3 Days Yellow Mountain Hiking Tour
Unlike some other mountains in the world, Huangshan is a mountain which consists of over 36 peaks of different sizes and heights. Basically they are divided into Front Mountain and Back Mountain. The Front Mountain features dominating peaks, beautiful stone paths and far reaching views. The Back Mountain is famous for idyllic smaller peaks and shapely pine trees.
This tour will take you to explore the best highlights of both Front Mountain and Back Mountain in 2 full days. The hiking pace is neither too tight nor too relaxing. Park bus and cable cars will save you from unnecessary walking, and directly bring you to the sightseeing areas with stunning landscapes and enjoyable hiking experience.
- Enjoy the leisure hike to Begin-to-Believe Peak and Lion Peak, the two most beautiful peaks in Front Mountain;
- Walk from Flying-over Rock to the Bright Top to enjoy a panoramic view of Lotus Peak, Turtle Fish Peak and Celestial Capital Peak;
- Park bus and scenic cables are covered to save your precious time only for the highlighting part;
- Explore the Dream Land – West Sea Grand Canyon;
- Use helpful and experienced hiking guide to take you to go the right way and get the right experience.
Day 1 Huangshan Arrival
Sightseeing and Activities: Huangshan Arrival
Welcome to Huangshan! Upon arrival, be greeted by our local tour guide who is holding a sign with your name in the Arrival Hall of Huangshan Tunxi Airport or Huangshan North Railway Station. Then a comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel in Huangshan downtown. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of the day is on your own to discover this beautiful city.
Day 2 Huangshan
Sightseeing and Activities: Huangshan Hiking, Mercy Light Pavilion, Greeting-guests Pine, One Hundred Cloud Ladder, Bright Top, Peaks Top, Flying-over Rock
Walking Distance: about 11km/6 hrs
Today after breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, then drive about 80 kilometers (1.5 hours) to the foot of Mount Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the most beautiful mountains in China. Your memorable Huangshan hiking starts!
To save more time and energy to explore the highlighting mountain top area, you will directly transfer by park bus from the mountain foot to Mercy Light Pavilion to take a cableway to upper Jade Screen Scenic Area (Yuping Scenic Area), also known as the Front Mountain. After a few minutes’ ascending walking from the upper cableway station, you will reach the symbol of Mount Huangshan – Greeting-guests Pine where you can spend some time taking pictures with this most famous pine trees in China, and enjoying the beautiful view of the grandiose Celestial Capital Peak (1810m). The big stone by the side of the Pine is the best sightseeing location. From the Greeting Pine, walk about 20mins on the up-and-down stone steps to the fork where you can take the right uphill road to hike 1 hour to the top of the Lotus Peak(1864m), the highest peak on the Mount Huang, and 1 another hour to descend the peak to the Lotus Pavilion. You can also miss out the Lotus Peak, and go the left road to get to the Lotus Pavillion to save energy. Leave the Lotus Pavilion and walk down along the One Hundred Cloud Ladder to a lower valley, then climb up the steeping path of One-Line-Sky to get to Turtle Fish Peak. From the peak, an even path leads you to the middle way of today – Baiyun Hotel.
After a short rest, keep on hiking about 500 meters to the Bright Top (1860m), the second highest peak on the mountain as well as the central location of the mountain. Walk around for sightseeing and photography for a while. Then you will walk about 20mins down to the Peaks Top where you can look down upon the deep West Sea Grand Canyon, and walk 20 more minutes to get to the famous Flying-over Rock. It’s very interesting to see how a 12 meters high giant rock standing still on a flat but small stage of stone for millions of years. Lastly, keep walking about 40mins to check in your hotel.
(Please Note: from December to the middle March of next year, the Lotus Peak and West Sea Grand Canyon are usually closed for the heavy snow. Please feel free to contact us to adjust your itinerary)
Day 3 Huangshan Departure
Sightseeing and Activities: West Sea Grand Canyon, Dawn Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea, Lion Peak, Beginning-to-Believe Peak , Black Tiger Pine, White Goose Station, Yungu Temple
Walking Distance: about 7km/5 hrs
Get up early (usually around 5am to 6am) to enjoy the magnificent sunrise from Huangshan. In good-weather days, you can see clearly the golden light of the sun piercing the mists, and rocky peaks rising above the frothy, ever-changing sea of white clouds. After the sunrise, get back to your hotel for breakfast.
Today, you will go to explore the Dream Land – West Sea Grand Canyon. Walk for a short while to start your hiking from the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion. Generally speaking, it takes about 3 hours for energetic hiker to hike down from the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion, via 1st Ring and 2nd Ring, and return to the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion. For beginners, children, and senior travellers, you can decide the hiking length on your own according to your physical condition, usually 2 hours for the 1st Ring + return and 2.5hrs for the 1st Ring + 2nd Ring + Return. In the bottom of the canyon, there is also a monorail cable trains running to Baiyun Hotel area. It is not recommended for you as you have to walk about 2 hours to get to your hotel.
Continue on your wonderful hiking on the Yellow Mountain to see the famous Dawn Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea on the Lion Peak (1690m). Then walk to another legendary peak – Beginning-to-Believe Peak (how the name come – an ancient traveler began to believe that Mount Huangshan was the most beautiful mountain after seeing the stunning landscapes on the Beginning-to-Believe Peak). The famous Black Tiger Pine locates along the road to the Beginning-to-Believe Peak.
Lastly, you will descend the mountain by cable car from the White Goose Station to Yungu Temple. After reaching the Yungu Temple, the park bus will transfer you to the Tangkou Town where your driver is ready to pick you up and transfer you to catch your flight/train to next destination or to check in your hotel. Tour ends!
- All land transfer and transportation as listed in the itinerary;
- Excellent English speaking tour guide and skilled driver;
- Entrance tickets mentioned in the itinerary;
- Two bottles of water each day each person;
- Accommodation with breakfast.
- Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
- Chinese visa fees;
- Meals not mentioned;
- Tips to guides and drivers;
- Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
- Personal travel accident insurance;
- All optional programs.
- Visitors are advised to always carry changes of clothing due to the large variations in temperature between day and night.
- Protecting oneself from strong UV radiation at high altitude.
- Protecting oneself from altitude sickness. Lessen the effects of altitude sickness, avoid strenuous exercise and have plenty of rest.
- Respect local customs , habits, and religious beliefs.
- When take photos, please pay attention to your safety, do not shoot in dangerous areas.