I just returned from 4 days of hiking in this beautiful remote mountain village in China. Yubeng! Tucked in a valley surrounded by glaciated peaks right on the border with Tibet.
The only way to get here is by foot, or for those with a bad case of Ambulophobia (fear of walking), mules can carry you.
Nestled in a farming valley on the border of Tibet, amongst lush green forests, surrounded by rugged glacier covered mountains lies Yubeng Village.
It’s split into Upper and Lower Yubeng. Two villages about a 40-minute walk from each other.
Pigs and cows roam the streets and chickens run to and fro between the farm houses and fields
Lower Yubeng has two small monasteries, is a little more rural (although they both have free-roaming farm animals) and is a little quieter. Upper Yubeng commands better views as it’s higher in the valley and has more guesthouses and a few bars.
It’s an 18-kilometer walk to get here. The views coming down into the village are enough to get your heart racing…along with the high altitude!
There are hiking opportunities through the moss-covered forests, up into lush valleys with glaciers and waterfalls.
Or you can just relax in the usually quiet village and enjoy the spectacular views of the Meili Snow Mountains as a mule munches on the garden near your hotel and a pig sniffs for something edible on the cobblestone path.
On the hike to the holy glacial lake, you pass through a beautiful pasture with yaks grazing. This is also the base camp for those climbing Kawagebo Mountain 6,740 m (22,110′)
Felaisi & Meili Snow Mountains
One usually stops over in the nearby Tibetan town of Feilaisi. A picturesque town in its own right with unparalleled views of the Meili Snow Mountains dominating the skyline.
The sunrises and sunsets here put on display a spectacular myriad of colors.
The interplay of light and shadows illuminates the mountain in golden hues reminiscent of an Albert Bierstadt painting of the American West.