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Take the road less traveled through Yunnan’s remote valleys along the mighty Salween and Mekong rivers. Retracing a trail forged by French missionaries in the nineteenth century, you’ll encounter wild frontier towns, soaring mountains, and Catholic churches.
During the nineteenth century, adventurous French missionaries embarked on an epic journey into the remote Tibetan valleys of Yunnan. Unfazed by the challenges that lay before them, they ventured out along two of Asia’s mightiest rivers – the Salween and the Mekong. This trip retraces the arduous route they took, through small villages and up and over a mountain along Yunnan’s border with Myanmar. Take the road less traveled and discover the Catholic communities and churches these missionaries left behind. The roads are long and the hikes can be demanding, but this trip provides a rare chance to explore the unknown face of China.
Arrive in Baoshan • Travel along the mighty Salween, known in Chinese as the “Angry River,” to the untamed frontier town of Gongshan
Hike from Demalo village to Baihanluo village • Admire Baihanluo’s wooden Catholic Church, built in a distinctly Tibetan style by a French missionary in 1898 • Share lunch and a game with the local women’s basketball team • Hike to campsite, located at 3,000m • Hike up Biluo Mountain and cross over the Biluo Mountain pass at 3,900m • Set up camp in a lush valley beside a gurgling stream
Embark on a strenuous hike through exposed terrain and leafy forests to the Mekong valley • Descend, re-ascend, and then descend again to a small Tibetan village • Visit Cizhong’s Catholic Church, built from stone in 1867 • Drive along the Mekong and past Lisu villages to Tacheng
Explore Tacheng Nature Reserve and encounter its snub-nosed monkeys • Amble through the small paths and canals that weave through Lijiang Old Town
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Our team of advisors will design every detail of the trip with you through close consultation, then orchestrate your entire journey while on the ground. We’re in the same time zone as you, so we can fulfill requests and handle issues without a hitch. With over 40 staff in Beijing and an expansive network of operational partners across the country, we have the manpower to ensure your journey is safe, reliable and comfortable from beginning to end.
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Flexibility is our highest-ranking compliment. We pull off journeys for pioneers with a 6-hour layover to Hollywood’s elite, and everywhere in between. Our team regularly pulls off unprecedented logistical feats; nearly any time frame or budget is within our realm. No matter how you wish to experience China, we are here to bring that dream to life.
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WildChina guides are carefully handpicked for their knowledge and charisma, then meticulously trained to maintain our exceptional service standards. They are expert storytellers and passionate natives of the regions where they guide, having the perfect combination of local insights and service know-how to bring you seamless once-in-a- lifetime moments all across China.
The little things, the big picture
Supporting inspired local economies allows you to experience the soul of the destination, while also protecting and cultivating China’s artisanal culture. From watching artisans hand make shoes in Yunnan, to picking organic vegetables for dinner on a local farm in Fujian, our tours are designed to showcase and protect China’s heritage, both natural and human.