17:15 #

    Snigdha! Mind-blowing photography and this gorge is the most bizarre one Iโ€™ve ever seen. It must have been quiet an adventure to trek around the place and see the widened horizons meet the mountains edges. This blog is informatively well fed. Keep it up!

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