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A private trek to Lugu Lake in northern Yunnan with the Swiss Club of Singapore.

Many of our Asia trekking adventures take place quietly, behind the scenes, and are custom-designed for specific private groups. One such trip was a bespoke trek that we organized for the Swiss Club of Singapore. Our brief was to design a relatively challenging (but not overly strenuous) adventure that would be accessible to most reasonably fit members and could be completed within 9 days (including getting there and back). The preference was also, wherever possible, to stay in local farmhouses rather than to camp in tents.

So - we designed and personally lead a wonderful off-the-beaten track expedition, supported by mules, that trekked from the ancient walled-village of Shitoucheng, in the Upper Yangste River Valley, to Lugu Lake - home of the fabled matriarchical Musuo tribe. Along the way we stayed in local Naxi and Lisu farmhouses and successfully negotiated the short section of vertigo-inducing trail high above the river on the way to Liu Qing.

It is worth noting that the first part of this trek from Shitoucheng to Liu Qing can also be combined with a trip to the stunningly beautiful Black Sea Lake on Haba Snow Mountain and - for the more intrepid - an attempt at climbing the 5400m non-technical summit.