local Tibetans and global travelers come to worship Mt. Kawagebo,
the major peak of the Meili Snow Mountain Range and one of the holiest mountains in the larger Tibetan region.
Specifically designed as a respite along the spiritual pilgrimage to Mt. Kawagebo,
Songtsam Lodge Meili was built in a village away from any tourists and overlooking the majestic mountains.
Mingyong Glacier Hike
Mingyong Glacier is one of the world's top 10 glaciers that has the chance to disappear at any time. It has the lowest latitude and elevation of any glacier in China and a sacred glacier to the local people. Located about a 1.5-hour drive from Songtsam Lodge Meili, it stretches around 11.7km from Meili Snow Mountain to the virgin forests. During the summer the ice and snow melts into a seasonal lake, which turns dark blue in color, and is approximately 50m long in diameter.
Baima Snow Mountain Hike
Baima Snow Mountain is the largest and highest nature reserve in Yunnan province. Located between the Jinsha River and Lancang River, it has a complete vertical sight of virgin forests and rare plants and animals, such as the black snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti) who inhabit the forest.
Tibetan Prayer Flag Printing
Tibetan prayer flags can be seen hanging in high places such as the tops of temples, monasteries, stupas, and mountain passes. In Tibetan they are called "Lung ta" and are also known as “Wind Horse” flags. Prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception. Rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.
Exploring the Alpine Pasture
Located in a valley 10km away from Songtsam Lodge Meili, the Alpine Pasture is a summer pasture for several villages in the area and a buffer zone for Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve. On the grassland looking towards the south you can witness a vertical change in vegetation, undulating forests and meadows, followed by jagged rock formations. Within an hour's drive you can almost experience the entirety of China’s flora.
Yubeng Village Visit
Yubeng Village is a Tibetan village located at the foot of Meili Snow Mountain. Sitting at an altitude of over 3,000m, it is divided between the Upper Yubeng Village and the Lower Yubeng Village. There is only one road linking the village to the outside world and hiking or riding a mule are the main ways to get to and from it. Because of its unique location, there are only about 20 families living here and when walking through the village you will get a sense of the real “Shangri-La”.
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