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Yubeng is a Village in Northwestern Yunnan.


Yubeng Village is situated at the foot of the Meili Snow Mountain Range. From Upper Yubeng, trekkers have access to the Base Camp, and Ice Lake hikes. From Lower Yubeng, you can find the paths to the Sacred Waterfall, and if you are a hardcore hiker, Holy Lake, which from a higher vantage point, has an unobstructed view of the Kawa Karpo Peak (6,740 meters), and most of the rest of the mountain range.

Legend has it that for centuries Yubeng Village was unknown to the outside world. One day, an old man arrived in Xidang Village near Lancang River (the Mekong River) and tried to buy highland barley from the villagers there. No one knew where he came from, so some of the villagers followed him when he left, but on the way over the mountain the old man disappeared.

Later, the old man came back to Xidang to buy food again. The villagers objected and told him “we aren’t going to sell you barley or wheat, but just some millet.” When they loaded the food for the old man, one of the villagers made small holes on the bags. After he started his journey back home, the old man was followed again. He didn’t realize that the holes in the bags had spilled the millet along the way. However, when he reached a huge rock, he disappeared. So the villagers pried up the rock and Yubeng Village was discovered.

Get in

There are four buses from Shangri-la to Deqin every day. They leave before noon from the main bus station located in the north of the new town. Buy your ticket the day before if possible. Look for the clock tower just above its entrance. Take the #1 local bus from the bus stop just in front of Wonderful Grocery Store, across the street from the Old Town parking lot.

There are also minivans at the bus station that leave when they are full (the drivers are shouting "Deqin, Deqin!" to passers by). It's 100 yuan per person. The minivans are a bit faster than the bus.

From Deqin, it is easy to get a taxi to Fei Lai Si (20 minutes) where you can find a guesthouse and make further arrangements to get to the start of the hike in Xidang Village the next day. There is also a public bus From Deqin to Xidang which leaves at 3 pm.

A typical trek at Yubeng takes 5-7 days round trip from Deqin. For assistance in arranging private transportation from Shangri-la: [1]

Note: the entrance fee for the Yubeng area has recently changed from 80 yuan to 230 yuan per person. This is due to the forced purchase of a package ticket.

Get around


  • Base Camp and Ice Lake (3850 m). Beautiful glacier fed lake above a meadow. 5-8 hour hike.
  • Ninong (2000 m). Follow the Yubeng river down to the Lancang river and hike to Ninong village. Some of the most stunning views and thrilling trails of the area. Hike out or in this way do not miss out.
  • Shenpu 雨崩神瀑 (Sacred Waterfall) (3650 m). Apparently best seen in the morning to catch rainbows. 4-5 hour hike.
  • Holy Lake (4200 m). A high mountain lake that is infrequently visited. There is a meadow at around 4100 meters with a partial shelter.


Hike and relax amongst the beautiful scenery.


Caterpillar fungus, matsutake and snow lotus when it's the season




Upper Yubeng

  • Yak Butter Inn (爱上酥油茶) (3200 m), Upper Yubeng (Across from the basketball court at the school (xue3 xiao4). Keep walking straight through the village.), +86 18288840453. A newly opened guesthouse (2012) setup by a Singaporean, Gilbert, who is passionate about the area and traditions, especially woodwork. Good food (20-30/person) local, western, Singaporean. MILO, excellent coffee, beer and tea (free!) available. English and Chinese spoken. An experienced trekker, he is able to advise on the routes and places to trek in Yubeng. The only downside is the rather poorly setup washing area and rarely cleaned bathrooms. 25/person.
  • Lobsang's Trekker Lodge ( 藏巴乐之家 ) Website: [2] Located in Upper Yubeng just off the road leading to the beginning of the Base Camp trek. Call Lobsang in the evening (after 8pm) at the Kawa Karpo Pilgrim Family House: 0887-8411032 to arrange a pick up in Xidang, or to make a reservation. Cell: 13988797053 (not much cell reception in Yubeng though). 德钦梅里雪山雨崩 Review: [3]
  • Hiker's Home ( 徒步者之家 ), (located between upper and lower Yubeng), 08878411173.

Lower Yubeng

  • Tibetan And The Han Nationality. From 30Rmb.
  • An Zhu G.H. From 35Rmb.
  • Mystic Waterfall G.H, (located at the end of Lower Yubeng (Near the temple)), 0887-8411082. From 20Rmb.
  • Sacred Lake G.H, (located at the end of Lower Yubeng (Near the temple)). Good food with challenging/endearing service. Room smelled like mould, hot water, firm but comfortable mattresses. English menu but can be difficult to order as staff are not strong at reading Chinese. 100-200/room.


Get out

There is a public bus from Xidang back to Deqin every morning at 8. Hiring a car is around 150 from Xidang, more expensive from Ninong.

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