Day 1 Arrive in Tunxi
Upon your arrival at Tunxi, be met by our guide and be transferred to hotel. Since you'll have to carry everything yourself up Huangshan unless you hire a porter, it is advisable that you leave your big luggage in the hotel in downtown and bring only a small handbag or backpack with you up mountain.
Day 2 Hiking in Huangshan (B, L, D)
Drive for one and half hours to reach the Mercy Light Pavilion, the start point for hiking from the western steps. It will take you about 4 hours to reach the Jade Screen Pavilion, just half way of the whole trip for today, where we will have lunch. After lunch, you will hike for another 3 and half hours before getting to our hotel. While hiking, you can witness dazzling beautiful views of the most famous mountain in China. For the sake of safety, however, keep this saying in your mind: Don't walk if you want to enjoy views, and don't get distracted by views while walking.
Day 3 Hiking in Huangshan (B, L, D)
Huangshan is famed for its sunrises. Weather permitting, we should gaze upon a breathtaking sight this morning as the golden light of the sun pierces the mists. The mountain peaks rise above the clouds, and the light of sunrise illuminates a frothy, ever-changing sea of white clouds below. We can watch this spectacle from a viewing terrace a short distance from our hotel. After breakfast, we head out for an all-day hike to explore the trails of the Xihai Grand Canyon, which has relatively fewer visitors than the main trails and offers breathtaking scenery. These are some of the most remarkable trails you'll ever see. Our route is a 2.5-hour descent to the canyon floor, where we enjoy a picnic lunch. An ascent of about five hours brings us back to our mountaintop hotel. En route, hike past beautiful places with evocative names such as Walking Fairy Bridge, Brightness Apex, Rock Flying from Afar (a large standing rock), and many other examples of Huangshan's breathtaking scenery. We reach the hotel by late afternoon.
Day 4 Hiking in Huangshan (B, L, D)
Today we will do the trekking down from the Refreshing Terrace, a footpath in the mountain rarely visited by tourists, to the Pine Valley scenic site. After sightseeing some scenic spots near the northern foothill which features gullies, water pools and rocks in different formation, you can either take the same trails (see Map) or the Taiping Cable Car back up at your own cost, the latter offering you a bird's views of the gorgeous landscape to the northern steps of Huangshan. It takes about 5 hours to do the trekking to the Pine Valley.
Day 5 Hiking Down the Mountain - Tunxi - Departure (B, L, D)
Today we will hike down the mountain from the eastern steps which present somewhat different, yet equally marvelous scenery in comparison with what is on the western steps. It is almost all the way downhill and would take you about 2 hours to reach the foothill. Drive back to the downtown and visit City Museum and the Old Street, a trading center in old days lined with ancient wooden buildings from the Song dynasty, many of which have been converted into antique shops selling furniture, souvenirs and local products. Leave Huangshan City after dinner.
Hotel Accommodations (based on twin-sharing)
||Guangjiao Hotel ***
||Huangshan Int'l Hotel ****|
||Paiyunlou Hotel ***
||Beihai Hotel ****|
Tour Quotation (per person)
||6 Pax or more
Low Season: December, January, February
High Season: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
Note: The above package price includes private land transportation, accommodation as specified, meals as mentioned, admission fees. Our driver will be meeting you at local airport, railway or bus station to transfer you to the downtown hotel, and then send you to the same places when the trip ends.
However, you will be on your own during the hiking. With this detailed Huangshan Trekking Map in your hand, there should be no problem concerning your hiking. For comments on that map and hiking in Huangshan by overseas tourists, click here.
If you really think that you'll need a guide to be with you up Huangshan, we charge USD90 per day. It is only understandable while those "mountain goats" enjoy hiking to the full, it is an exhausting experience with our guide who has been to Huangshan more than one hundred times (See our guides)! The price does not include personal expense and/or gratuity to the guide, if you need one, and driver (See: Policy of Payment).