Tiger Leaping Gorge

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Carved into Yunnan Province’s Haba Snow Mountain,the Tiger Leaping Gorge trail has quickly become one of China’s most popular hiking paths, especially among foreigners. The roughly 13-mile footpath leads trekkers from the tiny town of Qiaotou up the steep, craggy side of Haba Snow Mountain, whose tallest peak pokes nearly 18,000 feet skyward. From there hikers traverse a trench carved into the mountain’s expansive flank before tumbling back down the other side into Middle Tiger Leaping Gorge. Along the way, the trail unspools through two primitive towns offering trekkers food, water and lodging.

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