Saying that hiking the in Tiger Leaping Gorge was the reason for my trip to China would be an overstatement but it was definitely at the top of the list of things I wanted to do while exploring this huge country. The gorge is one of the deepest in the world. It is located between Jade Dragon Snow mountain and Haba Snow mountain and towers approximately 3,500 meters above the Jinsha River, a primary tributary of the famous Yangtze, the longest river in Asia.
The legend of the gorge says that a tiger jumped across the river at its narrowest point, which is still a massive 25 meters, to escape a hunter. When I first read about this dramatic scenery and the story behind the name I got hooked on the idea of getting there and finishing my travels around China with an epic hike.