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Meili Snow Mountain Overview

‣ Why Begin Meili Snow Mountain Tour

Known for the grandest view in Yunnan Province, Meili Snow Mountain boasts numerous snow-clad ridges and peaks, thirteen of which exceed 6,000 meters above the sea level. The most splendid view is of the Kawagebo Peak, the highest in Yunnan Province rising about 6,740 meters. It is still a 'virgin peak' for no one has ever reached the top.  As one of the most sacred mountains of Tibetan Buddhism, 'Kang Karpo Peak' means the God of Snow Mountain in Tibetan, and is a holy land for worshiping. Thousands of devout pilgrims worship together and encircle the holy mountain, adding even more mystery and loftiness to it. Hence Meili Snow Mountain Tour has became more and more popular in the world.

‣ Where is Meili Snow Mountain

Meili Snow Mountain, also known as Prince Snow Mountain, is located 10 kilometers northeast of Deqin County of Yunnan Province. It sits on the border of Yunnan Province and Tibet, where the three famous rivers, namely the Jinsha River, Mekong (Nujiang) River and Salwen (Lancang) Riber flow.

‣ Basic Information of Meili Snow Mountain

Meili Snow Mountain   

• Chinese Name: 梅里雪

• Opening Time: All Day Long

• Ticket: CNY 150

• Average Altitude: more than 6000 meters

 Highest Altitude: 6740 meters

• Address: Deqin County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province

• Best Time to Visit: October to next May

‣ Climate of Meili Snow Mountain

The topography conditions and temperature changes are complex in Meili Snow Mountain. Every Summer, the temperature of the mountain valley ranges 11℃ to 29 while the temperature of high peak drops to minus 10℃ to 20℃. The average annual rainfall is 600 millimeters and during the rainy season between July and August, the climate is extremely unstable so that  climing activity is forbidden at that period.

‣ What to visit in Meili Snow Mountain

▪ Snow Peak

With a high altitude of 6740 meters, Kang Karpo Peak is still a 'virgin peak' that nobody have reached the top and is the only peak banned climbing because of cultural protection. In Tibetan language, Kang Karpo Peak means 'white snow mountain' and 'the patron saint of snow mountain'.

▪ Four Glaciers

There are four glaciers in Meili Snow Mountain, Mingyong Glacier, Sinong Glacier, Niuba Glacier and Nongsong Glacier, all belonging to modern glacier of the world's rare low latitude, low temperature and low altitude(2700 meters). Among them, the longest and largest glacier is Mingyong Glacier expanding 11.7 kilometers with a total area of 13 square kilometers.

▪ Diversified Plants

Owing to its high altitude, the mountain owns several climatic zones with a diversity of plants, vast expanse of grassland and rich fungi species that are vertically distributed. The types of vegetation here range from the Torrid Zone to Frigid Zone vertically. From the altitude of 2,000 meters (6562 feet) to 4,000 (13123 feet) meters, forests flourish with varieties of spruce. 

‣ Best Positions to View Meili Snow Mountain

 Baimang Snow Mountain

You can have a panoramical view of Meili Snow Mountain here but the road is so narrow that you can't stay for a long time.

▪ Wunongding Viewing Deck

It is 15 kilometers away from the downtown of Deqin County. Thirteen white towers are standing there. With an open terrain, the scenery is spectacular.

▪ Feilaisi Incense Platform

11 kilometers from Deqin County, the incense platform of Feilaisi Monastery is the best place to shoot sunrise and sunset of Meili Snow Mountain. You can have a panoramical view of the thirteen towering peaks here.

‣ Transportation of Meili Snow Mountain

You can transfer at Kunming and Lijiang to arrive at Shangri-La if you travel by plane. There are regular buses from Shangri-La to Deqin County every day with the car fare of 67 RMB and driving time of 5 to 6 hours. Then you can change bus to Meili Snow Mountain. Passenger cars are available in Deqin County to go to and return from Meili Snow Mountain. In addition, you can take shuttle bus from Kunming or Dali to Deqin County.

Recommended Hotels in Meili Snow Mountain

• Guanjing Tiantang Hotel

• Chinese Name: 观景天堂酒店

• Address: Feilaisi Monastery Scenic Area, Deqin County

• Phone:  +86 887 841 6388

• High Mountain Resort

• Chinese Name: 高山别庄

• Address: Nishi Village, Jiantang Town, Shangri-La

• Phone: 0887-8266666

• Rainbow Hotel

• Chinese Name: 彩虹大酒店

• Address: Deqin County

• Phone: 0887-8414248

Meili Snow Mountain Travel Tips

• Best Time to Visit Meili Snow Mountain

The ideal season to appreciate Meili Snow Mountain is winter and spring period between October to Next May. After the end of October, the weather is great and the visibility is high. Vistiors can view the Kang Karpo Peak at this period. Usually the snow mountain can be seem when the sun just rises. However, the weather of Meili Snow Mountain changed at every moment so that visitors may be lucky enough to view Kang Karpo Peak.

• Yunnan Adventure Travel offers professional English-speaking guide and has rich experience in working out Meili Snow Mountain Tour. If you are interested in Meili Snow Mountain, please contact our staff to plan your tailor-made tour.

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