Serk Cycling Beijing
Our newest route in the less explored northern and western area of Yunnan along the border with Burma.
The area is part of the formidable Hengduan mountain range at the eastern end of the Himalaya and is UNESCO World Heritage listed. Home to three major rivers that drain the eastern Tibetan Plateau (the Yangtze, Mekong and Salween) the area combines mountains with peaks over 6000m and deep valleys providing dramatic landscapes. Home to thousands of rare plants and animals living alongside precious ethnic minority groups the area provides a rich cultural and natural experience.
Serk take you deep into this mythical and unique region for an unforgettable cycling adventure.
Dali - Lushui
We will have a brief at breakfast time, then we head out for little morning ride around Dali. We'll head out and explore the shores of the magic lake. After lunch we pack up and drive to Lushui from where we will follow the mighty Nu river for the next few days.
Today we ride along the mighty Nu river all the way to Fugong. You'll snake through the lush valleys following the river upstream. This route is known as the most scenic in the region. The region is also home of many ethnic groups such as Nu, Lisu, Bai, Pumi, Dulong. This is a rare chance to discover the hidden life of these minority groups.
Today we keep following the river to reach the remote village of Bingzhongluo. Only 35km from the Tibetan border this small hamlet was not accessible to vehicular traffic until relatively recently. The villagers still keep a traditional lifestyle here and the village is like a lost paradise (with Chinese characteristics of course!). We'll stay the night here to soak up the atmosphere.
Today we are heading over the mighty Biluo Snow Mountain road to Cizhong. The road took 10 years to construct and was only opened last year. It's a long climb and there is often snow at the top of the climb which tops out at close to 4000m. This road is sure to become one of the iconic climbs of China and you'll be one of the first to climb it. Cizhong is home to people of different faiths and ethnic groups. The main attraction is the 150 year old Catholic Church - a combination of gothic and chinese architectural styles. We stay in the Songtsam luxury boutique hotel tonight - one of the highlights of the trip.
Today we follow along the second of the three rivers - the mighty Lancang. In the lower reaches the river is know as the Mekong. The rivers is one of Asia's most important - flowing through six countries and providing a natural resource-based rural livelihood for a population of 60 million people living in the Lower Mekong Basin. We are heading back South again today and loosing elevation toward our destination town Baijixun.
We ride to Tacheng over Pantiange which is the highest rice growing area in Yunnan. Then we decend to Tacheng - the home of the Yunnan Golden Monkey. This rare monkey species exclusively lives in the remote forests of south-west China and northern Myanmar. Some of the monkeys have become accustomed to the presence of humans, so these endangered animals can also be observed from relatively close by in the wilderness.
Today we ride along the 3rd river Jinshajiang where you'll witness the spectacular 180 degree turn of the Jinsha river near Shigu town. This will be a fitting place to end our tour with some selfies and drone shots before we head to Lijiang for a celebration dinner.
Time to head home from LiJiang.
The planned route can be altered by Serk due to the actual road and traffic conditions and restrictions which is beyond Serk’s control. However Serk team will endeavor to work out alternatives to complete similar amazing routes.
Each stage climbing m is an estimate only due to inaccurate info on ride planning software for these regions.
Images courtesy of Songstam Lodge.