Shitoucheng and Lugu Lake - Whistling Arrow

whistlingarrow.com
  • No tags were found...

Shitoucheng and Lugu Lake - Whistling Arrow

faces of the local people gradually become more Tibetan, sharper and more weathered. Oftentimes we will passlengthy mule trains heading down to the valley floor for provisions; the sound of their bells echoing off the hillsides.The route levels out high above the gorge before turning into a lush, side valley where we find the beautiful Pumivillage of Bajiahe. The surroundings are some of the most pristine on the trek and after five hours of hiking we willsettle down for the evening and sleep once again in a local farmhouse. The Pumi are predominantly Buddhist andeach family will typically have their own shrine._________________________________________________________________________________________Day 6: Thursday May 31 st 2012The walk out of the valley the next morning is stunning and involves scrambling over patches of loose screebefore we hit a dirt track. The path undulates high above the river gorge before turning once again towards thepicturesque, secluded village of Diluoguo. The small hamlet is home to both Lisu and Pumi and is spectacularlybacked by snow-capped peaks.There is a small shop nestled amongst the bamboo and walnut trees and several traditional, courtyardfarmhouses to explore. After lunch we will trek onwards to the village of Song Ping to visit the small Tibetantemple before hiking through the valley to a welcoming guesthouse strewn with prayer flags, in the village ofZhung Zi. There is a fascinating, traditional Pumi hearth in the dining area and old bows and arrows hanging fromthe walls. Best of all; hot showers._________________________________________________________________________________________Day 7: Friday 1 st June 2012Leaving the village, the two and half hour trek up through the moss-laden, ancient pine forest is one of the mostscenic parts en route. The path runs alongside a small stream, winding its way up through giant trees and anarrow valley to the high altitude pass at 3400m. At the top there is a small clearing, with old tree stumps likesentinels and eagles soaring overhead.The trail now descends for two hours towards a large pasture, with local villagers shepherding their livestock. Thepanoramic views down over the large valley are magnificent. Around the next corner lies the Yi village of Yang PiCun (or sheepskin village) .The rainbow skirted women puff on their pipes while their bedraggled children runthrough the alleyways shouting “hello, bi bi”. Emerging from the village, the hike down to the road makes up thefinal hour of the trek. Here our transport will pick us up and take us to Lugu Lake. The one hour drive through thecolourful market town of Yong Ping also gives us the chance to visit the impressive Tibetan monastery of ZhaMei. Arriving in the late afternoon in the village of Lige, we will stay in a lovely small hotel with balconiesoverlooking the lake.________________________________________________________________________________________

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines