Tour of Yunnan China June 13 - June 29, 2018

Coming soon - Registration begins in the Fall Issue of the Quarterly.

From our tour leader Panayoti Kelaidis:
"The Snow Mountains of Yunnan are the southernmost extension of alpine flora in China: this region possesses some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet--here we'll follow Forrest's, Kingdon-Ward's, Rock's (and Harry Jans') footsteps through several mountain ranges northward towards Tibet. Expect to see a vast range of Primula, Androsace, Rhododendron and no end of Roscoea, Anemone, alpine gesneriads, aroids and woodland treasures galore--a living encyclopedia of alpines!"

Get Ready! We expect this to sell out fast!
Minimum number of participants: 15; Maximum: 22;

Shared twin price: $4,500 USD; single room supplement: $5,500 USD.
NARGS membership required.

Airfare (roughly $1500 USD) from and to the US is not included. Also airfare to Lijang and from Shangrila is not included in the price. Participants will need to book their own flights. For questions please contact Jody Payne: jodycpayne1@gmail.com

Itinerary


June 13 Lijang Arrive and transfer to hotel. 
June 14 Lijang Visit Yufeng Monastery, Naxi village Yu plus Joseph Rock Residence, Black Dragon Pool Park and free time in the old town of Lijiang for you to explore the town by yourself. After dinner, enjoy the evening show of ethnic dancing and singing.
June 15 Lijang Drive to Ganghoba and botanize at top of the pass and into the Ganghoba valley.
June 16 Shangrila Transfer to Shangrila, en route, stopover for overview of the First Bend of Yangtze River, and visiting the deepest gorge in the world, Tiger Leaping Gorge. Make some stops for botanizing flowers on the way.
June 17 Shangrila Visit Songzam Monastery, which is also named “Small Potala”  and the local market. Free at leisure for the rest day.
June 18 Shangrila Botanize on Shangrila plateau and around Napa Hai
June 19 Shangrila Take jeeps to go to Tianchi Lake (3850M), and botanize around the lake.
June 20 Shangrila Take cable car up to the top Shika Shan (4400m) and walk down (about 7 km) to the middle station (3745M) botanize on the way.
June 21 Hong Shan Take jeeps to go to Hong Shan. Make stops on the way for flowers, and botanize at the top pass (4500M).
June 22 Hong Shan Drive back towards the top pass, botanize on the way.
June 23 Hong Shan Drive back to the pass again, botanize at different places on the pass.
June 24 Shangrila Transfer back to Shangrila. Botanize en route.
June 25 Dechen  Drive to Dechen, see bend of Yangtze near Benzilan and Botanize en route.
June 26 Dechen  Drive from Dechen to top Bai Ma Shan pass and botanize whole day (east side).
June 27 Dechen   Drive from Dechen to top pass Bai Ma Shan and botanize whole day (west side).
June 28 Shangrila Drive from Dechen to Shangrila, botanize enroute.
June 29   Depart from Shangrila to the airport for departure home.