8 Days Fantastic Guizhou Karst Landform & Ethnic Villages Trekking Tour

  • 8 Days, 7 Nights

This 8-day Guizhou ethnic villages trekking tour covers the 5 off the beaten track villages including Buyi, Dong, Shui and Miao Villages. You would appreciate the amazing karst landform view together with rice terrace field, mountains, streams along the way. We would bring you to visit the hidden villages, explore the ethnic cultures, folk and customs. The way is an unusual and you would have a quite different experience. The tour is fit for the adaptable tourists whom are not picky as there are only simple accommodations and cuisines can be offered en route.

We recommended another 7 days hiking tour in Guizhou and the link is, https://www.chinaadventurespecialist.com/tour/tour-35.html, comparing with it, this 8 days tour are more valuable, although you need to pay a bit more, you would enjoy less trekking distance, but more attractive view including more traditional villages, charming ethnic show, one more ethnic village – Buyi Ethnic Group. So if the time permitted, we recommend you to choose this 8 days trekking tour.

Additional Info

  • LocationThailand
  • Duration4 Days
  • Min Age12+
  • Max People05
  • LandingThailand
  • Check In15/05/2019
  • Check Out15/06/2019

Day01 Arrive Guiyang, Qingyan Ancient Town (No mean)

Arrive Guiyang. Drive to Qingyan Ancient Town.

Upon your arrival, our guide would meet you at the railway station or airport, transferred you to Qingyan Ancient Town and stay overnight at 3* Shoufu Inn.

Remark: Shoufu Inn is a Chinese style courtyard inn with nice decoration. You can have a bird eye view of the ancient town on their rooftop. Although the inn is not luxury, it's still a worthy experience to stay one night there.


Day02 Qingyan Ancient Town – Huishui (B/L/D)

Qingyan Ancient Town, drive to Huishui, hiking 2 hours, Buyi Minority Village, Karst Limestone Cave. Stay overnight inside the cave.

Get up early, and you would follow our guide to walk around the Qingyan Ancient Town. It would be good to stroll on it without many tourists arrive yet. You would have chance to take nice photos of the town.

After breakfast, we would drive 2 hours to the hiking point. Start from it and spend 2.5 hours hiking to a Buyi Minority Village. You would appreciate the traditional ethnic group villages and splendid karst landform view on the way. After arrival, we would have lunch firstly, then spend 1 hour visiting the big karst cave (limestone cave). Evening camping inside the cave.


Day03 Huishui – Kaili (B/L/D)

Drive to Kaili. Watch ethnic show in Qingman Miao Village, Traditional Paper Making in Shiqiao Miao Village.

Morning depart from Huishui County at 08:30am, drive around 3.5 hours to Qingman Miao Village. After arrival, we would have lunch firstly and then appreciate the ethnic singing and dancing show by local villagers. Then drive to visit Shiqiao Miao Village where the local residents still use the traditional way to make paper which can be dated back into 700 years ago. And their hand-making paper is good in selling. We would take a look of how local villagers make paper in old way. Then we would drive 45 mins to Kaili City. Stay overnight at 4* Kaixiang Xiyue Hotel.


Day04 Kaili – Miao Village in Mt Leigong (B/L/D)

Drive to Mt Leigong. Hiking to a Miao Village.

Morning drive 2.5 hours to Mt Leigong. Start hiking 3 hours to a Miao Village, and you would appreciate the sea of clouds, rice terrace field, waterfall, traditional villages, valley on the way, specially we would pass a 1km valley, with hundreds of thousands years old Fir Trees. Then we would arrive an old Miao Village with long history, lots of hundreds years old trees, clean stream cross through the village, the whole village is isolated like a Shangri-la. You would enjoy one night staying inside the beautiful and quiet village. Local guesthouse would be served. And you would taste the local sour fish soup as dinner in the evening. The meat in the sour soup is the local characteristic food.


Day05 Miao Village in Mt Leigong - Rongjiang (B/L/D)

Free leisure time to walk around inside the village. Wanzhai Dong Village, Xiao Danjiang Miao Village. Drive to Rongjiang.

Enjoy the free leisure time walk around the Miao Village, breath the fresh air, listen to the brids'song and meanwhile look for a big and old tree which only 8 persons can hug it. After breakfast, we would drive to Rongjiang County, on the way visit Wanzhai Dong Village and Xiao Danjiang Miao Village, they are both traditional ethnic minority villages. Stay overnight at 3* Dongxiangmi Hotel (local best).


​​​​​​​Day06 Rongjiang – Huanggang Dong Village (B/L/)

Hiking, Jialiang Miao Village, Huanggang Dong Village.

Morning drive to the hiking point, hiking around 2 hours to Jialiang Miao Village, after lunch, continue hiking 2.5 hours to Huanggang Dong Villlage. Stay overnight at the guesthouse inside Huanggang Dong Village.

Remark: Jialiang Miao Village is traditional village without any tourists.


Day07 Huanggang Dong Village – YK Miao Village (B/L/D)

Drive to JH Town, then hike to YK Miao Village.

After breakfast, we would drive you 2.5 hours to J H Town, then change into the local mini-bus to YK Miao Village. We would drop you off at the side of the road, the local villager where you would stay in their house for one night would guide you to hike to their village. As Y K is still a village without road access, so you need to walk into the village. So please take your necessary belongings with you, and the rest left it in your car. The way lead to Y K village is mountain way (normally downhill) and you have to walk around 1.5 hours to reach the village. But the view along the way is beautiful, so you would not feel bored to walk this section mountain road. After reaching the village, you walk have dinner together with the local villager and experience their real routing life, and you might probably do the farming together with the host family. We would offer you some options according to the season. Like seeding, fish catching, rice harvest or even just go to take the water from the river. Sometimes the tap water supply is stop suddenly, if it happens, we need to take the water from the river. Have dinner together with the host family. Stay one night there. There is only very simple wooden barrel for urinating inside the home stay and it takes 10 mins walking to the public toilet without light in the evening. The condition there is not so idea, but this is a Shangri-la Village inside the mountains. It would be a unique experience for your life and we are happy that we are the offer for such special experience.


Day08 YK Miao-Rongjiang, depart from Rongjiang (B/L)

Hiking 3 hours, visit a Water Ethnic Minority Village, drive to Rongjiang and leave from Rongjiang.

Get up and have simple breakfast inside the home stay. Hike 3 hours mountain road to BS Miao Village. Our bus would pick you up there and drive you to a Water Ethnic Minority Village. You need to take small boat to the village as it locates in a peninsula. After visiting the village, we would take the boat again to back to the road, drive to Rongjiang Railway Station. Take bullet train to the next destination.

Remark: There are bullet train from Rongjiang to Guilin, Guiyang, Guangzhou and Chengdu.

Pax Category
Per person in USD
Single Supplement
Vehicle Type
7 persons business van
7 persons business van
7 persons business van
9 persons business van
9 persons business van
19 persons bus
19 persons bus
19 persons bus
19 persons bus

The best traveling time:From the mid of March to the mid of May, from the beginning of Sep to the mid of Oct.

The hike's numerical rating: Moderately Strenuous


The price includes:

  • Accommodation as specified with breakfasts
  • The cost of private singing and dancing show in Qingman Miao Village in day03
  • The cost of the private Dong Song Singing Performance in Huanggang Village in day06
  • The entrance fee of the mentioned villages and scenic spots
  • Private English speaking guide service throughout the whole trip
  • Private vehicle rental cost
  • Lunch and dinner specified as L/D in the itinerary
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day

The price excludes:

  • The transportation cost to enter/leave Guizhou province
  • Visa application cost
  • Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellboys, etc.

If the group size is 2-6 persons

US$600 for local guide

US$300 for local driver

If the group size is 7 persons and above

US$700 for local guide

US$350 for local driver

  • Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages, optional activities, dinner etc. are at your own expense.
  • The cost for link with internet in the hotel (Most of the hotels in China provide free internet access for guests)

These things might be helpful for your trip

  • Rainproof and waterproof jacket if you travel in spring and autumn
  • Hiking shoes with soft-soled 
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Headlight or flashlight
  • Toilet articles because some of the guesthouses do not provide it like toothbrush, shampoo and etc
  • Sleeping bag
  • Umbrella or raincoat
  • Some necessary medicines for diarrhea, cold or accident hurt.
  • Little gifts to the villagers, better take them from your country.


Guizhou belongs to the humid subtropics monsoon climatic region and the climate is warm and wet. The temperature is around 6-25℃ and less rain in May. Summer lasts from Jun to Aug, the main days are sunny days, sometimes with thunderstorm and the temperature is around 20-32℃. The weather is dry from Sep to Nov, the average temperature is around 10-23℃. The coldest season is from Dec till next Feb, most of the days are cloudy and with light rain, the air is cold and humid. The temperature is around 0-15℃. Freeze occasionally happens in the high altitude region.

Affected by the atmospheric circulation and geography, the climate of Guizhou province is diverse. It is said that you would see 4 seasons inside a mountain, different climate even with 10 miles distance. The outstanding feature of Guizhou climate is summer is relative cool in Guiyang comparing with other capital cities in China.


Guizhou is a mountainous province, it changes greatly with altitude from 400m to 1400m. Motorway is the main transportation in long distance driving and you need to enter the winding mountain way when enter the remote and isolate villages. As most of the villages are built on the mountains, so we have to walk the uphill road always, so we suggest to you wear the hike shoes with soft-soled. You’d better not wear the hiking boot with hard-soled, because it would be easy to slip down on the wet slab stone while raining.

Dining & Food

Just like cuisine in other parts of Southwest China, people in Guizhou love spicy and sour food because they believe it removes dampness from their bodies. If you don't like spicy food, please let your guide know in advance and we can prepare non-spicy food for you. Even if you think you can handle extra spicy food, we still recommend that you try mild spicy food first, for people in different places have different perceptions of spiciness. Guizhou has a wide variety of vegetables, especially leafy ones, and you can taste those that interest you.

As most of the places included in the itinerary in Guizhou Province are located in remote mountains areas, very few restaurants are available. During the journey, we may only find some simple food sold by local villagers or cooked in their own homes. We may not be able to find food at the right time because we might be hiking in the mountains at that moment. So we suggest you prepare some snacks and fruits in advance.


Except the capital city Guiyang, all the rest cities in Guizhou province are 4 stars are the best. And local 3 stars are the best one in most of the towns and counties. Only simple accommodations are available in some villages, guesthouse or home stay would be served. But except the toilets (most of them are traditional latrine, as the excrements can be used for agricultural production), we would provide you the acceptable simple but clean accommodation. Some of the villages, the couples cannot sleep in one bed or even in one room according to the local custom. And nearly all the guesthouses or villagers' home without independent shower rooms, they are all public. Showering is not available in some of the isolated villages. Most of the local accommodations cannot provide western style breakfasts, but our experienced guide would prepare you western style breakfasts like bananas, milk, juice, toasted breads, fried eggs in advance. Laundry Service is only available in Guiyang and Kaili which are the two largest cities in Guizhou but not in other cities.

Camera Attention

The local minority group people are mostly kind and simple, so it should no problem to take photos for them. But we have bellowing suggestions for you:

  1. Most of the old women are camera-shy, they frequently hide the shot, but if they are hold the little kids, you can take the picture of the kid firstly, and then show the picture to the women, they would more willing to coordinate with you.
  2. If you wanna deliver your thanks to them, please do not give cash directly, you'd better prepare some gifts in advance from your country like towel, comb, sewing kit or any woman favorite things.
  3. Please only take photos of the animals inside the village but not touching them.

Cultural Taboos

  • It is not allowed to urinate on the ground nearby the villagers' houses.
  • Local ethnic group people like to drink baijiu (Chinese liquor), and are happy to serve the best wine to honored guests. So if not necessary, please do not refuse them, even just take a sip. But if the wine is totally unacceptable for you, please remind your guide.
  • If meet with funeral on the way, please do not take the picture of it.
  • For any animals you see in the village, like cattle or dog, please do not touch them.
  • The couple cannot stay in the same bed in homestay.

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