Niall QOne of the most beautiful places I have ever visited in China. The village is surrounded by mountains and forest. There are many hikes available and you probably need 3 nights see complete them. The local people are friendly and helpful. Careful when entering the village from Xidang. I made the mistake of taking a Jeep thinking it would drop us half way as the sign said 19k to the village. turns out the route has been changed and it’s only about 7/8k. You can save 200 rmb by walking this.
阿弥陀佛752It's the Mingyong glacier here at Cavabog, which is said to have been formed for millennia, but it's been shrinking more severely in recent years. I went on a summer day, and it was melting and collapsing, and global warming was really big. First drive to the scenic spot toll office, pay a 40 yuan ticket, then drive in, come to the battery car, then pay about 80 yuan battery car fare, do the second floor of the scenic spot, and then start to climb the mountain through the plank, from the foot of the mountain of 2000 meters above sea level, climb 1.5 kilometers first, it seems to be to the prince's temple, There is an old lama inside, the whole journey without food, must bring your own essential dry food and water. Then climb 1.6 kilometers, all by perseverance, past the No. 2, No. 3 observation platform, close-up view of the Mingyong Glacier's small waterfall, is the melting water of the iceberg, and the big glacier, finally came to the Lianhua Temple at 3200 meters above sea level, where a young lama lives. Behind the temple is the viewing glacier, and the main merri peak kawabog.
境无界It has been raining since June. Didn't expect much to see the Mt. Meili. As a result, just came to the hotel, the window opened to see the clouds and mist, the charming snow mountain is in front of us! More my character is big hair, the next morning I finally met the Meri Snow Mountain Kawagbo Rizhao Jinshan. Prayer 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻.
E30***87I go to IceLake on 1 January 2020 , very hard to walk because the heavy snowing and a difficulty with fluidity from walking on ice but when I arrived the scenery so amazing!!! I start walk from Yuneng Village at 10.00am and arrived at Ice Lake 14.30 pm. I think this season its dangerous for some traveller.
yangniziSongtsam Meili Hotel in Deqin～Lying down to watch Meili Snow Mountain
Songtsam Meili Hotel is 3,600 meters above sea level, 30 minutes away from Deqin County, facing the sacred Meili Snow Mountain. Travelers can enjoy comfort and comfort in the most remote alpine place in Yunnan Tibetan area during the pilgrimage to Kawagebo. Exquisite. Songzan Meili all houses Meili Snow Mountain.
I spent two nights in Deqin of Shangri-la County in Yunnan, mainly to visit the Meili Snow Mountain. Unfortunately the clouds around the mountain range never fully cleared up but anyhow I found another highlight which was the hike up to the Mingyong Glacier.
The Mingyong Glacier is just below the main peak of the 6,740m high Kawagebo. From the hotel it took a bit more than an hour by car to get to Mingyong Village, where I paid about US$12 for a ticket to visit the glacier. From the ticket office, I had to drive another 10 minutes or so to get to the park entrance.
The path up to the top observation deck was about eight kilometers and an ascendance of more than 1000 meters.
To get to the top observation deck, one could take the elevated wooden pathway running parallel to the old unpaved dirt road which used to be the only way up until a few years ago. The dirt road is still in use by construction workers and their donkeys which hauled heavy building materials up the mountain. If you want to challenge your physical capability you can try the dirt road – there are ample opportunities for you to get back to the wooden pathway. However, you may want to save your energy for the last stretch of the climb.
The wooden pathway was reasonably well built, but the hike took me about two hours, partly because I often stopped to take photos but also because walk up at high altitude area was quite an exhausting exercise.
Finally, I came to a small plateau where there was a Taizi (crown prince) Temple. From this point onward, the climb became much more steep and it felt like never ending 🤣.
I did get to the top observation deck and I really enjoyed the view of the scenery around me. The glacier shrinks quite significantly every summer (presumably because it is located in low latitude as well as in low altitude). Therefore parts of the lower Glacier is very dark due to rocks and dirt which is quite natural but a good reminder to humanity that we need to preserve our nature!
At Taizi Temple, the old dirt road continues upward to the Lianhua (Lotus) Temple at an elevation of 3,470m (quite a bit higher than the top observation deck at a mere 3,150m).
I'm luckily I brought my childhood snack, Snickers, with me so I sat down at the top and enjoyed the quietness of my surrounding and interestingly I even heard the nearby ice cracking.
Getting There - Start this hike from Upper Yubeng Village
Attractions - Many prayer flags and sites along the way. The trail is marked with red flags and a great viewing platform half way. It’s quite steep in some parts. I completed this hike in 5 hours.
Hotels - I stayed in Upper Yubeng village at Gap Time.
Food & Restaurants - There’s some noodles and water available at base camp but I recommend bringing your own.
Alicia E M
Yubeng is one of the best places to hike in China (in my opinion). The 11kish hike from Xidong is a pleasant one and there are 3 main hikes from Yubeng Village. the Sacred Waterfall and Glacier Lake. both are lovely but the lake is a much tougher hike. There are 2 parts to Yubeng… upper and lower. upper is where you start the lake hike and the waterfall is from lower. leaving the village you can either hike to Ninong ( I would advise this) or back to Xidong. you can find buses from Ninong back to Deqen or Shangri La.
Sacred Waterfall hike in Yubeng
Getting There - Start your hike at either Lower or Upper Yubeng. Stone path leads the way to the waterfall!
Attractions - Many sacred sites and colorful prayer flags along the way. The first half of the hike follows the river 💦
Hotels - Many options in Lower and Upper Yubeng - I liked Gap Time Hostel
Food & Restaurants - Small shop just before the summit for water and snacks but I recommend bringing your own
I completed this hike in about 3 hours.
Alicia E M
Another of Yubengs epic hikes. This one is more difficult than sacred waterfall. There is a nice easy trail in the approach to the forest. Then the incline begins. There is a rough track and you mostly covered by the forest for about 2km. This was the most challenging part of the hike. From here you move out of the forest to a plateau. There is a straight forward walk towards the lake. The final 800m are quite tough. You will stop a lot for rests. The plateau scenery is fantastic. The 3n half hr hike is worth it when you see the glacier lake. The hike down is easy in the dry , unfortunately it rained and we descended slowly as it’s dangerous when it rains. Fantastic experience overall .
there are 2 ways to get there, both arrive in Xidang （西当), then you can choose to hike till Yubeng which it's taking about 6-7 hours, or use the car which the cost is 200 rmb per person.
there are 3 main hikes to do it:
the glacier lake, will take around 8-9 hours go and back, it's super nice, the hike is pretty hard
for the water falls, it takes 5 hours, the path is made complete by concrete so not so good, the water falls are nice, you can walk under them and drink the water.
the third one, I didn't do so I can't say how it is.
both the hikes I did, unfortunately there's rubbish around even if there are rubbish bin and behind the house where you can buy water, it's very dirty.
there are many hotels to choose, depends on your budget, some are in construction, I stayed whole the time in upper Yubeng which from my point of view has better view.
One of 4 hikes offered in the Yubeng area this one is probably the easiest. The trek begins in lower Yubeng with a nice stroll into the forest. You can here the river flow beside you as you walk. The first 3k are easy and then the walk gets steeper. It’s concrete steps all the way and when you reach the waterfall you won’t be disappointed. There is one place to get snacks along the way but you should bring your own. It took us 2 n half hrs from upper Yubeng to reach the summit. Decending is fine. Fantastic hike overall. No need to hit it that early as there is limited things to do in the evening in Yubeng.
Great view of Meli mountains. This viewing platform is located in the heart of downtown deqen. The lady at the entrance assured us that the reasonable 40rmb entrance was for 3 days and made sure we knew to be there at 6:38 in the morning. Across the road there is a westernish cafe although it’s expensive you can sit out and see the mountains with a coffee.
On our visit to Yunnan ancient town in Shangrila, situated in Deqen, we suddenly got bumped into this serene buddha temple. Although I know there's a huge bell or drum sort of thing in Yunnan, we never searched about it🥸. So luckily in Deqen, on our night market exploration we found this beauty. Also the speciality of this temple is with the female buddha👸, which is quite rare to find as far as my travel in China. The huge tower like structure that you see here, will be rolled by people and you make a wish💫. From this place, you also have the whole view of the market, which is fantastic🎉🍾. #shangrila #ancienttowns