Leaping Tiger Gorge
May 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
After one night at the Crowne Plaza we packed lightly for an overnight on the Tea Horse Trail through Leaping Tiger Gorge. The gorge is one of the world’s deepest gorges and the Naxi minorities live through out the gorge in tiny villages. We took our children through the “high road” which was clearly marked, spotted with guest houses and waterfalls.
A farmer spotted us and followed us trying to convince us to hire his horse, but we were determined to walk the whole way by foot. The heat and the hike proved to be a bit much and we finally hired the horse to carry our pack. By midday, we stopped at the Naxi Guesthouse for lunch. Though simple, the food was surprisingly fresh and delicious. Our kids could not get enough of eggs with onions and noodles. Luckily for us, the horse came in very handy and we hiked the 28 switch backs. The last 30 minutes of it was too long and tiring for our 8 year old son and he rode the horse. Outside of the 30 minutes, our kids generally walked 5 hours to our next stop the Tea Horse Guest House where we stayed the evening.