Chinese hill tribes walking holiday

“Hike, bike and drive across some of China’s most dramatic countryside, meeting traditional hill tribes along the way, and travelling in the company of a small group of likeminded travellers.”

Highlights

Guilin | Yangshuo | Longsheng | Chengyang | Zhaoxing | Biasha | Donglang | Kongming | Leishan | Guiyang | Jichang | Tiantai

Description of Chinese hill tribes walking holiday

This Chinese hill tribes walking holiday takes you on a journey deep into the homelands of the Miao, the Dong and the Zhuang ethnic groups and to one of China’s most stunning regions. Accompanying you along the way will be a small group of likeminded travellers as well as expert guides. In order to lessen our impact on the environment and to allow us to interact with local people, we will be walking and cycling through the landscapes and villages.

Your adventure begins in legendarily beautiful Yangshuo – a landscape that has inspired generation of artists and poets. You’ll then move on to Longsheng, for hikes along rice terraces and through tiny hamlets, before making your way west to the home of some of China’s most traditional minority groups, many of these people still practise centuries old customs.

You’ll get the chance to spend time with people from the Dong, Miao and Zhuang ethnic groups, visiting their homes, sharing a meal with them, and learning about their ancient cultural practices, some of which go as far back as the Ming emperors

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Chinese hill tribes walking holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to each one of our trips, and as a responsible tour operator, it is something we are careful and steadfast about promoting. Each one of our guides are trained to uphold, promote and put into practice such responsible behaviour.

We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable bottles and we have partnered with Water-To-Go to have our very own bottles which we provide to customers at a discounted price. For the remainder of 2018 we will continue to include and supply water on all of our group tours, however to further demonstrate our commitment to reducing the plastic we have taken the decision to stop this practice from 2019. Water will still be easily available on tours, however it will be an additional cost. Rather like charging for plastic bags at the supermarket, we hope this new policy will help encourage more travellers to bring their own reusable bottle.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit. On this particular trip, we will be walking and cycling through the stunning landscapes and villages of China, reducing our environmental impact and allowing more freedom to interact with the local community.

Community

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that we have been committed to since our conception. It is part of our core sets of beliefs that these words are not simply scattered nonchalantly into our literature and on our website but moreover that they are central to each and every trip. Our adventures are therefore carefully curated celebrating all that is local from the people, to the culture. We believe that a successful trip delivers a unique and authentic journey for our clients, but furthermore benefits the people whose land we have the privilege of encountering.

On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.

On this particular tour, we will be spending an afternoon exploring a remote village in Yangshou and have the chance to visit a local school to learn about life in the area. In Leishan will enjoy a pottery lesson at a local studio to understand the culture of the craft in the area.

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