The UNESCO Wold Heritage Site of Huangshan encompasses seventy-seven peaks over one thousand meters, twenty- four streams, two lakes, and three waterfalls. Its beauty well surpasses that of the famous Wuye or “Five Great Mountains” (Mount Tai in the east of China, Mount Heng in the north, Mount Hua in the west, Mount Song in the center, and Mount Heng in the south) is immortalized in the ancient proverbs “五岳归来不看山，黄山归来不看岳” which translates as “Upon returning from Wuyue, one does not want to visit any mountains; upon returning from Huang Shan, one does not even wish to see Wuyue”. Huangshan is famed for its ancient pines, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, sea of clouds, hot springs and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. As rewarding as the natural beauty of Huangshan is one’s amazement at human ingenuity and perseverance in carving out the mountain path from bare and seemingly impregnable cliff walls.
SHANGHAI – TUNXI
Upon arrival at Huangshan Tunxi Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly guide who will transferred you via private transport to your hotel in Tunxi Old Town (approx. 20 min drive). Free and easy at your own leisure for the rest of the day.
Accommodation: Hotel in Tunxi
TUNXI – HUANGSHAN (WESTERN STEPS)
After hotel breakfast, our guide will pick you via private transport to Tangkou (approx. 1 hr. drive) where you will be transferred to a shuttle bus for a 20 min drive to the Western Steps trail head at Mercy Light Pavilion. Enjoy a scenic cable car ride (approx. 8 min) from Mercy Light Pavilion to Jade Screen Pavilion. Get ready for a 4 hours exacting hike towards Baiyun Hotel. The trail gets increasing steep and narrow as it meanders it way into the depths of Huangshan. Those yearning for an adrenaline rush, can take a one hour detour via a precarious trail – Jiyubei (鲫鱼背), or Carp’s Back – with steep drop-off on both sides to the 1810m high Heavenly Capital Peak (天都峰) with jaw-dropping view of the bottomless valley below. Along the way, you will pass by many interesting vegetation and geological features like Yingke Song (迎客松), 100-steps Scaling Ladder, Turtle Peak (鳌鱼峰), Yīxiàn Tiān (一线天) etc. Peakbaggers can take another 1 hour detour to scale Lianhua Feng (莲花峰) – the tallest peak (1873m) in Huangshan. In the evening you can watch beautiful sunset from the top of Guangming Ding (1840m) located a stone throw away from your accommodation.
Accommodation: Hotel in Huangshan
HUANGSHAN (WEST SEA GRAND CANYON)
Today, you will explore the West Sea Grand Canyon along an interesting and less trodden trail down and up a canyon – reminiscent of the USA Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim hike. Enjoy a short but interesting monorail ride (approx. 5 min) to the bottom of Western Sea Grand Canyon. Thereafter you will embark on a 3.5 hours hike up to Cloud Dispelling Pavilion. This area is well known for its bizarre rock formation that resembles mythological creatures and ancient pines that emerge seemingly from rock crevices and perching precariously from precipices. The hike will bring you through stone steps, mountain roads, caves, tunnels and bridges all carved out from gigantic granite wall. Proceed on to the nearby Beihai area where your next accommodation is located. If you are still energetic, you can further explore the surrounding areas to take in other sights like Refreshing Terrace, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea, Lion Peak, etc.
Accommodation: Hotel in Huangshan
HUANGSHAN (EASTERN STEPS)
Wake up early in the morning to catch sunrise from the top of Dawn Pavilion. After sunrise, you will return to the hotel for breakfast follow by check-out. Descend the mountain via the Eastern Steps, a pleasant and shady 7.5km trail that starts from White Goose Ridge (白鹅峰) to Cloud Valley Station. There is also an option of taking a scenic cable car ride down the mountain. Thereafter you will be transferred to Tunxi for your flight back to Shanghai.
- All local land transfers including airport transfers
- Shuttle bus transfers between Tangkou and trailhead
- All accommodations and breakfasts
- One way cable car ride at Western Steps
- One way monorail ride at West Sea Grand Canyon
- English speaking guide for the whole trip
- Huangshan Scenic Area entrance fee
- Return international air tickets
- Return domestic air tickets or train tickets*
- Travel insurance
- Chinese VISA
- All meals except breakfasts
- Tips for guide
- All expenses of a personal nature
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The whole organisation was prepared smoothly prior to the trip. The ample of times attending to the enquiries and the notes given had definitely been useful. For transport, guide (and driver), food, activities, accommodation - they were pleasant. The van provided was spacious especially the legroom, and even had enough room to store our bag packs. The guide and driver were very accommodative, for an instance, stopping the van to allow us take some photos before proceeding to the trail head. Additionally, both tried their best to attempt to make conversations in English. As per food and activities, it was great. The food complimented the next activity well, an example, we were provided rice instead of noodles on the day before our summit push and back to the trail head. It was essential since we had to have plenty carbohydrates for the long trek ahead.
– SR (Group of 5 on a 2D2N Xueshan trip in Oct 2017)
First, we would like to thank hs for coming up with the itinerary of the places that we wanted to visit and always being prompt and patient in answering our queries. This trip turned out to be one of the best trips ever! Our guide, Bayu, was simply wonderful. He speaks good English and we enjoyed our conversations with him. During the hike, he frequently stopped to ask if we were okay and if we needed a rest. He would also ask if we had any other places in mind that we would like to visit around the vicinity. In all, we felt very well-taken of throughout the entire trip. Our fondest memory was the day when we had cup noodles around a campfire together with him during the early hours of dawn at King Kong Hill. It was truly unforgettable. Bayu also offered to help us take photos during the trip and we were really thankful for that. Our driver, Bayu (same name as our guide) had superb driving skills. We were really amazed at how he was able to navigate and drive through narrow and winding roads under foggy weather conditions. Throughout the trip, both of them made us feel very safe and comfortable. We did not have to worry about anything. It was really such an enjoyable trip. A big thank you to our guide, Bayu, and our driver, Bayu! 🙂
– Eunice (Group of 2 on an 5D4N Ijen, Mt Bromo, Batu in June 2017)
We always have a wish that to have a wonderful trip with a lot of fun and laugh, and so we stop dreaming and start planning. No doubt IWT is our best choice with no regretted. First of all, we wanna thank you to our tour guide Ms Vinda, a young lady with always have a cute smiling. She is very friendly, knowledgeable, understanding and patience lady. She care a lot of us, and make sure we are not injure while hiking, but manage to reach to the top. Due to some of my friends is lack of exercise and felt exhausted, especially Ijen and Mt Bromo, she keep accompanied us and make sure 4 of us are in good condition to continue. She keep reminding us some sleepy area, and hold our hand if needed to ensure we are not fell down. She also giving us a lot of info about some interest places were going and we'll communication. She always standby to be our photographer, even some time our pose is funny. She willing to share her photos and videos with us. Thanks ya. And most importantly that she notice 1 of my friend didn't wear a suitable shoe to waterfall, she immediately take off her shoe and let my friend to wear, and help to carry my friend shoe and walk with no shoe herself...so embarrassing. She treat us ginger tea while we feel cold, Indomee after hiking and dragon fruit along the way to Surabaya. Bring us to minimart to buy our secret stuff. Lastly, we should say that~Ms Vinda, thank you so much. We are enjoyable the trip and this is really amazing. We highly recommend her as a tour guide and wish her all the best. Thumb up 👍
– May (Group of 4 on a 4D3N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in May 2017)
Guide Syami was amazing! Very patient and extremely helpful towards my parents (55 and 50 year old folks) . His guidance really helped my parents with their hike. Shared his knowledge on the mountain and the wildlife there. Perfect.
– Farhana (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Ophir Camping Trip in Apr 2017)
Very nice group, glad I made some good friends. Thanks to the organisers who took us for dinner near a vegetarian friendly place.
– Rajan (Group of 12 on an Open Mt Ophir Trip in Mar 2017)
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂
– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)
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