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14-day Rock climbing and cultural tour of Liming, China

Join Mick, an AMGA-certified mountain guide, on this two week climbing adventure and cultural journey through a fascinating region of China!

Duration14 days
Offer periodNov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup


  • Incredible adventure through a fascinating and remote region of China

  • Combine world class climbing with unique cultural experiences

  • Tackle the incredible crack, trad, and multi-pitch climbs of the area


Explore one of the hottest climbing spots in the world during this 2 week adventure in Liming, China! We will experience the unique culture of Yunnan Province while sending some of the incredible routes of the region!

Sharing a border with Tibet, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar, Yunnan Province is the melting pot of China. It is known for both its biodiversity as well as its cultural diversity, being home to 26 of China’s 56 official ethnic groups.  Those who venture to this fascinating region of rocky mountains, high plateaus, and green valleys are rewarded with world class climbing, particularly around the village of Liming, located in the distant Northwest area of the province.

During this 2 week trip, we will explore both the natural and cultural aspects of this intriguing region.  We will stay in a traditional home, visit the lively local market, and learn about the traditions and handicrafts of the local Lisu people. We will also have ample time to explore the incredible crags of the region, including some world class crack, trad, and multi-pitch climbs. As your expert instructor, I am here to help you with your technique and skills so that you come away a more knowledgeable and confident climber. A day-by-day outline of the itinerary is included below.

While participants are required to have some previous climbing experience at least on a lead belay, this trip is open to all levels of climbers as the exact program can be customized. It is also recommended that participants have some prior experience lead climbing outdoors or in a gym, as well as climbing multi-pitch routes.

We will stay in a traditional Chinese home in Linan.  Please note that the local Chinese cuisine may be different from what you are used to. Let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or restrictions. If possible, it’s a great idea to bring some energy bars from home for the days when we’re at the crag!

Book now for an incredible two week journey that combines unique cultural experience of remote China with some amazing climbing!

Don’t forget to check out a few of my other climbing programs: 8-day guided rock climbing in Potrero Chico, Climbing weekend at Smith Rock State Park, or Intermediate rock climbing course in Washington state!



After we stay at a hotel in Lijiang the first night, we will be based in a traditional house in Liming. The home features a large courtyard and other modern amenities. Note that hot water in rural China is solar powered, so on cloudy days and at night there may be only a limited amount of hot water.

Meeting point

Lijiang Airport




Day 1: Arrival

International arrival into Lijiang airport before 5pm. From there, transfer to the hotel just outside of the Old Town.

Dinner will be a family style meal of local food from Yunnan province. Finally, we’ll take a light walk around the Old Town.

Day 2: Cultural Experiences

Following breakfast, we head to Baisha (15 km transfer) where we learn about traditional crafts of the region: indigo tie-dye and embroidery.  From there, we continue to Liming, where we spend the night.

Day 3 to 5: Trad & Crack Climbing

We will spend these three days exploring the Lisu Area, which has an abundance of beginner/moderate routes.

Your expert guide will help you with your crack climbing techniques: hand and foot jamming, finger locking, and off-width climbing.

Day 6: Rest Day/Liming Market

We give ourselves a day of rest and relaxation in order to experience the abundance of sights, sounds, and smells at the market in Liming.

Day 7 to 9: Climbing Days

Three more days of awesome climbing! However, the exact route we take will depend on the interests and experience level of the group.

We have the option to head to the caves or the Dinner Wall where you can learn how to build anchors, lead climb, multi-pitch systems, and so much more!

Day 10: Rest Day

Rest day. If you’re interested, you can check out some of the beautiful hikes in the region. We recommend Thousand Turtle Mountain.

Day 11: Via Ferrata

We will tackle one of the 2 via ferratas in Liming.  It will be a fun adventure that feels nice and breezy after the tough climbing we’ve been doing!

Day 12 to 13: Climbing Days

We will explore Yangshuo’s Sport Climber’s Crag or The Guardian, crags with more challenging routes. This is your chance to practice everything you’ve learned and really push yourself up a tough route!

Day 14: Departure

After a quick debrief, we depart Liming and head back to the airport in Lijiang, where your international flight home awaits.

About the guide

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Mick has traveled the world over in search of the perfect mountain experience. After working for years under other companies’ ethos and philosophies, nothing quite fit with his personal convictions and passions. In 2006 he set out on his own to make his vision of the holistic mountain experience a reality for anyone who shared his passion for the outdoors.

Having traveled all over the U.S. as the son of a railroad employee, Mick is accustomed to movement and new views. Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Taiwan, Europe, South America, Tanzania are some of the places and cultures that have shaped and influenced Mick.

Currently, Mick resides in Seattle, WA managing Kaf Adventures and continuing to hold the vision of this ever evolving company. He works tirelessly to continue to provide world-class experiences that provide knowledge and a greater perspective of the great outdoors.

Mick’s true passion is education. He has found a unique passion for educating aspiring instructors and guides in the U.S. You will find him outside helping new leaders gain confidence in their ability to make decisions in complex environments.

When he is not in the field (where he spends over 100 days a year) you can find him creating electronic music and making people dance. Mick has a habit of making those around him smile, and you might just wonder when he sleeps!

Mick is an American Mountain Guide Association certified Rock and Alpine Guide, SPI Program Provider, AMGA Instructor Team Member, LNT Master trainer, a Wilderness First Responder, a certified Level 3 AIARE avalanche graduate, an instructor for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, and speaks Spanish and a little Swahili.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 3092 each

Group of 2

USD 3092 each

Group of 3

USD 3092 each

Group of 4

USD 3092 each

Group of 5

USD 3092 each

Group of 6

USD 3092 each

Group of 7

USD 3092 each

Group of 8

USD 3092 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Price per person for joining group. Includes: Accommodation and transfers within China, professional guiding and coaching services, group climbing equipment, use of via ferrata, cultural activities, fees and permits, 13 lunches and 13 dinners, and breakfasts. Does not include: International flights to China, tourist visa to enter China, personal climbing equipment (shoes, helmet, harness, chalk, tape - we can arrange rental upon request), gratuities, miscellaneous expenses, insurance.

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